Laphroaig Cairdeas - 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L7 172 VB1
Added on
09 Nov 2017 7:48 pm by FredZeppelin

Average value

€ 164.85

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas - 15-year-old

60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.12 points

  1. Koloman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    If you like the simple knit, rather one-dimensional Laphroaigs a la Quarter Cask, you will not be able to do anything with this bottling. It is complex, subtle, requires time and mindfulness, and can always surprise. It can best be compared with the ingenious 18-year-old, of whom there are unfortunately only remnants. And one more thing: even if he only has 43%, he can handle a lot of water, making it even rounder and more complex.
    • Nose
      A veritable surge of fresh sea air, vanilla and apple scent, the latter candied, encased in the typical medical Laphroaigrauch, but not in the foreground and nothing superimposed, but harmoniously contributes to the very complex overall impression.
    • Taste
      Can it be that these are really just 43% alcohol? Enormously strong, mouth-filling, at the same time soft, almost creamy, caramel pudding, charcoal, pharmacy and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Spicy, damp wood, waiting to be thrown on an already burning fire with moist peat, baked apple and salt.

  2. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very complex TCP influenced Laphroaig Cairdeas. Right from the beginning you know this won't be easy. Compared with the Laphroaig 15-year-old (WB-ID: 35), Laphroaig 15-year-old (WB-ID 65104) and the Laphroaig 18-year-old (WB-ID: 42886) side by side this 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels 15 year old Cairdeas is quite dominant on the nose and very complex too. This Laphroaig is not as peppery as the old 15 year old, but got the right amount of TCP and medicinal smoke. Happily not as floral as the 200 year anniversary version and not as light. Maybe you could compare it to the 18 year old (white label), but this one is not as fruity due to the 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels, it's more into the herbal white wine direction like the Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr. Yes, this is a great mature mix of the An Cuan Mòr and the 18 year old. Love it. Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Cool smoke, medicinal, herbals in the mix with some white wine (due to 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels I guess), hay, green apples, citrus fruits, milk chocolate, vanilla, honeycomb, sweet fruits, salt, pepper and with water even some tropical fruits (banana, hints of mango).
    • Taste
      Cool smoke, medicinal, herbals in the mix with some white wine, liquorice, citrus fruits, salt, eggplants over the bonfire, dark chocolate, tobacco, nice texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Vanilla, TCP, ashes, dark chocolate, tobacco leaves, eggplants over the bonfire.

  3. Maltimex scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Overwhelmingly good Laphroaig. His 43 percent are excellent and fully support the complex flavors.
    The malt is very intense, surprisingly sweet already in the nose, which continues on the palate; full-bodied and a wonderful persistent finish.
    • Nose
      Intense and mature phenolic smoke as well as distinct sweetness; very full. Seaweed, iodine, cool sea breeze, gunpowder.
      Very ripe bananas - baked bananas and vanilla, fudge, caramel.
    • Taste
      Slowly the malt develops its intense and complex aromas. Smoke spreads in the mouth, throat and nose - phenolic, sweet and spicy. Wonderfully support the 43 percent of the flavors.
      Overripe bananas, a hint of creme brûlée, salty - sea water. Mouth-covering tobacco, sweet and salivary.
    • Finish
      Long, intense spicy-smoky, ashy and medicated.
      Slight bitterness; the mouth and tongue remain occupied. Smoke is in the nose.

  4. OAOAOAOA scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Weak Laphroaig! Nose is great, a lot of typical 'Laphroaig medicine', very much Laphroaig. But the taste is very weak. The price is a joke for such a minor quality. 15 years? This cannot help, here. Unfortunately.The other Cairdeas from 2017, the Cairdeas Quarter Cask CS, 2017, is much better because it also has this great typical Laphroaig nose. But not only nose but also taste. And it is stong. It is 6 (+/-) years only but it has more character than this 15 year old guy.A LAPHROAIG SHOULD NEVER BE WEAK.

    Unfortunately this one is weak!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/ZB4DINE_Iig
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    lemony cream, fresh peat and smoke, a little bacquered
    spices that raise the scents, a little smoked bacon, vanilla, moistened woody
    mouth a little watery, but peat and citrus come back galloping despite the just 43 ° with spices and dark chocolate, plus candied fruits and caramelized !!
    a good dram !!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Good one, long smooth finish, but more oomph would have been nice... 46? 48? Especially as a cairdeas bottling... Think they left some points on the road 

  8. Maltlife scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Involved smoke (not as superficial as eg the CS bottlings), fruity fresh, lots of lemon (+ biscuit), "yummy", stimulating, the smoke settles quickly after several noses and mixes wonderfully with the other components, always again citrical, sometimes he still lacks a small idea of depth
    • Taste
      Lemon cake / lemon roll, light smoke-now looks directly medically (slight Hansaplast note), pleasant sweetness, delicious game of light fruits (the lemon, however, urges again and again pleasantly in the foreground), a trace of honey, maybe a few Percent more altogether even more helped ...? But he is good as he is.
    • Finish
      Rather briefly, the previously described flavors are all found again, but here the smoke is slightly more in tact. At the very end there is a slight balloon rubber note.

  9. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    You might think it is rather obscure or unspectacular in the nose, but there are gradually more layers, and it's fun to feel them in their harmonious sequence.
    This is a delicious and extraordinary stuff, a bit rougher than the old 15yo but still elegant. He has not the direct body kingdom of the QC or CS, but remains on the fruity side.
    Very nice!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Gauze bandage dipped in salt water, camphor, some placard color and linseed oil varnish.
      Lime syrup, lemon curd in the peat bog on a dull autumn day.
      Stone covered with seagrass at low tide, ripe bananas and then everything again in alternation.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Silky soft tangerine juice, wet wood, then a longer wave of campfire and peat smoke flavors, lard, hmm, water running in the mouth. Despite its distinct Laphroaig character light and elegant, not in your face.
    • Finish
      87 87
      It develops a pronounced Zartbittereiche, reminiscent of chocolate with 80% cocoa content, the salivation continues for quite a while.
      Fruit and peat wort dance Tango!

  10. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Water addition: At only 43% you should expect that water is not recommended, but I also advise here at least a few drops: The malt is in the nose a little more complex, the smoke / iodine note is intense, the sweetness continues to

    Conclusion: What a dram! I had expected something completely different, plus the relatively low alcohol content. But he just totally flashed me. Tasty, tasty, complex nose, beautiful fruit that missed me a long time but loved banana note. The nose is awesome, unfortunately a few prints in the taste and in the finish, because a few more percent would have done him good and he would have easily gone over 90 points. Nevertheless, almost a revelation - 89 points
    • Nose
      92 92
      What a cool nose! Rather laphroaighuntypisch holds the mezinische smoke here rather something back and occasionally goes to coal dust, instead trumpft it with many beach / sea flavors (pebble beach, algae and oysters) on. In addition, an incredibly great fruitiness, reminiscent of older Laphis from the 80s / 70s. I find apples, some pineapple and many tropical fruits like mango and papaya in the glass, as well as the Laphi banana note, which has often been missing in recent years. He looks very creamy and despite the 43% very full in the nose, the Bourbon barrels add a lot of caramel, vanilla and some coconut shell - very complex and complex
    • Taste
      88 88
      creamy mouthfeel, great sweetness of the first fill bourbon casks, then the thicker iodine smokes around the tongue, again great fruit notes, subtle oak spice, vanilla, and bergamot (earl-gray tea)
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, if not as long as with alcoholic bottlings, here is the laphira again a bit more discreet, the intense fruitiness is with mango, lemon banana there, accompanied by some oak, vanilla, the oak is more spicy, in addition to the notes of bergamot and black tea


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