Laphroaig Quarter Cask

70cl / 48%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Laphroaig Quarter Cask
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A vibrant young Laphroaig whose maturation has been speeded up by ageing in quarter casks. This shows soft sweetness and a velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig comes bursting through. A terrific whisky and great value.
Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Runner-up Best No Age Statement Single Malt Scotch of the Year
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Laphroaig Quarter Cask Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Dr. Whisky

    Seductive smells. Ripe, new-make barley sweetness. A barbecue. A flower. A sooty chimney. A horse. A can of condensed milk. A slice of apple and a piece of Gouda. An amazingly tactile nose, if that makes sense; the aromas seem to make physical contact, they touch me.

    Oak. Fruit. Grandparents' musty apartments. Soft impact that is very sensual and easy at the higher-than-normal abv%. Toffee and stubbed cigarettes. Nutty cheesiness. Slow arrival of a huge peaty impact and a cloud of smoke. Smoky finish with biscuity chewiness hanging around.

    SUMMARY:  An absolute treat to drink. Full-on and not for every mood, but hearty as a good stew. A sweeter, softer, friendlier Laphroaig that still manages to fill every corner of the house of your senses with the medicinal peatiness in ways that only Laphroaig can. And should. And does.

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  • Tasting Notes by TF

    Nose:  Powerful smoke, sweet malt, wet turf, coal.  Develops chocolate & cinnamon.

    Palate:  Full-bodied, rich and mouth-coating. Delicious sweet gristy malt and rich peat, woodsmoke.  The coal appears mid-palate.

    Finish:  Very long, sweet and smoky, with the coal lingering longest.

    Comment:  A belter.  Denser and deeper than the 10 yr-old.  Very more-ish.

78 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    2 April

    This bottle is the one, very good price, great nose peaty powerfull, taste is peaty smoke and complexe , aftertaste strong but in overall the 48% aint hard to take, very sweet but very strong peaty! This seems like laphroaig is pushing that way but the complexity is very great !! The best betwen ardbeg or lagavulin for the peat ! My favorite one !

  • 4
    20 February

    If heavily peated whisky is your thing you'll struggle to get better than this for the money. Cracking value for money and a really good drinking whisky.

  • 5
    10 February

    Lovely glass of whiskey, the taste is rich and complex. As an adept whiskey drinker, I would recommend this to any of my brethren. It's slightly less powerfull than the original Laphroaig - yet raises the bar for a handfull of brands in the same class. 5/5

  • 5
    7 January

    Terrific, complex, rich!

  • 4
    9 December 2016

    A beautiful dram.. Initially spicy and sweet and then the traditional strong peat smoke coming through, medicinal, slightly nutty I found .. long sweet finish.. much richer than the 10yr. Awesome stuff

  • 5
    24 November 2016

    What a surprising gift. Very smoky in the first tones, after that little sharp edge and after that warm, rich taste. Thats smoky cuddle stays in your mouth for a long time. Best for lazy, moody, cold evenings with book.

  • 5
    3 November 2016

    Wonderful! A birthday gift that keeps on giving! With fall upon us a simply fantastic way to slow down, enjoy the colors and the cooler evenings. The nose is robust without being pushy. That first sip and savor is to die for, rich, full and very rewarding. Later, the finish is lasting and oh so warming, almost like a hug from someone special. Then even later is that wonderful smokiness that is simply amazing.

  • 4
    28 October 2016

    Smoky and peat at first, after few minutes sweat and smooth love the combination! Finish long and sweet with touch of smoke. This NAS is much better then 10 year old in my opinion.

  • 5
    28 October 2016

    It's an amazing whisky and a terrific value for the money. Way better than others significantly more expensive.

  • 2
    26 September 2016

    Low rating because it seems you buy the pig in the sack so to say. I've tasted Laphroaig 10 and QC a few years back. I've still got notes from the QC tasting. It was amazing to say the least! My nose all but exploded from the intense peatyness! I visited an old boat in Oslo a while back and it smelled just like that QC, strong tarred oak! The nose also had strong hints of what i would call new Wellington smell. Under this you had the regular hints of vanilla etc. Now, just 1 month back i bought a bottle of QC, and well, its a complete letdown, it tastes like the last sip of a dram of Uigeadail that spent the night without cover. Almost no peat, a taste of caramel and some cardboard box like taste. The first time i tasted QC i would've given it an easy 9.4, it was simply amazing and different to anything i had tried to date. This bottle is not even a 5, its like a cheap knockoff from china, someone pulled the cork out and replaced the content, its THAT BAD!

  • 4
    17 September 2016

    a freak of a good whisky

  • 5
    10 August 2016

    Having had this, I agree with another comment that others compared to this seem to flat or bland

  • 5
    27 June 2016

    In short, this is just one damn great whisky.

  • 5
    7 June 2016

    How is this not rated higher. It is an amazing whisky. Clean, subtle, medicinal? Yes, but in a tremendous way. I quite like it. I'd rate it at 4.5 stars if I had the option, I don't so I'm going 5 based on price, availability and overall experience.

  • 4
    25 May 2016

    Medicinal note comes from cresol phenolic compounds, which are present in greater volume due to the higher combustion temperature of the peat. Smokey guaiacol phenols are consequently reduced a bit. I agree about the variation in Ardbeg sometimes. 50% ex Jack Daniels first fill and 50% second fill. Wood may have been a bit too assertive. Ardbeg is a very cleverly distilled whisky requiring fine balancing. A little too strong on the feints or slight change from the 10 minute Foreshots run can greatly alter the spirit.

  • 1
    27 April 2016

    Ok, but not what I was hoping for. Initial aroma was good, but taste is quite medicinal, oily, and sticky. It just doesn't go away.

  • 5
    17 April 2016

    I have had Ardbeg 10 on several occasions. I was dis appointed with the last bottle-adventurous advertising ?Spmething was missing compared to the first ones I had which I enjoyed-tired casks and hurried distillation perhaps- never been disappointed with a bottle of Laphroaig, period! This one is a cracker of a young whisky that has went the proper distance and is priced reasonably -take note Ardbeg-pay more money for good wood and take your time- Note to Lahroaig- put an age statement on this whisky-people won't mind buying younger stuff if it is done its business in good casks! Bought a bottle of NAS Bruchladdich that was disgraceful!

  • 4
    31 March 2016

    Colour - yellow golden, Coatline - thin fairly long lasting indicating presence of fatty oils Legs - thin and fast running indicating high alcohol, but young whisky. Nose - oily, peaty, sweet, buttery. Changes further down the glass, oil becoming more prominent. Palate - oily, smokey, syrup, chilli, sometimes briny salty medicinal Finish - medium length, bonfire, smoke remains long. Oil disappears quickly. Medicinal Conclusion - a nice peated whisky. Contrasts a bit with the Ardbegs. Ardbeg 10 is still, to taste, the peated whisky to beat. This quarter cask is a nice now and again whisky, but could IMO not replace Ardbeg 10 as a staple.

  • 4
    31 March 2016

    Golden yellow colour. Coatline is thin but long lasting, reflecting oily nature of the spirit. Legs are thin run quickly indicating fairly high ABV, but are long lasting. Nose is oily peat and buttery. Palate varies sometimes salty, definitely oily, smoke in the background masked by the oil. Finish is fairly long, oily initially, but bonfire smoke is there in the length. If you are not keen on oily spirits then maybe not for you. IMO perhaps matured too quickly.

  • 5
    24 March 2016

    Once I had a taste of laphroiag everything else is bland in comparison. It tastes like a cold night next to a bonfire.

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