Laphroaig Triple Wood, 48% ABV, Non-chill filtered.
This non-age statement single malt starts with the same sequencing of barrel finishes as Laphroaig Quarter Cask. They begin with an ex-bourbon barrel, then move to a quarter cask. But, for this whisky, they add a third barrel finish, using an ex-sherry barrel.
The nose does have some of the familiar Laphroaig notes, peat and smoke, with a bit of liquorice.
When it comes to the palate, I was thinking the third barrel would add some nuance, and I did find some sherry-like sweetness along with the smoke and salt. It is agressive, young, but lacks the character that I found in the Laphroaig Quarter Cask.
The finish is medium, some liquorice and seaweed with smoke remaining.
Overall, I do not find this to be a single malt I would recommend. Not that it is really bad, but I think the basic Laphroaig 10, or Laphroaig Quarter Cask are much better drams.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask, 48% ABV, Non-Chill Filtered
This Laphroaig comes without an age statement. It is double matured, first in a standard ex-bourbon barrel, then finished in a smaller “quarter cask”. The smaller cask provides more surface contact for the scotch, presumably accelerating the maturation.
There is certainly peat on the nose, but not over-powering. Also seaweed, brine and oak. You know it is a Laphroaig.
The entry to the palate is sweet, just a hint of maple syrup, with a pepper-like spice complement. Peat and smoke follow and persist.
I find the finish to be warm and smoky, what I like in a good peated whisky, that is closer to medium than long.
Overall, a single malt I really enjoy. A good addition to the Islay family. It has some of the aggressive nature of a young whisky but, perhaps due to the quarter cask finish, it has a bit more character than most non-aged offerings.