Laphroaig Càirdeas

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
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

€ 123.60

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Càirdeas

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.82 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  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. bikenerd did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    According to John Campbell at the 2020 Feis Ile virtual day this contains 85% full-time-matured in Ruby Port casks and 15% spirit matured for 3 years in Bourbon wood and afterwards 3 years in red wine barrique casks.

  8. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat smoke, iodine, coastal notes, seaweed, some sweetness, dark chocolate, mint, redcurrants, strawberries, ashy
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peat smoke, salty, toasted peaches, marshmallows, plum jam, red berries, tar, salted toffee, coconut
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, smoky, sweet, spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), drying

  9. regnu scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  10. nhuber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Because of the 2020 cairdeas matured in Port and red wine casks I took the 2013 cairdeas out again... Yes the 2013 is great whisky, but not exceptional... Well integrated sweet smoke, likes water and opens up and becomes a touch milder and rounder.... But also leaves a touch of bitterness in the mouth... Not in a very bad way but also not in the way that I would pay >200€...

    The 2020 cairdeas has a stronger, more one dimensional nose... Also in the mouth a touch sharper and a touch bitter, opens up with water, becomes more fruity but the sweet taste passes quickly... 87/88 Points. Also not a great bargain for 93€ in Germany I have to admit...


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