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Laphroaig 拉佛格 Quarter Cask 1/4桶 48%

商品目錄A~Z 蘇格蘭單一麥芽威士忌LLaphroaig
商品編號:
國 別:United Kingdom
產 地:蘇格蘭艾雷島
年 份:
酒 齡: years old
酒 精 度:48%
容 量:70 cl
桶 別:
裝 瓶 數:
WHISKYBIBLE:95 points
WHISKYFUN:87 points
定價:NT$1,400/ 瓶
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Laphroaig Quarter Cask 48%, OB

Laphroaig Quarter Cask 拉弗格1/4桶單一純麥威士忌,這個四分之一的靈感來自於拉弗格特別的過桶成熟法,過程裡,Quarter Cask 原酒會先儲放在ㄧ般的美國波本桶中,接著移置到特別訂製的1/4小木桶中。這些精選的1/4桶原酒液會被放在有海風吹拂的古老倉庫中熟成。

為了表現1/4桶的特色,我們將酒精濃度設定在48度並以無過濾的方式直接裝瓶。 經由這特別的處理手法, Quarter Cask不僅保留了最濃醇的酒香也傳承了與兩百年前相同的味道。因為這份堅持,讓Quarter Cask獲得了無數的得獎殊榮與支持,誠摯推薦給喜愛品嚐獨特風味的您!

顏色 : 明亮的金黃色澤
氣味 : 具有泥炭灰燼、金雀花、石南花香、並富有椰子香的溫潤奶油甜味
酒體 : 醇厚飽滿
口感 : 重煙燻感、深沉、複雜但又帶著令人驚喜的溫和甜味
餘韻 : 芳香淵遠悠長,參雜些許煙燻、微辣感


關於Laphroaig:

非主流威士忌極品

位處蘇格蘭西南的ISLAY艾雷島,其地理特色便是沿岸佈有超高密度之海草,且有終年不斷的冷烈海風。艾雷島便是在此獨特地理條 件下,孕育出全世界最具個性與特色的單一純麥威士忌。就在大部份威士忌愛好者將蘇格蘭高地Spey Side視為是威士忌聖地的同時,另有一群品味不凡的威士忌鑑賞家卻將艾雷島單一純麥威士忌推舉為是威士忌中的非主流極品。

最具代表性的艾雷島威士忌
位於艾雷島北海岸,擁有190年歷史的Laphroaig拉弗格酒廠,因接受全島最強勁的海風吹刮,加上堅持創廠以來不曾變動過的傳統蒸釀流程,塑造出最具原始艾雷風格的威士忌,因此被舉世公認是最具代表性的艾雷威士忌蒸餾廠。

高階品味鑑賞家的最愛
Laphroaig 的正統艾雷風格,體現在嗅覺上是強烈的煙燻味、碘藥水味及海風氣息;在味覺上是飽滿粗獷,厚實不失圓潤,尾韻綿長。這種與蘇格蘭高地主流威士忌截然不同的 產品特色,讓Laphroaig以不屑與世俗同流的孤傲形象,令許多不甘平凡的品味鑑賞家為之深深著迷,就連英國王儲查理斯王子也因之成為 Laphroaig的忠誠擁戴者,並且授封皇室徽章。

如同國際知名的酒評人Jack Mclean給予的評價,「Laphroaig的特色是獨樹一格的、是威士忌中的至尊,我曾經推崇它為為蘇格蘭威士忌中的Rolls-Royce,但 Laphroaig的特色不僅如此,它可以更進一步稱為是威士忌領域裡面的F1 Maserati;因為Laphroaig就如同是量身訂製、強勁的、配備著發出怒吼引擎聲的F1 Maserati。」

對那些慣於品嘗蘇格蘭威士忌的老手們來說,Laphroaig流過齒縫舌間後所留下的悠久餘味可說是種別處尋找不到的享受。所以,如果您不曾有機會嘗試過它的味道,請先不要冒然自稱、自己已經是威士忌的行家老手喔!

Laphroaig Quarter Cask takes its inspiration from the small casks often used for Scotch Whisky in the 19th century and frequently transported across the Glens by packhorse. As the industry grew, they fell into disuse ?bigger and more cost effective barrels became the norm, for maturation and transportation.

However as single malt lovers may know, the relationship between the barrels and the maturing spirit is critical. We noted that the small cask size gives up to 30% greater contact with the wood compared to some of the larger sizes used today, thus greatly intensifying the maturation process.

It was decided to recreate some of the Quarter Casks and the flavours they produce. We transferred some still maturing Laphroaig from our larger style barrels into the Quarter Casks. There then followed a further periods of maturation in our original Dunnage Warehouse No1.

For greater authenticity we simply barrier filtered the whisky ?the method used in those far off days ?and bottled at a higher alcoholic strength.

The result surprised and delighted us. The additional oak influence creates a soft sweetness and velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig, comes bursting through. The finish is very long and alternates between the sweetness and the peat.

Tasting Note by Whiskyfun Serge:
Laphroaig ‘Quarter Cask’ (48%, OB, circa 2007)

Colour: gold. Nose: all on chamomile, bananas, kiwis, butter, vanilla and smoke. Mouth: herb liqueurs, vanilla, wormwood, dried pear… And smoke. Finish: long, closer to the regular Laphroaigs, smoky, delicately tannic. Excellent balance but maybe a tad less thrilling than the first versions in my opinion. Maybe a little too smooth. 87 points.