Sweet meets peat with the Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Laphroaig, which is famous for its in-your-face smokey and peaty whiskies, has crafted an excellent expression with their new Triple Wood.
For the Triple Wood, Laphroaig offers triple maturation. The whisky is first aged in an American oak bourbon barrel, then moved to an oak quarter cask. But then it’s finished off in a Oloroso sherry cask.
The result an expression that is slightly creamy and sweet, but still rich with Laphroaig’s traditional peat and smokey flavors.
On the nose, Triple Wood comes at you a little more subtlety than some Laphroaig expressions. The peat and smoke aromas mix nicely with toffee, grapes and salt. On the taste you’re immediately struck at the sharpness of the expression. There is a bit of a ‘wow’ moment as all manner of flavors gently emerge. The peat gives way to a distinct vanilla creaminess, followed by a sweetness as the sherry influences make themselves known.
The finish on the Triple Wood was magnificent. It seemed to last forever. The earth, the peat, the smokiness and a pleasant sweetness just sort of sinks in and lingers, warming your insides.
Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky tempers some of the brand’s traditional peat and smoke flavor. But lovers of Laphroaig shouldn’t mind. It’s a complex expression.
The Triple Wood is probably a nice Scotch to set out for those who aren’t accustomed to some of the more peaty whiskies on the market.
Our testers all agreed that neat was the best way drink the Triple Wood.
Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is now being released in the United States. It retails for $60, but get your bottle quickly, as the Triple Wood has a limited production and sells out fast.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.