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Laphroaig Triple Wood

Laphroaig Triple Wood Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
48%
$60-$65
Website
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What the Distillery Says:
This expression of our famous whisky, from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, has enjoyed a triple maturation in 3 types of cask. Just as with our standard Quarter Cask expression, the first maturation is in American oak, ex-Bourbon Barrels. We then select the most suitable of these barrels, containing a range of different aged spirit and transfer into small 19th Century style Quarter Casks for a second maturation. The final maturation is in specially selected, large European oak, Oloroso Sherry Casks.

It is bottled at 48% ABV and is non-chill filtered for a depth of taste and texture.

COLOUR: Bright gold
NOSE: At 48%, straight from the bottle, the initial flavour is quite sweet with a gentle mixture of sweet raisins and creamy apricots with just a trace of the dry peat smoke at the back, the smoother nutty flavours combine all these flavours into one smooth, syrupy whole. With a touch of water the peat smoke comes to the fore and masks the gentler fruitier notes. Even with the maturation being carried out in 1st fill bourbons, quarter casks and sherry butts, the intense bonfire ash smell of the earthy peat cannot be masked
BODY: Powerful yet with a creamy consistency
PALATE: With no water, a large initial burst of peat belies the slight lack on the nose but is gentled on the tongue by the creamier flavours of vanilla and fruit with just a suggestion of sherry sweetness. With a trace of water the peat reek is gentled, allowing the more complex flavours of citrus fruits and spices to come through. A slight tang comes from the European Oak balancing the creamier American White Oak.
FINISH: Mouth filling and extremely long but balanced by the sweet smooth caramel taste

What Richard Says:
Nose: [SMACK] take that you peaty wench! The sherry cask finishing almost destroys the smoky nose of the Quarter Cask. It doesn’t really scream sherry either. It’s more of a stone fruit and nut combination. There are little trace hints of smoke in the background but they are very understated.
Palate: Oily and viscous in all the right ways. I would expect the sherry finishing to make the palate sweeter than the Quarter Cask but it’s actually less so. This is an almost lighter and more integrated expression. The sweetness is more fruit derived and with a more tannic spin. Light peatiness again plays around the edges.
Finish: A rich, slow, but persistent fade. You are left with left over charcoals from last night’s fire.
Comments: The Triple wood is essentially the Quarter Cask further finished in sherry barrels. It’s amazing how such a pronounced and aggressive dram like the Quarter Cask can take such a sharp right turn with the additional wood time. I don’t necessarily like one more than the other. They are like different sides to the same coin. Very intriguing. However, I do think the Triple Wood will be more approachable for those new to Islay or Laphroaig compared to the Quarter Cask.
Rating: Stands Out

I would like to thank Ben and the team over at DBC Public Relations for providing us with bottles for review.

Laphroaig for Father’s Day & Graduation

We recently received a feature request from the folks at DBC Public Relations for a Laphroaig feature leading up to Father’s Day and Graduations. Well we love Laphroaig over here at Whisk(e)y Apostle so it was a no-brainer. Over the next few days we will feature reviews of several expressions provided to us for review including:

  • Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask
  • Laphroaig Triple Wood
  • Laphroaig 18 Year

Again, in full disclosure we were provided the above bottles for review but that in no way impacts our reviews.  Additionally, we’ll pull an old bottle of Laphroaig 15 Year from the dusty Whisk(e)y Apostle bunker for comparison to the 18 Year that replaced it.   That one we paid for and sadly it’s the last one we have. 🙁

Laphroaig is spearheading their campaign with the cask strength expression of their 10 year old.  Here’s a little piece from them on gifting Laphroaig this season:

I wanted to share info on a great Scotch that dads and recent grads (21+ up!) will love.

  • Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Cask Strength is a strong, peaty single malt Scotch bottled straight from the barrel and only barrier-filtered to remove remnants of American oak barrel char. Both fathers and graduates will appreciate the thoughtful gift of Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Cask Strength – deserving Dads will be able to enjoy a classic and unforgettable Scotch, and Grads will be given the chance to start a worthy Scotch collection.
  • Your gift will also keep dads and grads in good company, considering that Laphroaig’s most famous patron is recognized by the distinctive coat of arms, which is proudly carried on every bottle. In 1994, HRH Prince Charles personally came to Laphroaig and gave his Royal Warrant — which is especially fitting for Laphroaig, as His Royal Highness is the present “Lord of the Isles.”
  • Lastly, you’ll be giving more than the world’s #1 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky! Each bottle of Laphroaig contains a lifelong gift: a unique code inside the bottle allows recipients to register as a Friend of Laphroaig and receive a lifetime lease on one square foot of land on the island of Islay, right next to the distillery.

New U.S. Releases – Nov/Dec 2011

I hate being sick. It seems like my whole family extended out to two removals was sick with one virus or another. My wife, daughter, and I were all sick with different bugs. I was down with a mild head cold that was just annoying enough to not be able to fully enjoy whiskey. So that left me a little behind on several reviews, like the two that were posted yesterday and Sunday. The last thing I needed to get caught up on was the new release roundup. I was out of commission for most of November with my ankle so this edition includes everything from November and December 2011.

Balblair 2001
Release: Now
ABV: 46%
Price: Expect it to be around $50 like the 2000
This is the successor to last year’s 2000 Vintage (review pending along with the 1989). It’s non chill-filtered and includes no artificial coloring. The proof is also a pop from the prior release by 3%.

Balvenie Tun 1401
Release: Now
ABV: 50.6% ABV
Price: $250
This release is a mingling of 10 casks put together in a tun (giant barrel) to marry. The process took three months and casks were from 1967, 1989, and eight from the 70s. Seven are ex- bourbon and three are ex-sherry. It all sounds like a “tun” of Balvenie goodness.

Benriach Solstice & Septendecim
Release: December 2011
ABV: 50%
Price: TBD
This new Solstice release is a 17 year old heavily peated whiskey finished in tawny port casks. It was released December 22, marking the winter solstice. The Setemdecim is another 17 year old peated dram matured only in ex-bourbon casks.

Buffalo Trace Oat & Rice Bourbons
Release: Now
ABV: 45%
Price: $46.35/375ml
These are the latest releases from Buffalo Trace’s Experimental Collection. One of these replaces the typical Buffalo Trace rye content in their bourbon with rice and the other with oats. They are both aged for 9 years, 5 months. The word on the street is to stay away from the oat version but I’ll let you decide for yourselves.

Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1980
Release: Now
ABV: 43.3%
Price: $1,300
There are only 500 bottles of this non chill-filtered release hitting the market. If anyone wants to get me a late Christmas present this would be a good choice.

Grand Traverse Bourbon
Release: Now
ABV:46%
Price: TBD
There was only barrel of this released from the Grand Traverse Distillery because they only made one barrel. The recipe is 70% corn, 20% rye, and 10% barley. By the way, if you contact these folks, they will custom make you a barrel of whiskey.

Johnnie Walker Platinum
Release: Not available in the U.S.
ABV: 43%
Price: $80
Okay, so this new 18 year old blend isn’t available here. It’s actually only for the Indian market but I love that they are going “platinum”. 

Laphroaig Triple Wood
Release: Now
ABV: 48%
Price: $60
This release is finally making it stateside with an allocation of 13,500 bottles. According to Laphroaig: “The newly available expression has enjoyed time in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, 19th Century style quarter casks and European Oak Oloroso sherry casks, revealing a rich blend of subtle sherry sweetness and hints of sea salt.”

McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey
Release: Now
ABV: 40%
Price: $39
The folks at Finger Lakes went off and made an Irish style pot still whiskey in upstate New York. I’m going to have to get me some of that!

Pritchard’s Rye Whiskey
Release: Now
ABV: TBD
Price: TBD
Phil Prichard continues to add to his stable of whiskey offerings. However, preliminary information makes no claim to actually distilling this in Tennessee so it may be more sourced rye from LDI or others.

Red Stag Honey Tea & Spiced
Release: Now
ABV:40%
Price:$17.99
You know, I woke up on Christmas morning and thought “what the world needs now is more Red Stag.” No, not really but we got it any way. One is honey tea flavored and the other is spiced with cinnamon. I don’t really think I need to say anything more about that.

Stranahan Conundrum Peak Snowflake
Release: Now, Distillery Only
ABV: TBD
Price: $99.99
This is the other version of Stranahan’s. It’s a single barrel expression, hence the name Snowflake because no two are alike. It’s only available at the distillery in Colorado. If you’re out that way maybe a bottle of this will keep you warm on the slopes.

I think I’m all caught up on my delinquent content for Whisk(e)y Apostle. I’ve already got reviews queued up for the first part of 2012. Chatham Imports sent over a few bottles of Michter’s so I plan to start 2012 off with reviews of those. I will follow that with Macallan reviews into February. Stay tuned.

Drink wisely my friends,
Richard