Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
88.15/100
votes
387
Whiskybase ID
WB184257
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2021
Bottled
21.01.2021
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Finish
Number of bottles
32000
Strength
58.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L1 021 SB1
Barcode
5010019640574
Added on
25 may 2021 4:21 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 183.45

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

70 users have left 71 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.15 points.

  1. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    89 - 90 The richness on the palate is absolutely incredible.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. SebStar scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  3. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, medicinal smoke, dark dried fruit.
    • Taste
      Iodine, smoke, nice spices, peppery pungency, more fruit. smoke becomes drier (campfire)
    • Finish
      Spices become nutty, wood, nuts again. Some fruit. Slightly salty and dry smoke remains.

  4. Killswitch scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 07-08-2022

  6. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Maybe it's a matter of expectations. If you're expecting a hard-hitting Laphi, you might be disappointed. If you break away from it, you get a very, very good sherry smoker from my point of view. The nose connects the components really well. Very harmonious and stimulating. It goes on like this in the mouth. Unfortunately, the finish slows down a bit.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Schusti_94 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    The first drams didn't appeal to me at all. The whisky is extremely sweet and sticky. Initially wanted to give the whole thing 75 points immediately and blame it on a wet barrel. Now the bottle is almost empty and after various tastings I am at least a little more differentiated about the Cairdeas 2021:
    • Nose
      85 85
      Good smoky at first. However, less typically medicinal, but rather smoked. In blind tasting, not many thought this was a Laphroaig. Then the sherry takes over: strong cocoa note, some strawberries and blood orange. Additional clear leather note. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Like I said: Extremely sweet and gooey. It gets really sticky in the mouth. For me, the barrel kills any character of the distillery.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Also in the finish less smoke, the European oak is still in the foreground. Thereby somewhat bitter, slightly dry. The finish itself is short, but the alcohol remains very well integrated. Nevertheless: it stays the same. This bottling disappointed me.

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig's unique tidal flats, disinfectant-like characters, strong-burned young px cask-specific sweetness, heavy oak flavor

  10. marcusjang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sample courtesy of a friend.

    I mean, the specifications on this bottle sounds amazing. High strength Laphroaig in PX? What can go wrong?

    Unfortunately it fails to impress, at least it doesnt' do for me. It's a monolithic malt without much to discover. It's okay, somewhat enjoyable even, but I wouldn't have more than a dram in a session.

    A peculiar thing is, even though it says it was finished in PX casks, it doesn't taste very sweet to me. That's not a downside by itself, and maybe it's because the reference malt - 10 CS - is quite sweet even without any wine influences.

    Another is that I recently have tasted a couple of vino de colour (i. e. "paxarete") finished malts (WB207649 and WB193239 - the latter being another Laphroaig), and the immense bitterness in the finish of this malt almost reminds me of the same bitterness present in both of them. Not trying to say something is up, probably just an interesting coincidence.

    Won't personally look for a bottle.
    • Nose
      Tobacco, pebbles, coffee beans, meaty, hint of peaches, slight cola
    • Taste
      Minerality, tobacco, burnt bread, blood orange, astringent wood, wet bonfire, rubber
    • Finish
      Salty, tobacco, bonfire, burnt plastic, cacao nibs, orange pith, increasingly bitter

  11. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2022] What is the difference between the maturation in a first fill Bourbon barrel and a refill Bourbon quarter cask? Well, it all depends on the quality of the casks. The first fill Bourbons usually have a consistent (high) quality which support a fast maturation and great flavours profile so why they took the effort to rerack them into quarter casks which is a lot of additional work? Usually quarter casks are used to fasten maturation because of their higher wood-to-spirit surface ratio but refill (quarter) casks slow down any maturation again because of the already leached wood. So is this just a marketing gimmick? Anyone out there who really notices the different influences of these two maturations?

    Here is a simple economic reason (the whisky industry is driven by economics, isn't it?): So maybe the quarter casks were quite exhausted already (hence could not be used for stand-alone maturations any longer unless de-/re-charred) so they simply "stored" the whisky there to free up the much in demand high-quality first fill Bourbons for additional production volumes (remember: With the same number of casks you can produce triple the amount of whisky if you let it mature just five years instead of fifteen years), but this is just an outsider's stupid guess and most probably it was all completely different...

    ...who knows? Because of the heavy PX sherry influence the malt's profile is hardly to recognise here so the different maturations before the sherry casks' finish did not make a huge impression on my taste buds.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is auburn and the nose offers a simple profile of PX sherry, peat and wooden aromas without any significant malt-driven impressions. It is not bad but it is not great either. Nothing wrong about that as it is flawless and balanced hence much better than the usual NAS Laphroaig stuff. What else to say? Actually, nothing.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is all about a sherry wine savoured beside a peat-fired fireplace in an old wooden-furnitured library room. Again, the malt hides cowardly in the background afraid of the bold and intimidating trinity of wine, peat and wood. Even after longer chewing the malt does not dare to show up. What else to say? Nothing.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives bold and hot on the palate with a minor coating effect. No distracting moments beside the high-proof alcohol. The finish is of medium length and adds neither new impressions nor distracting moments. Some water does not change a lot in the nose but turns the taste much smoother. A bigger splash releases more aromas in the nose among them even some malt-induced, hooray! But the taste flattens somewhat so I prefer to nose this dram reduced at around 43% abv and to drink it at about 50% (simply top it up after nosing).

  12. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sweet, caramel, wild berries, blueberries, chocolate, some smoke, spicy wood

    taste
    Sweet, spicy, a little more complex with a few drops of water, nutty, noticeably spicier, but also a little more alcoholic

    finish
    Medium length, sweet, spicy

  15. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. DannyHill scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, confectionery, chocolate, raisins, light mint, oak, old wood, leather, nice, but not very mature
    • Taste
      mint, chocolate, oak, peat, raisins, fruity sweetness, cherry, tobacco, faint red berries
    • Finish
      spicy, long

  17. watchman999 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    fantastic balance of PX and peat. So rich on the palette. Insanely good.

  18. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Smoke, fruit
    • Taste
      Nutty, smoke
    • Finish
      Fruit, chocolate

  19. malthead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  20. ms_th scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    One of my favorite drams...Nice cask strength and an incredible abundance of flavors. Nothing for beginners....

  21. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Neat: sweet, smoky barbeque chips, meat jerky, sherry wine, mushrooms, wet seaweed, almost grassy, flint. Swirling brings out these burlier notes. After it's had some time to sit: basket of dark fruits. Going deeper: shockingly, vanilla pastry, blackberry pie, sherry, 7-Up soda: developed and sweet.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Tannic, biting, oaky. Sherry, Iodinic smoke - unmistakably Laphroaig. Hot but not searing. Flint. Seaweed. Less medicinal. Mushrooms, leather, beef stew: very savory. Barbeque chips, doughiness, soggy danish, a hint of the bourbon maturation pre-finish.
      Thick, viscous.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very dry and mega-umami; dashi broth, brine, seaweed. Intensely savory. Charcoal lingers at the back of the throat. Wet rocks, embers, beachside bonfire. Grows sweeter. Bready pastry, soaked in seawater. Long and pungent.

  22. Svjatogor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    n: full, sherry bomb, dark notes, redberries, smoke, ash, grilled meat, old furniture, leather
    t: fruit, smoke, peat, intense, sherry
    a: peat, sherry, red fruit, berries, chocolate

  23. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The Laphroaig Cairdeas 2021 PX is another great bottling for the Feis Ile festival. The CS version is such an improvement of the normal Laphroaig PX. Best Cairdeas bottling from the last years.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry smoke, dark fruits, dark berries (most of all currants), medicinal, tcp.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry smoke, pepper, many dark fruits (most of all currants and blackberrys), salt, medicinal.
    • Finish
      Long. Dark chocolate, sherry, dark fruits, some nuts.

  24. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  25. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Often times, PX barrels are so dominant that they kill a whisky. Not here. A wonderful combination of PX, peat and the typical pharmacy aroma that preserves the character of the distillery. Great!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. thewhiskeyjug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    NOSE
    Smoke, coppery dried dark fruit (plum heavy), herbal, malty, cocoa, nutty with a slight vegetal note.

    Not bad, not bad at all. Not my favorite Laphroaig Cairdeas nose, but not bad.

    PALATE
    Coppery dried dark fruit (blackberry heavy), smoke, herbal, malty, nutty, cocoa, freeze-dried strawberries, with slight vegetal and menthol notes.

    It’s a bold, brute force, flavor profile.

    FINISH
    Long -> Smoke, dried dark fruit and malty sweetness fades out to smoky cocoa, menthol and copper.

  28. og187 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Frektovy jam and next to it there is a barbecue fire, baked apples, berries, coal, chocolate.
      Slivovitsy
    • Taste
      86 86
      Dry astringent bright, rich, berry
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke, berries, extinguished fire

  29. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Derbyshire_sipper scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Nose:
    Fruit. Loads of dark fruit. Smoke, but sweet smoke like bbq meats. So good.

    Taste. Sweetnees gives way to a fruity kinda bbq. Thick too. Delicious stuff. Not muddled and each flavour punches through the other.

  31. Mosselaar scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Nice rich flavours. The alcohol content however, is way too high. Could have been better if it was around 50%


    edit: after reading a lot of other review, I am very disappointed that mine is like super basic, haha

  32. Ostfriese scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful, smoky notes play with the fruit and the sweetness of the PX fits into the play of aromas. The aromas are finely interwoven and nothing seems fake. The alcohol is very well integrated and the 58.9% are barely noticeable. I have to admit that I prefer Bourbon Cask Laphroaig Bottlings, but this Càirdeas can do something and I like it.
    • Nose
      Heavy peat smoke rises from the glass and mixes with sweet, red grapes. Raspberries, black currants. The smell of damp peat moss emerges from the background and mixes with nougat chocolate and coffee aromas. Old leather mixes with mineral-earthy notes and a hint of iodine and salicorn. Freshly smoked pork belly still hangs over the still smoldering, black, coal-like wood.
    • Taste
      Mighty smoke floods the mouth with broberries and sultanas. The earthy notes known from the nose return mixed with salty and mineral notes. Charred wood and ash interwoven with palm sugar gradually give way to the bourbon vanilla emerging from the background, which is supported by cocoa and roasted aromas.
    • Finish
      Smoldering peat lies warm on the tongue and the rising, ashy smoke lines the mouth and throat. Serrano ham, crème brulée, coffee with milk and smoked bacon seem to stay forever.

  33. pyrotukker scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Dark, red fruit, cacao, peat .... wonderful combination. Very nice edition.

  34. Izzino scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Pleasant Sherry aroma, whisky is sweet, fruity, spicy, hazelnut, with a sharp peat scent
    Taste: massive peat blast, sweet heavy Sherry flavor, chocolates, raisins, plums
    (new rating because I thought I had a mistake here)

  35. Killswitch scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  37. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    the nose is simply scrumptious.. liquid, dark chocolate with coffee and ginger.. spicy and sweet and that godly peat bringing images of soil, wet rotten leaves on the forest floor and distant smoke.. as George Contanza would say.. i would drape myself in the smell of this Laphroaig if it was socially acceptable.. the rest is nice, but rather simple
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  39. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, sherry, dark chocolate, nougat, dark red fruits, tobacco
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweetness, smoke, dark fruits, slight heat, toffee, a little caramel
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sweetness, a little smoke, nougat, a little bacon, medium length

  40. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful fullness of the nose, it is fruity, deep, almost floral. Coal and limestone. Blackcurrant, fig, chestnut, blueberry. The peat rises late. Fruit paste. It's heady, with earth, plums. Wood, liquorice. Pleasant fine and grainy smoke. Next comes the Laphroaig profile, nails, medicine, asphalt, burnt tire. On the palate, redcurrant, quite suave, very thick peat, spices, cumin, ginger, pepper. It's sweet. Honey, raspberry mellow. Powerful finish but not devastating, long, lignite, rock, madeira, slush, amarena, crumpled bodywork. Iron filings. Burgundy.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/09/laphroaig-cairdeas-pedro-ximenez-casks.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  42. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great nose. Overall bold smoky and fruity whisky
    • Nose
      89 89
      Strong salty fishy iodine smoke mixed with strong dark sherry compote (figs, plums, cherry)
    • Taste
      87 87
      A burst of smoke, iodine and sweet meaty peatiness (like caramelized pot roast)
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, iodine peat and smoke, dry red fruits

  43. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A lot of chemistry and eerie apocalyptic associations: as if everything around burned down and only you survived. The air is filled with smoke.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dry and sweet, very smoky (industrial smoke), fuel oil, hot asphalt, subtle yellow fruits and red apples.
    • Taste
      88 88
      the taste is the same, but dominated by industrial smoky notes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      a little behind the pressure of the taste, but you are still afraid to exhale.

  44. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very exciting bottling with a fantastically full-bodied nose, just as you would expect from PX. At the first sip, I was quite surprised at how little sweet it is on the palate. Almost dry and with decent tannins.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Tart sweetness and the typical Laphroaig smoke character. Mulled fruit, red currants, cherries, grapefruit, sea salt, ash, herbal bath.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Amazingly dry. The alcohol is beautifully integrated. Iodine, red currant, mulled fruit, espresso, leather. Sweetness and acidity in balance.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Overall very harmonious. Smoke, toffee, dark chocolate, hint of ash.

  45. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  46. 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

  47. JeanChan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  48. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice part. Like a sweeter and beefier version of the Laphi Triple Wood and that's exactly what I was expecting here.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet chocolate, leather, raisins and cappuccino, behind it unmistakable Laphi smoke, beautifully greasy and sweet at the same time, in the end even the typical Laphi medicine comes through
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet start, then sizzling smoke, again greasy with plenty of oak spice, a lot of heat in the mouth combined with a pleasant dryness, hot chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet dryness with a lot of oak spice, long-lasting finish, a lot of chocolate and also some leather, the Laphi medicine clearly comes through from the second sip

  49. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I'm sure I would never guess Laphroaig at a blind tasting. Sweet and perfumed, with a surprising hop bitterness and forest honey. Intense, but hardly complex. In the range of 60-70 € it would be a reasonably solid thing for me. The currently called price of approx. 150 € is, in my opinion, much too high for that. And even the € 95 issue price would not be worth it to me.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Cautiously sweet, slightly perfumed, some leather in the background and a surprisingly restrained smoky note. A honey note that cannot be precisely defined. Overall not particularly spectacular, but rather pleasant, if unexpected. I would certainly not suspect a Laphroaig if I blindly smell it.
      After the last sip: I smell into the glass again and am surprised to see a sour note that I hadn't noticed before.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Dried fruits with the (hop) bitterness of black beer and the flavor of old oak. A combination that took some getting used to. When it comes to the sweetness, I also think in the direction of a strict acacia or forest honey. The bitterness dominates a little. I don't think the sherry finish goes well with the smoke here. The longer I keep the sip in my mouth, the more bitter it becomes. That rather bothers me.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium length. Here, too, I'm back to Schwarzbier in my mind. This kind of bitterness doesn't go with this whisky for me. Accompanied again by forest honey, however, this subsides after a while and I feel reminded of these red Em-Eukal candies from my childhood. Actually a positive memory. But it doesn't really fit together here for me.

  50. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  51. 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!

  52. robse211 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  54. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Comet67 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  56. riegerjonas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2021-08-12
    • Nose
      88 88
      Musty, heavy, somewhat closed, PX sweetness, slightly smoky, fig jam and above all onion jam, better with water
    • Taste
      88 88
      Coffee, sweetness, acidity, has something of the Triple Wood in Cask Strength, rather less smoky, but a little more peppery
    • Finish
      87 87
      strong bitterness

  57. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Dry peat smoke, chocolate, dirty notes, nut membranes, dark berries, slightly prickly, bitter. The finish is quite long, warming. 22-21.5-21.5-22
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  58. dandyman scored this whisky 77 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 is devoid of any depth, pretty harsh finish when undiluted.

    Completely flattens after a few sips, as there's zero developement happening in both, nose and mouth. When diluted, it completely flattens instantly.

    Young, almost immature and shallow CS Sherry Laphroaig containing substantial sulphur and a rubbery off-note.
    An audacious price tag, exclusively for the 'friends' of course...

    One dram note.

  59. 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).

  60. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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
      89 89
      Smoke, tobacco, dark chocolate, dark berries and earthy notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      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
      89 89
      Long finish. The smoky dark chocolate remains very present. In addition, the nutty caramel notes remain.

  61. DrunkDude scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    weak.

    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

  62. gossm01 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of a relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of marine peat smoke, raisin syrup, citrus and ash. Relatively flat. Extreme sweetness in taste. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body. Unfortunately, the PX overlays the distillery character too much.

  63. Whisky_Bro scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Conclusion - This years release of Cairdeas is a very big dram that combines sherry and peat in a delicious way. It is a touch pricey for a NAS, but we’d still take another bottle. 8/10

    Full review at:

    https://twowhiskybros.co.uk/blogs/blog/laphroaig-cairdeas-2021-release

  64. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  65. martinseco did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Haven't tried it yet, so no rating. But I will probably still order it from the Distillery Shop: Germany ships 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 - Update: Currently in June 2022 only €89.99.

  66. Falang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wauw! Amazing. Waffles, honey, hint of ginger and herbs. Oily, compact, full and a hint of meat! Wauw!!

  67. 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.
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    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.
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    Recipe to make this one better, each 1/3: Cairdeas PX, 10 Cask Strength, Triple Wood (ideally from the very dark recent batch).

  68. 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 ...

  69. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Another case of sherry covering up the distillate character we all know and love. I taste this and it's not bad, but I think how much better ex-bourbon casks are for this, and how tired these modern sherry maturations are making me.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  70. 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

  71. katarn_rb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aged three times - initially in ex-Bourbon barrels made from American oak, followed by aging in quarter casks and finally in hogsheads made of European oak, in which Pedro Ximénez sherry was previously stored.

    Official Notes from Laphroaig:
    • Nose
      Medical, nutty and sweet with notes of pine and tar, strong with almond and marzipan, hazelnut and a touch of praline. Combined with cotton candy, apple compote and caramel, as well as cherry, gooseberry and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Full bodied. Smoky and peaty with a slight ash note of smoked ham and grilled bacon, but also sweet and fruity aromas of Manuka honey, liquorice root and boiled apples. Malty with oak spice round off to pencil shavings.
    • Finish
      Intense and spicy with a hint of sea salt and dried algae.

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