Whisky Review: Laphroaig Triple Wood
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Laphroaig Distillery
- Bottling: Beam/Suntory
- ABV: 48%
- Cost: £46
What they say
This expression of our famous whisky, from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, has enjoyed a triple maturation in 3 types of cask. Just as with our standard Quarter Cask expression, the first maturation is in American oak, ex-Bourbon Barrels. We then select the most suitable of these barrels, containing a range of different aged spirit and transfer into small 19th Century style Quarter Casks for a second maturation. The final maturation is in specially selected, large European oak, Oloroso Sherry Casks.
Official tasting notes:
- COLOUR: Bright gold
- NOSE: At 48%, straight from the bottle, the initial flavour is quite sweet with a gentle mixture of sweet raisins and creamy apricots with just a trace of the dry peat smoke at the back, the smoother nutty flavours combine all these flavours into one smooth, syrupy whole. With a touch of water the peat smoke comes to the fore and masks the gentler fruitier notes. Even with the maturation being carried out in 1st fill bourbons, quarter casks and sherry butts, the intense bonfire ash smell of the earthy peat cannot be masked
- BODY: Powerful yet with a creamy consistency
- PALATE: With no water, a large initial burst of peat belies the slight lack on the nose but is gentled on the tongue by the creamier flavours of vanilla and fruit with just a suggestion of sherry sweetness. With a trace of water the peat reek is gentled, allowing the more complex flavours of citrus fruits and spices to come through. A slight tang comes from the European Oak balancing the creamier American White Oak.
- FINISH: Mouth filling and extremely long but balanced by the sweet smooth caramel taste
What I say
Sampled during Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 13/03/2014 – Whisky Finishes with Emilio Lustau Rio Viejo dry oloroso sherry.
Oloroso sherry tasting notes: Roasted nuts, citrus and orange peel and licor, a hint of caramel and smoke… completely dry, but generous and mouth coating, with a long lasting, slightly alcoholic aftertaste.
The Laphroaig triple wood was OK, it is slightly salty and reasonably peaty but the sherry finish feels a little like an afterthought and was not well-controlled or integrated into the whisky. On the other hand the Sherry was a little nutty but more sour than sweet, with the peat of the whisky this was the least favoured combination of the night, for me the peat and sweet was just too harsh – though it was fun watching people’s faces as they switched between the two…if only they had the piece of mind to have been taking selfie’s with all those duck pouts!
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