Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2021
Pedro Ximénez Finish
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L1 021 SB1
Added on
25 May 2021 4:21 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 168.08

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153 × member ratings

1354 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.88 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Personally, I love the combination of peat, smoke and PX finish, so (in my opinion) a wonderful Càirdeas was finally created again in 2021. Peat, smoke, ash, phenol, sweet fruit, for me a typical Laphroaig, even if one or the other misses the unmistakable Lahroaig DNA, smiles at the annual Càirdeas bottlings and only considers the CS to be a real Laphi ...
    • Nose
      Dark copper shimmers in the glass, voluminous peat and dark fruit can be seen from afar. Mineral smoke easily dissolves from burnt wood, iodine and seaweed mix with phenol to create the typical peaty maritime note of Laphroaig. Creamy and cautiously sweet, black currants with blackberries and dried grapes and berries come into their own, the alcohol is wonderfully gently integrated.
    • Taste
      The first sip is dominated by dark peat smoke with burnt wood tones. Mineral hints with creamy fruit aromas immediately stimulate the saliva, roasted hazelnuts fall into algae and coarse sea salt, here and there you can see burnt sugar with fruit puree made from blackberries, currants, raisins and grilled strawberries. In the background lies grilled peach garnished with fly ash and a touch of fresh menthol.
    • Finish
      Peat with roasted hazelnuts rests on the palate to be cozy, warm and wonderfully smoky, fly ash and menthol appear again, sweet and creamy, the wonderful PX aromas come back to mind as you say goodbye. The wonderful aromas rest powerfully and for a long time on the palate!

  2. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    2021, the sherry year for Laphroaig. First the Laphroaig 10 Sherry Oak 48%, now also the Cáirdeas with a finish in PX Casks. Not my favorite flavor at Laphroaig, I have to admit. But I have already tried some undisclosed heavy / dark / intense / whatever sherry cask Islay South Coast single malts from independent bottlers (out of interest), and am pleased to see that even then Laphroaig probably knows best how long they have been in their product Being able to store or finish sherry casks so that in the end a decent whisky comes out. And this year's Càirdeas turned out to be more than reasonable for my tongue: the fruit notes are not too dominant, the distillery character is very easy to identify, nice smoky note, very attractive finish. And it's soft on the tongue, hard to believe. Shortly before that, I had the current Laphroaig 10 CS Batch 013 with a slightly lower alcohol content in the glass (again very good!), And it seemed to me to be much stronger than it was here. I am happy about every dram I have from this Càirdeas in my glass.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Although only a finish, the aromas from the European Oak Hogsheads with PX Sherry can be clearly identified from the start: ripe grapes, blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants. Not too cute, not too pushy.
      Dry deciduous forest floor. There is peat smoke, but it looks a bit slowed down compared to pure ex-bourbon cask bottlings. Nougat, toffee, salted caramel, almond chocolate. Over time, there will be spicy bacon, tobacco notes and leather. Everything looks very round and not fake.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy and warm start with subtle notes of grapes, blackberries and blueberry jam. Once again one of those Laphroaig bottlings that, despite their high ABV, are only very warm and not in the least bit biting on the tongue. Blindly I would have estimated it no more than 51.52%. Dry and mildly smoky. Dry logs, a log cabin in the forest with natural soil, the summer sun shines through the treetops, a bowl of freshly picked raspberries on the (wooden) table. Raw cane sugar, malt, toffee, salty caramel.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The farewell is quite long, although it is not so clearly marked by peat smoke. Spicy ham, grapes, blackberries, wild berries. With nougat and toffee, in the finish a little pepper (but only very lightly).

  3. DrunkDude scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior


    scbp-3753, quite satisfactory, no interest in drinking.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Green apple, strong flesh, weak peat, black vinegar, sour plum soup, candied plum, dust, Dongjia beans. The aroma is weak and restrained. 86
    • Taste
      85 85
      The sour version of the 1/4 barrel, the flavor of the front and rear sections jump very fast, lacking the expression of body thickness and oil. Green apples, sour plums, fat, fermented plum sauce jump to the collection of peat ashes. The wine is medium in strength and has a strong sense of fat, the middle flavor is white, and the stimulation is very weak. p85b85
    • Finish
      84 84
      Slightly astringent, slightly sour, ash, slightly bitter, slightly astringent, long. 84

  4. martinseco did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Haven't tried it yet, so no rating. But I will still order it in the Distillery Shop: In Germany we ship from Berlin, so I don't care about the crazy shipping and customs costs from the UK! Offered in the (German) Distillery Shop for € 95.90 incl. VAT.

  5. wuenne scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I can only agree with "3_243F6" - another Laphi that is nicely ironed and leaves nothing of the distillery character. It's easy to drink and tasty all round, alcohol is well integrated and very nice to drink undiluted. But no more typical Laphroaig, too bad ...

  6. whiskydealer.de scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    There is no question that this Laphi is a good malt and the PX consumption wave is now also having a full impact on the manufacturer. Nuts and apples without end Phenolic well integrated. Reminds me of a cake
    More fruit aromas in the taste (probably due to the PX) The finish is medium-length Mediterranean and I like it best.
    Good, not outstanding, and with a price of 140 € with a 32,000 circulation on the secondary market, excessively excessive. So don't buy it right away, but rather wait a few weeks, because some of it will have to be bottled in the coming weeks.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Works differently than the other Laphis. The PX barrel heavily covers the smoke. Some herbs can be found and cherry.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. 777_7 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very salty Laphroaig, hay, ashy, lots of rubber (off note!), quite some sulphur, a little iodine, hints of cherry, traces of prune, quite dry, really youngish, ok balance but lacks depth, pretty harsh finish when undiluted.
    After a few sips, it flattens as there's zero developement. When diluted, it completely flattens instantly.
    Young, almost immature and shallow CS Sherry Laphroaig containing a rubbery off-note. An audacious price tag, exclusively for the 'friends' of course...

    One dram note.

  9. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A rather atypical Laphroaig in terms of taste. To be honest, blindly I would have seen a strong tendency towards the Octomore. If you like Octomore, you will get your money's worth here.
    • Nose
      Smoke, tobacco, dark chocolate, dark berries and earthy notes.
    • Taste
      Smoke, dark berries and only then the dark chocolate. I think it's also easy to drink in cask strength. Sweet notes of caramelized hazelnuts. Also candied cherries.
    • Finish
      Long finish. The smoky dark chocolate remains very present. In addition, the nutty caramel notes remain.

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good stuff, but far from stellar. 87-88p. for now, I am feeling generous in times where sherry off notes are wide-spread and this one steers clear of them. Noticeable PX sherry influence/finish. Reminds me of an amped version of the normal LP PX Cask @48% (...and perhaps also is). Would say it's younger than 10 yo, since the 10 cs is more complex and, btw., also quarter cask matured, at least in some of the recent years as the LP website ad explained. All in all a fun Cairdeas @ cask strength without any off notes nor spectacular complexity. One of the better recent Cairdeases, still like the normal 10 cs better.

    Interestingly though the new 'normal' 10 yo sherry cask edition seems more Laphroaig-y in taste (more iodine etc.). And the aftertaste/finish is not as long as I have hoped. Somewhat similar to the - to me at least - disappointing Port Charlotte OLC:01, but still better in my book.
    Laphroaig Distillery('s marketing team) just loves to push the 'love it or hate it' extreme whisky gimmick. Truth is, LP used to be very fruity and complex in the olden days, followed by the 'extreme period' for maybe 15 years and nowadays more often than not is neither blessed with complex fruitiness nor extreme iodine smokiness. This doesn't make it a bad whisky, just misleading.

    For a touch of the aforementioned LP fruitiness (from an ex-bourbon cask, mind you) you need to find a good recent bottling of Highgrove.
    Recipe to make this one better, each 1/3: Cairdeas PX, 10 Cask Strength, Triple Wood (ideally from the very dark recent batch).


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