Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2013
Port Wood Finish
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 May 2013 9:30 am

Average value

€ 298.22

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.06 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    What a malt! Fruity and mild, soft and harmonious. This Cairdeas is perfect and a dream. A typical Laphroaig paired with an incredibly mild and creamy fruit note. For me the best Cairdeas ever, if not the best Laphi I ever had in the glass!
    • Nose
      Pink and clear, the Cairdeas shimmers in the glass. After panning, oily and tough streaks have formed on the glass wall. Slowly, small droplets dissolve and flow back into the glass in slow motion. Strong, yet sweet peat lifts clumsily out of the glass, mineral notes and soft smoke rise from the fruity peat. Subtle roasted aromas and a hint of grilled bacon mix with dried berries and grapes. Smoked meat and sweet grapes combine, the peat is now slightly earthy. The alcohol is integrated harmoniously and supports the peat-smoke-fruit combination perfectly!
    • Taste
      The first impression is mild and creamy. Slowly the peat aroma sets in and gives off its soft and fruity aroma. The smoky note is now more dominant compared to the nose, a slight campfire feeling is created, charred wood and ash, somewhere a little glowing embers. Again dried berries and grapes, a subtle note of smoked bacon and fine ashes makes think again of the next sip. Also on the second sip the palate fills with soft and mild peat aroma, followed by some more embers, from the bacon oil drips into the smoldering embers. A light walnut aroma is created.
    • Finish
      Chubby warm peat flavors and coal flavors, or cold ashes are again traversed by fruity notes. Slightly mineral notes, some soil and peat, then dried fruits again. A subtle smoky note is above the complete finish. Fruity, the finish sounds slow and leaves sweetness and a hint of soft smoke.

  2. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Seriously, this is my favorite Laphroaig ever, and I´ve tasted quite a few. 

    I would never have thought that the heavy, typical Laphroaig peat (that you really have to get used to), would allow such a lovely marriage with port casks. But the result is truly exceptional. 

    I´m hoping for more combinations of Laphroaig malt and port, sauternes or other wine-caks in the near future. Keep it coming, guys!!
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    • Taste
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  3. Ostfriese scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very beautiful, multi-faceted malt in which the flavors are beautifully interwoven. Nothing works here.
    • Nose
      First, sherry notes and smoke rise in my nose. The smoke has something of smoked salmon. This is followed by dark fruits that are transformed into figs, nuts and forest honey. Gradually coffee and roasted aromas, accompanied by earthy and mineral notes as well as sphagnum moss. After the first sip, a tobacco box and old leather embedded in these flavors.
    • Taste
      Here, initially dominated by strong smoke accompanied by sweet and cocoa butter. The coffee and toasted aromas now return and a basket of dark fruits in the cherries set the tone. Slight hints of orange and spices, ginger and cinnamon form the conclusion.
    • Finish
      Cold smoke and ash are accompanied by espresso and oranges. In the background is a slight saltiness.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Laffie on port? It works!
    • Nose
      While it can certainly be called sweet on the nose – that’s the port, of course – with all kinds of red fruit like cranberry and raspberry, it does where a beautiful coat of smoke and peat. Loads of ashes and wet earth, making it impossible to deny it’s origin. Even some burns cream. Quite medicinal, in fact. 
    • Taste
      Good body, sweet notes going hand in hand with the peat. Immediately a grand development of smoke. Initially sweet, it quickly turn umami on roast beef with a salty edge. Again quite medicinal. Powerful, sweet, salty, smoky… in one word delicious! Quite spicy too on pepper and salt, cloves and even some cocoa.
    • Finish
      The finish is wonderfully long, dark and sweet, spicy, with the smoke omnipresent.

  5. Igor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I applaud to all Laphroaig men who have created an outstanding whisky truly, Cairdeas Port Wood Edition. Extraordinary stuff, thumbs up!
    • Nose
      Redcurrant, barley malt, soft smoke, pomegranate, pickled plums, funnily - shrimps?, earthy turf, cranberry sauce, compote (stewed fruit). H'm, pretty unusual, as much as good though.
    • Taste
      Berry juice, elderberry?, tinned fruit, mild peat, slightly smoky, greasy, fatty salmon, oiled sprats, a tad spicy, completes with restrained citrus.
    • Finish
      Carrot - by gosh!, dried figs, juicy orange, tangerine, turns a little salty, cranberry water, sangria.

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    quite a powerful lappy, bringing a smile to my face.

    on the nose: initially sweet, some sweet red fruits all kinds of berries, and typical peatiness. quite a bit of a dirty edge: earthy, smokey and quite ashy. some air allows it to give away more fruitiness.

    on the body, good alcohol heat and sweet peat, with quite some white peppery spiciness. some milk chocolate tones are also present. As dirty notes some meat and rubber, next to the classical medicinal iodine lappy peatness. unfortunately not that much sweetness on the body.

    it finishes warm, quite long, oaky wood drenched in red port with some peppered meat.

    in overal, quite a straightforward delightful punch in your face, and quite better than, for example the Laphroaig Brodir.
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  7. Segens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A nice smokey sherry dram but also nothing really special and the hype about this bottle is not reasonable.. I would not spend again 150€ on this bottle to be honest! The Ledaig series is comparable but so much better in as well quality as price!
    • Nose
      You have some nice wine notes and therefore dark berries! The Laphroaig note comes through which brings some sea salt and smoke and with the Port combination also some decent barbecue notes. Besides that the alcohol is tickling the nose and could have been implemented better. I think that the maturity could have lasted longer and it seems that there are several young casks within this dram.
    • Taste
      Fermented grapes are dominant which I normally do like a lot but in this dram somehow the power is missing. Some fruity sweetness, combined with strawberries, pepper, dark chocolate and of course ash and salt from Laphroaig well known.
    • Finish
      Quite short but you have a ash /smoke cominbation with some decent wine which is quite nice.

  8. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A whisky that looks young when touched,
    later developed interesting notes
    and wants to be explored with peace
    especially beautiful development of floral notes
    • Nose
      the remnants of yesterday evening: empty red wine glasses, cold charcoal smoke, with orange and vanilla
      2nd course significantly more orange and vanilla
    • Taste
      Laphroaig typical, a smoke blast, cold ashes with stale red wine, dark chocolate, liquorice, salt, meadow flowers and vanilla
    • Finish
      long, bitter smoke, herbs, vanilla, some sweet honey, interesting mixture, at the end remains a flower meadow by the sea and Danish salt liquorice

  9. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    At first the nose did not promise what happened next. A mouth full of tatste and a long finish, even after 1 hour it was a shame to brush the teeth... Lovely dram, I thank my friend for the 3cl sample.
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  10. Comet67 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91


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