Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Scotch
AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER...THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF PEAT AND OAK.
An irresistible doubling of flavour, due to the double maturation in two barrels made of American oak then transferred to quarter casks and left to rest just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic shore.
Laphroaig is the #1 selling Islay single malt Scotch whisky.
Laphroaig (La-'froyg) literally means "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay." Born from the streams and blue peat smoke of Islay, Laphroaig is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a distinct taste and story in every bottle.
The secret to Laphroaig is that it benefits from the happy circumstances of where it is produced—next to ocean water and on land that gives Laphroaig a unique peaty taste. Laphroaig is one of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors, and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns.
Our whisky making tradition has been passed down by distillery managers since the first drop rolled off the still in 1815. Ian Hunter, Bessie Williamson, John MacDougal, Denise Nicole, Iain Henderson and the incumbent John Campbell were all protective custodians of the art of Laphroaig.
Whisky needs water. As well as being a key ingredient, it serves as a coolant throughout our whisky making process, and importantly for us, it provides flavor. It’s soft, peated and non-mineralised. It’s used to mash the barley, to bring the spirit’s strength down once it’s taken off the still and often – if not destined to become a cask-strength expression – to reduce the whisky before it’s bottled. It cools the ‘wort’ in preparation for fermentation, and it’s used to condense the spirit’s vapours back to liquid during the fermentation process. We are fortunate enough to have a plentiful supply of peaty water by the way of the nearby Kilbride Stream, which we once had to protect against the intentions of other distilliers, who had re-routed it for reasons that failed to convince the courts, and which we had dammed in the 1930s. Consequently, all our waters are sourced from Kilbride Reservoir – our very own supply.
Age: 12 years
Proof: 96 (48% ABV)
Distiller: Laphroaig distillery, Islay, Scotland
Family: Laphroaig whiskeys
Not available in: AL, KY, MA, MD, MS, ND, NH, NV, NY, PA, TX, UT, VT, WV
A kiss of peat and hickory
An explosion of sweetness on the tongue
A cigar-smoke finish that doesn't linger too long