Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
87.22/100
votes
313
Whiskybase ID
WB209611
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2022
Bottled
2022
Casktype
1st Fill Maker's Mark Bourbon - Warehouse 1
Strength
52.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2 041 SB1
Barcode
5010019640840
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2022
Added on
05 may 2022 2:37 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 143.23

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

63 users have left 63 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.22 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Friends of a brute Laphroaig: stay away. The Cáirdeas Warehouse 1 is finely chiseled, initially even soft on the tongue, but this should not be confused with weakness, because it has an aromatic intensity that some full-on-the-twelve bottlings lack.
    1st-Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks + Laphroaig, that couldn't go wrong either.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Immediately maritime with a subtle peat smoke note at the beginning, in combination with tangerines and pineapple, vanilla crescents and seaweed. The smoke picks up a bit over time, but without leaving the absolute feel-good zone, so that it is still comparatively reserved for a Laphroaig, especially since the typical phenolic has not yet come through. Now comes quince jelly, some dried herbs, seaweed and damp boat planks.
    • Taste
      90 90
      At first you might think it's a bit of a bore, as it initially feels soft and creamy on the tongue, but then it quickly takes things up a notch, packing in peat smoke, seaweed, pepper, quince jelly, peach chunks , vanilla and sweet rapeseed honey and completely lines the mouth. A few sticks of liquorice tumble afterwards, and dry wood, that was also missing. Only slightly phenolic on the tongue, but still 100% Laphroaig.
    • Finish
      89 89
      You can taste it for a long time, the maritime impression intensifies again at the end, seaweed, salt and pepper, liquorice, tangerines, honey, vanilla biscuits, dried herbs.

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  3. dan_o_b scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Probably my least favourite Cairdeas I've had since I started following the series in 2017. That said, it's perfectly drinkable but for the price it seems better value to get the cask strength 10 year old.

    On the nose you get the classic Laphroaig smoke, the peat feeling perhaps a little lighter than normal. On the palette it's very very spicy with oily peat, almost diesel-like notes. The finish is shorter than one might expect

    With water the nose becomes less aggressive. Sweeter, fruitier notes are released with more tobacco/burnt flavours.

    Overall a good Laphroaig but for the price I expect more.

  4. Carlos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Below the official tasting notes.
    • Nose
      Nose: Peaty, sweet and nutty with notes of peat smoke, medicinal bandages, Germolene, iodine and antiseptic cream, but also strong vanilla cake, fudge, heather honey and golden syrup, walnuts, nutmeg with a touch of floral fragrance.
    • Taste
      Taste: Strong peat reek, tar and powerful ashy notes but also sweetness of Manuka honey, burnt toffee, liquorice, oak spices and tannins, white pepper, dried herbs and dried flowers.
    • Finish
      Finish: The finish is peaty and carbolic with herbal and spicy notes leading to a floral aftertaste.

  5. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's an explosion, with the typical flavors of the distillery. Iodine, massive peat, Bourbon but not too much, and of course the well-known medicinal touch, an appreciable mineral side, diesel oil, fuel oil, worn tires, car brakes, burnt rubber. Nails, scrap iron and blocks of lignite. We still have a drizzle of vanilla and a few Mirabelle plums. On the palate, it's creamy, whipped cream, vanilla éclair, but also thick, marshy peat, shovelfuls of damp earth in cold weather, sea breeze, seawater, fried fish. Very suitable spices, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg. Brown sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar. The finish is beautiful, long, full of punch, very charcoal, coffee, tannins, heather, humus, black earth. One or two plums.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/12/laphroaig-cairdeas-2022-warehouse-1.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    NOSE
    Oily smoke, malt, saline, graham, dried orchard fruit, honey, malt, vanilla, caramel, touch of baking spice and plastic.

    If you want to know the essence of Laphroaig, give this a sniff.

    PALATE
    Oily smoke, malt, saline, graham, dried orchard fruit, honey, malt, vanilla, caramel, touch of baking spice and plastic.

    It’s just wave after wave of LAPHROAIG crashing over the palate in a carbon copy of the nose.

    FINISH
    Long -> Smoke, malt, minerality, graham and honey.

  7. _hees55 scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. bl0wb4ck scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    The previous Cairdeas were more interesting for me, but this one has its right to exist. Clear ExBC note, plus the typical Laphroaig smoky note with some sweetness and fresh lemon.

  9. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Young, fierce, enormous impact of the well-known Laphroaig trademarks such as iodine, medicine and salt. In a direct comparison, the 10yo CS looks like a treat for the palate, despite the strength of the barrel. Warehouse No 1 has done a great job, so to speak. Or you simply bottled it young and thus close to the spirit character ;-)

  10. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh herbal notes dominate the smoke, which is quite subtle for Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Relatively unspectacular on the tongue; light sweetness.
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/10/13/feis-ile-2022-laphroaig/

    More and more we are seeing whiskies advertised on the legacy of the maturing cask[s] and previous contents. I got it when Decadent Drinks did it as a one-off with an 18yo Edradour matured in a particularly special ex-1963 Glenburgie refill hogshead [WLP], or Cadenhead’s with their Caroni cask-matured Miltonduff [WLP],… but first-fill [Beam-Suntory] Maker’s Mark cask?! See barleymania’s review for a far more positive perspective. Let’s come at this as objectively as I can.

    N: A friendly/warm soft/easy vanilla-butter bourbon-y nose plus many of Laphroaig’s typical trademark profile traits. 
    T: Easy light-sweet salty medicinal arrival, one that travels with ease. Some semblance of form and weight too.
    F: More iodine,…. light bourbon, allium,…

    C: The most unlikely marmite dram. Whilst many raved about it, others poo-pooed it. I find it better than the standard 10 [which I tried recently WLP], and if you were just starting out on your journey and already loved Laphroaig, you’d be more than happy. In comparison to previous years, many peeps decided to pass on this year’s Cairdeas release, and indeed, a vast number of other Feis Ile bottling in 2022. Perhaps Feis Ile has hit a pay wall?

  12. Armin123 scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Good laphy, but nothing special.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Seaweed, Salt, some kind of fruitiness
    • Taste
      86 86
      smoke, burnt karamell, leather, roasted hearbs, salt, dried apricot
    • Finish
      85 85
      malt, salt, wheat

  13. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very round Laphi, just has little that is special or characteristic.
    • Nose
      Very dry, cool smoke, dry grasses, iodine, phenol, malt, barley, light honey, fennel
    • Taste
      Dried and grilled pears, resin, roasted malt, cereals, iodine, fennel, smoke, dry grasses, toast
    • Finish
      Toast bread, grasses, malt, cereals, salt, light pepper, hint of mint, medium to long

  14. WhiskySteen scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Dull, flat

  15. Polaku1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Remarkable dram. Don't know how exactly that warehouse did the trick. Its definitely better than the 16 y old or the others I have tried. No ash trace here. Also, I would not say I felt the abv so high, while usually anything above 48‰ strikes me harder... I guess it must be the special cask selection. And am quite curiose as to how old were they... Or someone can at least say how many bottles were produced of it??
    • Nose
      85 85
      The typical: sea weed and salt by the fire.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Here is the key: fragrance of slightly burnt popcorn, caramelized with whisky and sweet ginger in addition to the salt. Fresh ginger root above all!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Gradual growth from the palate but not too long.

  16. Gareth74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Herbie goes bananas

    Sometimes the headlines I stick in my notes write themselves. There’s almost no effort involved as they seem to appear from the glass as if by magic. This is one of those. Smells and tastes are amazing for getting those little grey cells agitated, it’s just one of the amazing things about whisky.

    Off we go. On the nose and the first olfactory sensation is one of herbs, I get an unmissable sense of peat, dried sage and some faint tired lavender mingling with some dried fruit skins. Then it turns a bit more mechanical, sooty even, some engine smells that bind with more of the fruit note as it turns more woody. Some diesel fumes from far away. There a dryness that comes in and more warm wood. Some banana skin and mustard leaf, some WD40. I like noses like this. (After a sip the nose sweetens, more confectionery appears).

    In the mouth and the arrival is sweet and bitter at the same time. Sooty, salty and herby and savoury flavours mingle with more salt and smoked lemon rinds, burnt white sage (reminds me of a strange night trying to find my spirit animal - long story short - didn’t find it and the drumming and the smoke made me go to sleep), as it shifts across the palate the bitterness unfolds into more wood, acetone, bitter tea, liquorice and more smoked lemons arrive something like those Ricola throat pastilles, it stays serious and drying and that sage thing just keeps on coming for me. There’s old pencil cases and rubber inner tubes in the mix as well. It’s a funny bunch of flavours. It’s no bad thing, though. In fact I’m actually enjoying it and this is, on paper, something that I’d probably baulk at. This is why blind drams are the best at stopping you falling foul of your oh so fallible eyes.

    Any good? Yes. I like it. It’s weird. It’s complicated and it’s savoury quality is just the thing to slow you down and let the nose and tongue go on a wander. I’m aching for the finish to be bigger but the liquorice and sage and salt linger. Grand stuff. Islay? Feels like it but I’m probably wrong. Let’s see. Many thanks as always to a good friend.
    ———
    Blind revealed! Huzzah! I got it kind of right. A good bottle from a great distillery and one from a range I’ve never tried. Is it worth it for the money? Yes, I think so. This was a slow down, sit and think, kind of dram. Not pretentious, not showy. Grand stuff.

  17. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  18. stalker1971 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. kanpai79 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, with cucumbers and dust, smoke and engine oil. But I did not find the usual wide palette of Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Fairly light and breezy nose, with loads of vanilla, citrus notes and sea salt to the fore. Only later on do the phenolic peaty notes begin to emerge, sneaking up on you before taking centre stage. A lovely variation on the usual brute force I associate with this distillery. Slightly spirity and hot on the palate, suggesting some fairly youngish casks in the mix? A few drops of water helped a bit, letting through charred wood, dark chocolate and coffee. Quite a short, slightly bitter finish, again suggesting younger casks in the mix. Certainly a distinct variant from the standard lineup, but nothing particularly memorable.

  22. milkbonez scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Freshly cracked bottle, neck pour. No water added.

    Honestly not worth it, just get a cask strength. Still fine but lacks that oomph you get flavor wise from the age stated 10 year cask strength. I am being a bit harsh as there is a direct comparison between this and the 10 year cask strength, and the 10 year is just better in all aspects. Especially considering they're the same price.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Caramel smoke, vanilla bean, slightly burnt flan, creamy, some fruit notes which is a bit unusual as I usually get citrus notes on Laphroaig, but not on this one so much.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Big time smoke, and loads of vanilla cream. Typical laphroaig medicinal notes, some banana and pineapple, caramel, little bit of hazelnut.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The smoke and salt come together pretty nice here for a long pleasant burn. Iodine, brine, and vanilla again.

  23. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 08-26-2022. 86-88

  24. Petitcham scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not as strong as 10 cs, but laphroaig's unique characters, peat and smoke are quite strong.
    Sweet Taste, Oak, Late Opening refreshing and smoke ham

  25. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Cairdeas 2022 Warehouse 1, 52.2%.

    25ml sample at home July 2022.

    The concept was so promising I was very close to just going ahead and buying a full bottle. No silly novelty finish. Just first-fill ex-bourbon casks from the warehouse by the sea, bottled at a near perfect abv. What could go wrong?

    Pale yellow.

    Aroma is buttery popcorn, burnt wood, touch of burnt plastic, some vanilla, faint Nice biscuit, a little prickly and gluey, parsley and a little green underripe tomato. Play doh later on. Not a typical Laphroaig nose. Interesting.

    Taste is prickly, salty, quite minerally, becoming oily and resinous with limited smoke. Becoming bitter and charred with time.

    Good intensity, no complexity. In the Octomore and Caol Ila mould rather than anything like what I’d expect from Laphroaig. Peppery, bitter Talisker-like finish.

    First fill casks? Really? This dram confuses me in all sorts of ways, but it’s perfectly nice. Typically Islay but not typically Laphroaig (or at least not the Laphroaig I’m used to). Good enough, but I expected to like this a lot more than I did. 3.475/83

    With a drop of water and a wait. Aroma is a little more muted but more cohesive and pleasant. Gradually builds a gummy sweet fruitiness. A little more sweetness comes through on the palate too, the medicinal Laphroaig flavours of iodine and clove are now noticeable, as well as a touch of honey glazed ham. The bitterness subsides and becomes more coffeeish. The smoke doesn’t open up that much. ... Water changed the flavour profile significantly, and improves things for me 3.575/85

  26. stashdong scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      fire pit, charred meat, idione all the way
    • Taste
      90 90
      medium body, apparently sherry influenced peaty whisky, dark fruit, riped banana, bbq sauce
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium to long, dark chocolate, dark fruit again

  27. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Almost quiet in the nose, considering peatiness and medicinal notes. Much fruitier than most other Laphroaigs I've tasted. Of course the typical smokiness is there but it's quite subdued initially. The finish is unmistakenly Laphroaig though. I like it, but personally wouldn't go over €100 for a bottle.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Actually a nice bottling and in any case a good and independent addition or continuation of the Cairdeas series, if it weren't for this musty wood note, which I personally really don't get along with.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A (for Laphroaig) medium-bodied smoke with nice mineral-maritime notes, but I also notice a musty wood note (in the direction of modern ship planks), which for me is (literally) the fly in the ointment. In addition, citrus notes, caramel, vanilla, gauze bandages, iodine, sage, mango, passion fruit.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very nice strong and tingling start. As usual, the alcohol is well integrated and provides a peppery touch. Burnt caramel, iodine, gauze bandages, cardboard, passion fruit, rotting wood, vanilla, honey, heather, canned pineapple.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Mid-length finish. Smoke, cane sugar, caramel, damp wood, pineapple flambé, oak.

  29. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like it very much, even if I perceive a slightly musty wood note that is slightly disturbing. But the nose is great. Christmas in July. I always find the Cairdeas a bit tamer than the 10 CS. So too, but still an intense whisky. I really like it.
    • Nose
      What I always find fascinating about Laphroaig is how sweet and soft this powerhouse usually presents itself on the nose. Yes, there is a lot of peat, also medicinal, but the sweetness, the vanilla and also spices, cloves, better clove oranges and cinnamon embed it so comfortably. Tasty nose.
    • Taste
      In the mouth strong, herbaceous, spicy wood. But the 1st fill casks also bring a lot of sweetness and vanilla with them.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, smoky, peaty, lots of spicy oak, also some wet wood, less sweet than the rest, rather powerful. Dry but still very full with a hint of mint.

  30. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  31. robse211 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. katarn_rb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasty but too tame for a Laphi... for my taste.

  33. Comet67 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. grinface scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Oh. I do not know. Young and maritime. Somehow it is quite similar to the Talisker 8 SR21. However, that one was somehow more mature. Even though it is for the Friends of Laphroaig, we're not going to be real friends. It was ok to meet it once, but that's enough.

    Full review in a flight of 8 disclosed and undisclosed Laphroaig: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/07/19/laphroaig-oder-laphroaig/

  35. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Laphroaig smoke, maritime, quite sweet, vanilla

    taste
    Alcohol well integrated, creamy, nice clear smoke, maritime, sweetish, vanilla

    finish
    Medium length, smoke, maritime, sweetish

  36. Hlektrion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    A unique Laphroaig: quite possibly one of the sweetest and most 'tame' whiskies I've ever tried from this distillery (influence of Maker's Mark casks)? A "perfect" whisky - in that it has no flaws - but Laphroaig lovers may find it 'engineered' and 'commercialized': lacking the intense iodine, bold peat and divisive punch that one associates with the distillery.
    • Nose
      Incisive iodine, Laphroaig peat (smoke, tar, ashes, pepper). Pervasive sweetness: vanilla, citrus (orange) and pastry. Very, very sweet - far sweeter than most Laphroaigs I've experienced, and a great departure from the previous aged-on-Islay Cairdeas, the Anniversary, without its machine-oil funk or raw phenolic power.
    • Taste
      SWEET. Notes of pastry, syrup, aspartame. Wheated bourbon aromas. Lacks punch - did the distillery engineer this to be "smooth" and "sweet"?

      Tar, shoreline, bonfire and seaweed play 2nd fiddle to the apparent sweetness. The opposite is true in the best Laphroaigs.

      This whisky's strength is nearly invisible. Does not drink like a 52.2% alcohol whisky.
    • Finish
      Long and powerful, as expected. Laphroaig peat and tar tinged with ex-bourbon sweetness. Raw dough and salt. Hint of citrus, towards the orange side of the spectrum.

  38. sakis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  39. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  40. martinseco did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    There are two things I value when buying a whisky: "Natural Colour" and "Non Chill Filtered". I don't usually buy colored and chilled whiskys. - I tried to get this information about the Càirdeas Warehouse 1, but in vain: The info on this platform only says: unknown! There is also no indication of dye or cold filtration on the bottle labels and tube.
    I then tried it directly with Laphroaig. Shortly thereafter, I received the following reply to my email from "Beam Suntory Consumer Inquiry": "Thank you for your inquiry. As a matter of policy, we don't share specific information regarding our formulas or ingredients; ..."
    Well, what can I say - with a whisky in this price range from one of my favorite distilleries I expect a little more transparency! Beam Suntory's current business policy, as I have just experienced it, does not include this transparency, and I find that very regrettable. I'm really not amused!

    Update 07/12/2022:
    Yesterday I did receive a reply signed "Kind Regards, Debbie" from consumerinquiries@beamsuntory.com stating: "Hi Martin, Laphroaig Cairdeas, Warehouse 1 is non-chill filtered and it has no coloring added. ..." I thanked them warmly, combined with the (pious?) wish to find this information on the bottle or tube again in the future. Hope dies last!

  41. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A solid malt from Laphroaig. The nose in particular shows how well "simple" bourbon casks harmonize with the character of the distillery. However, it lacks the power and that certain something to stand out from Laphroaig's already very well established range. In view of the price, I would rather go for other bottlings from the distillery.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/laphroaig-cairdeas-2022-warehouse-1/
    • Nose
      Medicinal Laphroaig smoke with a light note of tar initially covers everything. Typically Laphroaig. Then a slight sweetness emerges that is difficult to identify. Before I can assign it correctly, it's gone again and the nose becomes a bit sour and fruity. Lemons and limes stand out. After a few minutes (give it some time!), the fruity aroma becomes more floral with bergamot (Earl Gray Tea). The peat smoke leaving a cooling sensation in the nose also reminds me of peppermint and menthol candies. A hint of caramel and oak can be guessed in the background. After the first try, it opens up a bit, the smoke is no longer so dominant. The citrus fruits are complemented by the typical bourbon notes such as caramel and vanilla, as well as some malt.
    • Taste
      It starts off surprisingly soft on the tongue. Almost nothing of the 52.5% alcohol can be felt. The smoke is all over the place again, the general mouthfeel is initially sweet with caramel. As in the nose, the sour citrus fruits then assert themselves more and more. Likewise the mint. Even before swallowing, a light oak spice comes through and on the back of the palate I have bittersweet roasted aromas.
    • Finish
      The sweetness fades relatively quickly in the finish. It gets spicier with roasted malt and coffee beans. The smoke is clear again and lingers for a long time while the rest fades relatively quickly. Towards the end, the medicinal smoke turns somewhat into extinguished campfire and ash. The oak brings a slight bitterness and a slightly salty taste lingers on the tongue. The citrus fruits also speak up again shortly before the end.

      With water:
      The bourbon aromas intensify a little more on the nose. The vanilla in particular is more noticeable. The fruits are more prominent on the nose, on the tongue and on the finish, and in addition to the citrus fruits, I now also find sweet fruits such as pears and apricots. A nice addition! Here you can definitely play with a few drops of water.

  42. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  44. ThorstenH scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A sweet smoky note on the nose, which becomes a bit ashy in the mouth and finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  45. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  46. Pepone scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  47. Artus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  48. SebStar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Typical Laphroaig smoke with a nice citrus vanilla note.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nicely integrated smoke with a sparkling citrus note and a nice fresh floral pleasant ex-bourbon note.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length with hints of vanilla and a maritime sweetness that balances nicely with the smoke

  49. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. Bene37 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: maritime, almost salty, seaweed, vanilla sweetness, cold smoke and ash, iodine, some tropical fruits (mango, papaya and grilled pineapple), some grapes

    Palate: creamy-sweet, smoke, vanilla, some iodine, biscuits, some liquorice, some fruit notes (mango, pineapple, papaya)

    Finish: medium length, warm, smoky, maritime, vanilla sweetness, seaweed, slightly medicinal

    Rating: a beautiful bottling with a fine play of aromas. I like it very much. A maritime-smoky basic character with vanilla sweetness and tropical fruits. The medicinal nature of Laphroaig is only slightly present here, giving other flavors more scope. Another very successful Cairdeas.

    90/100 or 7/10

  51. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It needs time in the glass so that the interesting fruity aspects can emerge alongside the smoke. Then quite complex. On the palate and on the finish, the smoke and the spiciness clearly predominate and it comes across as rather coarse. Ultimately, I'm not entirely convinced.
    • Nose
      87 87
      First smoke and spices, salt, vanilla, ash, marzipan. With the dissipation of the first intense smoke, more fruity aspects come with strawberry, apple, exotic fruits. Some wood.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet, Spices, Ash, Malt, Smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long finish with ash, smoke, pepper, malt, spice, cardboard and some bitterness. strawberry and some oak. Alcohol clearly noticeable.

  52. riegerjonas scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    2022-06-12: gentleman's dram, unusually smooth for a Laphroaig
    • Nose
      91 91
      Vanilla, cold smoky, slightly medicinal, pear, baked apple, flowery, floral, quite lightly fruity and sweet, summery (slightly), filigree, if you want, maybe also salty
    • Taste
      90 90
      herbal, smoky, light fruity, juicy, slightly sweet, slightly ashy, liquorice, summery soft
    • Finish
      88 88
      bitterness, cocoa

  53. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Oh man, what a pity, I really celebrated the nose after pouring it and was looking forward to the rest. Unfortunately, it is not constant enough after the nose and also with water. A tasty whisky, but the enthusiasm of the nose is not continued.
    • Nose
      89 89
      I like the first nose very, very much because it is nice and oily and not overdone. In any case, only or at least mostly bourbon barrels were involved. It seems very simple and clear to me, but I like that today and it seems straight forward, well done and finely structured.

      The peat smoke is comparatively mild but clearly identifiable as a Laphroaig. Alongside this is a nice bourbon sweetness with some corn, straw and other dry grains. Reminds me - in terms of the oiliness - of the Laphroaig 10 CS Batch 11, only that this one is a bit lighter and actually doesn't contain any sherry elements.

      The sweetness only gets more luscious over time, but hey, this is a nice and exciting development. Unfortunately, the longer it stands, the more one-sided the smoke becomes. So don't leave it for more than 30 minutes.

      Water takes the sweetness out of it and doesn't make it better.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Again, it starts out surprisingly mild for a Laphroaig with 52%, but already shows clear wood notes in the middle, which I like and don't mind. Nevertheless, the palate is not particularly complex and unfortunately cannot live up to the expectations of the nose.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The oiliness does not quite hold up in the finish and it remains medium at most and only smoky in the throat.

  54. ralle1968 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Just in the glass a wonderfully fresh, not so smoky nose. The bourbon cask comes through nicely. The colour: like a Riesling.

    The first sip: clear cask strength (it's also the first dram today), then immediately fresh smoke, followed by vanilla oak, tart (fir?) honey. Then little sweet herb dragees.

    On the one hand it is clear (and for me convincing) in taste, on the other hand it still seems a bit closed (so could offer something as the dram progresses). If I'm supposed to rate that overall: I haven't had such a convincing non-finish smoker in my glass for a long time. Two plus with the potential to become one.

    By the way, licorice is slowly coming through in the reverberation. After several minutes...

    And indeed: The second sip brings creaminess, liquorice and herbs at the beginning. Then mouth-filling bourbon notes are added, as well as aniseed sugar that is not too intense. Hammer.

  55. Kaaneloni scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  56. hefedruck scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  57. Echson scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Balanced and not quite as powerful as cairdaes 2021
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  58. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is relatively intense. I have aromas of maritime peat smoke, vanilla, creme brulee, malty sweetness, forest honey, ash and pipe tobacco. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and it has a heavy body.

  59. hCSs scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Smoke, Ash, Sweet Flavors

    Regarding complexity & PLV rather take the 10Y CS.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  60. FeydRautha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  61. Danlow scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a tasty but not very complex smoker, which is also a bit atypical for a Laphroaig, as the medicinal notes are not so dominant here. However, that also makes him seem interchangeable.
    It's something different for a Laphroaig and I don't regret buying it. I wouldn't buy it again for this price though. My tip would be to continue with the Laphroaig 10 cask strength.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Ash, smoky vanilla, cumin, star fruit and young pear. Malt candies and some sweetness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Vanilla, sweetened pear compote, campfire (wood) and ash and caramel candy. Overall very soft and pleasing.
      It looks younger, but without becoming spritty or metallic.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long with simple campfire flavors and hints of diffuse herbs.

  62. Juri05 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    I have tried many singel malt and this is the best smoky whisky I have drunk. Slightly sweet, spicy, a little salty and the perfect combination with smoke makes incredibly complex. My absolute favorite.
    Taste is also not intrusive like some other whiskies.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Peaty, slightly sweet
    • Taste
      95 95
      Peaty, slightly sweet, spicy, slightly salty
    • Finish
      90 90
      Peaty, spicy, slightly salty

  63. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Second tasting:

    Much better now - definitely needs time to develop; now very nice balance between cask influence and malt. Fruity notes flash up every now and then.
    Almost shy for a Laphroaig and yet recognizable as one.

    Better than the 2021 and 2020 editions.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  64. mcgallus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fresh
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and peaty

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