smoky
phenols
sweet
peaty
spicy
bitter oak
sweet vanilla
black pepper
oily
Spiral Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig
Quarter Cask
Reviews and Tasting Notes

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. 


Price:
$59.99
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Laphroaig Quarter Cask is adored for its smoky, phenols, sweet and peaty flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Laphroaig distillery, Islay.

Based on 468 votes, the average rating for Laphroaig Quarter Cask is 7.9/10.

Top reviews for Laphroaig Quarter Cask:

— It was love at first pour. Had it at a scotch house in Seattle during a friends bachelor party. This is a wonderfully rounded Laphroaig. Sweet and smoky. Grab a bottle ASAP.

— Great

— Something like drinking a campfire with a salty and peppery steak, with flambé bananas in the finish.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    48%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

(0.75l, 48%)


7.9/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Sir
Sir,
Been drinking scotch since I was 25. Started with Glenlivet. This Laphroaig and the 10yr are my go to 25 years later. The Quarter Cask seems a bit sweeter if I can say that, compared to the Ten. For those of us that originally thought Laphroaig tasted like diesel fuel but now crave "The richest tasting of all Scotch Whiskys" realize that drinking it before food and after food create different experiences in flavor. Perhaps its because the enzymes in my system are different but some scotch feels and tastes hotter after food for me. The price difference seems too simple to pick this over the 10yr and if i want more subtle peat with a sweetness, I'll spend more on the Lagavulin 16. For those that say "too smokey".... just wait a few years, your taste buds may just crave the peat before this journey is over.
 
Richard
Richard,
One of the few disappointing bottles I have purchased. Super strong peaty taste and smell. Tastes like liquid smoke. If that is your jam then this is your bottle. It has taken me a decade to finish this bottle. It only makes an appearance when there is an overly eager uninitiated scotch drinker in the group that needs a wide flavor palate experience. Would not buy again.
 
Zach
Zach,
Not as flavorful as the 10, but definitely more kick.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
My second laphroaig and it is amazing, once you get past the strong nose is is fantastic
 
matt
matt,
Too peaty
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Fantastic. A hint more subtle than the standard Laphroaig, and just extremely sippable -- with small sips.
 
Scott
Scott,
Great taste love the peat however the 10 year has more of a peaty taste and is a little less so far the 10 is my favorite but looking forward to try other Laphroaig products because I’m a believer
 
Michael
Michael,
King of Peat
 
Grant
Grant,
Taste like licking an old ashtray
 
Navdeep
Navdeep,
It was love at first pour. Had it at a scotch house in Seattle during a friends bachelor party. This is a wonderfully rounded Laphroaig. Sweet and smoky. Grab a bottle ASAP.
 
kenneth
kenneth,
Super smoke. Love it.
 
Robert
Robert,
Lovely
 
John
John,
Campfire and peaty. Bite that lasts
 
Justyn
Justyn,
A delicious bottle of Laphroaig. Nice smooth peat. While great, not sure if it’s really worth the extra cash over the regular 10yr.
 
Justin
Justin,
Give me the peat! Give me the smoke! This is the scotch that won me over and brought me from dabbling in scotch to going head first on a life quest to explore what kind of earthy / smokey flavors I could uncover. Though I'm mostly and Islay guy, it has been the anchor to branch out and try other flavors beyond just the smoke.
 
Alex
Alex,
This kicked my butt but i am a whiskey masochist so it gets 6 stars. Need to drink more Laphroaig and Ardbed to get used to this. Hopefully I will want to up the stars the next time I have it.
 
Carlton
Carlton,
I usually like Laphroaig, but this one was odd: I consistently needed to have a sip of another whisky first to really taste the subtleties in this dram. Once I did, they were certainly there, and a few drops of water helped to open things up as well, but I’d definitely favor Laphroaig’s 10YO expression over this one.
 
Lee
Lee,
Peaty (very) very nice. Benefits from whiskey stones. I think it would be nice with a strong cheese
 
guest
guest,
Great
 
arne
arne,
good balance between the smoky and peaty flavors.
 
Dawn
Dawn,
Peated whisky is a taste I'm still acquiring. Laphroaig Quarter Cask is the first that I truly enjoyed drinking. Had I tried this one first, I don't think I would have held peat in aversion as long as I did. The salty, smokiness is something I've come to crave. (And as one who likes to cook with my booze as well as drink it, Laphroaig Quarter Cask makes for a damned fine butterscotch sauce!)
 
Bret
Bret,
Love the Quarter Cask...it's got similar notes of the 10 year but a few subtle differences that I enjoy. For those who are purest and only drink neat or with ice I'd highly suggest trying the most smokey and peat filled single malts that Islay has to offer with an old school highball shot of soda water on ice...the smokey aroma and flavor are softened but still forward and makes it session drinkable!
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Something like drinking a campfire with a salty and peppery steak, with flambé bananas in the finish.
 
Dave
Dave,
Delicious whisky. Higher proof than regular 10.
 
Johann
Johann,
Not too bad, either. A nice dram with some sweet notes in the finish.
 
Arvind
Arvind,
A bit smokier than my personal liking but still something to look forward to on a wintry evening. Lovely finish
 
Lucas
Lucas,
Tastes like a camp fire.
 
Andilee
Andilee,
I absolutely love the smoke and peaty notes. This is one my favorites and a “go to” always stocked in the house.
 
Hastyn
Hastyn,
It’s my favourite ever.
 
Nick
Nick,
I am a huge fan of the smoky and peaty tastes. I love the peppery finish on this one.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
What is the word for this flavor? Acrid? Caustic? The smoky, peat-laden flavors are the first on the palate. Mmmmm, what a tasty sip. Unfortunately, there is an almost immediate blast from, i'm assuming, a battery spill into the cask. Not for me...
 
Jared
Jared,
This is it! My true love in the form of liquid. I love experiencing other spirits but always say I would rather have Laphroaig. Smoke finished with vanilla sweetness is the beginning, then on your next few sips explore the complex other flavors. I can spend 30 minutes with one dram.
 
Artem
Artem,
True peat!
 
guest
guest,
Too Smokey for me.
 
Kirsten
Kirsten,
Smell is full of smoke and peat, the smell is like a damp mossy forest with a babbling brook. Taste is sweet with spice and slight vanilla. after taste is long smoke with even longer spice. Mixed it with a splash of water did not care for the taste after that... enjoy this one neat only in my opinion! Worth the money all day I will reorder and keep this one stocked!
 
Chris
Chris,
Like drinking peat. With your granddad.
 
Marc
Marc,
Naice peat nose. Smoky taste with a nice long and dry finish
 
Bradley
Bradley,
A wonderful, peaty scotch
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Very rich flavor with a lot of peet
 
guest
guest,
Very spice forward and lasting. Incredible nose. For people who really love their Islays
 
Dennis
Dennis,
If you are drinking this, you already have a taste for smokey and peaty whisky. From that context, this is a wonderful glass. I enjoyed the initial taste of smoked, slightly burnt, pork ribs that transitioned to a nice spicy oak finish. One of my favorites in this price point.
 
Danton
Danton,
Wonderful flavor! A campfire is always a memory away with this one!
 
Sam
Sam,
Nasty kick to it
 
Neil
Neil,
Very, very strong but in a great way. Extremely smokey and a good kick.
 
Mike
Mike,
Next up from select / 10 year old and definitely bolder and after taste left much stronger. I like it!!
 
Gabriel
Gabriel,
Definitely unique compared to the standard 10 Year, and only slightly less smooth than Lagavulin (my personal favorite). I have all kinds of love for Islay Scotch and will absolutely be savoring this one with my English blend pipe tobaccos for a smoky, peaky, fire-y, oaky heaven-like experience.
 
Christine
Christine,
Rich and deep. Compared to Laphroaig 10, the aroma is lighter and sweeter with a bit of sea spray, and the flavor has more oak than peat. Very enjoyable.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Smokey goodness with a hint of the sea.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Smokey peaty lovelyness. Reminds me of the lox on my bagels
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Sweeter than Laphroaig 10. Less smokey. More oak. Delicate version of 10 with more alcohol... maybe I like it better... oh and some water opens it so it is even better. Yeah it wins with 10yo.
 
guest
guest,
Very smokey, warm and rich. Also excellent when feeling under the weather.
 
Mark
Mark,
A bit of an anise liquorice flavor, but the scent is to die for. So wonderfully smokey.
 
Travis
Travis,
Too smoky for my taste
 
Danny
Danny,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
So far I think this is my favorite scotch!!!!
 
CJ
CJ,
Solid tasting with a bite.
 
Nick
Nick,
Smoky and smooth in one. I’m used to drinking Lagavulin or The Macallan but this is a different taste entirely
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Strong, peaty, well-balanced
 
guest
guest,
The best. Very peaty. Lots of wood. Medicinal.
 
Mary
Mary,
very smoky, heavy peat. very complex flavors, with a long finish. Love this one!
 
guest
guest,
A wonderful complex smokey flavour
 
Matej
Matej,
Very smoky
 
Stephen
Stephen,
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.
 
Ty
Ty,
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.
 
James
James,
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.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Smokey with a light sweetness
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Must add a couple drops of water
 
guest
guest,
Smokey, nice nose
 
Drew
Drew,
Love this peaty scotch
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I thought it was a lovely smooth drink with lovely peaty after taste.
 
guest
guest,
 
Mike
Mike,
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. Great scotch!
 
guest
guest,
I just love Laphroaig,but this one is superior. Islay whisky at its best
 
christopher
christopher,
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.
 
David
David,
This is one of my favorite Islays. Distinct smoky and peaty flavor.
 
Eric
Eric,
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.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
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
 
Aaron
Aaron,
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.
 
Link
Link,
Nose: Smoky, a little bit pure alcohol Palate: Caramel / Wood Finish: Medium-low strong, smoky
 
Davidson
Davidson,
Rich and smoky, almost a meaty flavor to it, smacking of bacon and capers.
 
Karlo
Karlo,
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.
 
John
John,
Smoky and intense in the best way
 
KC
KC,
Very nice. Complex. Definitely needs a little water. Stiff, bold and strong.
 
Chris
Chris,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Very oily, smoky and sweet, and kind of hot - not exactly spicy. Love it.
 
guest
guest,
Taste better with a little bit water
 
guest
guest,
You can tell it's a Laphroaig product, but lacks the character of the 10 year.
 
Robert
Robert,
Lovely, challenging Islay with great depth of smoke and peat.
 
Marc
Marc,
Good
 
guest
guest,
Smokey and a wonderful peatiness. Enjoy with a nice block of cheese or chocolate.
 
Dan
Dan,
Peaty, oak woody
 
devon
devon,
reminiscent of the smells and tastes of chemicals used to clean chicken houses back in the day.
 
guest
guest,
Favorite Laphroaig so far! Smoky, sweet, and oaky. Great combination.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Has a band aid taste but very smooth!
 
Armando
Armando,
Really, really long finish. Definitely pick up nose of banana and cinnamon and smoky and peppery to the palette
 
Cheyne
Cheyne,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Bloody awesome!!
 
Mike
Mike,
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.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Strong choice. I've been told this tastes 'medicinal'. Not sure I understand this but regardless, it's peated and excellent.
 
guest
guest,
Epic!
 
Paul
Paul,
Delicious
 
Barrett
Barrett,
Extremely smooth and drinkable.
 
Pete
Pete,
Sweet start, strong finish.
 
guest
guest,
It's yummy
 
John
John,
Nice, but a bit smokey for me.
 
Zbigniew
Zbigniew,
Nice smokey nose but for me to strong of a flavor
 
Rolf
Rolf,
Strong Stockholm tar reminder
 
Charles
Charles,
Very strong peat combined with the richness of the wood flavor
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
Cory
Cory,
Delicious, like a crunchy piece of oak.
 
guest
guest,
I think the world of this one
 
Rick
Rick,
I'm a vulin fan when it comes to peats, just wish it was smoother...
 
guest
guest,
A great islay whisky!
 
guest
guest,
Rauchig phenolisch charaktervoll
 
Peter
Peter,
Salty, smoke for days, peaty nose. Tobacco, medicine like, slight mouth coating.
 
guest
guest,
Great but a bit too sweet and mellow
 
guest
guest,
If you like peat, brine, and smoke. Then this is the malt for you.
 
Leanne
Leanne,
Seriously smokey!!!
 
guest
guest,
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!
 
Sally
Sally,
Smoky and delicious - a summer campfire for your tastebuds
 
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