Laphroaig "Triple Wood" Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml

SKU #1076003 94 points Whisky Advocate

 This is the first time I’ve been up for reviews here so I had a game plan: play it cool, mark tightly, let everyone know I’m hard to please. Then they gave me this, the whisky equivalent to front row tickets to Neil Young on his current Twisted Road tour: not just a chance to get up close and personal with an old favorite, but to do so with an old favorite who’s on fire. Laphroaig’s owners are intent on ensuring a big peaty engine for any new release, but this is a monster by anyone’s standards. It’s essentially Quarter Cask finished in oloroso sherry casks, so in addition to the intense charcoal smoke attack there are rich fruity notes; blackcurrant and berries. It’s an evening barbecue whisky. Grill that fish until it’s blackened and crispy, drizzle on lemon, and as the smoke rears up in protest, sip this. Big, moody, broody, fruity, and rich: what’s not to love? (Vol 19, #3)

K&L Notes

A limited release that was supposedly for European Travel Retail only! Lucky for us some popped up in California. This is essentially the Quarter Cask finished in Oloroso Sherry Butts. There's an extra touch of savory richness at the back end, but the entry is all peat and iodine just like we expect from Laphroaig. The finish really lurks for some time, morphing from smoke, to nutty rancio, to savory sea salt. It's a great new release from Laphroaig - a distillery that has been absolutely killing it with their special edition whiskies as of late.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/11/2013  | Send Email
Big and smokey are two words to describe this lusty and delicious single malt. The Triple Wood Laphroaig differs from other Laphroaig bottlings by the round richness provided by the used sherry barrel aging.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2013  | Send Email
This is a big dram of whisky! The Laphroaig Triple Wood has a deep golden color and a very rich doughnut house nose with bass note peat. On the palate this single malt is oily and textural with lots of glycerol sweetness, but the bright, briny peat elements bring it into balance. This is manly Islay to drink by the fire on a cold night!

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/16/2011  | Send Email
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This is a camping whisky, or, if you're "indoorsy" like my husband, this is a great whisky to have while peering towards the outdoors from a safe, warm, bug free environment. The wood on this is huge, but in a very cool way. Umm...what I mean is, you can actually taste the wood treatments in layers, and then they softly fade away. Nice smokey layers, sweet vanilla, and an almost freshly lumbered redwood flavor all play with your sences. This is a great gateway into Islay Scotch’s Scotch.

 By: Easterner |  Review Date: 12/4/2011 
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The best whisky I've had this year, bar none. The extra oloroso finish really softens the wood/smoke and makes this a thoroughly enjoyable dram. Great for sitting by an indoor fire, with friends. My bottle disappeared all too quickly and head to be replenished, pronto. Buy one as a gift and keep one for yourself. You will not be sorry.

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Malt

Country:

Scotland

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Alcohol Content (%): 48