Product Type: Laphroaig Distillery Vodka
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It might be quarter cask - but its quadruple the flavour
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Member Name: mikecrabb
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Advantages: Massive flavours for a whisky of this price
Disadvantages: The bottle eventually runs out
It's really hard to try and describe this whisky to anyone that isn't familiar with any of the other Laphroaigs, and one of the best names that me and a few friends came up with one night was 'Laphtoaig GTi'. Let me explain...
If you are familiar with any of the Islay Whiskies then you will know that they are an acquired taste- really peaty, really smoky and not for the faint hearted. Now the quarter cask takes this idea of big bold flavours and then takes it up a few steps, creating something that is even more peaty and has an even bigger smokey flavour.
Now this is all managed by reducing the size of the cask that the whisky is left in, reducing the size of the cask means that the ratio of whisky to barrel is greater and more of the oaky flavours can be absorbed to enhance the flavourings. Apparently 1/4 size casks are also greater at 'breathing' in air from its surroundings, so no doubt the boys up at the distillery knew this and played to their advantage by finding some of the best spots to let this sit.
Packaging wise, this is very similar to any other Laphroaig whisky, it comes in a very nicely presented round box and the bottle fits very snuggly inside of it. It also comes with a little leaflet telling you all about the history of the brand - don't throw this out, inside of it is actually a little code that if you register online you get to 'own' a small plot of land in their grounds and if you ever get to go up there you can claim your 'rent' as a wee dram of whisky (a really nice touch!).
In terms of price, this is a little more expensive than the standard 10 year bottle (£30) but a LOT cheaper than the geourgous 18 year old bottle (£70). It comes in at a very modest £32, and for what you are getting, this is an absolute steal!
I would recommend this to anyone that is a fan of BIG flavour whiskies that wants to try something a bit new or even someone that wants to give Islay whiskies a try for the first time - you wont be dissapointed
Summary: A great example of Islay whiskies and one that everyone should try
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