Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
87.84/100
votes
522
Whiskybase ID
WB131564
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2019 - Triple Wood
Bottled
19.03.2019
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon, Quarter and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
36000
Strength
59.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9 078 SB1
Barcode
5010019639080
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
Added on
15 may 2019 9:35 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 274.53

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

65 users have left 67 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.84 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Too young, too brash, too mono-dimensional.

    Very green and sour on the palate, with the overt oak spice adding a lot of herbals and an overall pressure-cooked feel.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. Mik scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    In one of my prouder tasting moments I was given this as a blind mystery sample and actually managed to identify exactly what it was. It definitely helped that I had sampled this Cairdeas release a few weeks prior. Unlike the 2018 release, I think this one more clearly embodies some of the classic iodine and salty maritime notes of Laphroaig. This was a wonderful mix of brine and fruit with enough complex meaty notes to keep my interest. I do wish there was a bit more thickness and viscosity to the overall body, sometimes it can feel a bit thin. Overall, this was an upgrade on the 2018 release.

    Mental Image: A Salmon’s Quinceanera
    • Nose
      Rich fruits at a seaside barbecue. Flaming cherries jubilee, candied bacon, roast beef drippings, and cedar plank baked salmon. Wood varnish and waxed church pews come through as deeper wood notes, but the nose gradually settles on sweet maritime and charcoal grill.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied with a mild oiliness and a healthy dose of sweet fruity brine. Prawns on the grill, fruity sweet chili sauce, salty fish sauce, and subtle herbal incense. Grilled fruit jam, bacon jam, leather, and shoe polish develop on the back end.
    • Finish
      Lingering rich dark fruits with a sprinkle of ‘alaea— red earth salt.

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Almost 60% express themselves less blatantly than expected in advance. In fact, I wouldn't recommend adding water either, it just loses flavor. The three cask types try their best to conceal the young age of the malt. For the full review, go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/05/22/cairdeas/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    Salty sherry, similar to Ardbeg Ugeadail but better. Better balance between saltiness & wood & sherry.

    [86-89] YES!!! One to be tasted and remembered for years. I'm willing to pay a 20% premium on top of RRP.

    N 29
    Woody. Red grape. Moderately smoked herbs. Sherry just enough to be noticed. Addictive iodine. Sea breeze ( salted dry seaweed). Refreshing menthol. Old furniture.

    P 27
    Salty, sweet & spicy bomb. Mouthwarming burnt wood. Peppery spices. Dark fruit. Moderately peated.

    F 26
    Long finish supported by delicate smoke. Fruitiness and cigar ashes lingering

  6. Ficelli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Derbyshire_sipper scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Smell .

    This is an interesting and complex one. Dried mixed fruit peel, Christmas cake, Rasins, Caramel, smokey peat. Musty wood in there too

    Taste

    Full on flavour explosion. Like a punch in the face, there is the peat, smouldering campfire and ash. Oily, woody, leather, peppercorns, spice, rosemary. Loads of spice here. Then comes the sweetness, toffee, creamy. I'm also getting some eucalyptus/menthol too.

    After

    The warmth and creamy toffee hangs about for a long time as does the smokey peat, ending with some dark slightly bitter honey and some wood notes.

    This is good. Very complex and interesting. So many different notes and flavours to explore too. Can't wait to see how the bottle develops over time too.

    I really like this, it gets a 91 from me.

  8. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Smoke, toffee
    • Taste
      Cherry, smoke
    • Finish
      Fruity

  9. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweetly fruity, smoke, touch grainy, copper and herbal.

    Palate: Fruity, charred and smoky, Banana’s Foster and some malt.

    Finish: Long -> Dried strawberries, leather and char.

  10. eddi14 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    08/08/2021:
    Withstands the level of the festival release, solid, delicate in aroma, with a rich taste, the degree does not protrude.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried herbs, ash, lemon, medicine, watercolor paints, rubber, wild pear (drying), absolutely not alcoholic, even delicate, cough syrup (pectusin), vanilla, smoked apiary, smoked fish, pleasant sweetness.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Ash, ash, lemon, haze, meaty note, syrupy sweet, exotic fruits, fortified.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Ash, ash, smoke, warms, long, dries, lemon, smoked notes, slightly bitter.

  12. Merl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. The_Osprey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood 2019 59.5%.

    Consumed July 2019 - Aroma is quite oaky papery, almost grain whisky notes, fairly muted subtle fruit notes. A bit disappointing on the nose. Opens up a little with water but still a little basic. Taste is iodine huge smoke salt and wood. Pungent and potent with a vanilla sweetness pulling through. Dense and concentrated to the point of being oily and hard to dissect and detect all the complex flavours from, sort of like Octomore. Perfectly drinkable as it is but probably benefits from a touch of water. Typical Laphroaig notes and smoked fish come out more with water also some interesting fennel and mint. Very attractive to flies for some reason. Enjoyable 3.5/84

    Re-rate Jan 2020 - Aroma is woody, fruity, quite dense, slightly closed. Taste is similar - quite dense, soft raspberry and cranberry notes pull through along with the smoke. It really grew on me. Strange how I got such a different impression - perhaps my tastes have changed in only a few months! 3.8/90

  14. Svjatogor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    n: peat, smoke, rust, strawberries, wet bonfire, seaweed, white and black pepper, oak, intense & fresh, fruits
    t: intense & full, peat, sweet
    a: peat, sweet, earthy, nuts, fruit, marzipan, rewarding

  15. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nice edition. Really enjoyed it. Too bad the price is hiked because of the "limited edition". They should add it to the core range :)

  16. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    You can drink this Càirdeas Triple Wood if you are looking for a bit more complexity than the Laphi 10yo cs # 011.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Earth, medicinal smoke, cinnamon, fruity dry berries, cloves, nutmeg, slightly bitter, dried grapes
    • Taste
      91 91
      A smoke bomb, however, not so much in the medical direction; Wine-like (I think of Oloroso), dark chocolate with orange pieces. In addition, a very intensive blend of spices
    • Finish
      91 91
      Not so intense and medium length. Especially smoke and cinnamon.

  19. Simo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This bottle didn’t really resonate with me. Felt like a clash of modern Laphroaig peat against heavy vanilla wood influence. I definitely can see where this profile would appeal to a lot of people but I prefer a cleaner peated Islay bottling with less sweet wood influence.
    • Nose
      Aggressive, bold, pungent. Feels like a dessert dram. Cleaning polish notes with very sweet peat. Lots of “root beery-ness”, vanilla, burning wood smoke, soot, tar, burnt sugar/caramel, cigar box. ⁣
    • Taste
      Viscous, very oily mouthfeel. Big sweet peat notes with a medicinal and peppery backbone. Band-aids, sooty, tobacco smoke, vanilla frosting, lots of wood, touch of lemon juice.
    • Finish
      Sweet peat, brine and peppery notes with fading cigarette ash. ⁣

  21. Till90 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Wonderful whisky that unfolds its full potential with a little water
    A taste that stays with you until the next day, simply excellent
    • Nose
      Burned wood, smoked fish, iodine, sherry influences and molasses
    • Taste
      Taste of sherry and vanilla on the tip of the tongue, behind comes the beautiful smoke of the peat with sweet raisins
    • Finish
      The finish emphasizes smoky, raisin-like with a hint of vanilla sweetness

  22. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of high intensity. I have aromas of dry peat smoke, vanilla, maritime notes, malty sweetness, honey, light nuts and dried fruits. Mediocre
    complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. He has clearly noticeable alcohol and a relatively heavy body.

  23. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. pecathor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    I need to say, that after I have tried this whisky, it immediately became one of my all-time favorites! Incredibly full flavor, a mix of sherry sweetness, wood, and smoke works together really well! I absolutely love it! Will need to get a replacement bottle because I can imagine this one will not stay long!:)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a different whisky from the standard Triple Wood. I was going to say how disappointing it is that this year’s Cairdeas is just a cask-strength version of a standard release, but this is functionally a different dram, at least in my experience. This one’s much sweeter, less meaty, and probably a little less peaty overall. I'm not sure I like it more than the standard TW, but it's still great.

    Nose: Autumnal and and fruity. A real pumpkin spice latte of a whisky. Spicy Italian sausage is the most prominent meat note here for me. There’s some beef broth in here too. Some Laphroaig medicinal flavours and some seaweed as well, with some sweet birch bark smoke. Lots of honey sweetness up front, more than I remember getting in the standard TW. Bright candied red fruit. Vanilla, baking spices, maple syrup, roast apples, dried apricots, bananas, raisins, nuts, cocoa powder, and mint. My friend Scotty’s tasting note of “black-pepper-spiked chocolate milkshake” for the OG Triple Wood still holds true for the cask strength version. Some rice vinegar tang and some earthy tobacco. What a layered nose.

    Palate: Oily texture. Loads more of those dried leaves and baking spices. Sauteed mushrooms are all over the place. Heavy tobacco, medicinal peat smoke, seaweed, and some fragrant leather in the middle. More of that oily birch bark smoke. Burnt salted caramel. Rich dark chocolate and plums. Maraschino cherries and peaches in syrup. More of that beef broth richness.

    Finish: Long and syrupy. Medicinal notes and iodine, sweetened with brown sugar and orange marmalade. More of that Italian sausage. Some tart white grapes and rice vinegar. A hint of oak and star anise. Lingering maple syrup.

  26. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Expected - Strong and pungent medicinal smoke, feeling a dash of seawater in your nose, slight hint of sulphur, and a razor sharp sweetness, and pretty fruity (berries) as well. A lot more hospital smell appear after a while, and some rubbery note. More citrusy after a sip.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, cough sweets, with smokiness of course, with seaweed and seawater. Slightly bitter, with getting more bitter with time.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Rather short, with slight bitterness and smokiness. Pretty dry as well.

  27. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really massive dram. Nice smoky and very spicy. The smoke changes from nose to finish. He is medical at first, then a campfire. Hidden behind the smoke are wonderful fruity notes of dried fruit. Herbal notes can also be tasted later in the finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
      In the beginning extremely medical smoke and sweetish cinnamon. Not too cute though. The alcohol is very well integrated. With a deep breath you can wonderfully identify mint and peppermint. There are also candied oranges. The spicy peppery sharpness of European wood cannot be obscured either.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is almost more intense than the smell. With the first sip there is an extremely heavy smoke. This is no longer medical, but neutral. You can taste cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, bacon and smoked chamber.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is not as intense, but it is a little longer. The smoke is very present again, but especially later. It can be defined as a campfire and charcoal. In addition there is dried peach and herbal tea.

  28. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Malthead19 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    - a delicious Laphroaig, but not the best CAIRDEAS
    - quite pure to drink (but a matter of taste)
    - definitely better than the normal Triple Wood (which literally fades against the CAIRDEAS)
    • Nose
      sweetish, caramel, very little smoke, creamy, toffee
    • Taste
      oW: creamy, strong smoky appearance, burns on the lips, lots of volume, intense smoke aroma, toffee, creamy sweetness

      mW: hardly any difference in taste than undiluted except that the burning is not so noticeable anymore, although I find the slightly stronger (slightly burning) I like even more here, because somehow more comes across
    • Finish
      long, strong smoky finish;
      long sweetish slightly smoky aftertaste

  30. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A young, strong and very good malt at a fair price!
    The sherry influences are good for him!
    • Nose
      (pleasant) peat smoke, iodine, sweetness, ripe fruit, herbs, menthol, vanilla;
    • Taste
      with water: powerful, smoke, iodine, tar, very sweet, fruity (subliminal sherry), creamy, caramel, vanilla, herbs, salt, wet wood / oak;
    • Finish
      medium length, smoke, fruit and sweetness; aftertaste herbs and salt;

  31. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    In the nose a trinity of peat smoke, wood and fruit notes. Immediately after pouring out, smoke and wood are dominant, but after a few minutes and a swivel in the glass, the whisky balances.
    Real liquorice (not the sweet one), licorice, rotten, slightly damp wood.
    The smoke has light notes of bacon, a clearly medicinal touch, is slightly ashy and dry. Approaches of sea breezes.
    The fruit is dark, raisins, plums with almond slivers. Dates and blackberries.
    Some walnut.
    Oranges and nectarines are added with a little water.

    Mouth:
    Peppery beginning, licorice and licorice, ash, crushed berries, lots of wood, slightly bitter.
    With water, the wood gets through a bit more vigorously, but also yellow-fleshed fruits.

    Finish:
    Medium length, quite woody. Ashy, vanilla and slightly salty.
    The smoke and the wood were able to cover the youthfulness well, but in the finish a youthful metallic note can be discovered.

    88/100

    Conclusion:
    I like a beautiful laphi very well and can cover his youth well. Very wood-accentuated, but has a lot of charm when bottling because the sherry barrel gives sweet notes as an antithesis to the malt.

  32. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Triple maturation, first matured in ex-bourbon barrels, then in quarter casks and finally in European oak casks which previously held oloroso sherry.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal and medicinal notes, fruity (strawberries, apples, cherries), citrus, ashy, briny, butter cookies
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, seaweed, salty, fruity (apples, strawberries, lemons), mint, iodine, caramel, spicy (nutmeg, clove), chocolate, liquorice
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, sweet, citrus, leather, chocolate, espresso

  33. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In the nose a mixture of smoke, wood and fruits (dark to yellow fruits and citrus notes). That fits and is fun. Then noticeably tart in the mouth. Here the smoke and the wood clearly have the upper hand. Fruit is only hinted at here.
    Overall a delicious malt. However, I prefer the 10yo CS. Perhaps even the càirdeas has the nose in front due to the fruits. Overall, I like the CS better because it's more consistent in its way.

  34. Collegiate scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Easily my favourite Laphroaig in a long time. Probably the best one I’ve had since the 2015 Cairdeas, which was a phenomenal peater. This one throws a bit of a curve ball into the mix by adding some sherry, but it’s only lingering in the background. The nose is brash peat and antiseptic, with an underlying sweetness. The palette is difficult undiluted and with water things get much more open. Loud medicinal action. Love it. After some less than fantastic runs with Laphroaigs in recent years for me (10yo, standard Triple Wood, annual Cairdeas releases), this is Laphroaig back in winning form.

  35. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted 03-07-2020
    • Nose
      85 85
      Benefits from a few drops of water.
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. borniebg scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    N: medicinal smoke, peat, ash, vanilla, oak, sherry
    P: ash, peat, vanilla, sweetish, pepper
    F: medium, ash

  37. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good in itself. The nose can be difficult without water. It is a beautiful sherry variant of a laphi. Not outstanding, but a pleasure. Everyone has to know for themselves whether the price for a bottling without an age statement is suitable. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/02/21/laphroaig-2019-originalabfuellungen-in-fassstaerke/

  38. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    My first impression after the first tasting during Feis Ile has now even improved a little. The nose is really great and in the mouth it delivers what you expect. The barrel strength ensures a nice aroma load in the mouth.
    • Nose
      Fresh with mint, red fruits and berries, medicinal smoke, spice, cinnamon, chocolate as undertone, malty, plum, somehow becomes more and more chocolatey over time, smoked bacon, salt, some tobacco and also caramel
    • Taste
      creamy, floral, neat smoke, ashy, sherry, sweet, plums, chocolate, cinnamon, pepper, slightly tart, intense
    • Finish
      Salt on the palate, espresso, a little oak, less sweet now, nuts, bittersweet, slightly sour, that's still the plums, smoke on the palate, medium-long, warming

  41. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  42. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very good first impression that doesn’t quite last.
    And an incredible nose that manages to save the whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      the sherry takes first stage, actually a powerful and crisp peat-sherry combination.. a peated sherry or a sherried peat, the union is seamless.. then iodine, tobacco, mushroom and soy sauce.. the alcohol is powerful, but never misbehaved. liquorice and a good measure of smoke.. the smoke, of course, what was i thinking!? dusty, leather armchairs, but then, unexpectedly and paradoxically, the sense of fresh clean air when you open the window in the clean, brisk winter morning
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, green.. limes, fresh oak, grilled lemons over grilled sardines.. incredibly easy to drink for its abv.. molasses and caramel in the finish with some bitter herbs
    • Finish
      84 84
      nothing to write home about.. sweet, warm malt and a bitter note that makes me go back and bury my nose into the glass for that glorious smell

  43. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 89
      B: 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  45. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. ConvalRen scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    I can smell the burning in Australia in this bottle. So much burnt up organic matter.

    With water is at least 83. Points fed to taste.
    Without is at 81.

    Perhaps I will re-rate this after weeks of oxidation.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Heavy nose with metallic scents and chlorine.
      Step on that millipede and it releases a defensive stench, is smells just like that. Sour and repulsive.
      Burnt fields - a forest fire. The smell of soil, trees and the forest burning in general.
      Pyridine is heavy here, in simple terms, rotten fish or surstromming.
      A grill full of meat burnt with an uncontrollable fire. Charred meat, yet still oily.

      WITH WATER: A dying flame, toffee, hints of cacao, volcanic ash and pumice, slightly sulfurous like a century egg, still got that sour scent but lesser though not so prominent.
      Lapsang souchong tea, smoked seafood, baked apple and of course TCP/ vinyl resin.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Strong peat and smoke, behind hides a slight sweetness. Fragrant blood oranges.

      Like going to the petrol station. Diesel and LPG everywhere. You can taste it through your nostrils.

      WITH WATER: Cod liver oil - thick, oily and chunky. Raisin scones, lemon buttered toast.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium to semi mid, salty, lightly peppered and still full of burnt forest.
      Rich and 25% sweet finishing. Not complex to end.

      WITH AND WITHOUT WATER: Is the same. No change.

  47. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very similar to diluted Triple Wood, with a drizzle of sherry between the tar and the ash, but more oaky. It gives a slightly vegetal side. The medicinal touch is there of course. Smoke trickle.
    In the mouth, it is tasty, very red fruits and candy sugar, but quite peaty, and with more spices. Currants, blackberries and rhubarb. Light vanilla in the background. Very explosive finish. Leaves a charcoal and raspberry aftertaste. Wet wood.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/09/laphroaig-cairdeas-2019-triple-wood.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  48. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    at nose,
    strong and oily peat, pine sap and maple syrup (paradoxically very sweet !!), a little vanilla, lemon and cooked black fruits
    a little camphor, a little licorice gum
    intense return wood, as on soaked wood shavings
    spicy, but not too spicy
    the mouth goes directly on the peat, on meat smoke, on sugar again, on dry herbs (the dust side in fact!), the camphor comes back strong, very strong even, the hospital corridor just washed comes out , a little seaweed, wet earth, then macerated and overcooked fruits a little caramelized, cooked lemon
    the wood remains very present, even managing to pass in front of the peat!, then bitterness arrives with well peppery spices.
    the finish, on the other hand, is long, complex, on soaked woods, on dry and wet herbs, on wet leather, candied fruit and peat well present, then finer and liquorice.
    very pleasant.

  49. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  50. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  51. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  52. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, grotesque Cairdeas, but surprisingly almost thin at ~ 60%.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, camphor, ham, herbals, vanilla, cotton candy and sawdust.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pepper and chilli, peat, oak, herbals, grilled citrus, seaweed and honey.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, spicy, bittersweet.

  54. OKN scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The best Cairdeas that I have tasted (2014 onwards). Does not need water.

  55. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    with water: Oh yes, he tolerates it very well, it opens, everything becomes even more harmonious and creamy

    Conclusion: Yes, Laphroaigh has finally knocked out one again! The last couple of years, I did not like the Cairdeas bottlings any more, but this one has everything I expect from a FOL bottling.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The alcohol is surprisingly well integrated, otherwise it has everything a laphi needs: great combination of peat and iodine, pebble beach, some fruits such as bananas, sea algae, a velvety creaminess and vanilla / biscuit notes through the Quarter Casks and subtle sherry aromas (dried fruit , Cherries), all together very harmoniously and damn well balanced
    • Taste
      88 88
      creamy, sweet, vanilla, fruits, then comes the peat, which buries everything under its iodine and phenols swich, behind the back is the alcohol here much stronger, and also brings etas pepper
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, peat, smoke, campfire, some bacon, iodine ash, oak, which in the end becomes quite strong, plus a dark sweetness that drifts towards licorice

  56. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Probably the best Cairdeas I've tried.
    Water does wonders for the nose, makes the body more approachable and kind of ruins the finish. Hard to find the ballance to get the most out of every stage.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Interesting nose.
      There's hints of the good old medicinal Laffy that used to be present in the 10YO but now is only occationally found in the high ABV releases.
      It's not as maritime and briney as one would expect.
      No rubber, nor tar, but a little salty licorice.
      And the peat is not as sweet as it usually is, it's more like resinous pine wood in an open fire place.
      Also some oiled pine furniture.
      Sweet with dark fruit notes.
      Water makes it even sweeter, and much more expressive.
      Now there's old dusty library, some animal fur, almost soft rubber but more towards synthetic tarp.
      Wonderful!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily texture on a bold arrival, and it just blasts upwards on spice, peat and dark fruits from there.
      Delightfully mouth warming spice.
      Remarkably sweet with very pleasant wine wood notes.
      The spice is significantly reduced with water.
      Water made wonders to the nose, but to me it did no favours to the taste.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Neat the heat just seems to sit and smoulder for eternety.
      It might be drying, but it's so fierce I didn't notice.
      Think I over did the water, because at the end it was totally diluted with just some notes of sweet peat and wet wood remaining.

  57. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig can be recognized. But unfortunately a lot of bitter oak. They already know why they dilute the standard. The CS of this year (batch 11) is much better.

  58. thomasflsts scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  59. N.I.C.O. scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      A lot of nuts; little peat; Alcohol is barely perceptible and beautifully integrated; slight tobacco notes in the nose
    • Taste
      93 93
      Here comes the typical Laphroaig taste: pleasant wood tones with beautiful, slightly sweet peat; Here you notice the alcohol that lines the mouth together with the wine barrel
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium to long; Again, the typical wood tones; Here is an alcoholic sharpness felt

  60. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke (not like the smoked ham, but something "dry" like bright burning campfire; iodine (maritime flair); sweet malt and tones of old wood; herbs and freshly mown meadow; but rather strong ice candy, after the first sip a sweet vanilla note quite strong (has something of cake or cookie dough, something else flowery is there, like summer meadow (I can not exactly assign)
    • Taste
      Smoke; Iodine; salty; then immediately sweet and fruity; the smoke gets a little drier (smoke like from a campfire, which is already burned down and still glows); fresh herbs; spicy woody; after the second sip the mouth becomes a little drier; the herbs go towards bitter herbs, but are very well involved;
    • Finish
      Smoke; Sweet; Sherry; Vanilla; Fruit; a little nut; again herbs; wet wood remains;

  61. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  62. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Obviously less than 10 years old but energetic, oily and in style (87)
    • Nose
      Sulfur, old jam, raw bread, vanilla and berries ... peat and pharmacy (21)
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, ashen and salty (22)
    • Finish
      The finish is dry, a little scatty ... lube, pills and salt (22)

  63. mikespike scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Laphroaig Cairdeas again, lets do it: (Thanks to CaptainIslay for the sample)
    I like the nose very much, a little water then to the malt, shaken and tasted:
    Here is the disappointment, unlike the classic Laphis usual accustomed to a musty, rather bitter note prominently, which I interpret as a clear false note - for me, the enjoyment ends here. Too bad, I do not enjoy the bottling, because I would be better served with a Quarter Cask. If I want a good Laphi (and not looking for treats in the back of the chamber) I would simply take one of the annual Cask Strenghts, which I think have kept a high level so far.
    Will be back from my sample soon but at the moment he will not lure me on the delicious Laphi Homepage ...

  64. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A càirdeas that wins with the addition of water. I have not yet dared to implement the official recommendation (we recommend that you add twice as much water then whisky), because I really like whisky and no flavored water in a glass. But I can recommend adding 2ml of water to a 2cl-Dram, it makes it clear and is less pointed and aggressive than undiluted.
    My rating is valid for the undiluted pleasure, with the above amount of water it would be 2 points more.
    • Nose
      87 87
      As expected, heavy peat smoke wafting out of the glass. Warm tar cardboard, sunlit asphalt, seaweed. Sea spray. Damp wood, dried apricots and dates. Sucked licorice sweets, herbal brew.
      Water is good for him, he makes it clear and shows you the aromas mentioned without the gauntlet.
    • Taste
      87 87
      An undiluted, powerful start that puts a thick layer of peat directly on the tongue. Licorice, tar, dried seaweed, pepper. Rather goes in the spicy direction, fruit notes are initially unsuccessful. The damp wood on the tongue, too, and a tart herb mixture quickly sets in. Smoked lemon peel. Medical, hospital hallway feeling.
      Water also has a positive effect on the tongue. The tips are smoothed, the herbs are no longer so bitter, the medicinal note is very tasty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The peat smoke stays on the tongue for a long, very long time. However, if you leave it out and use the other flavors as a benchmark, the finish is rather short. However, fruit notes flash through here in the form of raspberry drops, which make the whole thing interesting again, even if the spectacle would like to be a little longer. Liquorice, herbs, bitter honey and wood dominate.
      Adding water has little effect on the finish.

  65. Murphy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Pure straightforward Laphi. Straight - "the most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskys"
    Who wants to know what that means, should take a dram ... or more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Despite almost 60% round and creamy
    • Taste
      90 90
      How he has to be
    • Finish
      89 89
      Pleasant, harsh, you've got something of it for a long time

  66. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense peat smoke, dried fruits, vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      Earthy, oily, honey sweet, slightly nutty
    • Finish
      90 90
      Intense, pleasant and long

  67. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Unmistakably a Laphroaig and that although spicy wood elements alternate every second with sweetness, fruit, mentholic freshness and smoky peat and end up again and again in this typical for Laphroaig salty and phenolic aroma composition with peat and smoke. A varied malt with its own character and in addition extremely tasty. I like it very much!
    An addition of water, I do not feel necessary or useful.

    22/22/22/23 (89P)
    • Nose
      Bright amber shines in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall sticks an oily streak from the tentatively viscous "legs" solve. Peat smoke rises, sweet fruit aroma mixed with caramelized sugar and a pinch of eucalyptus. Warm smoky notes are made of earthy peat, sweet oranges and velvety apricots end in echoes of cherries, raisins, dates and a hint of sweet vanilla. Malty spicy wood tones come to the fore, in the background is the whole time a fresh peppermint and Metholnote. The nose becomes discreet musty, rotten pieces of wood mix with fruity peat. Hints of salt and algae follow, slowly the phenolic aroma typical of Laphroaig comes to the fore, but it dominates dark and sweet fruit flavors with hints of vanilla and smoky peat. Gradually, tones of burnt wood and cold ashes flash up, which, however, are immediately covered by the incredibly dominant and fresh menthol or eucalyptus note. Slowly, the salivation begins, I'm looking forward to the first sip.
      With a little water: The menthol freshness and the eucalyptus note increase with the addition of water, just as the smoky peat aroma intensifies. The fruity note fades a bit, with the caramelized sugar and the sweet vanilla showing more.
    • Taste
      Smoky peat flavors and spicy wood elements are striking on the palate after the first sip. Salt and wood sharpness heat the tongue, a pinch of black pepper spreads with plump warmth on the palate. Powerful peat and smoke come to the fore, the salivation is stimulated, burnt wood tones follow, just as strong roasted walnuts. The second sip is sugar-sweet at the beginning with old dried oranges and a handful of raisins, a sudden sharpness of wood with a pinch of brine and black pepper, warm smoke and earthy peat spread her tart and slightly biting aroma in the entire mouth. The mouthfeel becomes creamier and rancid, slightly burnt wood tones mix with a touch of fly ash, the creamy mouthfeel ends in a wonderful aroma of bacon left over in butter. The sweetness and the fruit flavors retreat, slightly tart wood notes and ripe walnuts come to light. Sweet and dried fruits with caramelized sugar and vanilla play again and again, the smoky wood elements harmonize perfectly with the fruity and partly earthy peat notes. The spicy pieces of wood dissolve salt and pepper, dark walnuts blur the taste and finish.
      With a little water added: The smoky peat flavors become milder the first time after the addition of water, with the scorched wood tones immediately intensifying in the end, the mouthfeel does not appear so creamy.
    • Finish
      Herb stick slightly rancid walnuts on the palate, minimal draws warm smoke through the throat while soil, peat and burnt wood tones in a sweet fruit note end with mentholic hints. Short, creamy and buttery echoes are remembered, the mouth becomes tart and smoky.
      With a little water added: here, after adding water, there are hardly any differences ...

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