Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 243.87

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Simple and good.
    • Nose
      A beautiful peat ash.
      Tobacco, white pepper.
      All wrapped in camphor for a good medicinal side.
      It is rather simple, but successful and very typical Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      Lemon, cold ashes, camphor, licorice.
      May be a little more open after aeration in the bottle.
    • Finish
      Round and sweet finish on ash and cold tobacco.

  7. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Bright, shiny gold

      Slightly dry smoke. Goes clearly in the medical direction. Iodine, damp plaster.
      A harsh note comes after. Also has something from Schuhwichse. The smoke is now turning to the cold ashtray seasoned with pepper. Clear lemon and burnt cake spices. I still find some salt, smoldering campfire, smoked chocolate and a sweet berry note.
    • Taste
      Soft, smoky onset. Then sharper spices strike immediately. Herbe herbs. Smoked malt. Cereals and a decent walnut. The chocolate is more dry and somehow firm. Something like plum brandy with almonds. Modriges salt water. Braised plastic and cold cigar tobacco. The sweetness of the nose is somehow lost.
    • Finish
      Long. Cold smoke. Medicated and spicy. Tart spices and a little stir-fried orange. Nutty bitterness and towards the end, getting dry.

  8. 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!

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful Laffie, no two ways about it.
    • Nose
      The nose starts rather sweet, with a lot of vanilla and citrus. Limestone. After a few moments, the peat takes the reigns and it develops nice notes of smoke and a sea breeze.
    • Taste
      Despite the high ABV it is quite soft and pleasant on the palate. Peat and spices come first. Think pepper, nutmeg and a single chili. Lapsang Souchong tea!
    • Finish
      The long finish is its best quality: long, warm, spicy on peat with some oaky notes.

  10. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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


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