Another monster from the bog. Laphroaig has done something different here. In order to replicate whisky distillation and maturation from the days of old, the craftsmen at Laphroaig have finished this whisky in smaller casks to allow greater wood/whisky contact. The Quarter Cask is aged to about 5 years in bourbon casks before the transfer.
The QC is the ultimate in successful whisky experiment and innovation. There is simply nothing to rival this.
As you’d expect nothing less from Laphroaig, this is a bottle full of smoke. Heavy peat, yet smooth beyond its age. Seems a little raw around the edges as it lacks that certain sweetness you find in some some of the other Islays. Big fat arrival…long development…finish that lingers almost as long as the beautiful aroma.
This is all smoke (no mirrors, thankfully). The real deal. Heavy and lingering. Massive arrival that develops into something with a bit of heat and…I know, I know…dirt. Very earthy. I think I’m getting a touch of anise in there as well. Typical young peat citric notes are a little buried (surprisingly) by smoke, but present nevertheless.
Definitely a winter whisky, but one that will have you thinking of summer bonfires. Very raw and overpowering…in a good way. I can promise you that the smell of this whisky will still be blanketing the room long after your glass is empty.
At ~$50 a bottle, and a brilliant bottling at 48% abv, this is definitely one to snag a couple bottles of if the opportunity presents itself. One helluva Christmas gift idea too.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt