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30 Mar 2012

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Laphroaig

Quarter Cask is a small type of cask used to transport whisky on horseback during the 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).

This is generally one of the most highly rated original bottlings and a regular favourite among peatheads. I wrote this review two years ago but somehow I never got round to posting it.


Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48%, OB 2008)

Nose: not exactly like the standard 10yo. Prominent aroma of vanilla scented candles, peach and camomile. Banana and kiwi. These softer, sweeter flavours fight with the usual smoke and medicinal notes. Iodine. Mouth: soft and creamy attack. Rather sweet at first. After that, waves of smoke with some grassy notes. Slightly herbal evolution. Finish: rather fruity (pear) and a bit earthy. Closer to the regular Laphroaigs now. Nice aftertaste of coffee.

Well balanced whisky. Typical Islay feel, but also some softer, smoother flavours. In the end I still prefer the Laphroaig Triple Wood, but this one is cheaper: around € 30 or € 40 for a 1 liter bottle.

Score: 87/100

Laphroaig Quarter Cask 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-03-30
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  • Mark

    I agree with your tasting notes regarding the QC I tried two years ago a couple of times.
    Although, a few weeks ago I came back to it and was really surprised that it was so extemely ashy and smoky. The fruitiness was hard to detect. Even the last young Cairdeas wasn’t that ashy and more delicious for my taste.

    It’s a little bit like the new batch 10 yo. cask strength compared to the older ones, I think.
    At the Feis Ile 2010 when they poured a dram from a newly opened bottle of the Quarter Cask at the distillery I found it so tasty and bourbonny.
    But this recent one was a bit too extreme for me.
    Haven’t tried the Triple Wood yet, maybe that’s the one for me ;-)

  • Ruben

    Thanks for your comment, Mark. That’s one of the issues with large-scale bottlings of course, batches can be small so you never know if what you’re getting is still the same.



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