Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
200th Anniversary Edition
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Friends of Laphroaig
Added on
27 May 2015 7:41 pm by cfosterk

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€ 359.44

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.30 points

  1. nightheron scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    "Back in 2003 I was lucky enough to be given the chance to produce this liquid for the bicentenary. I really had an idea where I wanted to try and, for the bicentenary, try and recreate something that we maybe would have done over a 100 years before. So, I tried to get all the floor malted malt, and it was really really heavily peated. I just put it through the small stills in the distillery and then we matured it in in Bourbon barrels in Warehouse 1 which is right next to the sea. So I'm really happy with how it's turned out. Again, these smoke flavor profiles that we were talking about are going to be really dominant in this whisky compared to the other Laphroaigs that we've tasted tonight. So you should taste a very very different whisky as well. It's about 11 and a half maybe 11 and three quarters years old as well and it's bottled at 51.5% alcohol..." - John Campbell, Laphroaig Distillery Manager

  2. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Speaking of a powerful whisky!! What an outburst of aromas this one is. Simply amazing. First the nose, then the taste and in the end the finish. Every time you think it can´t get any better it blows your mind again. 

    Well done Laphroiag! Another world class Cairdeas bottling. Keep them coming!!
    • Nose
      Classy Laphroaig nose as good as it gets. Heavy smokiness, sweet and salty at the same time. Lots of vanilla and iodine. It´s like sniffing at a box of salted caramel cookies. A touch of lemon tarte. Underlined by powerful, yet not too powerful alcohol. A peppery aroma as well.
    • Taste
      Powerful start. Heavy peat smoke right away. All together with a superb sweetness. Then immediately spicy, rich oak kicking in. Lots of vanilla, impressive! "The most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskies" indeed it is. At leat this bottling. 
    • Finish
      Long finish. Malty, smoky, sweet, vanilla, oaky. All so well interwoven. Beautiful!

  3. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Superb taste and finish ... I love it!
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke and salted caramel at first nosing. Notes of licorice and toffee with soft lemon aromas in the background. Surprisingly decent and closed.
    • Taste
      Sheer power, heavily peated, very hot and spicy at first mouthfill with a lot of Lapsang Souchong tea. Lemons and chili, plain oak. Superb taste!
    • Finish
      Very long and spicy, warming from deep inside. Still powerful, peaty and smoky. Peaty smoke and chili in the aftertaste.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2015]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2015" 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 90. I took no detailed notes.

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat of course, but rather subtly still. Sweet lime and gingerbread. Quite some spice: white pepper, curry... mint and eucalyptus, like in a Turkish steam bath. Creamy vanilla and some fruitiness from orange and peach. A whiff of motor oil in the background. With water a little green apple, a whiff of malt and a touch of caramel. 
    • Taste
      Peat, white pepper, gingerbread, spice, citrus, orange, eucalyptus, tangerine, curry, calcium and dark chocolate. With water some cardboard.
    • Finish
      Sweeter, mouth-watering. Peat, dark chocolate, lime, vanilla sugar, orange, curry, raspberry and burnt wood.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Ice Festival 2020-Dram, Laphroaig (virtual) Open Day.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The smoke in the nose is surprisingly light and atypical for Laphroaig.
    In the mouth it is very changeable after you have survived the first attempt. Here, too, the smoke is more restrained, although more noticeable than in the smell.

    The smell is surprising and pleasing, the sharpness in the mouth is unfortunately very powerful and the finish is disappointing. After weighing your nose in safety, the whisky strikes from the ambush. He may find his lovers, but he cannot quite convince me.
    • Nose
      A fruit basket of light fruits, apples, pears, peaches, with honey and caramel, smoke in the background, not very dominant, then a light, spicy wood note.
      The finish is violent with its tart sharpness and unfortunately too one-sided.
    • Taste
      It glides coolly and softly over the tongue, then a powerful start follows, ginger, sweet lemon, peach and orange, butter and butter cookies, only then does the smoke on the palate follow, now slightly sour, sorrel, again lemon, no longer sweet, then clear bitterness and spice
    • Finish
      Very bitter beer, spiciness remains on the tongue, bitter, the smoke sticks to the palate

  8. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Successful and convincing! Balanced, round, full of character, independent and self-confident. This year's bottling is impressive.
    • Nose
      Do you know the land where the lemons are blooming? Everywhere lemons in the nose! In addition, orange peels, which are heated on the grill. Mild smoke, always changing into sweetness. After five minutes of creeping, the nose has become accustomed to the smoke and left a nearly floating citrus note.
    • Taste
      The character of the distillery is there, but it lacks the intensive saltiness and the very strong kelp eg the 10YO - which is the Cairdeas good face. The mouth is filled with smoke, while the tongue knows how to taste the citrus fruits. Fresh wood is added later.
    • Finish
      Long. When the smoke has gone, there is still a foreboding of ripe lemons.

  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In any case, he has character, bite and tension
    a very original Laphroaig

    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      burned wooden trunks with med.Jod poured over
      caramelized peat with lemon
      sweet fruit in ham smoke
      the smoke also smells like camphor
    • Taste
      pleasant mouthfeel
      Sweet burned in the beginning
      smoky medical sharp
      Sweetness, smoke and maritime sharpness
      have a nice interplay in the mouth with chocolate and citric acid
      who likes Laphroaig, likes that
    • Finish
      the wood, burned, chocolate, baked apple, warm smoke in the throat

  10. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Insanely honest and straightforward. He has the necessary strength, which prevents the 10-year-old a top rating. Laphroaig at its best.
    • Nose
      Immediately Laphroaig pure, smoke hits one in the face. Iodine, sea, ash, some salt, then delicate citrus notes, vanilla, only very light. Malt comes up and the citrus notes become stronger, very ripe. Now again Bazooka chewing gum, a slightly artificial mint note, which I had recently with a Lagavulin. Everything is very strong and harmonious. The alcohol is clearly felt, but never gets uncomfortable. Heated, a little more clutch wear and furniture polish, slightly sour upper notes.
    • Taste
      Only slightly sweet, very ashy, salt is good and smoke natural, phenolic, typical Laphroaig. Very mild and yet strong.
    • Finish
      A salty, smoky finish, the flavors remain long when the sweetness is already gone. Very pleasant oak tannins are also felt to the rear. The ashes remain forever.


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