This is a very interesting, flavorful whisky. Water tones down the sherry sweetness but leaves the smoke and peat notes intact. The main body is obviously standard Laphroaig, but a much younger version than the standard 10 year old. This makes the peat attack sharper, and not as balanced and sophisticated as the older versions of Laphroaig. It’s good, but not something I would want very often. I’ve always found smoky, peaty whiskies aged in sherry casks to be jacks of all trades, and masters of none. 2014’s Cairdeas is better than most, but still not an exception to this rule.
Oily, briny peat, iodine, smoked fish, and a vegetal note mixed with a sweet, caramel-like custard and baking spice.
Strong peat smoke attack, softened at mid-palate with a sherry sweetness. The amontillado casks really affect the overall experience, adding a creamy, fruit profile that ends with some citrus.
Long and satisfying, with more fruit and smoke. Ends with some crushed almonds and oak wood.