LAPHROAIG TRIPLE WOOD
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
ISLE OF ISLAY, SCOTLAND
The Laphroaig Triple Wood is basically the Laphroaig Quarter Cask that’s also been finished in Oloroso sherry butts. An interesting, if unusual expression from Laphroaig.
This means they take their traditional Laphroaig whisky and then first age it in ex-bourbon barrels (Wood 1), then take some of that bourbon barrel whisky and put it into their specially made quarter casks to age for a bit (Wood 2) before finally finishing it all into some sherry butts for the last bit of aging (Wood 3).
The heavily peated Laphroaig, pronouned “La-froyg”, was established on the southern coast of Islay in the mid 1820s. Laphroaig’s medicinal, seaweedy, ‘iodine’ flavours are derived from its local, hand-cut peat, which is used to dry malt in its own floor maltings.
Caramel, butterscotch and punchy peat. Honey, baklava and molasses linger deep. Overripe orchard fruit and a slight hint of citrus round it out.
Peat, caramel and dark fruit. Nuts, wood and sherry sweetness come and go at intervals. Seaweed, iodine and citrus provide a savoury backdrop.
Nice long finish. More peat, ash, caramel, honey, an ambiguous rich sweetness, wood. The strong medicinal notes associated with Laphroaig seem to have been covered up with some sweeter dessert notes.