Using small quarter casks from a bygone era to create the perfect marriage of peat and oak.
Laphroaig Quarter Casks revives the lost art of using smaller, ageing barrels to create more intense maturation through greater contact with the oak. As part of a double maturation process, this creates a soft sweetness to perfectly complement Laphroaig’s signature peatiness.
Please note that any cloudiness when mixed with water is normal for a whisky that hasn’t been chill-filtered, but instead barrier filtered only – the method used when quarter cask was king.
In the 19th century, Scotch whisky was frequently transported across the Glens in quarter casks, which fitted on a packhorse. When progress sounded their death knell, it also banished the greater intensity of maturation created by the smaller container – which offers up to 30% more contact between the oak and the liquid.
Laphroaig today breathes new life into the tradition. Still-maturing whisky from their standard ex-bourbon barrels is transferred to quarter casks and left to rest in their warehouse just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic shore. This increased oak contact creates a soft and velvety edge to complement Laphroaig’s distinctive peatiness. The finish is long and alternates between this sweetness and smoke.