Laphroaig QA Cask

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Travel Retail Exclusive
ex-Bourbon & un-charred American oak barrels
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
12 Apr 2013 9:01 am

Average value

€ 61.09

23 × in wishlist

395 × member ratings

1198 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig QA Cask

69 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.43 points

  1. oleg.prystupa scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Smell: vanilla. vanilla. not very much (compared with the reference 10y) peat. peat is rather cold - an extinct log. with the addition of a drop of water appears citrus (lemon slices)
    Taste: a strong odor of odor in the part of the tofra. taste STRONGLY peat. the impression that he chewed an extinct log after the rain in the forest. not in a bad way, but such associations. peat Lafrouge, but some more mild, less medical. a lot, a lot, a lot of vanilla sweets. and citrus. and again sweetness. but the sweetness is pleasant, not sugar, but more complex. slightly coconut. and again citrus.
    Aftertaste: very much fire. a sweet, long aftertaste. Then - bitterness, but not annoying, well integrated.
    Conclusion: not very complicated whisky. not enough degree. at that pleasant. it is good to drink and in warm weather and in a cold, as you come after the rain. for me - too much sweetness. lacks sharpness, dryness, variety.
    Would prefer a quarter-helmet or 10. But as an experiment - it is possible. Blasphemous, but works great in mixes with beer)

  2. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The QA makes a quite youthful impression on me with its slightly metallic note and the impression of fresh oak. A few percent more alcohol in the bottling would have done him quite well. Nevertheless: a fresh, delicious Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Fruity smoke. Slightly medically. The fruit tends to be pear and apple. As soon as the nose gets used to the smoke, a little heather comes along. Fresh oak.
    • Taste
      The mouth immediately fills with slightly metallic tasting smoke. Light bitter substances. A little pepper. The taste of apple compote.
    • Finish
      Medium. The QA evaporates quickly, leaving behind smoke.

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A few percent more alcohol would make him look good, the longer he stands in the glass, the more he loses his taste
    • Nose
      Smoke and phenol, gum, citrus, fresh mint, a dash of vanilla, wet straw
    • Taste
      Phenol, smoke, algae, sweet toffee
    • Finish
      Long, very mild and balance of smoke, wood and sweetness

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a great sniffing nose
    an exciting mouth if you take your time
    Finish medium to long quite pleasant
    I still have it

    no: I'm just drinking a Laphroaig ...
    he wants some attention
    but he is not limp at all
    the 40% are surprisingly good over
    an always welcomed dram
    • Nose
      it is medical iodine with a flash back to the empty op
      but immediately returns to the sea with salt, silt and tar
      Harbor water, damp spicy wood, tea, orange
      Phenol becomes dominant
    • Taste
      Stingy phenol when starting, it will be soft and dry with dark chocolate, a bit berry
      > on the palate dry smoke and full spicy, with a subtle malt sweetness
      something like radish leaves on the palate
    • Finish
      medium long, warm with dry smoke, slightly bitter oak notes, dark cocoa, a hint of malty sweetness

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    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.


  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    As for me, it does not differ much from the base ten.
    There are slight differences in aroma and taste, but not to say that they make it worse ..

  8. thebonewolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It’s not as punchy or smoky as I typically go for, but I found it smoky but light so it would be perfectly suitable for when you do want a smoky whisky, but don’t want what often comes with that. Think day at the beach or in a flask wandering an amusement park in the summer or at a baseball game on a warm day.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light smoke, a bit of the sea, vaguest sense of fruit.
    • Taste
      91 91
      That fruit comes in at the start, some smoke comes up, becomes a sweet meat.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Must akin to vanilla extract into bigger smoke which takes on a saline quality that gets back to that musty note. Medium.

  9. KOQ24 scored this whisky 68 points Expert Junior

    Sort of a milder Version for People who find the "Laphroaig Quarter Cask" too strong.

    Pretty nice and balanced though it won't win any Awards.
    • Nose
      70 70
      peat smoke,brine,maritime,black pepper,light sweetness
    • Taste
      75 75
      sweet arrival
      -vanilla,peat smoke,spicy,black pepper,butter,herbal,honey
    • Finish
      60 60
      soft, medium long, not too light

  10. Apprentice6004 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion this is the refined version of the Quarter Cask, taste is very similar.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoke, bay leaf, brown sugar, salt
    • Taste
      84 84
      Salt, phenol, licorice, peat, butterscotch
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium to long very pleasant finish, smoke & sweet


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