Laphroaig Quarter Casks
Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: Laphroaig Distillery (Beam Suntory)
Volume: 700 ml
Bottling date: 01/27/2020
Barrel type: ex-bourbon + quarter casks finish
Age: no indication
Nose. Immediately intensely reveals a truly impressive array of scents. Here, as well as smoke, burnt wood, smoked pork, motifs of the salty sea coast, known from other Ayl scotch tapes, so is the typical “Lafroig” medical theme (iodine, bandages, pills, Vishnevsky ointment). Also impressive are the nuances of "animal" origin (leather, wool), rubber (rubber), tar, the aroma of shoe cream, limestone. By adding a little water, we will help to reveal the sweet aromas of smoked fruits (plums, cherries, gooseberries, white currants), vanilla and hot chocolate, lingonberry acid and lemon peel. Spices (ginger and pepper), anise and steeply brewed coffee complete the overall picture.
Taste. Surprisingly rich and harmonious, not at all scratchy for its very high degree. Pleases us with a very powerful smoky-burnt theme, richness of spices, coffee bitterness, iodine, but at the same time there are creamy vanilla sweetness, milk chocolate, smoked fruits, sour gooseberries and lemon zest.
Aftertaste. Continuous. Iodine, burntness, spices, berry compote.
Conclusion. An excellent, memorable whisky with a rich, rich flavor palette, which, despite its probable youth, surpasses many Islay scotches, first of all, Laphroaig 10 YO, which looks like a “poor relative” against its background, is several times weaker on all fronts and it is not clear why it is needed at all. Thanks to this release, I wanted to continue my acquaintance with the products of the distillery, it really pleased me, and therefore
rating: 87 out of 100.