Laphroaig Quarter Cask

70cl / 48%
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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.

64 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    4 days ago

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 5
    20 January

    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.

  • 5
    14 January

    I love the smokiness

  • 5
    17 December 2015

    Liquid heaven. Earth tones, like just before it rains, pepper and vanilla tones.

  • 5
    2 December 2015

    I love this scotch!!! The oily smokiness/peatiness wraps around you like a blanket! Outside of Cairdeas, Quarter Cask is simply amazing!

  • 1
    23 November 2015

    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....

  • 4
    5 November 2015

    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

  • 5
    16 September 2015

    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!

  • 5
    15 August 2015

    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.

  • 3
    5 August 2015

    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.

  • 4
    6 May 2015

    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.

  • 4
    21 February 2015

    You asked for a face melter, you got it. Nuff said. Awesome.

  • 5
    4 November 2014

    It''s a really stellar whiskey, all things considered. I''ll try anything up to ?100 but really, bang for your buck the quarter cask comes out on top. If you''ve never tried it and like this style of whisky it''s an absolute no-brainer. Love trying new whiskies, but always come back to this. Always remember the last place I drank it.

  • 5
    10 September 2014

    I prefer this to the 10 yr old, let's get that out of the way. It's stronger and that matters! It's different to the 10yr but I still love the 10yr to make that clear! The nose on this just keeps on giving, it's definitely laphroaig but more floral and fruity, less ashy and medicinal notes than the ten. One point to make is that although this is 48% I often don't add water, and as a norm, I usually do. If you've tried the usual suspects (ardbeg, lagavulin etc) and enjoyed them then you'll like this.

  • 31 January 2014

    In all honesty it isn't all that dissimilar from the 10 year old, was expecting more of kick. But with that said it's still a great whisky and less iodine on the nose than the 10yo which makes it more pleasant in the nosing over long periods.

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