Review #45 | /r/Scotch Review #18 – Laphroaig Quarter Cask
The Schtick: Laphroaig is a Beam/Suntory scotch distillery in the Islay region of scotch. Known for several core age stated products, they also specialize in funky one-offs that make little sense and generally carry no age statements.
Distiller: Laphroaig (Beam/Suntory)
ABV: 48% ABV
Maturation: This spends some time maturing in smaller casks (a la “Quarter Casks”).
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: PLASTIC. Burning plastic, tires, homes, dreams…etc. There’s intense rubber and peaty boggy notes. Egad.
Taste: Intense but rich mouthfeel. There’s a lot of sweet here but it’s also brash and powerful. Peat, smoke, vanilla, lemon custard, plastic, you name it.
Finish: It’s medium and relentless on the plastic notes. There’s some vanilla that comes out with a little orange sweetness at the end along with brine, vanilla cream and some lemon notes.
Overall: Brash, young and powerful, Quarter Cask lives up to its name. It’s rougher and less refined but also manages to deliver some enjoyable notes.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists