Laphroaig Cairdeas - 15-year-old

Overall rating
87.02/100
votes
319
Whiskybase ID
WB221260
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2002
Bottled
21.06.2017
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7 172 VB1
Barcode
5010019638434
Added on
14 nov 2022 8:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 235.08

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas - 15-year-old

64 users have left 75 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.02 points.

  1. Koloman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    If you like the simple knit, rather one-dimensional Laphroaigs a la Quarter Cask, you will not be able to do anything with this bottling. It is complex, subtle, requires time and mindfulness, and can always surprise. It can best be compared with the ingenious 18-year-old, of whom there are unfortunately only remnants. And one more thing: even if he only has 43%, he can handle a lot of water, making it even rounder and more complex.
    • Nose
      A veritable surge of fresh sea air, vanilla and apple scent, the latter candied, encased in the typical medical Laphroaigrauch, but not in the foreground and nothing superimposed, but harmoniously contributes to the very complex overall impression.
    • Taste
      Can it be that these are really just 43% alcohol? Enormously strong, mouth-filling, at the same time soft, almost creamy, caramel pudding, charcoal, pharmacy and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Spicy, damp wood, waiting to be thrown on an already burning fire with moist peat, baked apple and salt.

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  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    ...if you want to try a nicely matured, pleasant and only slightly smoky Laphi, you've come to the right place!
    In terms of complexity, it doesn't come close to the old 18-year-olds, but it's still very successful!
    • Nose
      delicate smoke, sweetness, vanilla, caramel, wood;
    • Taste
      very soft at the start, nice sweetness, lots of vanilla, caramel pudding, only a gentle development of smoke, salt, spice (oak), maturity
    • Finish
      medium length, smoky, salty, spicy oak finish;

  4. Bembel scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Typical Laphi on the first nose.
      Later, the vanilla becomes very strong with great herbal aromas.
    • Taste
      Soft in the mouth with a light oak and pepper. Lots of vanilla, great smoke, tobacco, leather and some salt.
    • Finish
      medium length Dry with smoke.

  5. cleaver scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. W_W scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. nkrc scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    dark gold

    Sea air, barbecue, workshop, engine room, ham, smoky-sweet barbecue sauce. Begs one: Drink me! Fireworks, wet sandy beach, gorgeous.

    Medicinal iodine, bandages, finely tart vanilla sweetness, robust spice, some pepper. A few herbs, liquorice, tobacco.

    Medium-length finish with smoky chilli spiciness, ash with lemon aromas come out of the nose on the exhale

    86 points

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. eddi14 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  12. manmathiou scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  13. Tastingbros scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/04/07/some-laphroaig-obs/
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Really good characterful and likewise elegant LP! Pretty intense flavors from seemingly good cask selection @only 43% abv. Clearly superior to the 200th Anniversary 15 yo. but you gotta take what you can get nowadays, right?

  15. Malthead19 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    - no question a delicious classic smoky whisky as expected ... BUT

    - I'm missing a CAIRDEAS (special bottling) here
    definitely the SPECIAL thing about the whisky taste
    - unfortunately the worst of my tested so far
    CAIRDEAS - bottlings
    - Conclusion: unfortunately a disappointment in terms of taste at the price
    • Nose
      sweetish, caramel, very little smoke, creamy, toffee
    • Taste
      creamy strong smoky start, a lot of smoke, unfortunately not as sweet as the nose promises, smoke dominates the overall picture, but is very easy to drink (if you like smoke), but could take a few more% well
      (48% like the AN CUAN MOR would fit much better)
    • Finish
      short smoky finish; medium-long smoky aftertaste

  16. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 21 22 21 85

    tasty and drinkable, very good, great summer dram!

  17. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/ZB4DINE_Iig
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  18. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cold smoke, maritime, herb candy, honey, grain, apple, melon, a little vanilla, a little peach
    • Taste
      Ash, honey, herb candy, apple, melon, lemon, lime,

  19. DulischM scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    The peaty nose mostly bothers me with Laphroaig, but in the mouth the Cairdeas is nice and filling, complex and very sweet, which is only accentuated by light peat. The finish is a bit short for a 15-year-old whisky, but just as nice and sweet.
    • Nose
      At the beginning, peat and smoke dominate, which reminds me a bit of seaweed. Then I smell citrus, possibly grapefruit and a slight caramel sweetness. The whisky becomes spicier with fresh bark, hay and straw, with some aniseed or liquorice added. Finally, I catch something like burned matches.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the whisky is very sweet and creamy like vanilla and caramel, possibly also cake batter. Grassy and floral notes follow, which ends in spicy, young split wood.
    • Finish
      The finish is sweet with vanilla and a bit spicy oak on the tongue.

  20. face scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  21. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  22. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicious laphi. For me, a mixture of quarter cask and 18er. Not quite in the face like the QC, but not quite as elegant as the 18.

  23. g00se scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great Laphi, which is still very restrained in the nose, but develops its full power in the mouth. You can experiment well with water ...
    • Nose
      89 89
      First cold peat smoke, seasoning, wood, vanilla;
      With water, apple, candy cubes and banana
    • Taste
      90 90
      With water: warm, soft with vanilla. Slowly building up peat followed by oak wort. Ever stronger and drier in the mouth.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Massive finish, despite the long chewing that continues. Grandiose long. The peat smoke remains interwoven with the vanilla. HEAVEN

  24. WhiskyMonster scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    An enjoyable laphroaig but for the price point there are surely better. Worth a try but maybe not a buy
    • Nose
      75 75
      Oily mackerel, subdued pine smoke and sickly sweet desert wine.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Cloying and unctuous ashy goodness, followed by solid earthy smoke, very rich with almost a chilli-like quality. Thew sweet wine backdrop is present throughout. Superb.
    • Finish
      65 65
      Disappointing from the substantial nose and taste - the meatier peaty notes develop no further, some tobacco hints, and it's over quite soon

  25. Maltlife scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Involved smoke (not as superficial as eg the CS bottlings), fruity fresh, lots of lemon (+ biscuit), "yummy", stimulating, the smoke settles quickly after several noses and mixes wonderfully with the other components, always again citrical, sometimes he still lacks a small idea of depth
    • Taste
      Lemon cake / lemon roll, light smoke-now looks directly medically (slight Hansaplast note), pleasant sweetness, delicious game of light fruits (the lemon, however, urges again and again pleasantly in the foreground), a trace of honey, maybe a few Percent more altogether even more helped ...? But he is good as he is.
    • Finish
      Rather briefly, the previously described flavors are all found again, but here the smoke is slightly more in tact. At the very end there is a slight balloon rubber note.

  26. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    More coastal than medicinal peat, citrus, candied lemon, not overly complex but really nice

  27. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  28. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoky, grassy, earth, light oak, balanced, complex
    • Taste
      89 89
      complex, grassy / hay, fruity, sweet, "Juicy Fruit" chewing gum
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, balanced oak, medium-bitter

  29. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoky, but not as strong as younger bottlings, grass / hay, soil, balanced
    • Taste
      89 89
      complex, grassy, fruity, sweet, oak notes, "Fruity Juice" chewing gum
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, oak, medium-hard,

  30. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced whisky. Everything is consistently and well-adjusted. Claimed on a bottle of a degree does not correspond to a feeling, whisky is quite informative, no pristnosti (in the blind would give somewhere 52-54 degrees). I really like this classic Laphroaig profile.
    • Nose
      89 89
      This is the true Laphroaig from the very beginning. A classic set of ingredients. Medical, smoky, sea, peat, black oil, ointment of Vishnevsky, pickled malt, ash, sweetened, dried mint, peppermint, bacon, milk caramel, nut stuffing, chewing gum, vanilla, tangible fruit ingredient (although not I can clearly identify specific fruits), citrus fruits, candied fruits.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smokey, sooty, sweet, fruity, citrus, medical nuances, meat, butter, peat, tobacco, banana.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet, smoky, soot, waffle glass from ice cream, dry thistle, hint of peat, algae, medical notes, banana, quite dry. Long.

  32. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    lemony cream, fresh peat and smoke, a little bacquered
    spices that raise the scents, a little smoked bacon, vanilla, moistened woody
    mouth a little watery, but peat and citrus come back galloping despite the just 43 ° with spices and dark chocolate, plus candied fruits and caramelized !!
    a good dram !!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Nice, completely in style (88)
    • Nose
      Strawberry jam, bandages, first aid kit ... raw vanilla dough, fruit notes, cardboard, sea salt (22)
    • Taste
      Sweet ash, salt, engine oil (22)
    • Finish
      Oily finish, fruit, wax, salt and bandages (22)

  34. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  35. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    You might think it is rather obscure or unspectacular in the nose, but there are gradually more layers, and it's fun to feel them in their harmonious sequence.
    This is a delicious and extraordinary stuff, a bit rougher than the old 15yo but still elegant. He has not the direct body kingdom of the QC or CS, but remains on the fruity side.
    Very nice!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Gauze bandage dipped in salt water, camphor, some placard color and linseed oil varnish.
      Lime syrup, lemon curd in the peat bog on a dull autumn day.
      Stone covered with seagrass at low tide, ripe bananas and then everything again in alternation.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Silky soft tangerine juice, wet wood, then a longer wave of campfire and peat smoke flavors, lard, hmm, water running in the mouth. Despite its distinct Laphroaig character light and elegant, not in your face.
    • Finish
      87 87
      It develops a pronounced Zartbittereiche, reminiscent of chocolate with 80% cocoa content, the salivation continues for quite a while.
      Fruit and peat wort dance Tango!

  36. Numwierum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The 43% I think is not reprehensible, they are even really good. I like to drink it, strong phenolic smoke, plus a nice bourbon keg sweetie. Class!

  37. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Water addition: At only 43% you should expect that water is not recommended, but I also advise here at least a few drops: The malt is in the nose a little more complex, the smoke / iodine note is intense, the sweetness continues to

    Conclusion: What a dram! I had expected something completely different, plus the relatively low alcohol content. But he just totally flashed me. Tasty, tasty, complex nose, beautiful fruit that missed me a long time but loved banana note. The nose is awesome, unfortunately a few prints in the taste and in the finish, because a few more percent would have done him good and he would have easily gone over 90 points. Nevertheless, almost a revelation - 89 points
    • Nose
      92 92
      What a cool nose! Rather laphroaighuntypisch holds the mezinische smoke here rather something back and occasionally goes to coal dust, instead trumpft it with many beach / sea flavors (pebble beach, algae and oysters) on. In addition, an incredibly great fruitiness, reminiscent of older Laphis from the 80s / 70s. I find apples, some pineapple and many tropical fruits like mango and papaya in the glass, as well as the Laphi banana note, which has often been missing in recent years. He looks very creamy and despite the 43% very full in the nose, the Bourbon barrels add a lot of caramel, vanilla and some coconut shell - very complex and complex
    • Taste
      88 88
      creamy mouthfeel, great sweetness of the first fill bourbon casks, then the thicker iodine smokes around the tongue, again great fruit notes, subtle oak spice, vanilla, and bergamot (earl-gray tea)
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, if not as long as with alcoholic bottlings, here is the laphira again a bit more discreet, the intense fruitiness is with mango, lemon banana there, accompanied by some oak, vanilla, the oak is more spicy, in addition to the notes of bergamot and black tea

  38. Deloti scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Cairdeas tasting side to side.
    Samples: Feis Ile 2016, 15yo 2002, Feis Ile 2018.
    General thoughts: Very enjoyable drams, great on the nose although unusual as they all lack power, smokiness and seemed too diluted, somewhat bitter. I rated them 82, 83, 83 in that order. Tag price is abusive for them all.

  39. Deloti scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. Deloti scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nice medicinal. Sweet, zest, honey, vanilla, dried fruits. Nose is very good.
    • Taste
      Weak. Weak bodied and weak on the smoke. It needs a bit more power to it. Salt, caramel, oranges, apples, pepper. Not impressive.
    • Finish
      Drying and medium length. ashy and sweet.

  41. aphex scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Gentle peat, light medicinal and herbal notes, seabreeze, vanilla, citruses.
    • Taste
      Peat, ashes, citruses, salt & pepper. A tad too diluted.
    • Finish
      Medium, smoky, ashy.

  42. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Before I had this malt in the jar, I wondered if it would just be the normal 15 yo with another label. But now I can say that these malts have less in common than expected. The tangy fruitiness and playfulness of the regular version is not even to begin with. The Cairdeas is a serious malt, dry, very rough and something for the winter. It has a little more depth and wood influence in the taste, which gives it a little more power than it is the case at 15 yo. Since I really liked the fruity parts of the regular 15-year-old Laphroaig, I would definitely prefer it! https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/laphroaig-15-yo-cairdeas-43-vol-ob-2017/

  43. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    What Goethe said!

    having a sample of both (i had the 200th 15yo) in a blind h2h tasting i am very relieved to see that this one is a very different animal, sadly as well 43% you would think, but this one actually gets away with it pretty well. 

    The 200th i never really liked, i found it too fruity, too 'weak' in the peat department. It's like a smoky pineapple juice :0)

    This 15yo however is much less tropical fruit and much more peaty, exactly how i like my phroaigs!
    The nose isn't the best i've had, but it's ok. The taste & finish is where it's at. TCP & seaweeds :p

    The difference to me is just staggering.curious to know how it would stand against the 18yo, cuan mor, lore,... 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  44. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, peat, viscous, lemon, with its zest!
    Then an antiseptic, woody, mentholy return suddenly appears, and a creamy sensation too !!

    fruits on the tropics with pineapple spearhead!
    • Nose
      sweet, grassy, ​​then fine peat, then fruit recessed
    • Taste
      dry wood, citrus fruits cooked a little burned, very spicy, the peat is earthy.
    • Finish
      tested after a Ledaig 04, the finish is almost bland!

  45. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Original quote from the friends of laphroaig email: "the award winning 15 Year Old was discontinued in 2009. A big favourite among Friends of Laphroaig, it was brought back in 2015 as a one-off limited edition in honour of our distillery’s bicentenary. Much heralded, we have since been inundated with requests for it to be brought back again, and more permanently. 

    Distilled over the course of 2002, and matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, it’s a truly great dram. The wood in its prime, the barrels are responsible for the whisky’s deep gold colour, the extra vanillas, and those spicy notes you get on the nose; while the length of time it has spent in the warehouse makes for a fine balance of smoke and tropical fruit esters, the final result is a unique expression."

    Nothing to add, really like it. Still hoping for 46/48%

  46. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, oysters, seaweed, medicinal notes, salty, iodine, tropical fruits, limes
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, oysters, seaweed, medicinal notes, salty, iodine, tropical fruits (grapefruit, oranges), limes, sweet, limoncello, ashy, seawater
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty, seawater, coal, dry

  49. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  51. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Certainly not unkind, but with a higher Abv this had much more power and body had, pity.
    • Nose
      Fruity and light peat, citrus, apples, some banana, vanilla too
    • Taste
      Some salmiak / lakrisal, sweet, vanilla, honey. Soft, liquorice, light smoke, later caramel
    • Finish
      Very soft, some wood fire smoke, slightly irritating in the throat. Sweet, honey. Mid-length.

  52. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  53. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A wonderfully matured Laphroaig, dangerously drinkable, low ABV but still rich.
    • Nose
      Prominent peat, ripe pear and apple, baked barley, floral. 

      With water: better, more fruits.
    • Taste
      Engine oil, then sweet mints and peat, smooth and rich, well-integrated peat and oak.
    • Finish
      Mints, sweet barley, long finish, warming peat, liquorice. 

  54. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This latest Cairdeas is quite the thought-provoking bottling. The juicy fruits and high-impact vanilla generally work well with the underlying distillery fire and brimstone character (which is somewhat diminished compared to some OBs), but whilst the herbal notes will probably sit well with some, to my palate, they come across slightly dusty and oddly powdered. Nevertheless, there’s some complexity and subtlety here. Is it a like-for-like replacement of the dearly departed original 15 year old (purportedly Prince Charles’s favourite Scotch)? – nope – this is a quite the different animal.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/laphroaig/laphroaig-cairdeas-15-year-old-/
    • Nose
      Fruity and medicinal. Baked apples, roasted pineapple and some trademark Laphroaig peat – ash, soot, surface cleaner – alongside an almost chlorinated swimming pool aroma – slightly unusual and to my palate a little soapy. Along with fruit and peat there’s a good whack of vanilla here (1st fill ex-bourbon will do that), along with sweet honey, earthy hay and some tangy citrus. The addition of water brings out calamine lotion and baby powder – medicinal meets herbal – interesting certainly, but there’s a powdery side that I’m not wholly convinced by.
    • Taste
      An arrival of smoked juicy fruits and roaring BBQ. Scorched ripe apples and tropical chunks are greeted by medicinal peat, iodine, TCP and chemical fire. These are supported by some big vanillins, tobacco, white chocolate and candied citrus peels. Water diminishes the coastal flavours a touch, adding in herbalness – teas and cut flowers.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, quite ashy and chalky, and with smoked tangy citrus.

  55. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  56. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Delicious full aroma, medicinal but also sweetness of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Unfortunately. Somewhat weak, not as the smell suggested. Sweetness and smoke, honey, banana and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately a bit short. Smoke and vanilla

  57. Prince Valiant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. Ed Radour scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  59. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  60. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  61. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  62. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  63. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly smoky with at least 15 years. Not a huge litter, but still a very solid and well-balanced Laphroaig, which with its 43% is neither too soft nor too overwhelming.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The typical for Laphroaig medical smoke with approaches of Hansaplast and hospital "fragrance" in general, as well as rain-soaked asphalt shows up immediately, however, due to the 15-year maturation period, beautifully dignified and restrained. Sea flavors (seaweed, seaweed, salt, marine diesel), beautifully combined with a hint of green apples and pears.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Heavy smoke, much more intense on the tongue than in the nose. Soft and velvety, oily at the beginning, but quickly drying. Salt liquorice and oak chips. Less fruity than in the nose, the smoke prevails and stands like a wall in the mouth.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, ashen and dry, with oak, vanilla and now again sweetness of apples and pears.

  64. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    He does not necessarily pull my shoes off and the price including shipping is in the end, in my opinion, a lot too high, but all in all, a good to drink whisky. As new 15er for around 60 € that would be completely ok.
    • Nose
      Directly intense medical smoke, spicy with good cinnamon, a lot of vanilla, yellow slightly sourish fruit, some banana, ripe apple, above all lies a honey sweetness, in the background a bit oak, a bit salty and greasy
    • Taste
      creamy, straight back the typical Laphroaigrauch, sweet, honey, banana, mirabelle, vanilla and spicy oak, a little cinnamon, the 43% match the flavor of flavor and are not really negative in the mouth
    • Finish
      in the finish now more in the direction of apple, the smoke is still like a veil over everything

  65. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  66. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  67. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting tip: Somehow I have the feeling of a Bowmore with 40% from the Bourbon barrel.

    Conclusion: If a few percent more would be in it, it would be high up. But he was probably already made for the slightly wider mass. Makes a difference from the 2017 Cairdeas QC and this one ;-)
    • Nose
      Light but very aromatic smoke, lots of vanilla around and some strawberries, meadow herbs like thistles, beautiful maritime and mineral notes, light citrus notes, wonderfully interwoven and complex
    • Taste
      Rather restrained start with again much vanilla, oak wort, citrus notes and smoke come easily
    • Finish
      The smoke is now more superficial, a slight cinnamon note remains in the mouth for a long time

  68. OAOAOAOA scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Weak Laphroaig! Nose is great, a lot of typical 'Laphroaig medicine', very much Laphroaig. But the taste is very weak. The price is a joke for such a minor quality. 15 years? This cannot help, here. Unfortunately.The other Cairdeas from 2017, the Cairdeas Quarter Cask CS, 2017, is much better because it also has this great typical Laphroaig nose. But not only nose but also taste. And it is stong. It is 6 (+/-) years only but it has more character than this 15 year old guy.A LAPHROAIG SHOULD NEVER BE WEAK.

    Unfortunately this one is weak!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      83 83

  69. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared it to the classic 15YO (ID 35) and the 18YO (42886). More sherried, more spicy, more malty but less fruity than both of those.
    • Nose
      Peat, Printen, toffee, pastry, brown sugar, cherry, curry, apple and vanilla. 
    • Taste
      Peat, gingerbread, caramel and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, Printen in chocolate, caramel and spice.

  70. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Good one, long smooth finish, but more oomph would have been nice... 46? 48? Especially as a cairdeas bottling... Think they left some points on the road 

  71. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very complex TCP influenced Laphroaig Cairdeas. Right from the beginning you know this won't be easy. Compared with the Laphroaig 15-year-old (WB-ID: 35), Laphroaig 15-year-old (WB-ID 65104) and the Laphroaig 18-year-old (WB-ID: 42886) side by side this 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels 15 year old Cairdeas is quite dominant on the nose and very complex too. This Laphroaig is not as peppery as the old 15 year old, but got the right amount of TCP and medicinal smoke. Happily not as floral as the 200 year anniversary version and not as light. Maybe you could compare it to the 18 year old (white label), but this one is not as fruity due to the 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels, it's more into the herbal white wine direction like the Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr. Yes, this is a great mature mix of the An Cuan Mòr and the 18 year old. Love it. Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Cool smoke, medicinal, herbals in the mix with some white wine (due to 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels I guess), hay, green apples, citrus fruits, milk chocolate, vanilla, honeycomb, sweet fruits, salt, pepper and with water even some tropical fruits (banana, hints of mango).
    • Taste
      Cool smoke, medicinal, herbals in the mix with some white wine, liquorice, citrus fruits, salt, eggplants over the bonfire, dark chocolate, tobacco, nice texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Vanilla, TCP, ashes, dark chocolate, tobacco leaves, eggplants over the bonfire.

  72. Maltimex scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Overwhelmingly good Laphroaig. His 43 percent are excellent and fully support the complex flavors.
    The malt is very intense, surprisingly sweet already in the nose, which continues on the palate; full-bodied and a wonderful persistent finish.
    • Nose
      Intense and mature phenolic smoke as well as distinct sweetness; very full. Seaweed, iodine, cool sea breeze, gunpowder.
      Very ripe bananas - baked bananas and vanilla, fudge, caramel.
    • Taste
      Slowly the malt develops its intense and complex aromas. Smoke spreads in the mouth, throat and nose - phenolic, sweet and spicy. Wonderfully support the 43 percent of the flavors.
      Overripe bananas, a hint of creme brûlée, salty - sea water. Mouth-covering tobacco, sweet and salivary.
    • Finish
      Long, intense spicy-smoky, ashy and medicated.
      Slight bitterness; the mouth and tongue remain occupied. Smoke is in the nose.

  73. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  74. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  75. Alastor scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Official Tasting NotesColour

    Deep gold

    Nose

    A balance of sweet smoke and tropical fruit including mango and ripe banana; clotted cream and honey follow with chilli spice

    Taste

    Fudge sweetness with salt, iodine and smoke

    Finish

    Long and smooth

    Maturation

    First-fill ex-bourbon

    Serve SuggestionStraight, or with a little water

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