Laphroaig Quarter Cask
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Laphroaig
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 48%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • phenols
  • sweet
  • peaty
  • spicy
  • bitter oak
  • sweet vanilla
  • black pepper
  • oily

Laphroaig

Quarter Cask (0.75l, 48%)
Price $67.99

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It comes from the upper-left side of our flavour map. In an explosive manner! 
 
The Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and is located in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. Although Laphroaig isn't allowed to put the prefix ‘Royal’ in its name (yet), rumour has it that his royal princeness Charles of Wales is a fan of the ‘L’ Whisky. The 15-year-old is reportedly the prince's favorite Scotch.
 
The craftsmen at Laphroaig have revived the practice and gave small casks another try. And boy did it work. 
 
Quarter Cask is a small type of cask (50 litres) used to transport Whisky on horseback during 19th century. They speed up the maturation process due to the larger wood contact.  Although there’s no age statement on this Laphroaig, it is said to be around six years old (of which 7 months in the quarter cask). Instead of chill filtering, only barrier filtering is used. 
 
Trivia:
Donald Johnston died in 1847. It is believed that he died having fallen into a vat of partially made Whisky.
 

  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Laphroaig
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 48%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Medium gold. 
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Maritime. Powerful phenolic smoke, peat oil, sweet malt, coal. Develops hints of chocolate, cinnamon, coconut and banana aromas.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Deep, complex and smoky. Medicinal peatiness balanced by caramelized sweetness. Chilli peppers and hot spices. 
 
Finish
Really long, sweet and smoky, dries appropriately with smoke and spice. 
 
Comment
A successful Whisky experiment and innovation.  

Flavor spiral
Smoky, phenols, peaty, sweet, white chocolate, caramel, oily, spicy, coconut. 

 

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  • smoky
  • phenols
  • sweet
  • peaty
  • spicy
  • bitter oak
  • sweet vanilla
  • black pepper
  • oily
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Character Dogson
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Laphroaig was the only 'legal' Whisky to be sold in the US during Prohibition. Officials were persuaded that Laphroaig Whisky could be used for medical purposes, since it had a strong iodine character.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Laphroaig was the only 'legal' Whisky to be sold in the US during Prohibition. Officials were persuaded that Laphroaig Whisky could be used for medical purposes, since it had a strong iodine character.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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