In the 19th century, Scotch whiskey was frequently transported across the Glens in quarter casks, which fitted on a packhorse. When progress sounded their death knell, it also banished the greater intensity of maturation created by the smaller container which offers up to 30% more contact between the oak and the liquid. Laphroaig today breathes new life into the tradition. Still-maturing whiskey from their standard ex-bourbon barrels is transferred to quarter casks and left to rest in their warehouse just a stones throw from the Atlantic shore. This increased oak contact creates a soft and velvety edge to complement Laphroaigs distinctive peatiness. The finish is long and alternates between this sweetness and smoke.