Laphroaig Triple Wood

Laphroaig triple woodLaphroaig 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

laphroaig quarter caskLaphroaig 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.