Laphroaig Four Oak

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Bourbon, QC, Virgin American, European Oak
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
05 Feb 2017 10:35 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 57.53

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Four Oak

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.59 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. 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

  4. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. 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

  6. rottendon scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

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

  7. karloff scored this whisky 70 points Specialist

    Four Oak? Can anyone tell me what the point of it is? This does not look good on their CV. I was given this as a gift so can't complain too much. Would I spend my hard earned on it? Like shite I would.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Actually the nose isn't bad at all, quite mellow, gentle and dare I say soft.
      Slightly soiled straw bedding, light fruit notes and watered down disinfectant.
      Not a complex nose, in fact it is better off where it is and and how it stands, no better and no worse.
    • Taste
      70 70
      The first thing that hits home is how watery it tastes. If it never said 40% on the label I would have said it was less than that. This just knocks it all to hell and gives it a metallic taste. Coming in a poor second are the light fruit flavours with a pinch and I mean a pinch of white pepper.
      I mean this isn't unpleasant but for a Laphroaig you expect something more substantial and meaty.
    • Finish
      65 65
      The finish is short to medium and again there is that watery metallic taste. In fact it tastes like I'm sucking on an old brillo pad.

  8. coldsun scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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
      83 83
      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
      88 88
      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
      74 74
      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.

  9. Mannix65 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    young, thin, one-dimensional - disappointing
    • Nose
      Fermented grass, sillage, phenolic smoke, soapsuds, green rhubarb - thin
    • Taste
      Iodine and smoke, brackish water - very watery, almost a whisky spritzer
    • Finish
      medically, but short

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      73 73


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