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Laphroaig Triple Wood

48% ABV - Islay, Scotland

Nose: Upfront peat—it is Laphroaig!—followed by spices, fruits, burned orange, cherry, nectarine, and… some stretch notes of strawberry and menthol or anise.

Taste: The flavours here bring medicinal peat with a strong fruit compote of plum, cherry, and other ripe orchard fruit. Wet, charred oak, and a tang from citrus or black currant.

Finish: The medicinal character stays but it is augmented with lighter ash. Slightly drying and fading fruits.

Laphroaig Triple Wood is first aged in ex-Bourbon casks, then transferred to Quarter Casks—accelerating the liquid–wood interactions—and finally spending an undisclosed amount of time in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.

This is quite a sweet Laphroaig but it still has a strong backbone of its medicinal peat character. I’m surprised how long it took me to pick up this core range bottling—about 6 years into my whisky journey! I have become an instant fan and hope it sticks around for a while. I’ve read some unfounded suggestions that it is to be discontinued soon. Hope not!

Tonight I am drinking side-by-side the 10-Year Sherry Oak Finish, and writing this review first, so be sure to read that afterward.

Tasting Notes (Official): Nose: Sweet raisins and creamy apricots, nuttiness, bonfire ash and earthy peat. Body: Powerful, yet with a creamy consistency. Finish: Mouth-filling and extremely long, balanced by a sweet smooth caramel taste. Palate: Creamy flavours of vanilla and fruit, with a suggestion of sherry sweetness

Tasted 28 July 2021. (Posted 17 October 2021.)

91/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies. I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Good purchase decision—I would consider buying again.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would order at a restaurant or make a calculated purchase decision.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to add ice, mix it with soda, or use it in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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