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Laphroaig QC v CS v 15yo

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Laphroaig QC v CS v 15yo

Postby Scotty Mc » Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:06 am

I'm torn between these 3 whiskies. I can get them at a good price thanks to being a FOL! Any advice?

I have been reading tasting notes and all 3 seem to be good!
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Postby bamber » Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:52 am

My ranking:
CS, 15yo, QC.
But they're all well worth trying.
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Postby kallaskander » Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:21 am

Hi there,

QC, CS, 15 Years. The 15 (as I know it) is the mildest, the least Laphroaigian of the lot.
The CS is splendid, a bit more so what Laphroaig used to be when you hated or loved him and there was nothing in between. But not yet quite so.

The young CS is woody-sweet at the start, nutty, and then there comes the flood. A new style Laphroaig but IMO the best of the three.

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Postby Badmonkey » Thu Sep 29, 2005 4:05 am

I haven't had the QC, but kallaskander's comparison of the 15 to the CS is spot on.

In the big picture, you can't really go wrong with either.

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Postby Admiral » Thu Sep 29, 2005 4:16 am

Cask Strength: Choose this if you want peat, smoke, heat, strength, and oomph.

Quarter Cask: Choose this if you want pungent peat, youthful exuberance, and bold assertiveness.

15yo: Choose this if you want something gloriously complex, smooth, refined, silky, sweet, peaty, rich and satisfying.

Yes, they are all different, but they're all equally good.

As you can gather from my thoughts above, I feel each one caters for a particular mood or textural desire, so choose one based on
what takes your fancy.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Sep 29, 2005 3:45 pm

Had a QC the other night. My impression was of raw wood and salty prosciutto. Or was it raw prosciutto and salty wood? Anyway, not sure I liked it, but I'll certainly give it another chance or three.
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Postby Scotty Mc » Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:05 pm

From thaose diagnostics Admiral :wink: ..................

CS it seems to be!

Really what I am after is the smokiest/peatiest and biggest oomph whisky of the all (albeit on a budget!)
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Postby Aidan » Thu Sep 29, 2005 8:26 pm

If the cask strength is as good as the other two, I can't wait to try it.

I can see other distilleries trying the quarter cask experiment. It has worked very well. There is deffinately something different about it, although I can't put my finger on it.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:06 pm

Not had the quarter cask.

What is the idea behind it?
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Postby Aidan » Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:17 pm

I think the idea is that as it's matured in a smaller cask, it matures faster. A higher percentage of the whisky would be in contact with the wood during maturation.

It sounds like a good way to get young whisky onto the market.
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Postby Admiral » Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:50 pm

Really what I am after is the smokiest/peatiest and biggest oomph whisky of the all (albeit on a budget!)


In that case, skip the Laphroaigs and get a bottle of Ardbeg Very Young! :)

I can see other distilleries trying the quarter cask experiment. It has worked very well.


Bear in mind Allied tried it with all their distilleries, and it turned out to be a bit hit & miss. Some worked, some didn't. (See article in last issue of Whisky Mag.....or was it the one before?)

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Postby kallaskander » Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:03 am

Hi there,

I second the Admiral. Ardbeg very young is the malt with the peatiest ommph.

The idea behind quarter cask is that in a hogshead or barrel you have a unfortunate content to surface ratio. Meaning that in a big barrel there is a huge "core" of whisky in the middle with no contact to the wood. This ratio is changed favourably when the barrel is smaller.
Thereby the 8-9 year old Laphroaig matures faster because of the more intense wood influence in the smaller casks. These quarters were made of new oak especially. My guess is that this size was the old meassure when whisky was distilled ilicit. These small barrels can be packed on a horse and off you go over the hills when the tax man comes. They are easily handled by one man and therefore they can be easily hidden if need be.
The QC is a experiment in back to the roots which IMO worked uncommonly well. It is a wood - wood finishing in used and new oak.

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