Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
88.29/100
votes
468
Whiskybase ID
WB68586
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
200th Anniversary Edition
Bottled
2015
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L511457A
Barcode
5010019637833
Bottled for
Friends of Laphroaig
Added on
27 may 2015 7:41 pm by cfosterk
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 360.79

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

63 users have left 72 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.29 points.

  1. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    On the one hand, it contains all the well-known Laphroaig trademarks, yet it is different. Fresher, lighter, more progressive, and a bit fruity. And also a convertible sniffer monster. So they can go on with me for the next 200 years because of me. Ingenious stuff!
    • Nose
      initially just Laphroaig. Beautiful spicy smoke, honey, caramel, light medicine. After a short time in the glass, however, cumin, mint and, indeed, fruit: lemon ice cream, red apples. Changes over time again and again, at last very herbaceous. Delicious!
    • Taste
      Here is an incredibly refreshing freshness, the peppermint from the nose is the, slightly dry oak notes and a decent load of smoke salt behind. Less medicine than usual, then garden herbs in chicken soup. Different and really tasty!
    • Finish
      Lang, speckig, rauchig.

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  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Smoky, sweet, like a yellow apple in linden honey, with marine shades, iodine.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. aw-home scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Campfire peat smoke with maritime and earthy notes, vanilla, citrus and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke with maritime and earthy notes, vanilla, citrus and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      Long with peat smoke, maritime notes, vanilla, ripe citrus and oak aromas.

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Young and intense
    • Nose
      86 86
      Phenolic smoke, iodine ointment, herbs, but also dusty notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong medicinal smoke, green apple, vanilla, herbs, a tart background
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long dense smoky cloud with an acidic plume

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, fruity
    • Taste
      Fruit, butterscotch
    • Finish
      Nuts, smoke

  8. malthead scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Ed 51.5%. Consumed Jan 2020. Cool concept - made only using barley malted at the distillery (rather than mostly from Port Ellen maltings, as is standard). Quite pale. Aroma is airy, soft barley notes, no smoke no harshness slightly papery. Taste is biscuity barley, oaky, quite a breathy smoke - more of a mainland smoke impression - more burnt and less medicinal. Well, I am not sure Laphroaig make a very 'Laphroaig' barley actually! Quite papery popcorn-like, slightly burnt popcorn, salty oily spirit...OK stuff and very interesting to try. 3.4/81

  11. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 22 86+

  12. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: from the smoke intensity somewhere between the 10 in drinking strength and that in keg strength. Quite dry smoke, intensely iodine and salty. Flaming flotsam. Orange peel.
    Vanilla and some ginger. Slight hints of pear and apple

    Mouth:
    A peppery start, then a mixture of sweet, salty and very strong ash. Burned marshmallow.

    Finish:
    Ash, iodine, salt, caramel.

    88/100

    Conclusion:
    A classic Laphroaig from the aroma, from the smoke a little more subtle than the age and alcohol content would suggest.

  13. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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

  15. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

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

  16. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.

  17. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Colour:
      Bright, shiny gold

      Nose:
      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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  21. 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.

  22. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/laphroaig-cairdeas-200th-anniversary-edition-ob-2015/

  23. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Weird - no chance to edit older note
    After two years, I would still sign my Notes exactly the same, with only one restriction, today he seemed very sweet to me.

  24. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Oxidation hasn't done much in this one since first opened 6 months ago. Very good; some sweet brine, honey-smoke, with some faint lemon peal in both the noise and palate. A vanilla finish that has a hint of cream.Not very complex but still a fine light smokey dram. Perfect for summer evenings by the fire. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. 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.

  26. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  27. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    strong and mighty as expected. peat and sea weed and a lot of it. there is some sweetnes but I whished I would have found more (maybe with the next drams?). all in all a good laphroaig but not the best I tasted.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Unclimbability scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose: It's Laphroaig all right but quite different to normal. Sweet malt, mix of sweet and salted popcorn, softly fruity- Toffee apple. Salted caramel, not many medicinal notes but the peat is there, maybe a little softer than normal. Marine notes- Sea salt, seaweed with a little iodine, driftwood, campfire on the beach. Vanilla with dry American oak.

    Water: More vanilla, then more Laphroaig-y with more peat, more iodine, some TCP, more salty rocks and cough sweets.

    Taste: Rich and creamy to start, quite soft and sweet with the peat apparent but in check. Toffee apple, salted caramel, salted and sweet popcorn again, some of it burnt. Roasted and burnt nut, Chestnut maybe. Not really any building spice or peat, just staying creamy and soft. A maritime note creeps out after a bit of time in the mouth- Sea salt, a little flint with sea sprayed rock, driftwood, sea air. A peaty puff going into the finish.

    Water: More Laphroaig-y as well. More juicy arrival with apple, some orange then lemon and lime. More peaty development with iodine, flint, TCP, sea salt, seaweed and some lovely lemon juice which goes into the finish too.

    Finish: Long length. That peaty puff then more sweet malt, popcorn and toffee apple with soft peat in the background. With water there's a lot more lemon.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  31. 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

  32. hettrum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Rom scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    On the nose the peat is fat and overwhelming, with clear farm notes mixed with the medicinal side. Iodé, a hint of green anise, a firewood side. The mouth is fat too, very bitter plants and licorice, powerful and warm, with salt in the mouth. Very long peaty finish. A good Laphroaig with a pleasant texture and an uncompromising aromatic pattern.

  34. Albaron scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    A great whisky,
    very complex, aromatic, with beautifully integrated alcohol, good too
    drinkable without water. A worthy representative for the anniversary. The nose is
    just great.
    • Nose
      dry easily
      phenolic smoke, honey, vanilla, toffee cream, some lemon and menthol
    • Taste
      dry
      phenolic smoke, then immediately the strong vanilla, some alcohol,
      but well integrated, honey, light citrus notes, then comes
      the oak but only very slightly
    • Finish
      Vanilla sweeties, still
      a bit of smoke and oak

  35. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with Aby and Chris after visiting Zuidam/Millstone 26-02-2016. Thanks Adri for the sample!
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke and seaweed. Citrus, mint - pepper mint and nettle tea.
    • Taste
      Peat, pepper and vanilla. Very full with Spanish pepper and leather.
    • Finish
      Pepper and smoke.

  36. Shane_IL scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Care for some extra Laphroaig with your Laphroaig?
    • Nose
      So much Laphroaig. Mineral peat. Earth. Sea salt. Seaweed washed up on the beach. Iodine. Rubber. Cooked shellfish. Dry straw. Herbal honey. Apple sauce. Pomelo.  Arnica cream. 
    • Taste
      Very earthy peat. Wet ash. Laundry soap bars. Quite medicinal. Eucalyptus oil. Orange peel. Perfect ABV, not too aggressive, not to mild. A burst of sticky rubber on the swallow. 
    • Finish
      Long. Warm. Sweet peat and honey. Some wood tannins. Freshly laid asphalt. Rubber. A few barbecue scrapings. Slight hint of toffee.  

  37. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Except for the smoke quite mild, A beautiful gentle ex-Bourbon Laphi.
    • Nose
      Clearly smoky, earthy, moss, vanilla and cinnamon, but not as dominant as its direct predecessor, is more in the floral direction, mint, hay, a little orange. Citrus notes emerge after the first sip.
    • Taste
      First sweet orange, slightly floral meadow, grassy, ​​heavy smoke everywhere, ashes, altogether rather mild, then comes dry oak, salt, pepper and cinnamon, very spicy
    • Finish
      dry and grassy, ​​on the palate holds the smoke

  38. Numwierum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  40. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at day 8 of the Usquebaugh Society blind tasting competition 2015.

    My guess was a Laphroaig, 10yo at 54%.

    I was offset by the color of this one. It seemed an IB. Bourbon was apparent. Hadn't tried this Cairdeas bottling before the blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Smoke, honey sweetness, hay, green and yellow fruits
    • Taste
      Smoke, sweet, peaty, strong, some vanilla and fruit in the background covered in smoke
    • Finish
      Long and smokey, slightly bitter, drying, lingering smoke

  42. zinaf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I was not disappointed at all by this Edition. I cannot say I like it better than the 10yoCS but is a good Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Sweetness comes before peat. The peat is not medicinal to begin with, something that is becoming very frequent in recent releases. Some fruity side shines nicely. With a bit a time the medicinal edge is finally appearing. Black tea leaves - very prominent note and one that I enjoyed a lot. A lot of menthol or eucalyptus. Very surprised by this and it was very noticeable too.
      Water - green freshness
    • Taste
      Peat punch, quite nice. In fact it is excellent, real Laphroaig without any hocus-pocus.
      Water - great mouth feel; lots of distillery character.
    • Finish
      long on sweet peat

  43. Dramlicious scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose

    Barbecuing at the beach – very salty sea air mixed with campfire smoke. Not much medicine and iodine. Hints of vanilla honey and caramel toffee. All kinds of citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. Mint leaves. Backed apples wrapped in bacon.

    Taste

    Creamy and full-bodied. Again very salty. Sweet ashes. Hints of rose pepper and herbs. Vanilla, chocolate and citrus fruits. Gets pretty flat after a short while.

    Finish

    Medium. A bit spicy but overall very mild. Sweet smoke with a citrus touch.

    Overall

    A very good Laphroaig, although a bit too progressive for my taste. The nose is a real highlight and while the rest is more than just fine, it is just not as good.

    http://dramlicious.com/peaty-friday-episode-22/

  44. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Bacon versus Apple

    Cairdeas means
    ‘friendship’ in Gaelic, so this is a well-chosen name for the Feis Ile
    bottlings. This time it is the so-called 200th Anniversary Edition
    (after all, the distillery was founded in 1815), especially for the friends of
    Laffie. I heard through the grapevine that it is a distillate from August 2003,
    making it 12 years old.

    The nose begins on
    loads of smoke and the typical medicinal touches, followed by fruit. Think
    apples and pears, but also lime and blood oranges. Some herbal hints as well.
    Grass and hay. Some earthy notes. Honey and smoked ham. Vanilla, cinnamon, sea
    salt. What a wonderful nose.

    It is quite creamy on
    the palate. And rich. Phew! Sweet ashes, white fruit, vanilla and salt going
    head to head. Some nuts as well. Bacon versus apple, both on the BBQ. Nice!

    The finish is nicely
    smoky on loads of citrus and spices.

    Wonderful Laffie.
    Originally this bottle was available at the distillery for around 90 EUR. Today
    you’ll need to fork over at least twice that (I even saw it for 250 EUR in one
    shop, which is outrageous). Sad, is it not? Thanks for the sample to The Green
    Man!

  45. Peter87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  46. Dreamdramer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  48. 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.

  49. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    88/89.
    • 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.

  50. Dieter_W scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    When you notice and feel the Bourbonfass formally
    Very beautiful Laphi as it should be With rough edges
    • Nose
      Lovely nose after burnt ash. smoldered living room, brine, smoked herring
    • Taste
      Sweet, slice of lemon sprinkled with salt, vanilla, oily, again ash and phenolic
    • Finish
      Long, bitter and dry

  51. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful. Lemon peel. Lime juice. Peppermint. Liquorice. Salty sea air. Herbal notes. Smoked ham. Pepper. The smoke hovers above everything, not typical phenolic-medical smoke, but glowing ashes. A wonderfully complex nose.
    • Taste
      An interplay of flavors. Sweet start. Honey. Pepper. Ash. Getting oilier. Creamy mouthfeel. Iodine. Vanilla. Medical. Lemon juice. Wet wood.
    • Finish
      Long bitter finish. Clear oak tannins. Ash. Salt. Lemon zest. Again and again flash sweet notes. Vanilla. Grapes. Herbs. Peppermint chewing gum.

  52. Sjaunja scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    I you compare this Cairdeas, specially for the 200 th anniversary, to the ones before I am disappointed.
    It is a good trinkable whisky, but nothing special. But the 200th anniversary is special.

    It is better than the last one, but comparing to the 2013 and 2012 it is not better even a bit more weak.

    Oh how do is miss the Laphroaig's relaesed in the 90ties when I have joined the FoL.

  53. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I tried this one parallell with the 23 yo Laphroaig 1989 vintage (for Sweden, Norway and Finland) and the 15 yo 200th anniversery edition. I must say, this Cardeas did not really stood up to the other two Laphroaigs tasted. It was stronger with it's 51.5% abv and even though there is loads of flavors, it was not as fine tuned as the other two. And that is probably affecting my opinion about it. I have more of this Cardeas and will try it parallell with the other releases to see where it stands in that competition instead. So, still a good one no doubt about it. 

    (Rating intevall 83-87)
    • Nose
      Typical Laphroaig phenolic peat smoke. Creamy vanilla, vanilla ice ice cream almost, sweet lemon curd, lemon detergent, malt sugar and some herbal notes coming through, might be coriander? 
    • Taste
      It's a bitter-sour arrival with peat smoke and grime. It becomes even more a chimeny during the development with mineral, burnt lemon that has been barbecued a little bit too much. Again medicinal with licorice flavored cough medicine a bit bright in my opinion. It almost starts to disintegrate after rolling it around on the palate for 15-20 seconds where the flavors starts to leave the barley spirit which becomes brighter. 
    • Finish
      Grounded black pepper, strong heavy peat smoke, lemon rind at the sides of the tongue, slightly bitter lemon. It is as powerful as a thunder storm. 

  54. megabreit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Alcohol well integrated, amazingly round for the relatively young age. A worthy representative for a 200 year celebration.
    • Nose
      Lemon abrasion, behind it light smoke, soup vegetables (celery and leek)
    • Taste
      Limes, chocolate, sweet onset, then the full broadside iodine and smoke, crispy mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Long, warming, becoming drier with a pleasant bitterness that pushes through the fruity sweetness and the peat smoke.

  55. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=170

    Color: straw yellow
    Nose: Salty lemon and limes combined with vanilla and creamy butter. Smoked Spanish ham, capers, ashes, a bit of mint and with a strict pepper note. Now honey-sweet melons, cereals, toffee and still fermenting "wash" - really delicious.
    Taste: Sweet, round and harmonious at first. Then a salty, somewhat unbalanced herbal freshness is reflected. From this moment on it goes from the really good nose to the tasteless no man's land. Slightly peaty smoke, then you finish with soapy notes and a resin-mint-paste combination.
    Finish: Medium-length - resinous-fresh and now with a strong oak influence. The freshness is accompanied by a lemon-like sweetness. Resin, smoky green notes, paste and chewed gum remain on the tongue.
    Note: Really great nose, but otherwise no highlight ...
    87 points (nose: 91 / taste: 87 / finish: 83)

  56. 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
      tension
      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
      intensive

  57. Paulski88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Ciro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  59. 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.

  60. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It is delicious, although the phenolic, medical character is a bit low on Laphroaig. There was absolutely no desire for me to dilute with water here. This will come back later, but it's so easy to drink.
    • Nose
      The smoke is, for Laphroaig at least, not too strong and not very medicated, but something wood ash. A tender touch of cowshed, I've never had in a Laphi. A few lemon fruit gums and vanilla are added. A slightly fruity sweetness is the 'red thread' and includes lighter fruits like yellow apples, peaches and grapes could be in the game. It becomes mineral with a slight saltiness and tart herbs. Over time, the fruit gums always flash through as fresh lemon zests. Now some of the plaster and aspirin appear, but only very lightly.
    • Taste
      Despite the higher alcohol, it is soft and a little creamy. The smoke is stronger here and a bit more phenolic. Herb herbs with a pinch of salt and colored pepper come to light. Add some dried apples with a little vanilla and there might be some honey. A very delicate oak note is still on.
    • Finish
      Now it is positively "strange", there is a feeling of smoky bittersweet chocolate. Nat. a bit phenolic, but also rather untypical for Laphroaig (or am I already very hard on this "stench");)). Here, too, comes some wood, the bitter herbs, the slight saltiness and a little bit of bright fruits with a delicate sweetness to bear. Finish rather long.

  61. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The trademark Laphroaig nose (TCP, iodine, peat smoke and salty sea air) is clearly there, but it feels slightly lighter and fruitier than most of the standard bottlings. This lets through additional complexity, including orchard fruits (apples and pears), creamy vanilla, smoked ham, a hint of cinnamon, and honey. A drop of water accentuated these lighter elements. Beautifully balanced and definitely a step up from the younger standard releases. Similarly lighter on the palate than I had expected, with an incredibly similar profile to the nose, but here I do slightly miss the heavier peat/medicinal aspects I associate with Laphroaig. Medium-length, smoky finish, again balancing the peat with the softer/sweeter fruity elements. Incredibly consistent delivery from nose through to finish. A high quality dram.

  62. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    very lovely dram, outstanding profile and spot on what it was meant to be, a showcase whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  63. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  64. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good dram, tasted whilst at Feis. For a near 12 year old cask strength Laphy its very good value imho @ £65.00 from the distillery.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    the ballot is a clever marketing gimmick - it suggests rarity despite 28500 bottles being produced. It also keeps the interest high and laphroaig have cleverly restricted availability via the distillery.

    its a good dram so i'll sign up!!

  66. dabelM did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Dear MARTIN,

    To celebrate our 200th Anniversary, we wanted to make a unique Cairdeas - one that embodies the history of Laphroaig, by creating an ‘older’ style of Laphroaig.

    To do this, we have of course used our hand turned floor maltings, which have remained totally unchanged. However, we have also increased the intensity of the peat using the peating process which is unique to us (We ‘cold smoke’ which infuses variations of the peat flavours into the barley that no other maltings produce). The result is a spectacular and totally unique Laphroaig - a one off, which I believe you will really appreciate.

    This Cairdeas will be sold by Ballot

    Due to the overwhelming demand, we are selling Cairdeas 200th Edition to ‘The Friends of Laphroaig’ by ballot, as it is the fairest way for everybody. Anyone that wants the chance to buy a bottle can enter the ballot and we will then draw names at random to decide who will have the opportunity to buy.

    You have until 18 June 2015 to register for a bottle. CLICK HERE and fill in your details.

    If you are successful in your entry, you will be notified by date 25 June 2015 and you will have 3 days to complete your purchase. If any bottles remain unclaimed they will then be sold in your online shop on a first come first served basis.

    The Laphroaig Legacy Fund.

    The community on Islay has been an integral part of our distillery for 200 years. So to celebrate this we are launching The Laphroaig Legacy Fund. In 2015, we shall be working with local community groups and business to help support the sustainability of local businesses including developing skills. We are delighted to say that we shall be donating £1 for every bottle of this year’s Cairdeas sold to the friends of Laphroaig online. The Legacy Fund will not only honour the island’s past but will invest in the future.

    Slàinte,

  67. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    More vanilla, more citrus fruits, complex and long lasting. This is the cairdeas to go for concerning the last years versions.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, green apples, lemon, blood orange, iodine, medicinal, gras, vanilla, earthy, some herbals lingering around way in the back.
    • Taste
      A load of smoke, fruit flavoured fresh hay, vanilla, salty, nuts.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke, sweet wooden (birch) pole burned in a Midsummer Night.

  68. Longtie scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The last one was sold yesterday

  69. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It's as good as gone. About 60 bottles remaining yesterday at the distillery, according to sales person. Heard that 30.000 bottles were produced, thereof 3000 bottles were allocated to the distillery. 11000 to be sold under ballot system for FOL. The rest seems to go to selected markets (seems Germany was not selected).

    The best Cairdeas to my taste at least in the last 3 years.According to sales person in Visitor Centre, matured 11 years 9 months.

  70. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    almost 12 year old spirit, 20000 litres distilled in August 2003. Floor maltings malt used in the small stills. Matured in mainly bourbon barrels in number 1 warehouse. An attempt to create an older style Laphroaig.

  71. Ivynor did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I read it was a laphroaig matured 11 years in ex bourbon casks then matured 3 or 4 years in ex Makers Mark casks. 

  72. cfosterk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    agree with banzai, although last i looked only the cask strength was available online via FoL. It sould be available for around E90,00 (£65.00) sign up and they'll let you know when its available direct from the distillery.

  73. Banzai scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    27 May 2015: no need to buy on auctions @ too expensive price. Enough bottles left @ the distillery. If you become Friend of Laphroaig they'll send a bottle to you for a more fair price.

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