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Laphroaig Quarter Cask Malt Whisky 70Cl
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The No 1 Islay malt in the UK and globally The only Islay malt you will need to stock
Unmistakable peat smoke flavours An unforgettable, challenging yet rewarding experience
A truly iconic brand Instantly recognised around the world and with a global community of over 540,000 Friends of Laphroaig
The only single malt Scotch whisky to be awarded the Royal Warrant by HRH Prince of Wales The Royal Crest on the distillery and on every bottle of Laphroaig is the ultimate seal of approval of the highest quality product
What Makes Laphroaig Special?
The definitive Islay single malt: Peaty, smoky, challenging, rewarding. One of the most richly peated whiskies (up to 50 ppm). The high level of peat gives it its characteristic taste.
Only one of a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors. It dries the malted barley over a peat fire made from hand cut peat from its own peat beds in Islay. This adds to the distinctive, pungent, peaty, iodine aroma.
Matured exclusively in first fill bourbon casks.
Warehouse location close to the sea, imparts a slightly sea salty character.
Initial peat smoke underlined by hints of sweetness.
Rich peat smoke, alternating with a gentle sweetness, just a hint of salt.
The island of Islay is situated on the rugged west coast of Scotland, a beautiful yet uncompromising
place at the mercy of the sea, wind and rain. In the corner of the island is a distillery in a special place, a “beautiful hollow by the broad bay” or, in gaelic “Laphroaig”. The Laphroaig distillery was founded here in 1815.
Laphroaig distillery founded by Donald and Alexander Johnston on the site of a farm, beside the Atlantic, with a steady source of water from nearby Kilbride Hills. Laphroaig means ‘beautiful hollow by the broad bay’.
First major expansion by family member Ian Hunter. Laphroaig bottled as a single malt for the first time. Laphroaig was sold legally during prohibition in the USA on medicinal grounds.
Bessie Williamson became Manager and Owner at the request of Ian Hunter. She started as a short term secretary and ended up staying for 40 years. Entrusted with the secrets of Laphroaig, she was one of the first women owner
Bessie retired after making a number of improvements, including expanding the still house.
BY APPOINTMENT TO HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES, DISTILLER AND SUPPLIER OF SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY, D. JOHNSTON & CO., (LAPHROAIG) DUMBARTON.
DOUBLE CASK MATURED.
Bottled at 48%vol. Strength.
NON CHILL FILTERED
The most richly flavoured of all Scotch Whiskies.
THIS EXPRESSION OF OUR FAMOUS WHISKY HAS ENJOYED A SECOND MATURATION IN SMALL QUARTER CASKS. THESE MOST TRADITIONAL BARRELS RECREATE THE PRACTICES OF A BYGONE ERA, TO CREATE THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF PEAT AND OAK. LAPHROAIG QUARTER CAST IS BARRIER FILTERED ONLY AND BOTTLED AT A HIGHER STRENGTH.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask takes its inspiration from the small casks often used for Scottish Whisky in the 19th century and frequently transported across the Glens by packhorse.
As the industry grew, they fell into disuse bigger and more cost effective barrels became the norm, for maturation and transportation.
However as single malt lovers may know, the relationship between the barrel and the maturing spirit is critical. We noted that the small cask size gives up to 60% greater contact with the wood compared to some of the larger sizes used today, thus greatly intensifying the maturation process.
It was decided to re create some of these Quarter Casks and the flavours they produce. We transferred some still maturing Laphroaig from our larger style barrels into the Quarter Casks. There then followed a further period of maturation in our original Dunnage Warehouse No1.
For greater authenticity we simply barrier filtered the whisky the method used in those far off days and bottled at a higher alcohol strength.
The result surprised and delighted us. The additional oak influence creates a soft sweetness and velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig, comes bursting through. The finish is very long and alternates between the sweetness and the peat.
We believe that the original founding Johnston brothers would recognise this unique expression and thank us for recreating it. We hope you enjoy drinking Quarter Cask as much as we did making it.
A soft sweetness and velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig, comes bursting through. The finish is very long and alternates between the sweetness and the peat.
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