I’m not sure how much this differs from Laphroaig Select. ‘QA’ refers to the oak type (Quercus Alba), not the cask size, and there was I thinking I’d bought a litre of Laphroaig Quarter Cask for £42. Drats! No doubt I was a little worse for wear at the time, as I usually was after touring with the Yasmin Levy band.
N: Savoury vanilla=wafer-sweet, waxy-ish savoury, fruity-ish smoked/ashy > vegetal > slightly TCP-ed salty brine water with onion pastry/French onion soup, corn starch,…Greggs [Quorn] sausage rolls, Paxo,… That’s more than enough on the descriptors-front, you get the picture. In short, we’ve a fairly decent array of whisky all-sorts, on the nose at least.
T: Appears ‘fine’ for no more than a second before fading to a watery smoked-mashy > wash-like nothingness. A few years in [the bottle remaining firmly on the shelf for virtually all of that time], and the arrival appears more like a yeasty fizzy beer.
F: Almost nothing, save for saline barley and [no-heat] radish remnants, concluding like fermented wash.
C: All of us remember our first Laphroaig. For many of us, it would have been the 10yo [in a pub perhaps]. I wonder how receptive I’d have been to Laphroaig if this one was my first? Better in its second year of opening and then a total flop in the third, what a sad case when you consider the standard 10yo is [and was] only a few pounds more. I ended up blending this away and haven’t bought a Laphroaig since, though if an Original CS Red Stripe comes up [WLP92], that would be a different matter.