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Laphroaig ‘Quarter Cask’ (2014, OB, 48%)

We were sketching an introduction to one of the Laphroaig’s most famous recent releases – the Quarter Cask -, when we found this link that sums up the topic in a perfect way. For the laziest ones, here a brutal summary: the quarter cask is a smaller cask. How does it affect the whisky inside? More wood influence for less spirit causes a faster maturation: that meaning more flavours in less time. This expression is technically a NAS, but we know it’s a 6-7 years old matured in ex bourbon casks and finished in QC for some months. Did you understand anything? No? We warned you, but you insisted on being lazy…

quarterCask

N: we suddenly smash our nose against the peaty Laphroaig’s wall. The peat is harsh, with sensations of burnt rubber, smog and diesel… Even leather. Then the unique Laffy bandages note. The maritime side is present but blinking (breeze and sea foam). A rather typical Laphroaig, showing a nervous youth and a little “help” from the casks… Robust lemon, then cedar galore: it’s wonderfully fruity, in its own way, with a splash of cold mint… It’s dangerously verging to the Mojito! Liquid sugar makes the sweetness increasing with time, becoming candied and warm. Licorice.

P: definetely people-pleasing and easy. In one word, as we say in Italy, “puttanone” (check here for translation). A layer of licorice and caramel under a too heavy blanket of wood, really excessive. There’s also a third blanket, reminding to a medicine cabinet and to a maritime, salty peat. Everything doesn’t lack intensity, but honestly it tastes more disconnected than harmonious. Again candied notes, talking about the youth of the spirit. 

F: burnt wood, cola and licorice.

We understand the aim of the release: Laphroaig’s style is unique and aggressive, not for everyone. But if you carry that gene (gene? Which gene? Are you talking about a genetic matter???) that makes you love it and you still don’t know anything about Laphroaig, surely this QC will drive you crazy. It’s the perfect entry-level (it’s about 30 euro), but in the long time it could be a little boring. 81/100.

Recommended soundtrack: Verdena – Valvonauta.

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