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Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
88.15/100
votes
707
Whiskybase ID
WB55225
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2014
Bottled
2014
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks, Amontillado Hogsheads
Number of bottles
28254
Strength
51.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L411257B
Barcode
5010019637581
Added on
29 may 2014 12:01 pm by totalatool
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 339.56

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

96 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.15 points

  1. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    on the nose, concentrated and pleasant scents, sweetened at first on caramel, cinnamon, brioche, then candied citrus fruits, old and humidified wood ... and finally fat peat, and solvents of room of 'hospital!
    salty return! and on the maderized wine.
    • Nose
      earthy peat, medicinal air, candied fruit on exotic fruits.
      Important woody return that virtually removes peat
    • Taste
      peppery spices in front, peat, dry but stubborn, candied fruit, almost rotten, meat meat, impregnated wooden barrel spring.
      there is a candied caramel side in it.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For me the reference for cinnamon aromas in whisky, super exciting, and tastes good too
    • Nose
      Actually a fairly fresh and light nose, spicy smoke, a totally unripe pear, slightly burnt biscuit, slightly maritime, black pepper, chocolate, plum, a hint of cinnamon, but I used to have a lot more than that
    • Taste
      Sweet, clearly smoky, spicy, yes, here's the cinnamon again, Big Red chewing gum, chocolate, dark bittersweet, the mouth is covered with cinnamon, also fruit, most likely the plum again, creamy, yes, the biscuit is there too, still burnt , the cinnamon kick is awesome
    • Finish
      Rather unspectacular at the back, slightly sweet, not even that much smoke anymore, plum, that's it

  3. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Of the annual appearing Cairdeas you should really omit none.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, algae and seaweed, sea breeze, salt. Cooling the nose, a day at the sea. But then soon a fruity touch with mild peach and apricots, drizzled with lemon juice.
    • Taste
      Fruity-smoky onion with phenolic smoke and sautéed bacon. Slides oily over the tongue and spreads a pleasant, smoky-milk chocolate warmth in the mouth. Less decided fruit than in the nose, but apricots in honey are there. After a while come dark berries such as blackberries and black currants.
    • Finish
      Medium long, little dry, with cooling smoke, oak, mild herbs and berry fruit sweetness.

  4. Shane_IL scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I really like the sweeter notes in here along with the traditional Laphroaig notes. Very interesting. 
    • Nose
      Signature Laphroaig medicinal and mineral peat notes, but toned down somewhat and sweeter. A gunpowdery, sulphury sherry note is also lingering and compliments this very nicely. Vanilla pods. The spray when peeling a clementine. Bitter cacao. Salt. Rubber. Wet hot tiles, like the kind around the pool on a hot day. Treated thatched roof. Rusty steel. Some very faint red fruit notes. 
    • Taste
      Fresh citrus zest burst, leading into sweet earthy peat, then mineral salts. Thatched roof. Spicy nut notes. 
    • Finish
      Long. Gloriously peaty. More citrus, particularly celemntines and a bit of grapefruit. Ginger snaps. More rusty metal. 

  5. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly soft and solid. A gentleman among the Laphis. You have to adapt to it. Lots of yellow fruits, strawberries and vanilla. A great fruitiness, full and intense without any trace of alcohol paired with a nice smoke. Great malt!

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Bottling - amontillado cask finish 51.4%.

    Pale golden.

    Aroma of fresh apple, seared pineapple, very ‘fresh’ and fruity up front, increasing coal tar soap, smoky in a sort of floral perfumed sort of way, some Thai green curry (lemongrass, lemon, mixed spice, fresh coriander) in the background. So complex. After trying a string of bourbons this is a breath of fresh air.

    Taste is dried apple and smoke, biscuity, salty middle, ‘appley’ sherry, resin, breathy smoke. Comes together very well and doesn’t seem disjointed, retains some Laphroaig character while being a variation on the theme.

    Just very, very solid. 3.775/90B

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    Straight and simple Laphroaig, just the finish is a bit too bitter
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet vanilla, candy caramel, cake dough, little honey, peat, smoke, little medicinal
    • Taste
      85 85
      Punchy, creamy, sweet, pineapple juice, honey, peat, smoke, herbs
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long, burning, zesty, more herbs, little bitter

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Bacon, burnt tyres, ash medicinal and mineral, toffee, candied fruits, very drinkable

  9. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    thinness and youth too stubborn to be mellowed down by the
    sweet wine notes nor by the heavenly Laphroaigian peat..
    • Nose
      91 91
      beautiful medicinal, minty notes, strong lemon oils, bitter lemon zest, rolls of dense smoke.. cold, maritime.. salt & pines
    • Taste
      87 87
      I simply find it too thin.. everything is there, but doesn’t quite make it into fullness.. very drinkable, though, more-ish and sweet
    • Finish
      88 88
      not a blast, but it does last.. long, aromatic, quite sweet and (Chinese) balmy, with an oaky underline

  10. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Breakfast Laphroaig!!!

    Honey, yellow fruits, salty, savoury, ashy... one of the best

  11. Ficelli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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

    20 22 22 21 85

  13. Comet67 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Islay1815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Youngone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. Albaron scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    An unusual Laphroaig that is very aromatic, extremely tasty with a rich fruit basket, wild but not impetuous, very multi-layered and complex
    • Nose
      Alcohol, slightly phenolic smoke, acetone, disinfectant, caramel, white grapes, wormwood, apricot, honey, tangerine (a fruit basket)
    • Taste
      phenolic cold smoke, white grapes, honey, caramel, tangerines, cream and some temple incense
    • Finish
      The smoke remains and the dry sweetness with grape sweetness

  17. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Baked cinnamon peated flowral, scent of lavenda, baked banana,incense 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      Vanilla nectar baked breads peat with white pepper and black pepper then to mint lemon citrus spices. 88
    • Finish
      87 87
      spices and sweetness of herbs. 87

  18. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Tar, togsviller, creosote, fat. oily tar. Nice. (89-91p)
    TASTE: Tar, fat, rich, tar smoke. Strong, quite intense on smoke and tar but lacking a bit on fruitiness. (86-88p)
    OVERALL: Total score 88 points.

  19. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

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

  20. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good malt, slightly sandwiched in aroma, but well revealed in taste / finish, quite rich and harmonious combination of smoky peat and sherry-tropical derivatives.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, peat, puer, a little ash, deep-frying oil, animal fat, spiky mineral notes, old processed wood, light sweet creamy shades in the background, burning leaves, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Dense, saturated, peat, wine notes, sweet creamy shades, dried fruits - dried apricots, raisins; ash, sour-metallic notes, butterscotch, burnt crackers, tropical fruit compote, candied citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, peat, charcoal, sweet fruit notes - tropical fruits, raisins, dried grapes, fudge, burnt crackers, fruit beer, ginger.

  21. VollePulle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  22. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  23. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very balanced and good. Big peat but balanced.
    • Nose
      Beautiful medicinal peat. Camphor, eucalyptus.
      Smoke, cold ashes, tobacco. Straw, farmer. Dirty.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's softer, less dirty.
      Lemon, medicinal, ashy.
      Pretty oily. Straw. Barley, cumin.
    • Finish
      Final on cold ashes, cigarettes, eucalyptus.

  24. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sweet torfer with a lot of oak. the 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel hits.
    • Nose
      Sweet, earthy peaty, very spicy, some fruit, with something slightly medicinal.
    • Taste
      At first very sweet in the mouth, then directly peaty, some mint, some butter cookies, light sweet wine notes? Becomes tart and spicy over time, with light pinewood in the background.
    • Finish
      tart, spicy, slightly sweet notes light up from time to time, bitter-sweet end, more tart than sweet at the end, with some of essential oils.

  25. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great thing, a very good Laphi; Maybe the best Cairdeas so far ...
    • Nose
      gentle smoke, fresh mint, lemons, peach, caramel;
    • Taste
      strong full on, lemons, salt, medicated phenolic smoke, charred wood, ash, pepper;
    • Finish
      long peppery spicy finish; in the end, ash;

  26. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    After-tasting after two years: Quality maintained despite oxygen contact in the half-empty sample vial. A really good Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For me one of the best Cairdeas. The connection Laphroaig with Amontillado Sherry works mE excellent. A very complex malt with a long finish. I would like to see a full maturation of this.

  28. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For me one of the best Cairdeas. The connection Laphroaig with Amontillado Sherry works mE excellent. A very complex malt with a long finish. I would like to see a full maturation of this.

  29. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, fruity (bananas, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple), seaweed, coastal and medicinal notes, honey, brown sugar, yeast
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, fruity (apples, tropical fruits), bacon, meaty, yeast, spicy (pepper), salty
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, fruity, meaty, sweet

  31. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Medicinal with sweet honey, greens, nicely infused smoke, caramel, salt and coast, iodine, mineral;
    • Taste
      Cloves! Smoke and ash! Salt and more smoke, citrus, cinnamon; Caramel in the background;
    • Finish
      Medium long, medically;

  32. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Another beautiful Laffie, although I do prefer the previous release on Port.
    • Nose
      The nose is surprisingly (or is it?) sweet and fruity on banana, dried papaya, grapefruit and brown sugar. It even sports a mildly exotic side, but it does not reveal itself fully as it is quickly overpowered by the peat. This translates quickly into bacon on the barbecue with is very, very pleasant.
    • Taste
      Good body, mildly spicy (pepper, salt and a touch of ginger) and again fruity sweet (pineapple on the BBQ!) but turn umami quickly with a little rubbery note (not too much, luckily) and some resin. Something metallic too. This may sounds strange, but it’s almost as if this was poured from a tin can.
    • Finish
      Wonderfully long finish on grapefruit and soft, sweet peat.

  33. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's quite complex and grotesque from Laphroaig, but it's okay. I like it.
    • Nose
      Camphor, banana, citruses, vanilla, sherry, peat and ash, pepper.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Big dose of peat, roasted fruits, pepper, pine resin, flambéed banana, bacon, salt, vanilla. Camphor, ash, gunpowder. Tutty frutty.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, peaty spicy.

  34. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted twice on different occasions: here you can see how sensors and subjective impressions are variable ...
    • Nose
      Sweetish smoke, medicinal, leucotape, minimally alcoholic; Lemon paired with vanilla, subtle green = driftwood with moss, woody-maritime, dry;
    • Taste
      Dry, medicated, ashen, maritime-woody, dry and tart, lemon;
    • Finish
      Spicy, dry, warming, medium-long, maritime-woody;

  35. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Once again a successful Cairdeas composition. I certainly would not have associated Amontillado, but the product is right! The character is not heavily influenced, definitely Laphroaig, but there are a few nuances and impacts that you would not necessarily have expected. The balance is good, it certainly brings a little more acidity than most, but never so much that it would be unpleasant. Presumably, therefore, the sweetness seems so pleasantly braked.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring a complex bouquet. Of course, phenolic smoke, which, however, is quite mild and a nice symbiosis with caramel, a mint idea, yellow fruits, hay, wet rock and some salty sweat received. After a while, dark Sherry fruits are present, with cooked peaches and still quite salty. Movement ensures freshness first again mint, then comes strong acid with a lot of disinfectant and dominates completely, only the smoke can still hold its own. After further reassurance then sweet, dark caramel over peach compote, served in an unpolished granite bowl with a dash of lime. When heated, a rich barrage of marshmallows and (sweet) popcorn awaits you, along with plenty of disinfectant, rock and some soap.
    • Taste
      In the mouth shows first a splash of lemon, then comes a mild caramel sweetness and then it occurs, alcoholic mild with some white pepper. He gives a pretty full mouthfeel. At the back then comes slightly tart oak and the acidity becomes stronger. A fruitiness can be thoroughly interpreted.
    • Finish
      In the finish, he develops again a strong, dark and peaty sweetness, before he slowly fades away. The upper part of the mouth holds fruity hints and some menthol has a refreshing effect. He warms the chest significantly. Finally, ashes remain on the tongue, as expected long.

  36. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salty, medicinal, slightly fruity, soft;
    • Taste
      Salt, clear oak, a lot of spice;
    • Finish
      Medium length, with nice fruit note;

  37. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/laphroaig-cairdeas-514-vol-ob-2014/

  38. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    After 5 months of being open and oxidization taking hold this has developed very nicely. Well balanced; the noise is a salty-brine with sweet smoke and vanilla, the taste is sweet salty cream, smoke with light grapefruit, vanilla with a touch of iodine, the finish is warm with some soft orange cream and a little drying on the end. A really nice dram.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2014]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2014" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5. My notes state a somewhat immature, unbalanced and "dirty" profile that is at least unusual.  Some interesting cinnamon aromas in nose and finish.

  40. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared with Laphroaig Cairdeas Feis Ile 2013
    • Nose
      Some fruity notes, citrus, pepper, smoke like bbq smoke and vanilla. Less peaty than the 2013 edition.
    • Taste
      Here comes the peat! Pepper, vanilla, yellow fruits and pine resin.
    • Finish
      Very nice with citrus, some soft peat and spices.

  41. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Dionysus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. wekke scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt



    Nose:
    Banana, honey and some Marmite-y yeast notes. There's a heap of brown
    sugar in here too as well as peaty porridge and a little dried papaya.
    Palate: Bacon, dates, a bit more yeast and well-barbecued apple slices.
    Finish: Some kind of salted barbecued goods (not my Mastermind subject).
    Overall:
    Breakfast whisky, only the breakfast is a bit all over the place. It's
    many breakfasts at once really, which, as it's a whisky not a breakfast,
    might actually be fine?



  44. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very lovely Laphroaig. I only had the Port Wood before and I prefer this one. It has a nice balance of dry fruits and smoke and the alcohol is well implemented. Only the finish could have been done better. Thumbs up!
    • Nose
      Typical Laphroaig smoke but also apricot, lemon and malt that gives a very nice combo in the nose.
    • Taste
      Salt, smoke (very little bacon), a bit of lemon (maybe grapefruit even as Othorion says) and oak!
    • Finish
      The finish has a nice fruity note of dark berries but also a bit metallic bitterness (probably due to its young age) 

  45. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great malt, very successful !!
    • Nose
      Bam, like typical Laphroaig smoke, in addition to malt, honey and menthol, burned matches, a hint of plum, delicate citrus notes, some vanilla in the background, the alcohol stings cool in the nose, but with a little water, the alcohol flavor evaporates and the rest remains, I also have some spice - nutmeg? Could be.
    • Taste
      Earthy, citrus, naturally smoke, some grapefruit in sweet honey, dark chocolate and cocoa, oily and pleasant in the mouth, with roasted nuts, some pepper and a little toffee.
    • Finish
      Laaang, the smoke remains eternal, complemented by pleasantly bitter coffee and dark chocolate notes and a nice spice!

  46. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Something different. Smokey the way like we love our Laphroaig. Special sweetness from the Amontillado casks. Good, but not great. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    the nose is a promise and the taste keeps up. there is typical Laphroaig but also a creamy sweetness. peat, smoke, spicy notes from the cask and a lot of sweet. really excellent stuff, smooth and really interesting 
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  48. Pépé scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    We have the signature Islay. Not necessarily the medicinal Laphroaig, but a peat well present anyway. Above this base, big work drums to soften everything here. Totally drinkable!
    • Nose
      Correct intensity, no more. A marine peat, present for sure, but well bordered by malty notes, a little coconut, a bit of honey and a lot of candied oranges. A bit of water is good for him, soothing the alcohol that was a little too present and developing the rest.
    • Taste
      Beautiful texture. Salty atmosphere here. Sea water, peat slightly camphorated / licorice. Always a bit of coconut and some oranges.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long, on liquorice, coconut, and salty.

  49. The Macallan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N: smokiness with some sweet port wine

    P: peppery, drying and peaty

    F: warm and burning

    C: A very nice combination, but don't understand why the fuss is all about this one!

  50. Dramlicious scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose

    Laphroaig’s signature medical, iodine and minerals notes embedded in a muddy sweetness. Lots of oranges accompanied by hints of cinnamon, lemon zest, vanilla tobacco and cooling mint. A smouldering barbecue as well as BBQ sauce. A bit sharp (read alcoholic) around the edges.

    Taste

    Smooth and sweet. Medicine and iodine with a whiff of peaty ashes and tar. Again lots of juicy, sweet oranges followed by apricots, sugared lemon zest and vanilla honey. Gets a bit dryer towards the end.

    Finish

    Long. Sweet and mild with a a good portion of gentle smoke. Coffee with a lot of sugar. Vanilla pods with a few peppercorns in between.

    Overall

    Outstanding. What else can I say? The casks are working very, very well together resulting in a wonderful sweet fruitiness which you don’t find in other Laphroaigs. Very smooth and balanced with a rewarding complexity.

    http://dramlicious.com/peaty-friday-episode-21/

  51. talyn256 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This is a cracking dram, hands down. All that midwinter fireplace character you expect, but the Amontillado brings some interesting sweet notes instead of the usual vanilla flavour you get with the ten year old. No water needed either – it’s perfect as it is.
    • Nose
      Wood-smoked cashew nuts, grapefruit juice, roast chicken crisps, marker pens, flint and coal dust.
    • Taste
      Sweet and mouthcoating, then a whoosh of astringent coal tar soap leaving tangy sweet oranges, lemon throat sweets, warm honey and lingering peat.
    • Finish
      Warm and comforting with a creamy, smoky ash.

  52. MadScientist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  53. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  54. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Deep gold color, expressive but slightly diluted nose, peat, vanilla, caramel, citrus notes. Mouth more punchy than the nose suggests, peaty, medicinal, iodized, liquorice, some gourmet notes of sherry, easy to drink (but less than the 2013 port). Final of fairly good length, on the cold ashes.

  55. pEpp0 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  56. hettrum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  57. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  58. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An eight year old Laphroaig. Traditional European hogsheads "seasoned" for 2 years with Amontillado.

  59. FernetBranco scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  60. Teekanne scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A very fine malt that comes along extremely complex and in which only the slightly exaggerated sharpness without the addition of water disturbs something.
    • Nose
      First pungent in the nose with a neat smoke load. In addition, there are roast aromas and a proper butter biscuit flavor. Due to the very dominant alcohol, I then added a few drops of water (even before the first sip), whereby the sharpness was immediately reduced.
      Later, a subtle citrus note and a good portion of nutmeg are added, wrapped in a beautiful smoke flavor.
    • Taste
      Still slightly spicy with oak notes and an oily consistency.
    • Finish
      In the beginning, it becomes increasingly sour and sweeter and creamier, with the smoke constantly present.

  61. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Weaker than the 2013, but still a good Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Beautiful cold medical smoke, which I love about Laphroaig. The smoke can not be dispelled so fast. The sweet wine finish is not so good today, it remains a bit malt and the alcohol cools the nose a bit.
    • Taste
      Mouth: The beginning is very soft and sweet, if you leave it longer in the mouth it starts to tingle. Then, when swallowing, a mixture of cinnamon and wood comes through, but the wood disappears quickly and smoky notes are mixed again with the cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Departure first with public steam, then significantly weaker, but some malt and bitterness remain behind.

  62. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Seems pretty young, but it's a good whisky nevertheless.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Orange and a straw-like maltiness. Pretty farmy as well. The peat is actually rather limited at first, although clearly present of course. A little red fruit like raspberry and plum. Milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, lime, lavender and a light spiciness like nutmeg. With water eventually some liquorice plus a little flintstone and rusty iron.
    • Taste
      88 88
      More peat, both as a lot of dark chocolate and in an ashy sense. Rather dry. That flintstone again. Quite some orange peel as well. Furthermore toffee, raspberry, vanilla and some white pepper. And again the straw like a little touch of Lowlands.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, dark chocolate, gingerbread, orange, strawberry, bastogne cookie and white pepper.

  63. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Like a meadow in the summer covered with smokey fruits.

    Adding water: Herbal! Furniture polish, benzene, sweet salt.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Sweet fruity smoke, mineral, gras, medicinal, hints of sherry, hay, earthy.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruity smoke. Honey, nuts, caramel. 
    • Finish
      Medium. Sweet, creamy, kind of apricot jam.

  64. Luhmi scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  65. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  66. hettrum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  67. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  68. Palindrome scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose is pretty good but needs time in glass: light smoke over toasted barley, smoked salmon, sage, lemon. Palette: weak hint of sherry, young spirit, more of above. Finish is fairly short with nothing different. This Caideas is a pale shadow of 2012 and 2013. The 2013 did struggle a bit between peat and sweet but emerged victorious. Both 2012 and 2013 had older spirits than 2014. I love the 2012. It has the shine of some good old casks blended in to some fiery youth. Expert commingling. Alas, this past years Cairdeas is middling by comparison. Does not take much water to ruin your glass. My score for 2014: 86

  69. Numwierum scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  70. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The finish is huge - you get the first sweet smoke which then gets a slightly bitter note almost out of your tongue. A new masterpiece by John Campbell !!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      93 93

  71. fradin11 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  72. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Another good expression of Laphroaig. Good balance of wood and spirit. 

    (Rating interval 85-88)
    • Nose
      Initially rather careful on the nose with subtle peat (compared to the 10 YO which I had side-by-side). It's fruity with complex spices, sour fruit, goose berries, unripe apple and some yeast. Water brings some lemon grass and slightly white wine vinegar. 
    • Taste
      There is some sour peppery peat, tangerines, sweetness in caramelized lemon rind, but also lemon juice on the sides of the tongue. A substantial but still complex spiciness, wood spice, nutmeg and maybe allspice. Water brings more peat smoke, perfume and coriander seeds. 
    • Finish
      Warm, long and lingering with black pepper, gooseberries, tangerines and quite medicinal, cough medicine, slightly licorice or fennel with a hint of salt. 

  73. Guntis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  74. Mobbe scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  75. Mushinico scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  76. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasty combination of the typical phenolic medicinal Laphroaig smoke and fruits. The storage gives the Laphroaig more depth.
    • Nose
      Typical Laphroaig smoke, behind heavy Sherry. Raisins. Some vanilla and wood. Cool mint. Citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Sweet and oily. Behind the smoke are vanilla and woody notes.
    • Finish
      Long after a mild start. Smoke explosion. Fruity with oranges and tangerines. Rum pot. Jam.

  77. The_Rock scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Just awesome. Pleasant smoke in every phase of enjoyment. Dreamlike sweetness and a finish that could not be longer.
    • Nose
      a lot of smoke, sweetness, vanilla, cloves
    • Taste
      the smoke dominates without being unpleasant, sweet, spicy, dry
    • Finish
      The smoke stays in the mouth for a very long time and the spice stays on the tongue for a long time

  78. Bond scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Outstanding.
    • Nose
      A good fusion of sherry and smoky notes. Lanolin. Petrol. Quite sweet. Raisins, stewed plums and apricots. Some vanilla in the background.
      + H2O: smoother and even a bit spicier now.
    • Taste
      Body: Creamy. Mouth coating. Drying.
      Plate: Sweet and fruity at first. Apricots and tangerines. Very spicy. Cloves, pepper and incluse. All this wraped in a decent smokyness.
      + H2O: Tar replacing some of the initial sweetness. The spicy aspects are more superficial now.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet vanilla and coffee, flanked by smoke and cream.

  79. Hansi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very delicious Laphroaig. Has through his youth a very pronounced peat smoke note, which is well countered by the specific sweetness of Amontillado bass. That means he does not have this sweetish custard, which almost all Laphroaig original bottlings have. He is therefore one of my favorite among the younger Laphroaigs.
    • Nose
      Very pronounced phenolic-medicinal peat smoke nose (cold bonfire on the beach), then Amontillado sweetness, barely vanilla, slightly moist wood and spices, light citrus notes. A little metallic, clear alcoholic sharpness.
    • Taste
      Very smoky-dry, oily, slightly spicy, then wonderful sweetness of apricots, mangos. Again, hardly vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky-dry, spicy.

  80. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    he does not tolerate much water
    ASWhisky> ... what happens when water is added?
    walli_90> becomes lax and tarry a piquant idiosyncratic Laphroaig

    88 out of 100 points
    mmh, I like him
    • Nose
      fresh wood,
      Honey and Meditonsin (Tanine)
      Sweet tangerine mandarins to bite
    • Taste
      the nose is found 1: 1 in the mouth
      sweet and full of character bittersweet ...
      In addition comes a flashback (after Albaron) of temple incense
    • Finish
      To the fresh wood delicate and spicy hazelnuts and almonds appear
      the temple incense increases
      in the background the tangerines with honey
      bitter is superficial

  81. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  82. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  83. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Soft peat on the nose (less medicinal than other 'standard' versions) allowing through butterscotch, cream, sweet berries and faint citrus notes. A drop of water brought the peat more to the fore. More peat on the palate but with nice creamy and nutty aspects balancing things out. Long peaty and salty finish. Very nice. Only drawback was a slight youthful roughness on the finish, but this could be taken as a bonus if you like a peaty 'edge' (a bit like recent Kilchoman releases). Excellent price/quality ratio (much better than other Feis 2014 releases from some other distilleries!).
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  84. Tomh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  85. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color orange!
    Nose: the very first smell from the bottle means to have a typical Bourbon barrel Laphi in the glass with the typical iodine, peaty, caramel sweet smells that one knows. But if it warms up first and snaps some air, there is something subtle about it that I have not had with such a young Laphi: beautiful, juicy orange and apricot. This fruit note looks very well integrated and not put on, as if she had always been there.
    Taste: a very fruity, then lath peaty and also salty onset. Goes over in fruity smokiness. Also new here and "have not had that yet". Very tasty combination, somehow "Laphi-Limo", or "Fanta-Laphroaig". Sounds weird, but somehow somehow. Well done.

    Finish: medium long, smoke and orange. Voices!
    Comment: different! Different and good, no, very good. Here a whole new taste experience was created. The Laphicharakteristik combined with a fresh bright fruit note. And that fits wonderfully! However, I found the port finish a little better. Here is missing the "Grillnote".

  86. joep scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  87. mikespike scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Lovely nose -91P. Very good taste -90P more the Laphi typical notes. In the end and an aftertaste which stays with you for a long time the Sherry notes develop, this is just excellent. A very good bottling at a very reasonable price (as long as it is available...)

  88. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well done Laphroaig! You did it again. What a great expression. Really something different this year.

    I still prefer the Cairdeas 2013, but this one is pretty adorable too. Worth a very rare 90´s rating for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  89. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A whisky slightly sweet, greedy, with a lot of ashes. Easy to drink. 88 + / 89 -, to retest to see if the aeration does not remove the creamy character.
    • Nose
      We find Laphroaig, also with a little "ardbeg style": peat, medicinal plants, this side syrup for cough (plants and sugar), a little orange liquor, spices. L'amontillado perhaps brings these notes of butter biscuit. The rendering is quite greedy.
    • Taste
      Creamy, fat in first impression, then comes a middle of the mouth more occupied by the earth, the ashes, some vegetable notes, without all this being drying. Always notes of herbal medicines. Alcohol well integrated.
    • Finish
      Substantially the same things as in the mouth, melted and delicate.

  90. Caoldronach scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is interesting to see how much the personal taste may vary from day to day.
    This is a phenomenon I often faced for all kind of whiskies, so it is important to taste a whisky several times, preferably under different conditions. Only after that, one can be sure to have found out a final personal verdict for a whisky.

    Some days ago I wrote my last review for the Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 and criticized it for its sharp and biting finish. By the way, this impression was quite a settled one from three independent tastings. However today I retried it, and what a change! Today the biting finish did not bother. No, today it was milder, more rounded and peaty-delicious. Yes, it was still there but in form of a strong and peaty taste, its strength was more of a warming character. It was harmonic and well fitting to the rest of the taste. I did not mix the Cairdeas with water, so this was the neat taste experience.
    So I have to upgrade my vote from 87 to 89 or 90 points, I was wrong with my first vote.
    Surprisingly enough, some aspects of the Cairdeas 2014 also remind me the Lagavulin 16y, of course only partly. I mention this because normally the basic Laphroaig character is "kind of orthogonal" to Lagavulin 16, but here it is not the case (but at the same time still a lot of Laphroaig).

  91. Caoldronach scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I must admit that I do not quite understand the extremely high rating of 90+ (91.50 in the
    beginning, now still at 90.21 @June/16/2014 with already 40 votes). It's a good and special
    Laphroaig, absolutely no question, I give it 87 points which I think is
    still a very good rating. But I directly compared it alongside with
    Laphroaig 18y, Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch #004 and Laphroaig PX Cask,
    and I must say that during that tasting, I liked better all three other
    Laphys. All four Laphys share the typical peaty Laphroaig basic
    character (while the Cairdeas being most different).
    Differences and personal ranking are as follows:

    No.1
    is Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch #004 having a fully bodied and
    quite intense taste. With water it is relaxed (depending on the amount of water, of course) but still remaining fully bodied, now emerging delicious nut aromas.

    No.2
    (or maybe also No.1 ???) is Laphroaig 18y which shows such a perfect
    balance of all included flavours, intense and peaty, but complex and
    really balanced. A powerful "Senior Laphroaig".

    No.3 is the Laphroaig
    PX Cask with an unobtrusive fruity aroma. It is a Quarter Cask plus a
    very nice discreet bloomy/fruity crown being not dominant but delicious
    and perfectly integrated (by the way, much, much better integrated than
    in the Triple Wood).

    No.4 is the Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 which has a very interesting nose. The nose is not primarily dominated by its peat but more by a
    complex mixture of fruity aromas. But it is also quite strong and caustic/vitriolic (I do not know if this is an adequate English term for what I mean as I am German. The German term is "beissend").
    Its taste is not that of a Laphroaig "peat sledge", instead it is delicious and quite special for a Laphroaig, lemon
    and fresh fruit aromas, well interwoven with distinct peat flavours. However,
    the finish is quite pungent. It may also be spirituous or whatever the
    base of this bitingness is, it is difficult for me to substantiate. This taste coincides with the impression I had from the nose.

    Adding
    water helps, it attenuates the biting finish (however not completely) and
    softens the whole taste experience, furthermore educing more delicious aromas. So you
    can even find some discreet nut flavour growing into the lemon layer.
    Water is not always improving a whisky but here I would recommend this.
    Which amount of water has to be adjusted by personal experiment.

    It is a very interesting and "rather different Laphroaig", and it is good, indeed. But IMHO the other three
    Laphroaigs I mentioned above do outperform it.
    But of
    course, this is my very personal opinion, and you know "There's No
    Accounting For Taste", especially for Whisky ;-). My 2 Cents ...

  92. WormTub did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Spent 8 years in bourbon casks, had a 12 month finish in Amontillado casks.

  93. nhuber did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Laphroaig´s Original tasting notes:
    "The Amontillado barrels give it a rich burnt orange colour.


    The nose starts off with dusty, gentle cinnamon hints and then distinctive lemon zest.
    This moves into earthy figs and dates before nutty, creamy brazil nuts come to the fore.
    This complex nose then changes with elements of carbolic soap
    before finally finishing with a lovely lingering salted liquorice note."

    or watch John Campbell tasting it here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao3Y4OuWzqA

  94. mattlikescrunk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a very special Laphroaig. It has the typical nose of a Laphroaig, the Amontillado Finish gives it a tasteful, strong cinnamon notes with a laaangen finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  95. Mister_FF scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    What a brilliant whisky. Soft, round and totally consistent in all areas. A fantastic sweetness underlines the necessary power of 51.4%. I thought the Cairdeas 2013 Port Wood would be unbeatable in the long run. Well, I was taught better. The Cairdeas 2014 once again plays a league higher and is super to drink even at current temperatures. Thanks to Laphroaig for this extraordinary whisky. Keep it up. ;-)

  96. Roman scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful Laphroaig. Thats what I expect if I want to drink a Laphroaig. Nice peat and a superb sweet fruit aroma. Just mouthfilling.

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