Drink Review: Laphroaig Tripple Wood Whisky

Whisky Tasting Notes

Laphroaig Tripple Wood Nose: Surprisingly slow start, but apricots gently burning over a peat fire waft over and hang in the air. There’s a tangible briny butteriness – the smell alone tightens the arteries.

Laphroaig Tripple Wood Taste: After a moment of serenity – the calm before the storm – an unctuous grenade of medicine heavily seasoned with earthy spices detonates. There’s plenty of peat as expected, but a sodden grassiness which is impressively smooth. Burnt sugar and quality sherry rush in to lift the spirits, as you recall chewing liquorice laces while still in shorts.

Laphroaig Tripple Wood Finish: The whisky runs and runs; as the sherry breaks on the salty shoreline of the palate, the residual peat remains all evening. It all settles with a surprisingly complex balance of iodine, smoke and charred caramel. For me, there’s not quite enough sweetness to cover the sense of burning tires.

Flavour 8/10   Value 8/10

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Laphroaig Triple Wood – Originally launched for the duty-free market


Bourbon Tasting Notes

Jim Beam White Label Nose: A robust nose, with lots of Cola without being sickly sweet. It’s uncomplicated, but a green apple note is there with autumnal spice. Jim Beam’s better than the price point suggests as it doesn’t feel like a punishment.

Jim Beam White Label Taste: Maple syrup, cinnamon, leather: easily drinkable although slightly industrial. Classic corn taste – very simple – but enjoyable. Makes me want a girlfriend from Kentucky. Rather than over-think it, I’d generously pour with ginger ale and lime.

Jim Beam White Label Finish: Short, savoury finish. Works wonders alongside a cheese sandwich, with wholegrain mustard on nutty bread –  it masks a mild solvent sensation and compliments the cereal notes.

Flavour 5/10    Value 10/10

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Jim Beam – made to the same formula since 1795.