Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig, Isle of Islay
The last exclusive bottle I brought home from my trip to Scotland was one I picked up when I took a land tour around the highlands. We took a pitstop that happened to have a large liquor store and I bought Laphroaig on recommendation from our tour guide. He said that you couldn’t go wrong with anything from that distillery and in my limited sample size he was absolutely right!
The description on the back of the bottle explains the triple wood title. The single cask is first aged in bourbon barrels, then in quarter casks, with the final maturation in European oak casks. The result is the perfect marriage of peat, oak and subtle sherry sweetness.
What I’m learning more and more is that if bourbon is somewhere in the aging process for other liquor, the chances are very high that I’m going to like it. The bottle’s description sums up my feelings on it nicely. I like peaty but it is easy to go to far with it in the same way beers can be extreme with hops. This was a very nice blend of peat and sweet. The oak taste is prominent in the back end with a nice bourbon sweet finish. If you can find this at an airport I recommend it even at the higher price point of around 80 dollars.