Laphroaig Cairdeas - 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 213.88

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas - 15-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.06 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 Senior

    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. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Before I had this malt in the jar, I wondered if it would just be the normal 15 yo with another label. But now I can say that these malts have less in common than expected. The tangy fruitiness and playfulness of the regular version is not even to begin with. The Cairdeas is a serious malt, dry, very rough and something for the winter. It has a little more depth and wood influence in the taste, which gives it a little more power than it is the case at 15 yo. Since I really liked the fruity parts of the regular 15-year-old Laphroaig, I would definitely prefer it! https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/laphroaig-15-yo-cairdeas-43-vol-ob-2017/

  8. 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 

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Really good characterful and likewise elegant LP! Pretty intense flavors from seemingly good cask selection @only 43% abv. Clearly superior to the 200th Anniversary 15 yo. but you gotta take what you can get nowadays, right?

  10. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 21 22 21 85

    tasty and drinkable, very good, great summer dram!


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