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In 1815, two brothers named Donald and Alexander Johnston leased 1,000 acres of land from the laird of Islay so they could raise cattle. In order to so, they had to grow barley in order to feed the cattle during the winter months. However, there was a large amount of surplus barley so the brothers decided to start producing whisky. Soon after, the word had spread throughout Islay that their whisky was particularly good - it became so popular that the brothers found it more profitable to produce whisky than raise cattle, and Laphroaig was born.
Produced once a year in very small batches, Laphroaig "Triple Wood" is a limited edition release which has been matured in three types of casks. The spirit is first matured for 5 - 13 years in Maker's Mark ex-bourbon barrels, then transferred into small 19th century-style quarter casks for the second maturation. After aging in these casks for 9 months, the whisky is transferred into specially selected Oloroso sherry casks for their final maturation, which is split into two parts - the whisky spends 9 months in first fill sherry butts and then 21 - 24 months in refill sherry butts. This extensive aging has imparted remarkable flavor and texture to the whisky, creating a truly unique expression of Laphroaig. To preserve the intricate balance of flavors, "Triple Wood" has not been chill-filtered.
On the nose Laphroaig "Triple Wood" offers sweet aromas of raisin, apricot, walnut and vanilla embedded in a bold note of earthy peat smoke. The rich, full bodied palate opens with an initial burst of peat smoke, but is softened by a suggestion of sherry sweetness, along with flavors of vanilla, citrus fruit and peppery spice. The long, dry finish offers smooth notes of caramel accented by a hint of salted cashew.
Product of Scotland
Alcohol by Volume: 48%