smoky
phenols
peaty
sweet
oily
spicy
white chocolate
warm fire
caramel
Spiral Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Laphroaig
Quarter Cask
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Colour
Medium gold. 
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Maritime. Powerful phenolic smoke, peat oil, sweet malt, coal. Develops hints of chocolate, cinnamon, coconut and banana aromas.
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Deep, complex and smoky. Medicinal peatiness balanced by caramelised 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.  

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


Price:
$63.99
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 favourite 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.

  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    48%
  • Distillery
    Laphroaig
  • Bottler
    Laphroaig

Laphroaig

Quarter Cask

(0.75l, 48%)


7.8/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Laphroaig Quarter Cask
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
anonymous
anonymous,
Smokey, nice nose
Drew
Drew,
Love this peaty scotch
Stephen
Stephen,
I thought it was a lovely smooth drink with lovely peaty after taste.
anonymous
anonymous,
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!
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Very oily, smoky and sweet, and kind of hot - not exactly spicy. Love it.
anonymous
anonymous,
Taste better with a little bit water
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Epic!
Paul
Paul,
Delicious
anonymous
anonymous,
Extremely smooth and drinkable.
Pete
Pete,
Sweet start, strong finish.
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
I think the world of this one
Rick
Rick,
I'm a vulin fan when it comes to peats, just wish it was smoother...
anonymous
anonymous,
A great islay whisky!
anonymous
anonymous,
Rauchig phenolisch charaktervoll
Peter
Peter,
Salty, smoke for days, peaty nose. Tobacco, medicine like, slight mouth coating.
anonymous
anonymous,
Great but a bit too sweet and mellow
anonymous
anonymous,
If you like peat, brine, and smoke. Then this is the malt for you.
anonymous
anonymous,
Seriously smokey!!!
anonymous
anonymous,
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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