Laphroaig Càirdeas

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2019 - Triple Wood
Ex-Bourbon, Quarter and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
59.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9 078 SB1
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
Added on
15 May 2019 9:35 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 112.10

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Càirdeas

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.70 points

  1. 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 ...

  2. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • 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;

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A Càirdeas winning with water addition. The official recommendation (we recommend that you add twice as much water then whisky) I have not yet dared to put into action, because I really like whisky and no flavored water in the glass. But to an addition of 2ml of water to a 2cl dram I can guess, he opens up clearly and shows less pointed and aggressive than undiluted.
    My punctuation is valid for the undiluted enjoyment, with above mentioned amount of water it would be 2 points more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      As expected, strong peat smoke that swirls out of the glass. Warm tar paper, sunlit asphalt, seaweed. Sea spray. Damp wood, dried apricots and dates. Licked liquorice sweets, herbal mud.
      Water is good for him, he opens up clearly and shows you the aforementioned flavors without the gauntlet.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Undiluted an enormously strong onset, which directly puts a thick peat on the tongue. Licorice, tar, dried seaweed, pepper. Goes rather in the spicy direction, fruit notes are initially looking in vain. Also on the tongue the damp wood, in addition, a bitter herbal mixture is quite quickly. Smoked lemon peels. Medical, hospital corridor feeling.
      Water also has a positive influence on the tongue. The tips are smoothed, the herbs no longer so harsh, the medicinal note very tasty.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The peat smoke remains long, very long on the tongue. However, if this is left out and the other flavors are used as a benchmark, the finish is rather short. However, here are fruity notes in the form of raspberry drops, which make the whole interesting again, even if the spectacle would like to be a little longer. Licorice, herbs, bitter honey and wood dominate.
      On the departure of a water addition has little effect.

  4. 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.
    • 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.

  5. 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

  6. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. OKN scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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

  10. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 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.


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