Laphroaig Triple Wood 70cl 48°
Laphroaig Triple Wood has been triple matured in three different casks. Firstly hosted by American oak casks that contained Bourbon Maker's Mark, the whisky has then aged in Quarter Casks, a type of small casks that the distillery used in the 19th century. The whisky undergoes a final maturation in carefully selected European oak casks, that previously contained Oloroso Sherry.
This particular ageing enables a perfect aromatic combination of the peat, oak and Sherry, while maintaining the iodized and peated style so typical of Laphroaig. This Single Malt has not been chill filtered to retain all its aromas.
A no age statement, Laphroaig Triple Wood is being bottled when the Master Distiller deems it has reached perfect maturity.
The 'Quarter Casks' were formerly used for storage and maturation of malt whisky but were soon considered as too pricey. Some historians would explain that this allowed the distillers to take the cattle roads in order to avoid custom agents. Nevertheless, these small casks increase by 30% the contact surface between the wood and the spirit, but also with the air.
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No one knows the full history of Laphroaig as much of it has been lost in the midst of time unfortunately.
For a long time on Islay as in all Scotland, distilling was illegal so no one spoke of the numerous small stills, easy to move around and usually hidden in farms. If you wished a refill, just a nod and a wink in the right direction!
We know that the Johnston’s established a farm in Laphroaig around 1800 as, a while after, Charles & Willie Doig were asked to work “at the distillery”. From 1815, the Laphroaig reputation grew and caught the attention of tax agents who established “officially” Johnston & Johnston. This is how the great Laphroaig adventure began.
It is said a good story is about a good story-teller and who better than one of the former distillery managers? Discover the notes a visitor took after his interview with Iain Hendernson, retired in 1999. You may also check the complete history of the last two hundred years of the Laphroaig chronology.