Laphroaig QA Cask Review

Laphroaig QA Cask has been around the travel retail market for some time but it is worth revisiting in light of the newer travel retail whisky additions.

Laphroaig QA Cask
Laphroaig QA Cask

Laphroaig QA Cask (QA stands for Quercus Alba, the latin name for American oak) is matured in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in new, uncharred American oak casks. The whisky is bottled at 40% ABV, chill-filtered and bears no age statement.

The single malt is light amber in color, and on the nose, notes of vanilla, oak and some caramel are dominant. The peat is present but not as strong as other Laphroaig expressions. On the palate, light smoke, caramel and vanilla sweetness are on the entry then yield to hints of spice with black pepper notes. The finish is mellow, medium in length and doesn’t give hit the lingering salty and medicinal/iodine notes of Laphroaig 10 and Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

This is a softer Laphroaig with a sweeter and oaky character. It certainly lacks the punch and peat of Laphroaig PX Cask and Laphroaig An Cuan Mor. Die hard Laphroaig fans may find it a little underwhelming but it has its place for a newcomer wishing to try something a little different.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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