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.

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