Laphroaig Grudge Match: 15 vs Quartercask

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Dec 9, 2017 · 4 min read
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Laphroaig 15–43% ABV

Somewhat famous for its reputation as the favorite single malt whisky of Prince Charles, Laphroaig 15 is the reason that all bottles from the distillery feature the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales. Unfortunately the 15 year is soon to be discontinued due to shortage of stock. It will be replaced (globally, if I’m not mistaken) with a new 18 year Laphroaig, but that bottle will sell for close to $100 compared to the $75 price tag on the 15 year. Normally that is not a bad trade-off for the extra maturation, but after tasting a pre-production dram of the 18 year I’m not sure they differ enough to justify the jump in price. I’ll have to taste them side by side before rendering a final judgment.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask — 48%ABV; Non-Chill Filtered

The quarter cask gets its name from the manner in which it is aged. After 5 years aging in ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is transferred to much smaller “quarter sized casks,” similar to those used over a hundred years ago to ship whisky via horse. In these quarter casks, the whisky spends another 7 months aging in an environment that allows for 30% more contact with the air and wood. This creates a greater “angel’s share,” but also more opportunity for the spirit to absorb flavors from the wood and sea air.


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