Laphroaig Quarter Cask

70cl / 48%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Malt Malt
  • Tobacco Tobacco
  • Toffee Toffee

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]

  • 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.

108 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    4 days ago

    Nice one, this... not too peaty but smooth and nice, sweet flavours. Never tried Laphroaig before, I recommend this one to everyone!

  • 2
    29 October

    Disappointing. This used to be my favourite drop a few years ago - OK, I wasn't a sophisticated malt drinker, but it had a lovely balance of peaty smoke and rounded sweetness. But I just bought a bottle after maybe 3 years gap and it's brash, thin and lacking in balance. I'd think it was a duff one but I got my brother-in-law a bottle and he was disappointed too. Stick to the 10 year old.

  • 5
    7 October

    Fantastic whiskey, big, bold, smoky and sweet. Non-chill filtered and 48%; my favourite whiskey.

  • 5
    3 October

    I just recently tried this for the first time. I’ll admit I’m a Laphroaig fanboy. But damn this is great stuff. The 10 year old is my go to whisky. But the quarter cask is a whole other amazing journey. It’s perfect. Much less brine and more peat. Almost candy sweet on the follow through. Well worth the extra few dollars or pounds, depending on where you are.

  • 5
    20 September

    Like a smoky punch in the face.... love it.

  • 5
    15 September

    Excellent, fantastic and amazing single malt Whiskey.

  • 5
    10 September

    The 10yr old is unleashed purgatory, this is awesome mellower heaven. I can't make my mind up, it's just sheer bliss.

  • 5
    13 August

    This is a great whisky if you like the 10 year old; additionally with the quarter cask and higher ABV you get additional bang for your buck. Powerful, sweet, smoky and complex without compromising the ageing process.

  • 5
    2 July

    An acquired taste...I've acquired it!

  • 4
    20 June

    Good whisky especially for the price. Would definitely buy again.

  • 5
    11 June

    One great whisky which challenges you from the word go, well crafted in short span using Quarter cask and still carrying full bodied impacts. a Delight.

  • 5
    26 March

    For a young whisky this Laphraoig has all of the elements of the Ten Year Old with a higher ABV and a velvet smokey balance of peat and fresh fruit. Sure it is a NAS offering but maintains the quality and pinache of much older spirits. Well done Laphraoig!!

  • 5
    26 March

    The best single malt I have tried so far. Powerful, smooth, peaty...It takes you to enjoyable adventure. Splendid!

  • 5
    14 February

    Laphroiag Quarter Cask is like putting a bong up your nose and pushing smoking peat through it. Powerful taste yet gently smooth on your throat. Over proof @ 48%. Not the most complex whisky due to the shortened aging, but the tastes present are all in full bloom. Pungent, island specific. Great, long kick. Unique finish that lingers until the next day unless you sneeze or brush your teeth. Like chewing on oak bark rolled in moss, you won’t forget this one. Recommended for: Those who love bright, lingering oak and peat.

  • 4
    12 February

    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
    12 February

    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.

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