I made a promise to myself recently to refrain from any sophomoric humor relating to whiskies, including the amount of wood present – although triple is quite impressive. An unfortunate fact is that this expression of Laphroaig is only available in travel retail so don’t expect to find this anywhere that doesn’t require a boarding pass.
Laphroaig’s Quarter Cask is one of my favorite affordable Islay whiskies so I was really looking forward to trying the Triple Wood. The Quarter Cask takes whisky that was matured in standard bourbon barrels then transfers it to smaller quarter casks where more of the whisky comes in contact with the barrel. The Triple Wood is similar to the Quarter Cask expression except that it goes through one more round of maturation in Oloroso Sherry.
Laphroaig Triple Wood ~$100 (for one liter)
Color: Light bronze
Nose: Signature sweet peat, smoke, lots of oak influence, meaty, apple wood chips, cinnamon
Palate: Peat, coal/ash, rich oak, oak spice, full bodied, rich, silky, leather
Finish: Medium-long, peat and ash
Comment: A very woody Laphroaig as expected, richer and deeper than the Quarter Cask. I think I would still reach for the Quarter Cask if given the choice but this Triple Wood is very – very good! – Chris