Sunday, July 4, 2010

Review: Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Price: $50-$60
Strength: 48 %

Laphroaig Quarter Cask is young Laphroaig that is finished in quarter-sized barrels (apparently, a popular way for smuggler's to transport whisky back in the day).  The smaller barrels impart strong oak influence and are supposed to accelerate the aging process.  Combined with the high ABV and being non-chill-filtered, the result is a superb whisky.  

Of course, there is huge peat and smoke.  In a Laphroaig tasting, I thought the QC was comparable to the 10-year-old or Cask Strength in terms of balls-out peatiness, but the QC has the additional oak and better mouth-feel, making it the clear favorite of the three.  Mostly like inhaling a campfire, the whisky also strikes me as having a sweet herbal character to it, and sea-tinged medicinal notes.  The oak influence imparts some bitterness, which is especially evident in the finish but not so much as to detract from this otherwise power-house of a dram.  93 points (A-).    

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