I'm sipping a recent acquisition from K&L:
Laphroaig "Triple Wood" Islay Single Malt Whisky
750ml - Multiple Reviews on this limited release that was supposedly for European Travel Retail only! Lucky for us some popped up in California. This is essentially Quarter Cask finished in Oloroso Sherry Butts. "so in addition to the intense charcoal smoke attack there are rich fruity notes; blackcurrant and berries. Itís an evening barbecue whisky. Grill that fish until itís blackened and crispy, drizzle on lemon, and as the smoke rears up in protest, sip this. Big, moody, broody, fruity, and rich: whatís not to love? " 94 Points Dominic Roskrow Malt Advocate,"Similar to Laphroaig Quarter Cask, but also finished in oloroso sherry casks. Fruit and smoke: fleshy red berries, red licorice, toffee, ripe barley, coal tar, sun-baked seaweed, peat smoke, and a hint of coffee grounds. Tarry finish. I rated the Quarter Cask a 91, and I think this whisky is in the same ballpark. If you like sherry-influenced whiskies, then go for the Triple Wood. If not, then consider the Quarter Cask." 90 points
I miss the prominent salty and iodiney aspects of the 10yo cask strength or even the 15yo Laphroaigs.
This is very reminiscent of the Ardbegs that were finished in sherry casks.