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Laphroaig Triple Wood

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

2nd Aug 2018

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    93

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Triple Wood is an extension of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Like Quarter Cask, Triple Wood is matured for 5-11 years in ex-bourbon American oak casks (Maker's Mark?) and is then transferred to smaller American oak Quarter Casks for about 8 months. According to John Campbell, Triple Wood adds one year in first fill Oloroso sherry butts and two years in refill sherry butts. European oak is used for the sherry butts. So using my superior math skills, I can deduce that Triple Wood is a vatting of whiskies that are 8-14 years old, with most probably being 10-11 years old. That last part is just a guess.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose (undiluted): deep earthy peat, campfire smoke, fruitiness (plums, apricots), nuttiness, and sweet vanilla sitting on top. There’s far less iodine (seaweed) and brine than you’d expect from Laphroaig but it’s there in the background. Terrific nose.
  • Palate (undiluted): very rich arrival, it feels very creamy and rounded with no perceptible alcohol burn, surprisingly soft for 48% ABV, more fruity plums, raisins and figs with vanilla, brine, and peat smoke returning.
  • Finish: very long, somewhat drying. Cigar ash giving way to vanilla, then a sweet meatiness; think smoked ribs with sweet barbecue sauce.

With water, the iodine rushes forward and imposes itself alongside a menthol note on the nose. Much less fruity flavour with water added as well; instead there’s more ashy peat, vanilla and brine. The meatiness is not quite as present with water added. I prefer this one neat, though it is still pleasant with water added. There was little to no alcohol burn, so I don’t feel water to be necessary. I'm not a fan of NAS labeling, but I am a fan of this whisky. I think I like it more than the standard (43%) 10 year old. The word rich comes to mind whenever I drink it.

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27 comments

Jonathan commented

Thanks for a helpful review. Will proabably be my next purchase.

12 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

Interesting. You like Triple Wood more than I did, but the last time I tasted Triple Wood was about 6 years ago. Your review makes me want to try some again right now. I then found Triple Wood a little limp, compared to other Laphroaigs. I will be very interested to see whether current batches leave me a different impression than before. I have certainly been shocked to read recent negative opinions about Laphroaig Quarter Cask, because the bottle of Quarter Cask I bought 7 years ago was fantastic, way more intense and flavourful than most bottles of their standard 10 yo. That said, I do still think of Laphroaig as the most consistently good distillery in Scotland.

12 days ago 3Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Victor When I bought this, I guessed I would like it a bit more or a bit less than Quarter Cask, which I would normally score between 88-90 points, depending on the batch. I have an unopened QC, but I haven’t done the H2H comparison. That said, QC is probably the Laphroaig I’ve purchased most often, largely owing to availability, so I’m familiar with its profile. This has all the rich, deep notes I find in QC, but the sweet fruitiness adds some nice mid-range notes (if that makes sense). TW also has a nuttiness that I’ve never noticed in QC, and the sweet vanilla just sits nicely on top.

12 days ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Wow—three years of sherry finishing on this guy??? I never knew that.

12 days ago 2Who liked this?

@archivist
archivist commented

You had me at rich. Thank you for the review, I will certainly be giving the Triple Wood a try.

12 days ago 1Who liked this?

RikS commented

Oh... I've seen some other good reviews of it too. Goes on the list. Only issue is that here I can get the qc for £34 and this one is £50. Well well, c'est la vie.

12 days ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@RikS Wow! They’re almost the same price here; about 6 bucks difference.

12 days ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

I'll have to find this one now. I have an opened 10yo and unopened 10yo cask strength. I think triple wood is reasonably priced around here so sounds like a good next purchase.

11 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@casualtorture I’m jealous of your 10 YO CS. It’s my favourite Laphroaig thus far in my journey.

11 days ago 2Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

@OdysseusUnbound, if ever I make a road trip up in your direction, you know what I'll fill my trunk with.

11 days ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@OdysseusUnbound it's plentiful currently down here. A shop downtown has triple wood for $68.99usd. I might go grab one if I have time.

11 days ago 1Who liked this?

mhock66 commented

Need to find this one, as Quarter Cask is my favorite Laphroaig expression.

5 days ago 1Who liked this?

@archivist
archivist commented

Picking it up this weekend from KL Wines. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Triple Wood is about $54 USD if anyone else is interested.

5 days ago 3Who liked this?

mhock66 commented

@archivist that’s not bad, considering Select is about $49 in New Orleans.

5 days ago 2Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Yeah, that's a good price. Might even be enough to draw me into my own stupid local TW.

5 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Triple Wood was $87 in Ontario when I bought it, and I feel like it was a fair price. Yes, I enjoy it so much that I’m calling the LCBO price fair. Maybe I’m drunk... stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

5 days ago 0

@archivist
archivist commented

@mhock66 I thought it was a decent price for the Triple Wood, and I'm quite excited to try it after having read this review. Total Wine is selling it for roughly the same price, but I like KL Wines because they offer so many different weekly tastings and are a nice group of guys/gals there. The Select is around $35.

5 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@archivist FWIW, I like Select. It’s the weakest Laphroaig core whisky, to be sure. But it’s still pretty good. That said, I’m not paying Ontario prices for Select ($70). My folks picked it up last year in Florida for about $40 (I think).

5 days ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@OdysseusUnbound dang we get the 10yo for $39.99 here. I can't imagine paying that for the Select (which is the only Laphroig I don't really car for, so I guess I wouldn't buy it anyway.)

5 days ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture, browse the LCBO website (Vintages page). You'll get the idea quickly what these Ontario guys have been grousing about forever.

5 days ago 2Who liked this?

@archivist
archivist commented

@OdysseusUnbound $70 for Select, that's crazy! What kind of a racket are they running up there in the North?! (Don't answer that, I think I gathered clues from another forum thread...)

5 days ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Even leaving the Canadian stuff out of the equation, the pricing on Select is nuts. Not that it usually grabs too much of my attention when I browse the shelf, but I think I usually see it next to the 10 at a price of ~20% more than 10. It's never priced as the cheaper less-desirable version of Laphroaig that it is.

3 days ago 1Who liked this?

RikS commented

@MadSingleMalt.....actually... On amazon UK the 10 is now £36 and the select is on offer for £26. Still don't seem worth it though from what I read here.

3 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@RikS Using a basic currency conversion, that comes out to $43.57 CAD for Select and $60.32 CAD for the 10. I’d pay $40-$50 for Select. But then, if the 10 was $60, I’d always have a few on hand.

3 days ago 0

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