Laphroaig QA
Added on Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 at 05:53 AM
  Bottler: Travel Retail Exclusive
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2013 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $80 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

When I read "40.0% ABV + chill filtered" I was very skeptical of this. Matured in ex-Bourbon & un-charred American oak barrels; this is where it gets the QA name (quercus alba).

n: Malty vanilla spice and some smoke. Some hints of sea breeze and mineral oil.

 

t: Very light and watery; thin mouthfeel. My first thought was that ice melted in my glass and I was drinking the results. It's very soft and has a surprising vanilla caramel flavor that fades to malty seabrine and ginger candy. Finishes quickly with sweet earthy peat smoke and caramel oak.

 

If you took Quarter Cask and watered it down, this is the result. I love Laphroaig but this is a beginner expression, and for us jaded folks, it will leave you wanting. 

 
Adam
 

Nose is really great, ashy, musty smoke. Peaty kiln.

 

Palate is watery, moderately sweet, with mild smoke. Mehh. There's not a lot here. Peated whiskey for newbies, or something, I guess. 

 
Fuji
 

Watered down peat with baked bread. Smells young. Tastes young and watered down. Just light peat and more water. 

 

Young and watered down.  It's missing all the big medicinal peat qaulities that make it distinctly Laphroaig.  Its a Laphroaig but not.  IMO

 
Andy
 

n: Wet socks in a tar bucket

 

p: Thin and coal watery. It's a gentler version of the 10 with a twist of orange. Good for people afraid of Laphroaig 10, but weak for everyone. It's more boring than bad.
B-/C+

 

 
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