Laphroaig Quarter Cask70cl / 48%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Runner-up Best No Age Statement Single Malt Scotch of the Year
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Reviews
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.
[These tasting notes are reproduced from www.drwhisky.blogspot.com]
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.
58 Customer Reviews
I was lucky enough to get this for Christmas. Not as much of a 'nose' as regular Laphroaig, but definitely tastier. Neat, it tastes very medicinal, but this eases off with a splash of water, after which it's nice and earthy with a great mouthfeel. There is a marzipan note to the finish which I liked. It has a similar 'damp bonfire' aftertaste (in a good way!) to regular Laphroaig, and I was having 'taste flashbacks' a day or two after drinking. Very moreish and highly recommended.
I love the smokiness
Liquid heaven. Earth tones, like just before it rains, pepper and vanilla tones.
I love this scotch!!! The oily smokiness/peatiness wraps around you like a blanket! Outside of Cairdeas, Quarter Cask is simply amazing!
Outch !! Worst i ever bought.. Medicinal taste, way too harsh for my taste, alcool vapors get in your system and wont let you be, i'll stick with my fave Aberlour 12....
Of all the versions of Laphroaig I''ve had this is my favorite. Some reviews here have made me wonder if some are maybe adding Abit to much water due to it been 48%? I find less is more with Laphroaig. But the quarter cask is perfect for a cold winters night Round the fire, either in good company or in quiet contemplation. The quarter cask will reflect your winter evenings perfectly
Hey Jason (5th August) you review is brilliant!! I thought it was spot on for the most part however the rating is WRONG.!...!? This is a 5 STAR WHISKY!! There is no better whisky for the money, simple!
One of my absulut favorites and bang for the bucks Islay. Very typial Islay but with a very velvety oily cask taste, that you otherwise only find in older whisky.
Neither great nor awful ; the only way to describe this thing is that it is an experience. Huge smoke seeps out of the glass like creeping evil, staining the air itself. The flavor is massive - punishing peat and smoke gives the unfortunate soul drinking this the feeling that they just drank the liquefied remains of a fireplace, wherein the fire was put out with buckets of sea water. Oily iodine and notes of bloody bandages weave their way through a burst of sweet something or other, before leaving behind a taste of ash soaked in various antiseptics along with a hint of cured meat. Impossible to rate, but I am convinced that in order to fully complete the experience of being human, one needs to have this at least once.
Best value scotch from Islay. Unbeatable for the price. Many distilleries crank out poor quality, no age statement whiskys, however this is not one of them. Note Laphroaig still uses floor maltings (one of very few to still do so). Having been to the distillery (which I highly recommend), I can say this is one of my favorites, and a great intro to Islay peat monsters.