Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Single Islay malt Scotch whisky
48% alc/vol

I first tried this scotch at WhiskyFest Chicago last year. I liked it, but it was toward the end of the night, and my tongue, she was tired. So I picked up a full bottle of it so I could judge it a bit more critically (well, as much as I ever judge whiskeys critically).

Peat. Hits me full in the face, from nose to finish. Very smoky. It's quite nice, really, when I'm in the mood for it, and not so much when I'm not. There's a sweetness to it, too — coconut, maybe? It's nice and creamy and smooth, and, at the moment, a joy to drink. Spicy and dry on the finish.

This is good stuff, but a bit expensive to keep in stock regularly. I'd be more inclined to go to Black Bottle or JW Black Label for my peat kick, although I could see myself going back to the Quarter Cask when those two just aren't enough.