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Review: Laphroaig Triple Wood

Laphroiag Triple Wood

Laphroiag Triple Wood

The Laphroaig Triple Wood was quite the find for my friends and I. We had read that it was a duty-free only experience that was unattainable for those of us not traveling to Europe every other week.

Upon our arrival back to the states and a quick tasting later, we found disappointment in the bottle. We brought it back out about a month or two later for a revisit and a fresh start. What we found took us by surprise!


Distillery: Laphroaig
Bottling: Distillery
Age Statement: No Age Statement
Brand type: Triple Wood
ABV: 48%
Price: $55 – $70
Where Scotchfinder found it: Royal Mile Whiskies

Nose: 19
What? Where? Wha tha?? Where are you, Laphroaig smoky bitterness? I have a very large nose and you are nowhere to be found?! Not unappealing but very faint smoked oak to say the least.

Body: 22
This is where I really feel much more youth and vigor creeping around. Still yummy.

Taste: 23
Ah ha! There you are. The Laphroaig Quarter Cask that you love and the Laphroaig 10 year that you adore are here… somewhere. The guys at the Laphroaig were really going for a woodiness (triple wood, duh) that gets a bit confused. What does happen, however, is you get a sootiness that I like to imagine is from a little too much char in one of those casks seeping into the mix. Cigar ash. A touch of tar.

Finish: 21
All goodness hangs around like a good Islay malt should. Flattens shortly after reappearing into a metallic aftermath. Very odd. Odd, but unique!

I was really hoping for more. I wanted more sherry. I wanted more peaty smoke. I wanted more nose. All and all, a really good dram but I felt that they could have made this soar much more like the Lagavulin Distiller’s edition.

Scotchfinder Total: 85

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  1. October 22nd, 2011 at 02:24 | #1

    Agree, wanted a bit more from this and still have that metallic finish in my mouth.

    By the way, the Montgomery County Friendship Heights store has this in stock. Also, they should be getting more Alligator next week.

    • October 22nd, 2011 at 02:41 | #2

      I don’t know what it was, but I feel that Laphroiag dropped the ball on this one a bit. The one you should check out is their Cardeas bottling. That thing is crazy good!

    • October 24th, 2011 at 14:21 | #3

      Yo, Arthur. Can you be more specific about the Montgomery County Friendship Heights store for me? I couldn’t find it on the map anywhere and I have a feeling there is another name for it. I think I’m going to have to land one of these for myself. :)

  2. October 25th, 2011 at 13:02 | #4

    Sure thing. It’s the Montgomery County Liquor Store, Friendship Heights location.

    11 Wisconsin Circle
    Chevy Chase, MD 20815


    You’re able to check inventory online, but it doesn’t seem too accurate.

  3. October 26th, 2011 at 22:49 | #5


    +1 on the Cardeas. It is very good indeed….now if I could only land a bottle for myself.

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