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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Very good Islay. Lighter bodied/not as intense as others I’ve tried from this region but overall a decent scotch. Wish it was more complex.
So far I think this is my favorite scotch!!!!
Solid tasting with a bite.
Smoky and smooth in one. I’m used to drinking Lagavulin or The Macallan but this is a different taste entirely
Strong, peaty, well-balanced
The best. Very peaty. Lots of wood. Medicinal.
very smoky, heavy peat. very complex flavors, with a long finish. Love this one!
A wonderful complex smokey flavour
The smoke and peat will punch you in the throat, and that's a good thing! Absolutely loved my first dram, and first experience, of Laphroaig.
Far better than the Laphroaig 10, and maybe $10 more. Considering the Quarter Cask is 5% more ABV, and non-chill filtered, it's a no-brainer. Much better quality, and much more nuance for little more money than the 10. A great bargain, as is the 10 Cask Strength.
I love peaty scotch and this fits that notch. If you like your drams smokey, peaty, with lots of finish this is for you. As and added bonus Laphroaig gives you the honorary ownership of 1 square foot of the land that produces this awesome drink.
Smokey with a light sweetness
Must add a couple drops of water
Smokey, nice nose
Love this peaty scotch
I thought it was a lovely smooth drink with lovely peaty after taste.
If you don't like scotch or peated bourbon you will hate this. If you love the smokey taste like me you are in for a treat. Upon opening the bottle the smell of peat and smoke fills the room. It's like you have been smoking some meat all day and that beautiful smell is lingering and you never want it to cease.
When it hits your tongue you get the taste of smoke, peat, and a nutty toffee flavor. The smoke almost over powers everything but you can still get the hints of toffee. You can definitely taste oak after the initial smoke and there is a sweetness to it that I can't put my finger on but lasts throughout. Take a second and third sip the smoke isn't as overpowering and you can get more of the toffee tatse. It leaves you with a smokey after tatse that you wish would stay forever.
I just love Laphroaig,but this one is superior. Islay whisky at its best
I am not a fan of the regular Laphroaig, but the Quarter Cask is great. All the Islay character, but a bit more mellow and smooth. I would recommend this to anyone who prefers Highland Scotch that is interested in exploring Islay.
This is one of my favorite Islays. Distinct smoky and peaty flavor.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask is one of my favorite single malts. I prefer smoky/peaty/spicy whiskys and this one has an added bonus of being a stronger alcohol than most.
Bout as close to a perfect 10 as I have experienced for an Islay - this is a full bore islay NOT for the faint of heart or "new" scotch drinker
This bottle has been my GO TO when I am in the mood for an Islay with some smooth flavor. The combination of using a Quarter Cask with an Islay means that you get the classic task of an Islay with the flavor of a more mature aging.
Nose: Smoky, a little bit pure alcohol
Palate: Caramel / Wood
Finish: Medium-low strong, smoky
Rich and smoky, almost a meaty flavor to it, smacking of bacon and capers.
Smoky and peat at first, after few minutes sweat and smooth love the combination! Finish long and sweet with touch of smoke. This NAS is much better then 10 year old in my opinion.
Smoky and intense in the best way
Very nice. Complex. Definitely needs a little water. Stiff, bold and strong.
BAM! You almost get knocked out with the smoke and peat, but you get used to it, and start tasting other parts of it. Well worth the price.
Very oily, smoky and sweet, and kind of hot - not exactly spicy. Love it.
Taste better with a little bit water
You can tell it's a Laphroaig product, but lacks the character of the 10 year.
Lovely, challenging Islay with great depth of smoke and peat.
Smokey and a wonderful peatiness. Enjoy with a nice block of cheese or chocolate.
Peaty, oak woody
reminiscent of the smells and tastes of chemicals used to clean chicken houses back in the day.
Favorite Laphroaig so far! Smoky, sweet, and oaky. Great combination.
Has a band aid taste but very smooth!
Really, really long finish. Definitely pick up nose of banana and cinnamon and smoky and peppery to the palette
A wonderfully peaty dram, my first favorite of the Laphroaig profile. Going off memory, I remember it being a sherried yet woodsy dram. Quite full and rich yet not as overpowering as the cask strength 10 year old. A bit young, but the peat is stronger at more youthful expressions. A top notch whisky.
Not my favorite Laphroig, but a solid and tasty dram none the less. Recommend if you don't want to go for the triple wood.
Strong choice. I've been told this tastes 'medicinal'. Not sure I understand this but regardless, it's peated and excellent.
Extremely smooth and drinkable.
Sweet start, strong finish.
Nice, but a bit smokey for me.
Nice smokey nose but for me to strong of a flavor
Strong Stockholm tar reminder
Very strong peat combined with the richness of the wood flavor
Laphroaig Quater Cast is aged approx. 8 years. IMO it tastes far better than Laphroaig 10 Years Old. It's peaty and smokey with hints of sweetness and oak. For 48% vol. it's suprisingly mild.
Delicious, like a crunchy piece of oak.
I think the world of this one
I'm a vulin fan when it comes to peats, just wish it was smoother...
A great islay whisky!
Rauchig phenolisch charaktervoll
Salty, smoke for days, peaty nose.
Tobacco, medicine like, slight mouth coating.
Great but a bit too sweet and mellow
If you like peat, brine, and smoke. Then this is the malt for you.
The full complement of genius in an Islay malt -- oaked and salted peat smoke with a little cereal grain and vanilla that add to the layers. An easy go-to every time!
Smoky and delicious - a summer campfire for your tastebuds