Review: Laphroaig 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!
Age Statement: No Age Statement
Brand type: Triple Wood
Price: $55 – $70
Where Scotchfinder found it: Royal Mile Whiskies
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.
This is where I really feel much more youth and vigor creeping around. Still yummy.
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.
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