Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Fèis ìle 2020 Port & Wine Casks
Calculated age
08 years old
Bourbon Casks, Ruby Port & Wine Casks
52.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0136 SB1 2131
Bottled for
Friends of Laphroaig Exclusive
Added on
27 May 2020 10:28 am by Archer
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 151.34

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.48 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The information on the specified age of 8 years comes from John Campbell himself. On the occasion of yesterday's Laphroaig Open Day there was a live tasting transmitted by Microsoft Teams in the evening, during which John Campbell pointed out that this year's Càirdeas had five years in ex-bourbon casks and spent three years at Port & Wine Casks.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Unmistakably a Laphroaig! .... and somehow so different. On the one hand, the usual suspects such as peat, salt, iodine, seaweed, smoky wood towards the burning campfire fight for dominance, on the other hand, sweet caramel and fruity wine aromas seduce the senses and have another with an incredibly creamy mouthfeel Trump in hand ... A great bottling, although the 2020 Port & Wine Casks Cairdeas unfortunately does not quite come close to the gigantic Port Cairdeas from 2013 ...

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Dusky pink with a reddish-orange shimmer, the Cairdeas shines expectantly in the Premium Snifter. While a multitude of oily and thick "legs" sticks to the glass wall, intense peat rises with a sweet fruit note. Pull phenol and iodine powerfully through the nose at the first nosing, mineral peat and an initially dominant alcohol note show the nose in which direction it is going ... Salt and algae, sea and stormy surf, tar, disinfectant and as my daughter always says: " Dead man in the moor ";-) with sweet red fruits with caramel and toffee. Creamy currants and sweet grapes come into their own, ripe strawberries and old raspberries, hints of caramelized sugar and creamy milk chocolate in combination with voluminous peat and a neat sea surprise. Salt plays with peat and red berries, iodine drips on tar and a hint of ash, caramel and phenol, seaweed and salt water, grapes and sweet berries. The saliva is stimulated tentatively, I look forward to the first sip.
    • Taste
      Peat water and creamy caramel flow over the tongue into the palate, peppery sharpness tingles on the tongue, the mouthfeel is extremely mild and creamy. In the next moment, the pleasant sharpness massages the lips, fruity sweetness is released from voluminous peat, caramel and toffee follow, a hint of burnt wood and fly ash warm the palate, hazelnuts stick creamy on the tongue. Creamy caramel and sweet chocolate dominate the second sip before suddenly voluminous tort with iodine and salty sea water spread on the tongue. Sweet grapes play with cocoa powder and strong peat, a subtle smoky note sticks to the palate, phenol, salt and iodine appear again, caramel and hazelnuts end with roasted aromas on the tongue. In terms of taste, I find this Laphroaig extremely mild yet voluminous despite its typical laphi genes ...
    • Finish
      Fruity peat with salt and a few drops of iodine rest on the palate, warm, smoky wood tones mix with sweet fruit elements, hazelnuts stick on the tongue. The mouthfeel is earthy and creamy, a warm peat fire burns in the background, the aftertaste fades away with a feeling of eternity with sweet fruit flavors.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    "The number of independent bottlers who finish our good stuff from bourbon barrels in some weird wine and sweet wine barrels and then sell them for expensive money is legion, we should try, too." No o-tone Mr. Campbell can but imagine yourself well. The good thing about this càirdeas: you can still clearly taste its origin, which means that it has a lot of advantages over some UA bottlings. Delicious.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Rich, phenolic peat smoke with sun-warm tar cardboard, with "crisp", well-hung seaweed, Hansaplast, dried fish - must be a laphi ...
      Dark fruits (plums, cherries, blackberries) from the port barrels, the wine barrels provide grapes and thus a fruity-fresh note. Dried figs, light chocolate, forest honey, some allspice and savory. Thyme! Freshly cut branches.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Starts on the tongue with some force, but is velvety and creamy at the same time. Lays a sweet-tart aroma landscape on the tongue, both grapes and dried figs, as well as tart herbs as well as pepper and salt. Clear toffee and milk chocolate. Initially blessed with a good dose of smoke, he adds one or two shovels of peat over time and really fires up the stove. Dry and phenolic. A short walk across the hospital corridor: Sister, please change dressings, smells.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium and dry finish with lots of chocolate and toffee, still rich smoke, bitter herbs, fresh plums and apricots.

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoked fish, iodine, sea breeze, seaweed, cherries, plums, tar, caramel, pepper, allspice, thyme honey,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy and full, creamy sweets, smoke, plums, honey, ash, caramel and milk chocolate, iodine, roasted nuts and salt. Delicious!!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warming, smoke, iodine, salty and roasted nuts!

  5. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    with water: now it really starts, the contrast is even stronger because the peat now shows these tar notes in the nose and the sweetness of the finish barrels is even better

    Conclusion: it will polarize. He will find a lot of fans, just like me, because he is a very extreme laphi, but there will also be a lot of rejection. I think it's very good, but the price for the 8yo is pretty steep - but unfortunately you have to get used to it now, or switch to other spirits
    • Nose
      89 89
      Typical Laphroaig peat with seaweed, salt and iodine, ordinary vanilla and then the red fruit sweetness of the port and wine barrels, especially wild strawberry, and red currant stand out, but always overwhelmed by new peat waves, an eternal struggle between red sweetness and strong peat. You can also feel the youth with a little pepper, but the alcohol is quite well integrated
    • Taste
      89 89
      Here too the interplay, first the intense red fruity sweetness and vanilla, then the peat comes with surprisingly strong intensity, the peat here goes very clearly towards tar, asphalt, iodine and a little cold ash
    • Finish
      88 88
      fairly long, rain-wet asphalt after a summer storm, strawberries, raspberries, coconut cream and heavily burned banana, a bit of bitter oak appears at the back

  6. katarn_rb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Official Notes:

    Dark chocolate and menthol with pink peppercorns. Toasted peaches and charred marshmallows and hint of plum jam, all intertwined with Iodine rich peat smoke.

    Honey Sweet with medicinal smoke.

    Mouth Warming and mouth coating with a lingering finish and slat on the lips

  7. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Barrel Beast Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/GFV9G3_V3lw
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Qualitatively boring (87)
    • Nose
      Fruit-varnish, plums, vanilla pastries ... raw dough, peat and ointment with tablets (21)
    • Taste
      Fruit, ash and salt (22)
    • Finish
      Spicy finish, salty bicycle camera, dried fruits and fresh newspaper ... the last wave of berry with sourness (22)

  9. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I wouldn't have expected such a dirty malt, I like, nothing to complain about
    • Nose
      the wine influence comes through directly, nutty, also a bit of sulfur, therefore nice and dirty, light roasted aromas, cherry, not that smoky at all, caramel, some dark chocolate, malt, on the nose more dry than sweet
    • Taste
      sweet, here too some sulfur, cherry, nut, roasted aromas, here more smoke, ashy, dry, dark chocolate, a little spice, I like it
    • Finish
      dry smoke, nice and dirty still out in the back, nut, now the sweetness also fades a bit, creamy, vanilla, pleasant


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