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 (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.