Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48%, 2008 version)

Again one of the first whisky’s I ever bought and not yet reviewed. For most people this brand is a hate it or love it brand, and I usually love it, especially the younger ones.  So be warned! The version I posses is as mentioned the 2008 version and isn’t displaying any age statement. The tasting glass used is an Libbey tasting glass.

Nose:

At first the intense iodine flavoured smoked peat appears, directly followed by hints of sweetness. A second smell displays different sea influences from sea weed, salt and sand. The medicinal notes keep playing a hell of an influence. The influence of the smaller quarter casks displays more vanilla and creamy, velvetly notes. Extreme pleasant nose!

Taste:

At first a bit soft and mellow, but then the peat/smoke/iodine hits you full in your face. Combined with the ocean like flavours it has a salty tang to it. Also some herbal influences present. The quarter cask displays it influence here in the way of spicy woodtones, but the main taste is smoky peat!

Finish:

Long long peaty and ashy finish which I like a lot. Again displaying some woody, nutty influence of the quarter cask combined with earthy hints and even some freshly grinded coffee smells is entering your nose through your mouth. A excellent finish of burning embers of peat, iodine and some balancing bitter sweetness. Usually I am playing quite a long time with a single sip, letting it role through your mouth, enjoying the burning alcohol combined with the lovely peat and smokiness gives me a lot of pleasure.

Balance:

For me this is excellent balanced, just enough sweetness and wood influences to keep the dram very interesting to play with. The iodine influence I like a lot, but I can see why some people hate this brand, but luckily I don’t !

Conclusion:

One of my favourites and very affordable also. When the bottle is emptied I already know I will be replacing this one with a new version of the Quarter Cask. Points will be probably no surprise : 92 points.

About gjr71

Whisky enthousiast, working for a auditing firm. Loves Whisky, Wine, Music and a good meal.
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