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.

94 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    11 days ago

    I do really enjoy this Islay offering. I have the same opinion as Douglas S. but I do have a preference for Ardbeg over Laphroaig. This quarter cask 48% ABV it's great value and has a palete of a older scotch for a NAS, one I will buy again. Must try for Islay lovers.

  • 5
    11 days ago

    My son- in -law gave me a bottle of quarter cask as a present after my daughters wedding. This whisky raised my opinion of him as it also raised my opinion of Laphroaig. Seductive but medicinal on approach, it then melts to a caramel saltiness that lingers on the back of the tongue with fruit and soft smokiness. Superb character, looking forward to getting to know better.

  • 5
    25 January

    Liquid smoke. THE BEST single malt I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

  • 5
    10 January

    If you like peat this is the whisky to buy. Brilliant, especially with a dash of water. There is nothing subtle about this whisky, the peatiness is strong, dominating the nose, palate and finish. The taste lingers for a while too, making me want to go back for more! I think I prefer it to the 10 year old, but will have to try them both again just to make sure...

  • 5
    25 December 2017

    Quite splendid. Powerful smokey aroma with a smoothness that sends you back for a second drink.

  • 5
    30 October 2017

    I’m normally a bit cynical about tasting notes. I’ve never tasted an old musty gaberdine Mac that’s been left in a beach hut whilst the roof was re-pitched...Anyway, Laphroaig is my favourite single malt so I was pleased to get a bottle of Quarter Cask as a present. I tried it neat a while ago but it didn’t do it for me. But now with a splash of water it makes sense. Not as instantly intense as Laphroaig 10, less medicinal but not much. Very smooth with a creamy feel on the palette. There really is a hint of coal and peat smoke. Peppery and long finish, not overwhelmed by the high abv. Still very much a Laphroaig so not for some people but if you like the 10 give this a go, excellent on a cold night.

  • 5
    16 October 2017

    My favorite Islay malt yet

  • 4
    4 October 2017

    Nose. Salty smoke . Initial taste: Burnt wet leaves, with silky , hot pepper bite. Finish: long, deep, spicy on the lips

  • 5
    23 September 2017

    Can't fault it, my favourite dram

  • 3
    5 September 2017

    Not bad. But not one of my favourite drams either.

  • 2
    20 August 2017

    Bought a bottle, last tried this one 2 years ago. Quality decreased immensely, peat is too overwhelming with a very sweet note. It used to taste like sea salt, windy island, peat, fruit, toffee -- now it's licking at fresh asphalt with syrup on it... Note that there is no age definition - you should go for the 10-year-old Laphroaig instead.

  • 4
    11 July 2017

    Transferred to a quarter cask part-way through maturation, this is a slightly sweeter and softer version of the standard 10 year old. Much less in-your-face, with a standard young Islay smoky sweet finish.

  • 5
    7 July 2017

    Delicately peated, a surperb nose . A very satisfying experience for your senses

  • 4
    1 July 2017

    I am enjoying this very much. I love the classic 10 y/o in all its extremes and uniqueness. The QC is a little less medicinal, but it has plenty of smoke & peat. Neat - On the nose it is recognisably Laphroaig (iodine, milder on the TCP than I remember the 10, ) and something sweet (honey/maple), lemon & eucalyptus cough sweets. On the palate - remarkably smooth and less hot than many an older whisky. At 48% very approachable. The impressions from the nose carry through here, with some brine and peat coming through. A few drops of water & little time to breath - on the nose - softens the slight medicinal notes but brings the smoke forward. All those (Strepsil) lemon cough lozenger notes on the neat nose now right there on the palette. Sweetness, lemon balm, then coal tar soap, Army & Navy sweets. A long, dry, warm finish, barbeque smoke, phenolic, salty finish. This one is a hit! After the disappointment of the Select, a very good companion alongside the classic 10. A little less of the in your face swagger of the 10. But this is no pale imitation. 48% abv, Non-chill filtered - yeah well done Laphroaig! So, why not just leave out the caramel colouring too?

  • 5
    23 June 2017

    Excellent the best Laphroaig so far -but lots more to try

  • 5
    21 May 2017

    This may sound absolutely stupid, but I have never been a lover of whisky till I was given a 70cl bottle of this 48% quarter cask by someone (I don't remember who!!) either last Xmas or on my 80th birthday a year ago. I didn't realise at the time that it was not a cheap drink but it is the only whisky I have ever liked the taste of. The pleasant taste seems to hang in the mouth. As I said, I know nothing about spirits of any kind but this one has turned me on. Diolch. Thanks a bunch to whoever gave it to me.

  • 5
    2 April 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    Terrific, complex, rich!

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