The Laphroaig Four Oak is one of the latest additions to the Laphroaig range. It was produced for the travel retail market only, but is now available in most of the liquor stores too. As the name already suggests, it is a marriage of whisky matured in four different casks, namely ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads.
This Laphroaig has no age statement and is bottled at 40% ABV.
Laphroaig Four Oak tasting notes:
Nose: There is some peat here, and it’s briny too. A little bit of seaweed. Also some soft vanilla aromas. A hint of lemon sourness, followed by ash. It’s a little lighter than what I’m used to from Laphroaig.
Taste: It’s starts rather smoky. A thin mouthfeel, but this gets a little bit better later on. A bit peppery. Some vanilla on the background, and a pinch of liquorice. But that was about it. It’s flat and a bit out of balance.
Finish: The finish is quite short, and a bit spicy. This is followed by some metallic notes.
Hmmm, this is rather dissapointing. It is far from special. The nose is ok, but the taste isn’t good, actually there is not much taste. This is definitely not the best Laphroaig out there.