Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whisky 70cl £29.00 down to £19.00 @ Waitrose - HotUKDeals
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As description, found instore and online at Waitrose Deliver.

My hubby reckons this is rather nice, being a single malt man.
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#1
A wee bit of info on the quarter cask that I read and found useful:

Unlike the new trend amongst many distilleries nowadays, Laphroaig doesn't have a very large range (they make a 10 year old in standard and cask strength, all matured in first fill bourbon barrels and very limited amounts are allowed to age further) But now a rarest of events has occurred - a new expression of Laphroaig.
Tasting Notes : The additional oak influence from the quarter casks had created a soft sweetness and velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness, so unique to Laphroaig, comes bursting through. The finish is long and alternates between the wood sweetness and the classic phenolic 'peat reek' like the waves on our shore.
Producer : Laphroaig
Method of Production : In the early days of the 19th century whisky would be placed into small 'quarter casks' and await collection and transportation by pack horse. Inevitably, maturation would take place in these tiny barrels. Laphroaig has decided to return to its roots and reproduce these conditions, and matured this new release in smaller barrels. The smaller the cask used, the stronger the oak influence will be, due to the hugely increased oak surface contact compared, to the small amount of whisky they contain. Therefore this special whisky had to be watched like a hawk as it is actually younger than Laphroaig's standard expression. To keep with the old ways, it was not chill filtered.

Usual 10yr is my poison and I will be getting a few of these in for :santa::gift::stocking:
Hot deal 4 sure:thumbsup:
#2
A very fine wee dram, slightly sweeter and smoother than the normal 10YO and you can taste the closer contact with the wood (which is not to everyone's taste). Personally I prefer this over the 10YO, it feels more mature, better rounded, and at that price IWBRNT.

I picked up a couple at the weekend, one for now, and one for Christmas (or more likely November by the time the whisky cupboard runs bare again).

For those that don't know Laphroaig this is a full on Islay malt, so don't buy if you don't like tasting iodine, burnt embers and salt!

HTH - Rufus.
#3
Mmmmmm. Laphroaig is my favourite whisky. I have never tried this, but with Christmas around the corner... i'll have to drop a few hints.
#4
Anyone who likes Laphroaig I would very very very strongly recommend the Caol ila 18yr

Waitrose usually have it running up to Christmas for about £37.

I can actually say its better than the 15yr Laproaig by a long shot and its the closest you will get to a 30yr Laphroaig without spending hundreds of pounds.

mmmmm 30 yr laphroaig, its like drinking warm engine oil.
#5
Lagavulin is easlily king of the Islays. Caol isla is nice (recognisable as the top note in Bells blended whisky) but you can't beat Lagavulin for full on quality:thumbsup:
#6
castortroy
Lagavulin is easlily king of the Islays. Caol isla is nice (recognisable as the top note in Bells blended whisky) but you can't beat Lagavulin for full on quality:thumbsup:


Lagavulin is a damn fine Islay true, As far as B...B..B I can't even say the name.. I hate that blended swill, and the only association with Caol ila is the dirstributor.
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Keep an eye out at the Co- op. they usually have one or two malts a month where they discount them by a third. Ardberg last time i went in a few weeks ago.
#8
castortroy;3136729
Lagavulin is easlily king of the Islays. Caol isla is nice (recognisable as the top note in Bells blended whisky) but you can't beat Lagavulin for full on quality:thumbsup:

Until recently I would have agreed with you but a couple of years ago my boss got me a bottle of 'Seaside Funfair', an Islay Malt which came from his whisky club. Unfortunately having finished the bottle I opened my bottle of Lagavulin and it was like going from a single malt to a blended.
I guess its all a case of what you are used to, people who drink blended probably have never tried a single malt and therefore find the taste acceptable. But people who can afford the whisky club stuff probably think the same of high street malts.
Luckily my palet has forgotten about the expensive malt and is now quite happy with Lagavulin again:-D but given the chance I would go for the finer stuff.
#9
Beware this is an aquired taste. It is very smokey and not to everyone's taste. My b/f loves single malt but does not like this at all. Excellent price if you are sure you like it though.
#10
Baz8755
Until recently I would have agreed with you but a couple of years ago my boss got me a bottle of 'Seaside Funfair', an Islay Malt which came from his whisky club.


Sounds like a SMWS description if ever I heard one (it's a "society" not a club).

Actually just googled for it, and it's "29.37" - a cask strength 12YO Laphroaig in a standard ex-bourbon cask.

http://www.smws.co.uk/whisky/tasting-notes-results.php?region=Islay&bottle_age=&casknum=&keyword=&orderby=age%20DESC&item_start=165

I'm a SMWS member (have been for years). The bottles aren't *that* expensive, particularly the younger malts, a bit dearer than supermarket, but as they are cask strength you are in effect getting 40-50% more whisky for your money!

What I love about them is that they are single cask so you really get to taste the characteristic of the barrel it's been matured in. It's like eating gammon cooked on the bone compared to chopped and reformed ham. Each one is hand picked by an experienced tasting panel. Also they are never chill filtered so you get that lovely oily mouth feel lacking in some bottles.

For anyone who LOVES whisky I can also highly recommend Whisky Live - an annual Whisky show where you get to taste great malts and meet with the distillers who actually make them!

HTH - Rufus
#11
RufusA;3143239
Sounds like a SMWS description if ever I heard one (it's a "society" not a club).

Actually just googled for it, and it's "29.37" - a cask strength 12YO Laphroaig in a standard ex-bourbon cask.

http://www.smws.co.uk/whisky/tasting-notes-results.php?region=Islay&bottle_age=&casknum=&keyword=&orderby=age%20DESC&item_start=165

I'm a SMWS member (have been for years). The bottles aren't *that* expensive, particularly the younger malts, a bit dearer than supermarket, but as they are cask strength you are in effect getting 40-50% more whisky for your money!

What I love about them is that they are single cask so you really get to taste the characteristic of the barrel it's been matured in. It's like eating gammon cooked on the bone compared to chopped and reformed ham. Each one is hand picked by an experienced tasting panel. Also they are never chill filtered so you get that lovely oily mouth feel lacking in some bottles.

For anyone who LOVES whisky I can also highly recommend Whisky Live - an annual Whisky show where you get to taste great malts and meet with the distillers who actually make them!

HTH - Rufus

You are correct, that is where he gets his whisky from. Prices aren't that high but you also got to take into account the membership fees :w00t:
#12
This is a touch too phenolic for my tastes.
Prefer a nice Speyside myself.

Voted hot nonetheless :thumbsup:

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