Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
Nose: Oily and buttery nose, with toffee, nuttiness, hickory, bicarbonate of soda, rum and raisin ice cream and zest.
Palate: Big rush of sweetness, in fact it’s an explosion of sweetness, with fiery chilli heat, TCP, sweet cereals and a touch of cola syrup.
Finish: Medium length, but becomes fruity, with custard and cigar smoke.
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This is about the most ridiculously off-the-chart blast of flavour I have ever had in my life. I drank a dram and survived. Nose is reminiscent of old antiseptic, bandages, iodine, slight hint of death. Taste is like a massive hit in the mouth with a Viking warhammer wrapped in dirty bandages from the previous day's fight. Some kind of sweet something for a second before the blast of fiery antiseptic cleanses one's innards of all things living. Leaves a feeling in your chest akin to someone lighting your chest hairs on fire. This isn't something you drink, it's something you live through and survive. It's as epic as it sounds. Try it at least once. I really don't know what to say rating-wise - this is not something from the land of the living, and I think that review systems on this particular plane of existence are going to fail to describe what is in your glass.
15th April 2015
I recently bought my third bottle of Laph QC and in between each I have tried other Islay Single Malts. As far as peated Scotch goes, for the price, QC is perfect. There's no other word. There are perfecter malts but they cost a lot more. I note that Ardbeg 10 and Lagavulin 16 are sublime too though $30 and $50 more per bottle respectively. And while I adore those two malts also, I never regret a QC purchase. If you happen to have bbq lamb skewers for dinner or a nice roasted ham with scalloped potatoes or some sausages, you cannot afford to bypass Laphroaig especially if the lamb is done on a charcoal or wood burning grill. Superlative!
4th April 2015
The title of this review says everything you need to know. Very well balanced. I would pour a dram of QC to a friend trying an Islay for the first time. Accessible.
2nd April 2015
I just bought a bottle of Ardbeg 10 and a bottle of Laphroaig QC. Now the Laphroaig was excellent: sweet, peaty, smokey, buttery, nutty and smooth. However, I drank a dram of Ardberg 10 right after and it was night and day. The Ardbeg was full of vanilla, a peat monster, but smooth and more ballanced compared to the Laphroaig. It was much more unique and interesting. Long live Islay scotch, especially Ardbeg.
Think my bottle should have been labeled Mobil 1.
1st April 2015
Nothing special. Smoke and some sweetness, nothing more. Too boring for me. Now i'm comparing with Talisker 10 and you know waht? Talisker 10 much better. So if you want something more than dry smoke buy something else.
31st March 2015
Read the reviews and bought a bottle - it tastes oily and burnt to me - reminiscent of the smell of charcoal lighter. I'll keep trying, but this one might not be for me.
28th March 2015
Yes it is disgusting and undrinkable. That's how it is supposed to be. Stay away.
23rd March 2015
I have reviewed previously, excellent then fantastic now. Repeat buyer. That's how you know this one's a keeper. This is outstanding Scotch.
13th March 2015
Nice enough whisky but I found the peat on the nose to be too much and overpowering. On the palate, I thought it was too sweet and lacked depth and complexity. I think the quarter cask thing is a way to offload young whisky and give it some marketing spin. Didn't live up to the reviews in my opinion. Much prefer the Lagavulin 16 or Ardberg Uigeadail on the nose and palate. YMMV.
7th February 2015
So I am relatively new to single malts and I have primarily stayed close to the Speyside varieties. I had tried the Laphroaig 10 before so I figured this would be intense. And it is. I would equate drinking this scotch to smoking a nice cigar. Imagine smoking a cigar for about 10 minutes, then turn it around and stick the ash end in your mouth. If you could liquefy a campfire you would have a similar drink to this Laphroaig. Oddly enough with that accurate description I still don't think it was a bad scotch. It was really quite smooth and had no bad aftertaste. It is just unique and targeted to those who like peaty, SMOKY scotch. Once my taste buds return I'll try another glass and see if it grows on me.
6th February 2015
I'm a huge fan of Laphroaig and I know quite a lot of different bottlings, but the quarter cask (QC) is my least favourite (don't worry, it's still pretty good). I'll explain why. I sensed a sweet and fruity sensation through the process that doesn't add up with what Laphroaig stands for. It somehow...feels out of place. Nonetheless, it's Laphroaig all the way due to it's complex character, with peat, woodyness and iodine (albeit much less aggresive). A nice touch is the intense pepper blast in the tasting phase. The finish is remarkably bland for Laphroaig's standards. So to summarize it: don't worry too much, you'll get enough Laphroaig for your money, but with some unusual components along with it. (RB)
31st January 2015
The long-ago Scottish bits of my DNA perked up and knew at once -- not in Kansas any more. This Dorothy was just perfectly delighted with the funky smell, and the smoky, fiery monster that came after that first sniff. Yayass. Hot damn. More, gimme more, I want more.
25th January 2015
A favorite, but I end up feeling that every step is a little weaker than the first; the nose is fantastic, I could sit and sniff this stuff, the palate is solid, but nothing too special, and the finish is only ok. Still, a must try for peat lovers, and a reasonable value all things considered, though too expensive for a daily dram, at least for me.
22nd January 2015
You're quite right that the bottle doesn't state this, and nor does any of Laphroaig's marketing material in fact so we've now amended our Bottling Note slightly. Certainly the 5 years, then 7 months in quarter casks, was accurate at the original time of writing, but this may have actually come from conversations with John Campbell a couple of years ago. Thanks for your comment and we hope you enjoy your bottle of this great whisky! - The Chaps at Master of Malt
14th January 2015
Where on the bottle does it say "aged for five years" or "7 months"? Mine doesn't say that anywhere.
13th January 2015
Being new to the world of Laphroaig and proper peated scotch, I set out to try to the least expensive offering(in Ontario) from the southern islay distelleries, as i had heard that islays were a love it or hate it malt. I was not disappointed in the least, but there was a definite challenge when confronted with this unique new taste. The quarter cask was beyond delightful and a true masterpiece, I have since tasted all standard expressions from the usual islay suspects and this is by far my favourite. A monster. A heavenly monster. Buy it if you like peat, buy it if you dont. The only complaint is that it costs money and that the bottle contains a finite amount!!!
7th January 2015
Got a bottle of this at duty free, tastes like Vishnevsky ointment, which used to treat wounds. Next time will buy more expensive versions of Laphroaig.
4th January 2015
After trying GlenDronach cast strength this laphroaig quarter cask does not rate very well
3rd January 2015
Tried this with a fairly strong cigar, and it stood up very well. After the initial salted caramel explosion, there is an almost anticlimactic smoothness in the finish. Not sure how I will drink milder things after this.
2nd January 2015
Good for anyone who's taste buds are completely shagged. Had this for a birthday present..........we are now not talking.
28th December 2014
Note for the money this one is my personal all time favorite. Its basically fire in a bottle but that fire is a taste of a cold salty coast. Its really what keeps the winter fire going after I surf in the cold waters off the northern California Coast. Its just the measuring stick for me and all the other scotches pale. Not I have not tasted the 400 dollar bottles so I have no idea about those.
25th December 2014
Not a fan of Laphroaig until now. Was given a bottle of Quarter Cask and love it! ☺
the best way to describe this is Laphroig 10 with a slightly sweeter nose/palate and a mature finish. had it with stones and at room temp. I prefer the latter. if you like Laphroig, then you will absolutely love this. if you had neither, order a dram of 10 - every run of the mill bartender has it, before paying 50 dollars in the QC
Holy sheisse, this stuff is by far the best whiskey out there. Took me forever to get hold of one of these bottles, but it was worth the wait. Likely to be my favourite whiskey til I kick the bucket, thats a good 60 years from now. Top marks.
23rd December 2014
By far and away the best peated whisky out there. Absolute monster.
28th November 2014
incredibly tasty and complex. amazing rush. it's like laphroaig on steroids.
27th November 2014
What a gem. Not for beginners, but something to try and enjoy as your palate progresses.
25th November 2014
Nice but I somehow prefer the good old 10 year old. A wee bit more vibrant than the 10 and non chill filtering gives it wonderful mouth feel but, would prefer it to have an age statement. Provides a wonderful variation if you're into peat.
20th November 2014
Surprise! I was given this by my better half on her return from shopping across the border in the US. I was expecting something nasty when I looked it up & saw how immature it was. Well I got much more than I expected. It would appear the quarter cask was the right approach. A mate introduced me to Islay single malts & this is the tastiest that I have tried. I agree with the Oct 3rd comments. It is Scotch to be savoured not tipped through the night. Well done.
16th November 2014
I mainly drink the great whiskies that come from the Kilchoman distillery on Islay. As a fan of smoke and peat they really do it for me. However, I came across this fine bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. It is up there with the best from Kilchoman and Ardbeg! Enjoy it :)
5th November 2014
Absolutely unique taste. Don't have dessert, have a dram of quarter cask. But, only one at a sitting (my opinion) This scotch is so rich, and sweet and downright satisfying that you'll be tempted to tip the bottle a few more times. I recommend one generous dram to be sipped and savored and the bottle put aside for another time. This is not a scotch to get bleary eyed on. That would be such a waste! A superb, whisky that's in a class all it's own.Close to Ardbeg Corryvecken but without the bite of the alcohol. I love it!
3rd October 2014
Smoky and oh so oaky. Compared to Laphroaig 10 year, this Quarter Cask version is a much sharper version in terms of flavor and aroma. Due to it being younger and interacting with the oak barrel in its maturation, it wears its flavors much more boldly. The aroma is still the quintessential pungent peat reminiscent of Islay scotch, but the flavor reveals much more; a sharper bite, a lingering spice, and it finishes somewhat sweet. Not for the faint of heart.
18th September 2014
Just bought a bottle yesterday and I could not wait to open it and have a taste. I'ts great! I love the perfect mix of peat, smoke and sweetness. Had a bottle of Lagavulin 16 years that I also loved. I find Laphroaig has a less intense peat and smoke and more sweetness. Both are amazing whiskys. If you find Lagavulin too intense, try this one!
11th September 2014
My own curiousity, and some of the glowing reviews here led me to buy a bottle of this. Thankfully, it was not expensive. As mentioned, the peat here is massive. It can be overwhelming, and during some pours I almost find the nose to be sickeningly offensive. I might take some flack for this review, but I just wanted to balance out all of the positivity.
7th September 2014
GOD bless the SCOTS for making such a beautiful peaty dram from Islay!!!!
5th September 2014
QC is my personal favorite. That being said, be aware that this is not your average 18yr something light and sweet scotch. It's a scotch «for man». Strong, mouthful, it tries to brawl with your taste buds. Sip it, survive the burning, and then enjoy a trip to wonderland where smoke, peat and coal alternate one after the other. Swallow it and you'll discover an unpredicted and addictive orange zest at the very end. Beats me.
18th August 2014
complex,tasteful,heavy bodied whiskeya true delight , although i wouldn't give it to a novice ...if you don't like it, wait a while, give it time..it will grow on you.
15th August 2014
I was excited when I bought but I quickly became disappointed. I like peaty scotches but not this one. I agree with the comment of it tasting like "it was filtered through dirty socks worn for a week." It nauseated me the first time I tasted it. It felt off balance. Nose was fine though. I prefer their other years. I think I might commit whisky sacrilege and make Penicillins with it or even a Whiskey sour :-O
30th July 2014
If you like Lagavulin, but find it too expensive, or like Ardbeg but find it too pungent, this is the dram for you. Sweet, peat, and some complex smells and flavors develop over time in the glass. Great stuff.
23rd July 2014
One of my favourites,perfect during winter season. First sip burst in your mouth.Need to add few drops of water and wait few minutes - Perfect.
20th June 2014
Why such a big increase with your prices in B.C.?
18th May 2014
My personal favourite from the other Islay distillers. Has all the flavour and just the right amount of 'bite', not too strong but not too weak. Tastes of home.
5th May 2014
I am unashamedly a Peat-addict and this Magnificent QC is like drinking straight from the Bog. I'm Home right here in Peat Heaven.
3rd May 2014
I'll repeat the review from 10 Feb 2014, because it's accurate:"...as it was the most horrible experience I've had so far. I don't mind peat but this tasted like it was filtered through socks worn for a week."I only wish I could return it.
1st May 2014
Oddly I keep thinking that I don't want this, I want something easier and butterier like the Bushmill's 21 (my fave when I want something easy and buttery), but then when I pour myself a bit it astounds me that I stayed away from it. I LOVE this stuff, but it's very intense. When I drink it, I like to drink a dram or two for the smack in the face, then ease off the evening with a softerer slightly sweeter whisky like the Talisker DE; then on long nights go for another smack in the face or two :). Really I think this is the best scotch I've had in the price range, really close to the 18 though *slightly* more in-your-face and less subtle, but only *slightly*. I could tell them apart in a taste test where both were available to taste, but if you gave me just one blindfolded, not sure I could tell you which it was.
28th April 2014
God this stuff is good...
20th April 2014
I must say I am a relative newcomer to the delights of whisky, but I do know what i like and this is just superb! Is there really any need to compare?
13th March 2014
Caramel,do not that, not neccesary, same with Lagavulin 16.Stop it!! Maybe the new owners will fix that.
28th February 2014
Overall, I really have enjoyed my first few drams of this. It starts off sweet, but then almost immediately is followed with great depth of smoke and peat, almost too intense for me. Wow, it hits you with a potent punch. It has a bit too much briny heft for my palate. There were a few sips where this was the overwhelming charactor, like a mouth of sea water. On the positive side, this has a very long pleasant peppery,smokey campfire finish that can stick with you well after you have swallowed the last of your drink.
20th February 2014
Its just a beauty ! Rich , smoky , dry sweet, 48 vol , looks like unchillfiltered and no coloring added ,which is a always a good sign!.
18th February 2014
Love this one. Much better than the 10 year old.
15th February 2014
Half a star? Bourbon man?
Looking at all the positive reviews I took a chance. Had to return it as it was the most horrible experience I've had so far. I don't mind peat but this tasted like it was filtered through socks worn for a week.
10th February 2014
It seems quarter casks have become fashionable. And yes it's an interesting experiment from a historical viewpoint and it's plain to see why distilleries would be interested in speeding up the maturation process but the youth shows through. This is a far harsher and coarser dram than the 10yo or similar strength 18yo. Caramelisation and raw oak notes overpower much of what is so right in the 10yo without adding the finesse found in the 18yo. A good whisky but not by Laphroaig standards.
29th January 2014
Nice notes of smoke, honey,wet stone, palate creamy with sweet burst then spicy pepper and dry earthy tangy brine nuance on finish. Medium bodied Balanced and flavorful finish. No overpowering peat and heat. A sipping quality single malt. Non-chilled filtering preserves the extracted and 48% no water required. Try it.
24th January 2014
This is a very good scotch. Talisker Storm is my everyday but this is very good. great bold flavor and enjoy with a good meal and a warm fire.
31st December 2013
A fine dram - creamy, smokey and soft peat. Reminds me very much of one of my favourite meals which is sausage and stoat. Good value also and a fine label.
17th December 2013
As a life long drinker of whiskey(with an e)this is the closest my Scots cousins have came to what I'd class as perfection,and I'm not easily pleased,(just ask the wife!). A lovely wee swallow,and a great character.
7th December 2013
This was my first tasting of Laphroaig so I cannot comment on the 10yr old and other more expensive versions but I love this,that fiery chilli heat as it hits your taste buds and the long lingering finish,wow!
6th December 2013
Excellent whisky and together with Arbeg my favorite Islay brand. Smokey, peaty, a little medicinal with just enough fruity sweetness to round things off. The licorice cough syrup finish lasts very long.
10th November 2013
Had a sip of this in a pub........and ended up buying 2 bottles the very next day
5th November 2013
30th October 2013
After I first discovered how much I love the smokey peaty campfire of the islay single malt scotches I took it upon myself to try them all, regardless of cost. Bar none the Laphroaig 1/4 cask and Ardbeg 10 year are my absolute favorites, and among the least expensive also! The 1/4 cask is my go-to dram and never disappoints. After the Ardbeg 10 (another mainstay) I love the Corryvreckan when going even peatier; the Lagavulin 16 for a smoother experience, and I also experiment with the cask strength Laphroaig (but prefer the quarter cask). If I had to choose just 2 I would pick the Laphroaig 1/4 and Ardbeg 10. Fabulous drams!
28th October 2013
Let me know what you guys think but this is my favorite Laphroaig for sure
13th October 2013
Why are they still adding caramel, can anyone tell me? Even the older bottles. They declare it in German on the packaging, I see. x
11th October 2013
Knocked back full strength, it will burn you...It's hard to savor a mouthful of fire..But cut with just a squirt of club soda it's delightful. All of the distillers are playing games with proof and age, read the label before you put your money down. Laphroaig is Laphroaig. Enjoy it...
30th September 2013
Paladar delicado, retrogust feroz! Ampliamente recomendado.
16th September 2013
The Mcclellands is ok and I want to like it at half price. But I just had a dram of Mcclellands followed by a dram of Laphroaig QC. Laphroaig is the real thing. It is so complex. The flavor is so great and changes bringing out subtleties. This is not a one dimensional drink. All of the flavors that come about are perfection.
30th August 2013
tHIS WHISKY I HAVE DRUNK ITS NOT GOOD AT ALL ITS LIKE A WATER ONLY...............
29th August 2013
Great stuff from Laphroaig, keep it coming.For an Islay fan such as myself the Tripple Wood is a corner stone of a whsiky collection.
22nd August 2013
Loving Laphroaig Quarter Cask at the moment which I have just opened. Stunning whisky at the price. September 2012 I paid £29.95 from MoM!Fill your boots! Still good value but a massive 20% price increase in less than a year.Far superior to the standard 10 y.o. which I remember being very TCP-ish/medicinal. With this QC the closest you get to the medicine cabinet is a touch of bandages/plasters on the nose. Laphroaig now competing again with my other Islay favourites – can’t wait to try the triple wood next.
9th August 2013
To chyba najlepsza torfowa/dymna whisky za te cene. Long live Laphroaig!!!!
2nd August 2013
Fiery and immature, unbalanced and lacks sophistication compared to the 10, which is better value. Strange considering the cask size, maybe its only time which builds complexity, or the 10 has a nice dosing of older material. However whisky doesn't get better than Laphroaig.
5th July 2013
No joke but i think everyone should try this !this Is what makes scotland great and without a doubt the best drink in the world. Great flavours and taste put it on your to do list!awsome a real winner!
21st June 2013
always have one when I visit my local hostelry....they do'nt sell it much but always keep a bottle for my friend and I...Probably the bet drink on the market, and just pips the 10
14th May 2013
Surely one of the best value single malts? This blows away much older and more expensive expressions from other distilleries. Good to see such an affordable great tasting whisky from Islay, a similarly good Ardeg might cost £30-£50 more? Its perfect balance of big peaty malt and sublime sweetness makes it a real winner. Thank you Laphroaig!
13th May 2013
A great everyday whisky that gives the taste of something more expensive but at a good price. Full of flavour and complexity. Far better than the standard 10 and the only whisky I would ever buy another bottle of rather than keep exploring.
25th March 2013
A modern classic, and one of the best, if not the best, young peaty whisky of this generation, fantastic stuff..
13th March 2013
I might've overlooked Laphroaig a bit in recent years, as it has become so trendy, but a glass of this returned the old love to the brand. Quarter Cask is by far their best product, powerfult, salty, versatile... By far their best product!
9th March 2013
The same, but dryer, and it will good. Drinkable, but very sweet and, to my opinion, sweetness and peat fit not together.
28th February 2013
In my top 3 of best young whiskies alongside Edradour '03 bourbon cask and Auchentoshan Valinch 1st batch. And its consistantly brilliant too, 5 stars eeaasily..
Love the 10year, but adore the Quater Cask, a fantastic dram.
17th February 2013
Nous sommes d'accord, en fait, nous avons entendu une rumeur que Chuck Norris boit ce whisky! http://www.chucknorrisfacts.fr/index.php?p=parcourir- Les Chaps de Master of Malt
11th February 2013
un whisky de vrais mecs, bon et fort à la fois et une odeur.....
9th February 2013
Wasn't terrible, I liked it okay. Not my favorite Laph but do-able. But what does a Yank know anyhow.
6th February 2013
Intriguing to read so many postive reviews of the QC version of Laphroaig. It certainly did not blow my frock up! One of my friends summed up it up "Not worth crossing the street for it". I stick to the original 10 year old Laphroaig. As with so many of the new whisky variants that are coming on the market but which also dissappoint I think this is a case of "if it ain't broke...don't fix it". My bottle of QC is consigned to a dark cupboard and will probably stay there indefintely.
3rd February 2013
It costs more than the 10 yr ... It's priced more like the CASK STRENGTH, which, to me, tastes better in every way. In fact, I prefer the 10 yr, and it's $10 cheaper.
23rd January 2013
This is certainly an improvement over the 10 year, however i am still not a huge lover of that unique Laphroaig taste.
18th January 2013
if you are looking for rich and tarry peat then this is the ticket. IMHO it id what the 10 is falling short of. Better than ardbeg 10 which is great and Caol Ila 10. Just has a leg up with that intense peat tar. Like walking past a freshly tarred road on the beach in Islay as one top reviewer said.
6th January 2013
I have had two bottles of this now and, having got used to the sweeter finish, I think it's the best Laphroaig and nearly the best Islay malt.
3rd January 2013
I normally drink the 10 year old, but got the quater cask for Christmas, why oh why didn't I try this before!! It is a wonderful dram and highly recommended. slainte mhath from Granton Edinburgh
1st January 2013
lovelyvalue. nothing since comes close
29th December 2012
18th December 2012
Tremendous dram, next to 21 y.o Springbank this is my all time favourite and for value it cannot be beaten.
11th December 2012
i loved this whisky, it remind me the classic laphroaig's peaty taste but the ending sweetness is magic
2nd December 2012
I first tried the cask strength while in Edinburgh in 2009 and fell in love with it, this quarter cask is even better, perfect balanced flavor that isn't overpowering and requires no water.
28th October 2012
Tastes a bit like methol
27th September 2012
it's my favorite dram,but i never say no against ardbegg & octomore
4th September 2012
I always keep coming back to this almost perfect whisky.
5th August 2012
it,s very good
28th June 2012
The Quarter Cask is in my opinion, the best bang-for-your-buck Laphroaig around. A class above the 10 year-old, this is what Islay whisky is all about. Stunning.
22nd June 2012
Well worth the extra few quid, very cheap for the quality it produces. Fantastic dram for smoke lovers.
26th May 2012
Perfect on a cold winter's night.
22nd April 2012
Although one would like to be a King it still gives one great pleasure to drink Laphroaig and dream of my old dog Camilla.
17th April 2012
It smelled great. Campfire on a cold night kind of feeling. Then came the taste...Like sucking a charcoal briquette. Then the ater-taste (finish???)...Like an old tire. Very rubbery. Clearly this is too strong of an Islay for me. Dk
11th April 2012
At first time, two years ago, I didn't like QC at all. That was because of sweetness of QC and that time I liked much more Ardbeg. Now the QC is favorite Islay malt and Ardbeg not anymore. Funny how the tastebuds can change over time.
6th February 2012
dont think there is a better peated malt for the price in the world. anyone know a better one let me know. just amazing.....
8th November 2011
5th October 2011
Lovley taste u can feel the tingle in your throat .
9th September 2011
Perfectly balanced dram, great nose, great value for money!
13th April 2011
I don't know if there was something wrong with my latest QC, but it tasted very sweet. Every other component of this dram was perfectly balanced, but that sweetness took over.
4th March 2011
Full of flavour, full bodied. A superb example of Laphroig's finest.
14th January 2011
As far as peated whiskys go, they don't get much better than this not to mention the bargain price of the malt. It' a definite must for any whisky collection.
9th December 2010
Smooth, with a real depth of flavour!
27th November 2010
If the standard 10YO offering is a bit too iodine rich this is just the ticket. The smaller cask and shorter maturation means you get great value for money. Love it!
23rd November 2010
We love it!
14th July 2010
16th April 2010