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It has been almost three years since I last tasted this one. That was reason enough for a reader of my blog to send me a sample with the instruction to write a proper tasting note. Your wish is my command. Take the Laffie Quarter Cask and give it a finish in an oloroso sherry butt and you get the Laffie Triple Wood. Easy as pie.
Wonderfully sweet nose with just a touch of wood. The peat is surprisingly soft, making this Laffie mostly sweet (for a Laffie). Apple, banana and a bit of coconut are joined by chamomile tea and some salted butter. Even a hint of white chocolate. The medicinal touch, rather typical for Laffie, is present as well of course.
It is nicely oily on the palate, almost silky soft. Immediately spices kick in as do charcoal and fruit. The spices translate into (mostly) vanilla, chamomile, ginger, camphor and a big dose of liquorice. The fruit evolves towards oranges. Potpourri. Woodsmoke. Boy, this is very good.
The long and smoky finish ends in a hint of coffee and quite a bit of ashes.
While I prefer the Quarter Cask, this is still one helluva whisky. Thanks to Patrick D for the sample.