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Monthly Meetup 2 – Laphroaig Triple Wood

Distillery: Laphroaig
Name: Triple Wood
Region: Islay
Age: N/A
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 48%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £42
Nose: Peaty, engine oil, sweet, smooth, citrus freshness
Taste: Peaty, light, fresh, sweetness, slightly dry, smooth
Finish: Medium, peaty, dry, oak
Rating: 7/10

This is the third of the Laphroaig range that I have tried, the 10 year old and the Quarter Cask being the other two, both lovely. The Triple Wood is essentially the Quarter Cask, which I love, finished in Oloroso sherry casks, which I adore as a finish, so I was pretty hopeful with this one.

Disappointed I was not, none of us were to be honest. Now we all enjoy an Islay which is why we wanted to try a slightly better one than most of us had tried previously. The peat was obviously a powerful quality pretty much throughout this dram, but it also had so much more to offer, which it had picked up from the quarter cask and the sherry cask. It added an extra depth to it that left us all wanting a top up, and more annoyingly, left us all wondering what the 18 year old is like.

I hear a lot of people say that Laphroaig, and many other Islays, are all about the peat, but I say to those people, you need to try the Triple Wood in order to appreciate the complexity that can also be present. It is a wonderful dram.

Monthly Meetup 1 – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Distillery: Auchentoshan
Name: Three Wood
Region: Lowland
Age: N/A
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £38
Nose: Dark fruits, sherry, sweet, rich
Taste: Smooth, dark fruits, sherry, chewy
Finish: Long, oaky, spicy, dry
Rating: 7/10

The Auchentoshan (ock-un-tosh-un) Three Wood has been matured in Bourbon casks, Pedro Ximenez sherry and Oloroso sherry casks, this gives a wonderful rich colour and aroma.

It has a deep rich nose with lots of dark fruits coming through, with some sherry notes present also, and a slight sweetness that goes with the two. All of these qualities follow onto the palate with a lovely smoothness, the rich flavours lingering for a nice lengthy period. It is a dram that you work around your month as well, it really coats the whole thing and therefore spreading the flavour, intensifying it, beautiful. The finish is as I have said long, but also with an oakiness giving it some lovely spice and just a little dryness, not too much though. At 43% abv it does not have any real alcohol burn to it, so does not really require the addition of water in my opinion, but could probably take it fairly well given it’s body, it you wish to add some.

Monthly Meetup

I was talking to a couple of close friends a few months ago about whiskies, and how I love to try as many different ones as I can. They are both fairly new to whiskies and were both keen to do the same, so we decided that we would all chip in £15 a month, purchase a bottle of something new and meet up on a monthly basis. It makes a great social occasion and we all thought it would help to expand our whisky knowledge a bit more, without breaking the bank.

I got put in charge of the whisky selection so I firstly decided to select two whiskies from each region and created a survey on SurveyMonkey. We all had to rank the whiskies in order of preference and the top two were to be our first couple of months whiskies. This process is to continue, but probably ordering a whisky at a time rather than multiple, until we have covered all of the main regions. I have no idea where we will go from there though, I’m sure we will think of something.

Anyway, what this means is that I will hopefully be posting a review of each of the whiskies we try, all likely to be in the £35-£55 range, so I look forward to that and I hope you check back to read them.