Islay Whisky Classics No.14 – Laphroaig Quarter Cask

There was a time when there was a lot of discussion going on about Laphroaig not being as Strong (pungent) as it used to be , i was on the side of the “it isn’t”  , i first had Laphroaig back in 1984 and it was like nothing on this planet…… well maybe hospital antiseptic ! Even my wife had noticed it had lost something , when we were first going out in the early 90’s she knew from the other side of the bar i’d bought a Laphroaig , she didn’t like it . By 2006 she was drinking the stuff not knowing it was a Laphroaig ! This release started the come back in my eyes for Laphroaig……

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

After spending some time in normal casks , this spirit is then moved into smaller “Quarter Casks” for further maturation before bottling at a higher abv of 48%  . Polished Gold in colour , the initial nose is very medicinal , seaweedy / iodine , damp moss and my old friend the nettle ! There’s a creaminess hiding in there as well , it does take a little while to open up . The palate is very vegetal , again there’s a sweetness to it , it’s actually quite short over the palate , luckily there’s a long , medicinal finish with Highland Toffee and you know what….. 

A thoroughly enjoyable Laphroaig that re-ignited my interest in this distillery , as a well known game show host said “super,great,smashing” !

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