If you’re looking for an example of a well-appreciated NAS-whisky, look no further than the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. This whisky has been a hit for a long time. It’s been around for over a decade now, and contrary to modern NAS-releases, it hasn’t been created to replace an entry level age statement whisky.
The Quarter Cask is very young though. After 5 or 6 years in traditional ex-bourbon casks, the whisky is transferred into small Quarter Casks (125 liters) to speed up maturation.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48%, OB, +/- 2014)
Nose: Peaty (well duh!) but also very sweet with lots of vanilla and butterscotch. And fresh fruit as well. Like peach and banana. Slight salty influence, making it more of a maritime whisky.
Taste: Peat, charcoal, ash and sal ammoniac. Shaved wood. More of an attack on the senses. Bitter oranges and grapefruit. Some brine and iodine as well.
Finish: Brine, white pepper and peat. But more fruit now. Pear and banana.
Balanced and fresh, but also intense on the palate. Almost unbelievable that this is still available for less than 35 euro.