Now, I hope you are in the mood for more of the Islay style, because this month we have the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. There is quite a story behind the quarter cask. I’ll give you the abridged version, but if you are interested in the whole story, go to http://www.laphroaig.com/qc/qc.htm
Basically, in the old days, whisky was aged in 225 litre barrels, but transported in 55 litre barrels. These smaller casks are ‘quarter casks’. Smaller barrels means more available surface area, so there is more flavour from the wood in this whisky compared to the standard Laphroaig.
Smaller barrels tend to loose more to evaporation (angles share – thirsty buggers). So there is more influence from the sea air which gives Laphroaig its typical seaweed character. It is bottled at 48 alc/vol, in not chill filtered and is only available in limited release.
I haven’t tried this whisky, but I reckon it’ll be a biggun’. I am really looking forward to it. It’ll be something very interesting to ‘show’ the in laws over Christmas.