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Laphroaig Four Oak

Overall rating
78.76/100
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191
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon, QC, Virgin American, European Oak
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Bottle code
L6327VB1 2359 11:14
Barcode
5010019638144
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
05 Feb 2017 10:24 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 51,87

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Four Oak

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.76 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    With that, Laphroaig has really done no favor. He is not under any cannon, but Laphroaig may expect much more. The nose is still quite interesting, but even on the tongue you can tell him an immature youth, which also shows in the very short and actually only smoky finish. Where now exactly the influence of the four different barrels shows - no idea. Too bad that something like that gets cut out.
    • Nose
      Phenolic smoke with lemon flavor. Some stuffy wood in the background. Seaweed. Light and airy for a Laphroaig, but not thin.
    • Taste
      Lemon smoke again, but in a more dilute form than in the nose. Slightly metallic, with the taste of pebbles. A little salt, a little licorice, a bit of honey. But much more will not come then.
    • Finish
      Short. Too short. He leaves after a short time only cold smoke and a metallic aftertaste.

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Boh, but Laphroaig has really embarrassed! The nose is not 100% my thing, but overall very complex, quite interesting and in my opinion not behave at all, but rather equipped with a certain plumpness. What happens in the mouth, however, is shameful. Admittedly, no metallic approaches, not in the slightest, but still that is an absolute pharynx cleaner. Since I have Laphis with over 60% on the shelf, which have much less sharpness. The departure then makes sure that you do not keep it in bad memory, if you remember it at all, because there is no reason for it. Pity!
    • Nose
      Boom, first a neat turn phenolic smoke with kernel soap underlaid. Luckily, after a few seconds, the curd soap is much less intense, with caramel and a few mineral notes. After a while, add smoked meat and some disinfectants to the bouquet. Overall, the whole thing looks pretty musty. Unfortunately, after a short period of smoky meat, garlic, peaty caramel and granite dust merging into a beguiling mix, it is increasingly flattening and the soap is back. Disinfectant and stone dust are heated quite intensively, some citrus scares now also from behind in the nose. Overall, now clearly too angry.
    • Taste
      If the nose was at least quite interesting, then there's an alcohol club in the mouth. Really? Only 40% ?? Man, must he be young! Interestingly, but no sheet metal. In order to be able to define anything more sweet and smoky, the mouth first has to get used to the alcohol, in other words become numb. Boy, the third swallow is actually too spritig and sharp. Nothing against strong alcohol, but he should somehow be involved. A slight alcohol note can now also make out. Otherwise, unfortunately, there really is not much, a little dark caramel, slightly sugary, strong acidity from behind and a slightly superficial bitterness, which is increasingly established as the main note. He is unfortunately of a rather watery consistency.
    • Finish
      The finish is expected to be relatively long, with dark, caramel sweetness and behind the palate adhering, slightly chemical acid slowly fade away, to completely leave the palate a somewhat soapy (but interestingly not unpleasant) ashiness.

  3. Noface83 scored this whisky 72 points Specialist

    Nose: again a new NAS of Laphi - look - ah smokier than the Select, slightly medical and salty smoke, sour lemon, pleasantly sweet and slightly grassy, ​​the nose is simple and pleasing, which does not have to be bad.
    Taste: uih is thin, very smoky and peppery with a fresh and sour lemon note and nothing else. This sour note is even stronger in the finish, the smoke is milder and it adds a subtle oak bitterness.
    If the nose was still good in its simplicity, it completely falls apart in the mouth. The is now not a complete failure - he has no big Fehlnoten (if one of sour drops is ^ ^) and is very tasty but there is somehow missing in every nook and cranny. It's a pity what happened to Laphi. Apart from the 10cc CS, none of the bottles in the affordable segment are more convincing - let alone the whole NAS.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      72 72

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Four Oak probably does not mean "4 great, selected Fassreifungen" but "everything on young xth-fill barrels zusammengekippt, what we could not otherwise use". For phenol and oil flap fans it might be something if it were not so thin, but for 55 € / liter is not enough.
    • Nose
      little sweetness (caramel), a lot of phenol, disinfectant, formaldehyde, used dilution, oily workshop cloths, at first a bit pungent (but this is limited), maybe a splash of lemon, a bit grassy, ​​looks rather chemical than "natural"
    • Taste
      again almost no sweetness except a little caramel, mouthfeel creamy with pepper, less phenolic / disinfectant, more ashen, bitter, it stays longer in the mouth -> more pepper, more bitter, again the oily swab
    • Finish
      medium long, pepper, ashes, bitter

  5. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Hmmm, this is rather dissapointing. It is far from special. The nose is ok, but the taste isn’t good, actually there is not much taste. This is definitely not the best Laphroaig out there.
    • Nose
      There is some peat here, and it’s briny too. A little bit of seaweed. Also some soft vanilla aromas. A hint of lemon sourness, followed by ash. It’s a little lighter than what I’m used to from Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      It’s starts rather smoky. A thin mouthfeel, but this gets a little bit better later on. A bit peppery. Some vanilla on the background, and a pinch of liquorice. But that was about it. It’s flat and a bit out of balance.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite short, and a bit spicy. This is followed by some metallic notes.

  6. rottendon scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    From the distillery that bring us great annual cask strength releases, this is a very disappointing release. What's up with this?
    • Nose
      Not unlike what I imagine peated porridge would smell like. Slightly briny too, and lots of coconut, with a touch of barbecue smoke and citrus. A tad shy.
    • Taste
      Weak, ashy, pinch of pepper some medicinal peat, dry. I don't know, anything else? Not really.
    • Finish
      Cigarette ash. Probably one of the shortest I've ever tasted for a heavily peated whisky.

  8. Pardes scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. coldsun scored this whisky 63 points Expert Junior

    This whisky is not like classic 10 years old or even Octave cask. The drink is very pleasant and smooth, tasty and balanced. Great skill of master of distillery to mix four casks!
    If Your expectation is strong peat character it is not the one. It might be great for introduction with Laphroaig but overpriced in this case.

    P.S. Empty dram keeps pleasant and strong wood notes.
    • Nose
      62 62
      Iodine and salty with notes of prunes, dried fruits and light sherry and peated smoke with malt at the end. Needs some time to be opened. Flavor is delicate but not so strong and complex as it could be.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Pleasant peat. Strong notes of oak, sandalwood and fruit tree wood, vanilla, cooked and dried apples, apricots, pears. Little bit spicy.
      IMHO taste is the best part of the drink.
    • Finish
      56 56
      Warming, stable but short. Sweet, vanilla, a loot of wood elements and very pleasant peat. Also returns notes of sherry. In a several minutes brings notes of cheese.

  10. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
      On the nose it is in the beginning a faint decoction of a "real" Laphroaig, fairly young whisky, but it can please me a little.
      Medicinal, peaty, smoky, light touch of vanilla, very softly some other sweet touches. These sweet keys are only expressed after a while. In itself no mysterious whisky in terms of nose
    • Taste
      77 77
      first taste is really very very bland with little body. After you have let it go around in the mouth, more ashes and medicinal peat + some pepper. I also notice light vanilla
    • Finish
      76 76
      Reasonably short finish that does not last long. The axles is something you can still eat, but dies pretty quickly

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