At the suggestion of a friend, I was told to look out for this particular scotch thanks to its heavy peat and smoke flavors. Well never one to shy away from something new (even if it does take me a while), I went in search of this bottle and actually found it for $30 in a liquor store in the hood. Score! The first thing I noticed was the distinctive lack of an age on this bottle - immediate red flags for a single malt scotch. Undeterred I spent my $40 (grabbed an old school Four Loko that they had too - I was in the adventurous mood) and headed home. My immediate first impressions were of a clingy overpowering smoky smell. You're hit in the face with a smoky smell from the first sniff. It was like someone started a house fire down the street it was so intense. Just barely (after you get over the smoke smell) you can make out a little bit of peat and oak in the nose. It poured a nice warm yellowish color (probably from it's second casking in small oak barrels) and maintained it's clinging smoke smell. A sip of this monster reveals a more nuanced flavor profile then the smell would lead you to believe. Don't get me wrong it's a smoke and peat monster (with an odd oily feel to it), but you can also make out a bit of the classic Islay of Geese brine and seaweed flavors. Theres a tease of liquorice and what seems like a nice smooth slightly sweet finish. On the idea that maybe some water will help keep the smoke down, I tried a second snifter with a bit of water in it. This is how this stuff is supposed to be enjoyed. The super smoky flavors all but disappeared and were replaced with a pleasant lightly smoky earth flavor. There was the same liquorice but now you could fully appreciate the other flavors too - a hint of vanilla and some butteriness with more of a sweet finish starting sooner, all topped off with a salty sweet malt finish that ends perfectly leaving the aforementioned smoke flavors in your mouth. Overall I really enjoyed this scotch; with a little bit of water, I could drink this most of the day.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Scotch
by Sewerranger July. 29, 2011 3005 views