Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML
Distiller: Laphroaig Distillery
Several weeks ago, I wrote a review of Ardmore Traditional Cask, and how the distillers used smaller casks to instill more oak character into the whiskey in a shorter period of time. The same is true for Laphroaig Quarter Cask – the whiskey is aged in, you guessed it, a cask one quarter the size of a standard barrel. This essentially expedites the aging process, producing a more “mature” whiskey in a shorter period of time.
What I like about this whisky is that there are other “aged” expressions readily available to compare this one against, whereas the Ardmore only has the Traditional Cask expression (at least where I live). Let’s jump into this one and see how it stacks up.
The nose on Quarter Cask is smooth and creamy, similar to Lagavulin 16 Year Old. There’s lots of peat but even more smoke. This is another “campfire whisky”, like Ardbeg 10 Year Old. The terroir of Islay is evident here with plenty of iodine and sea salt to go around.
There’s even more smoke in the mouth, but still a very creamy Scotch. This one is not as intense as the 10 Year Old but also not as mellow and tamed as the 18 Year Old. There’s a nice bit of oak in Quarter Cask from the secondary aging.
Like many Islay Scotches, the finish is lengthy on this one. Good for late nights with good friends.
Rating & Recommendations
This is a very good Islay whisky (and a good value), earning an 88 out of 100.
Quarter Cask is my favorite Laphroaig expression above the 10 and 18 Year Old versions.