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Review: Laphroaig Triple Wood

September 24th, 2010

Dominic Roskrow reviewed this whisky already on WDJK here. Some of you have been asking for comparative reviews, so here’s my take on it. (He liked it a little more than I did.)

Laphroaig Triple Wood, 48%, $100
Similar to Laphroaig Quarter Cask, but also finished in oloroso sherry casks. Fruit and smoke: fleshy red berries, red licorice, toffee, ripe barley, coal tar, sun-baked seaweed, peat smoke, and a hint of coffee grounds. Tarry finish. I rated the Quarter Cask a 91, and I think this whisky is in the same ballpark. If you like sherry-influenced whiskies, then go for the Triple Wood. If not, then consider the Quarter Cask. (Currently Exclusive to Travel Retail and European specialist retailers.)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90

22 Responses to “Review: Laphroaig Triple Wood”

  1. butephoto says:

    I found it a touch too woody when I first tried it. Going to have try it again.

  2. Dominic Roskrow says:

    I just bought another liter bottle because I do love this stuff. If you’re catching a plane over this way then it’s been on offer at £45 for a liter – and therefore as good a bargain as you’ll find. My score was indeed higher than John’s but on reflection I think I was a tad over-generous and think John’s spot on with 91. You’d expect nothing less of him, though, would you!!

  3. Marc says:

    I just picked up a bottle of this two days ago flying out of SA to Nigeria. Leaving tonight for home, can’t wait to open it tomorrow and give it a try!

  4. Red_Arremer says:

    Anyone care to compare the way the sherry works on this one to the way it worked in the old 15?– obviously there’ll be big differences, but I’m interested anyway.

    I’ve been wishing for a OB sherried Laphroaig under 500$ (that’s the 25 yo).

  5. Luke says:

    Dominic, £45?! Where?!

    Red, I commiserate with you! A good vatting of Sherried Laphroaig is one of the finest drops out there. Alas, those of us who can’ afford the Cask Strength 25 will have to make do with Triple Wood and Indie bottlings (Douglas Laing have some great ones at present).

  6. Luke says:

    Dominic, £45?! Where?!

    Red, I commiserate with you! A good vatting of Sherried Laphroaig is one of the finest drops out there. Alas, those of us who can’t afford the Cask Strength 25 will have to make do with Triple Wood and Indie bottlings (Douglas Laing have some great ones at present).

    • mongo says:

      yes, where? i got it for £55 (liter) at world of whiskies in december. a great deal at that price, and a steal at £10 lower.

  7. Barry Jay says:

    I”m really looking forward to giving this a try. My 2nd forey into Islay was Laphroaig (my first was Lagavulin). Prior to that, I was mostly taken by the Speyside wood finishes….Balvenie, Glenmorangie et al. My mother in law bought me a bottle of the Lagavulin 16 for Xmas with this note that said “The reviews say that this is a wonderful scotch, I hope you enjoy it”. After one sip, it sat for about 2 years….just found it too medicinal. One day I began blending it with some A’Bunadh to take the edge off as I had stopped drinking the A’Bunadh as I found it a bit too sweey and syrupy. Then came that day when the skies opened and the angel appeared and commaned me to try Lagavulin by itself….and now I found I loved it. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to this Laphroaig release, maybe it will meet me half way.

    I still have my mother in law’s note framed by my scotch collection….I lift one to her every so often (she is still with us BTW).

    • John Hansell says:

      Great story, Barry. I, too, remember the day when the skies opened and the angels appeared–when I first discovered how amazing single malts are. It was a Springbank 21 year old, not Lagavulin. But still, there were angels nontheless.

  8. JayDie says:

    I’m very curious to taste this one. I want to know if the difference in price between the QC and this TW is worth the buy… The QC is great!!!

  9. MARS says:

    I buy one bottle last year for 55€ and didn’t like it at all at first. But, 3 month after opening the whisky started to be much better. This whisky need some breething(a lot, in fact). My note is more about 89 pts but I really don’t like peated whisky. And I prefer by far the 15 year old.

  10. bgulien says:

    The distillery had some bottles for sale to the FOL.
    It came just in time to participate with the tasting in Jerez.
    I think this is a wonderful whisky. A bit better then the first batch.
    And it is a full 1 liter bottle. Pity it is only available in duty free shops.

  11. Nj says:

    Just got a bottle for €56.50 at Weinquelle(.de) which is near my place.
    Interesting stuff, but I am not sure the different aspects of its taste are properly balanced. The Quarter Cask seems more straight-forward, while this one first gives you a blast of peat smoke, then a bit of sweetness, then suddenly a prounced dry note, and then a curious long lasting aftertaste.
    Not bad, but a bit weird. I think I prefer the Quarter Cask.

  12. Ken Young says:

    Recently got back from Islay for the first time. On the way there we saw it at Heathrow for £55 for 1 liter, and £45 at Edinburgh airport. Unfortunately by the time we were on our way back home, it was sold out. Sampled it 3 times at different airports, and while the little plastic cup didn’t do justice, I felt for £45 it would have been a good buy. In a blind tasting you would be hard pressed to guess it was Laphroaig because of the sherry and subdued peat, but I think it is an enjoyable dram with lots to tell.

  13. Louis says:

    A recent bottle of Quarter Cask sourced in an NYC suburb was awesome. I can see the Triple Wood being a nice counterpoint.



  14. Maltmartyr says:

    With Laphroaig, we were lucky to see the Triple Wood trickle in quite early in Chicago. The ‘L-cubed’ was one to be appreciated with a particular balance that can make any Islay advocate express gratitude & put a few, aside. The great unknown is the price! Unfortunately, Chicago seems to have a challenge in the Laphroaig department. The price disparity seems awkward & I am curious about the cause.

    However, for those who are looking for Laproaig on the West Coast, why not just encourage the 10 year old or the single cask? The Quarter is a bit distinct and a true Islay or Laphroaig fan can appreciate the QC at the right moment. That said, the variation in prices due to debatable wholesaler price gouge means that the bottle is not making as much of the rounds. Those in the know take a west coast pilgrimage, seriously. John, I wonder what the distillery can do to ‘massage’ the Midwest marketing channel.

  15. Tony says:

    Dominic bought it at Glasgow airport for £45, they are apparently currently offering 20% off all malts! You can get this from whisky exchange for the “normal” price of £65 per litre. Personally I liked it, but not as much as I like the new 18 year old which is up there in my list of faves.

  16. DavidG says:

    Triple Wood is now stateside- i just picked up a bottle in Chicago for $60

  17. mongo says:

    and it’s much cheaper than it was in duty-free.

    oh wait, my duty-free bottle is a liter. adjusting for size and tax it’s about the same price.

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