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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Distillery Bottling
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Colouring
Yes

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.

    [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.

89 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    30 October

    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

    My favorite Islay malt yet

  • 4
    4 October

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

  • 5
    23 September

    Can't fault it, my favourite dram

  • 3
    5 September

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

  • 2
    20 August

    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

    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

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

  • 4
    1 July

    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

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

  • 5
    21 May

    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

    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.

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