Laphroaig quarter cask single malt Scotch: review, tasting notes and price of a great whisky
Laphroaig is one of 8 whisky produced on the island of Islay, one of those with the most marine and peaty flavor, a strong and herbaceous whiskey, very smooth and refined, carved with great elegance, but that certainly does not hide behind a vanilla curtain.
Indeed its appeal is all focused on intriguing marine and smoky nuances that alternate themselves to create a dark and mysterious fresco: imagine a romantic painting of a beach illuminated by the cold light of the moon with the wind howling over the waves.
I know, it seems a little bit gloomy said in that way, but the Laphroaig quarter cask is poetry in a bottle, a masterpiece. It the full package: character, alcoholic thickness and variety, a crisp peppery mouth with impressive mineral development, elegant aromas and great balance.
If we want to make a comparison with two other great Islay’s whiskies, it’s a middle ground between Ardbeg and Lagavulin 16: less spicy (sweet spices of course) than Lagavulin and less peaty than Ardbeg.
Of course they are different products, we do make whisky power rankings or rickety comparisons but considered the equivalent cost of the three we can make just some simple considerations and Laphroaig comes out as an excellent compromise between the two.
On the label you will find the word “quarter cask”: practically aging doesn’t take place in the traditional barrels of 250 liters but smaller barrels of 125 liters. And this leads to greater and faster oxygenation, which translates into a more rapid maturation with a lower alcohol loss. The body remains while the aromatic development is faster: quite simple.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whisky bouquet
The nose is wonderful, after a first peaty assault, it opens up with a thousand shades of alpine grasses, moss, seaweed, dates, peaches in syrup and brackish recalls.
Everything is deliciously mixed in an aromatic symphony, direct and very clean, with only small, and not overpowering, spicy scents. There is no trace of cinnamon or vanilla. We could say this whisky can convey all its territoriality, without giving up to a seducing peaty touch.
What does Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whisky taste like?
On the palate is savory, peppery and with a smooth and bright alcoholic rhythm. You can feel, almost touch, a myriad of layers which are composed of flavor, ripe fruit and roundness in the right sequence. Great balance between saltiness and smoky flavors. The finish is clean and fades away into a sweet flavor of pears. Remarkable persistence.
Quite simply: it’s a great whiskey, forged by the wild call of the sea of Scotland.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whisky price
46-50 euro, money well spent.