Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
87.29/100
votes
692
Whiskybase ID
WB80084
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2016
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & Madeira Hogshead Finish
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6126MB1 154 1156
Barcode
5010019638076
Bottled for
The Friends of Laphroaig
Added on
21 mar 2016 7:08 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 266.86

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

99 users have left 107 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.29 points.

  1. BehindSpace scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    the nose is by far the best.

    earthy, smoky, ashy, medicinal. slightly darker fruits.
    very well rounded for its ABV

    overall I miss the impact of the finish in madeira casks

    slightly metallic note on the palate. strange flavours compared to the nose.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. RJKrueger scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I was very excited about the combination, but I wasn't really convinced.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Phenolic smoke with varnish aromas. With a little time in the glass comes more and more sugary sweetness with portions of artificial raspberry candies and blackberries. The whole thing doesn't seem right.
    • Taste
      84 84
      In the taste, the sweetness and the lack of fruit come through first, but fade relatively quickly and leave the field to the Laphraig-typical smoke. Overall, the malt appears quite young (although lacking sharpness) with little depth.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Typically smoky, dry and dominated by wood.

  3. Astrid scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I miss the enriching effect of the finish. I find it most exciting undiluted because that's when it has the most power. However, not a dram that undergoes development over time; so more of a sideline. For the full review go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/05/22/cairdeas/
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, plums
    • Taste
      Cherries, cider
    • Finish
      Fruit, sherry

  5. Simon Stood scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, rich, smoky.
    22-22-22-22

  6. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat smoke, ashy, iodine, coastal and medicinal notes, briny, sweet, fruity, grape juice, earthy, salty
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peat smoke, tary, iodine, seaweed, sweet, tropical fruits (peaches, mangos, oranges, passion fruit), tobacco
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, smoky, dry, sweet, citrus, liquorice

  7. glenrob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira 51.6%. Consumed Jan 2020. Aroma is quite fruity, soft notes of wine cask and old oak ...smells quite good but slightly like musty old sherry casks (or Madeira I guess)...in a good way! Taste is a bit 'flat' on delivery, quite oaky, no smoke and the character is a bit odd - flat and almost like there was a bit of left over wine in the cask. The spirit is spiritless. I'm not sure that this has worked that well! At least not for me. 3.3/79

  9. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The rather standard and not very impressive aroma is replaced by a really big, interesting taste and meaningful aftertaste.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Classics, smoke and medicine at once, sweet fragrant pastries, ash, halva, creme brulee, burnt wood, prunes, dried pear. At the beginning, the aroma seems to disappear at certain intervals, a little later this unpleasant effect disappears and the aroma begins to sound rich.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Toffee, smoke, dried meat (fish), oak, dried banana (possibly melon), a pleasant fine salinity, many spices, oily, hearth and ash.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Quite long, smoky, oak, tart, knits.

  10. etwa77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    too sweet and too spicy.. it just doesn’t do it for me.

  11. robse211 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great bottling with a grandiose drinking strength and an exceptionally orange colour. Pipe tobacco and gooseberries are my signature flavors, alongside the Laphroaig-typical powerful smoke.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Powerful phenolic smoke with plenty of iodine, gauze, seaweed and sea spray. Behind this lies a wonderfully light, sweet and sour fruitiness.
      Ripe gooseberries, mango, passion fruit, light grapes, moisturizing cream, vanilla, delicate oak spice, pipe tobacco.
      The alcohol is wonderfully integrated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky, strong, oily. Red Pepper, Gooseberries, Cranberries, Pipe Tobacco, Vanilla, Grapefruit, Espresso.
      The drinking strength is just right and no dilution is necessary.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium finish. Dusty, dry, smoky. Oak spice, espresso, moist tobacco and vanillin.

  13. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like it better than the rum experiment by MoS, that I had in comparison. But it's just a finish, I think that makes a big difference. Maybe not the best Cairdeas ever but I had fun with it. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2017/09/27/drei-von-einer-destille-laphroiag-again/
    • Nose
      87 87
      It is dry and metallic on the nose. You can find bandages, a medicinal note, but also seaweed and red currants.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The medicinal touch becomes stronger, there is also pink pepper, molasses and goji berries. Again, there is a lot of campfire at the start.
    • Finish
      89 89
      If you could caramelize peat fire: This is how it would taste. Add iodine tincture and yes there is a cask somewhere ... but can it be clearly identified as Madeira? I don't know. In any case, it stays a long time. Above all the smoke and the bitter substances.

  14. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    To start with: I am not a Laphroaig fan! I simply can't stand the smell of the 10y of their core range. So why did I buy this bottle? Based on a sample I received years ago via Bram84, which I opened and drank without too many expectations. But how wrong could I be? This is simply great?
    • Nose
      90 90
      To me this Laphroaig lacks the smell of Iodine and other medicinal flavors which I hate in their whisky. But the combination of Madeira and Islay peat works very well for me.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet campfire peat-smoke. Hints of mild spices and salty coastal flavors. No sign of ash, sharpness or hospital flavors. Quite mild with some drops of water.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long to long finish which remains mild and very doable for me. Sweetness dominates over spicy flavors in the finish.

  15. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, honey, caramel, cereals, pastries, pine needles, dried herbs
    • Taste
      Herbs, herb candy, some honey, a little apricot, grapefruit, ash, pepper

  16. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and its bouquet is of a relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of dry peat smoke, honey sweetness, apricot, citrus, marine notes, ash and vanilla. Moderately complex. Relatively dry in taste. The alcohol is well integrated and he has a heavy body.

  17. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Simply lovely! A highly recommended dram if you like your islay a little more subtle.
    • Nose
      Beautiful islay nose! At first some bandage and iodine, later on it gets to campfire and/or smoldering wood. The madeira cask added a whole lot of gentle sweetness to the whole giving it a rich nose with quite a lot of sugary influences such as mild plumbs and raisins.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is a raw Islay whisky as well as a well rounded and sweetened dram. Iodine on the palate for sure but again a lot of sweetness making this quite gentle for an Islay malt. Some dried wood notes, and again campfire. I get a a sensation like smoked fruits, I don’t know if that’s even a thing but hey, when it’s in it, it’s in it ;)
    • Finish
      Madeira wine sweetness in the finish as well. Again rich and gentle. Sweet and a tad savory. Very good balanced and a long lasting finish due to the peaty fruit combination. A simply lovely dram on a cold winter night!

  18. Suevia scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  19. Dietemann scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dram 2 - 08/06/2020 at 26 ° C
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. nhuber scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Not sure why people are not really into this lovely Madeira cairdeas... Horizontal cairdeas Tasting... Easily beats the port 2013 cairdeas and also the 2020 port and red wine cairdeas...Madeira cairdeas is lovely and absolutely balanced, nice combination of subtle sweetness and smoke... For pros ;)

  21. Maltlife scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. whiskydealer.de scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose:
    Alcohol dominates, after some time pleasant smoked ham and stone fruit and sweet berries after a little more cold ash the alcohol still dominates 86P
    Taste:
    Great sweet very fruity the alcohol dominates here too. Very clean with light leather and pipe tobacco. The peat is nicely integrated and holds a good 83P
    Outlet:
    In the oral cavity, the smoke persists for a while while the train has passed the palate for a long time and so I can only give a medium to short pleasure here. 83P

    Conclusion: down to earth in the typical Laphroaig style but unfortunately not the tip of the Laphroaig iceberg. A total of 84 points

  23. Dominique69 scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  24. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Whisky is not bad, but compared to the 2014 release, it is significantly weaker, simpler, and the nose did not shine in 2014, but it is completely absent here, one can say.
    • Nose
      Closed, wet, peat, ash, spiky mineral notes, weak sweet-wine shades, resin, a bit of a carpentry workshop, that’s all, in fact, a very scanty nose, frankly speaking.
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, raw wood, wine notes, aggressive peat and ash; raisins, dried grapes, dried fruits, spicy oak, homemade apple and pear candy, sweet and sour fruit notes, ginger, pepper, mineral water with juice.
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, peat, ash, wine and fruit notes, charcoal, raisins, ginger, candied citrus fruits.

  25. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    And again a very good Cairdeas - this time he was allowed to ripen for another 2 years in Madeira Hogsheads ...
    • Nose
      surprisingly little smoke, slight alcoholic notes, young, sweet grapes;
    • Taste
      aromatic fruity onset, bananas ?, seasoning, oak, low smoke;
    • Finish
      long finish; Marzipan, smoke, cold ashes echo;

  26. ErrHaBe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    In my opinion, a very successful filling of Laphroaig. The finish in the Madeira barrel gives the whisky a nice balance of the sweetness and fruitiness of the wine barrel and the medicinal acerbity of a young Laphis. In addition a great minty herbal spice, which forms a great contrast to the sweetness.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nuts, marzipan, red berries. The typical phenolic-medicinal Laphi smoke. Sweet and herbal spicy (dried herbs), peppery. Cooling mint and after a while even a bit of dark chocolate. Everything very coherent and intense

      With water: First, the whisky lighter, but after some waiting the flavors come through again. The smoke gets dirtier, the nose gets a little cooler, you find dark sugar and caramel as well as a clear honey sweetness.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Intense smoky licorice, vinous, very sweet. In the course of becoming cooler, bitter chocolate and mint (After Eight in beautiful). White pepper, some light fruits and berries. The vinous notes dominate the taste.

      With water: the dry sweetness continues to dominate - further the typical smoke, grapey and light fruit flavors like mango and papaya.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, the smoke remains dominant here, ashen phenolic comes over it. With some light fruits and grapes. Plus a long-lasting sweetness that stays in the mouth.

  27. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very pleasant surprise! Based on the fact that Madeira finishing is normally not my favourite one, often making things too sweet, this way nicely balanced with the typical Laphroaig features. Rather, the Madeira was not too actively imposed upon the already quite brilliant spirit.
    • Nose
      Oh, this is a fruit-loaded smoky nose. Well, not the full basket, I get in particular a lot of apricots. And smoke, brine, and cigarettes, obviously. Dried salty apricots dried on fire. Lots of burning things, burning paper or magazines, and some burning seaweed. Fruity, brine and ashes. Tropics in the kiln?
    • Taste
      First there is the usual bandages and iodide ridden smoke, then some ashes, but that is quickly taken over by fruits. In fact, it is full with smoked forest fruits, strawberry juice, liquor de apricot, well a smoked version then. The madeira wood is clearly present. Has somebody dropped their cigarette in the Madeira? It is slightly oily with a hint of sunflower oil. Some liquorice root, burned dried apricots, slightly over-barbecued paprikas, and cigars are added to the mix, and it all works very well.
    • Finish
      The finish contain lots of coal smoke and brine.

  28. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great combination of phenolic smoke and mild fruitiness.
    • Nose
      Intense aromatic, phenolic smoke. Cools the nose. Behind the smoke then fruity sweet. Reminiscent of grape juice. The alcohol presses in the nose more than the percent expected.
    • Taste
      Full and aromatic but less punchy than expected after the nose. A lot of smoke. Maritime and pleasant ashy. But again sweet and fruity. Overall, despite the many smoke but mild.
    • Finish
      The smoke stays in the mouth and throat for a very long time. Otherwise but rather easy and fine.

  29. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. Deloti scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Cairdeas tasting side to side.
    Samples: Feis Ile 2016, 15yo 2002, Feis Ile 2018.
    General thoughts: Very enjoyable drams, great on the nose although unusual as they all lack power, smokiness and seemed too diluted, somewhat bitter. I rated them 82, 83, 83 in that order. Tag price is abusive for them all.

  31. Deloti scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Very good nose again for Cairdeas. Smoke, herbs, phenol, vanilla, caramel, herbs. This version has an undefined sour note to it.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Mineral and light smoke. Again, weak-bodied, honey, with berries and banana notes as a surplus.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium-long and sharp.

  32. Rom scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Laphroaig peat is immediately recognizable, associated with green notes not necessarily the most pleasant and also caramel. After dilution, a small purple tip floats and cold ashes appear. The texture is quite thick and the mouth, slightly bitter, full of medicinal plants and charcoal with a sweet side on vanilla that disappears quickly. The finish leaves peat and slight astringency. The dram is like a struggle between sugar on the one hand and vegetable youth on the other. It is very nice overall but far from the best releases.

  33. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Whiskynotes.be:

    Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016 – Madeira Cask (51,6%, OB – Feis Ile 2016)

    The colour of an orange wine. Nose: not much Madeira, but there are hints of orange juice and red berry sweets, bigger than in other Laphroaigs. Other than that quite an ashy, peaty nose, with some dry pencil shavings and plenty of medicinal notes. Sweeter peat smoke than usual. Chilli heat. Briny seaweed after a while, as well as some liquorice. Mouth: mostly a coastal and peaty Laphroaig with few additional notes other than a vaguely fragrant fruitiness. Earthy, mossy notes. Shells and minerals. Burnt butter. Plenty of bonfire, BBQ ashes and dry medicinal notes. And always this hint of (blood?) oranges, maybe one strawberry too. Finish: long, on smoky lemons, liquorice and earthy peat.

    Quite nice. This doesn’t resemble the Port Wood edition as there’s hardly a noticeable effect of the finishing. If anything it is slightly sweeter and more orangey. We’re not complaining though, it’s solid and really bold Laphroaig. Around € 90 but you’ll have to win the ballot first.

    Score: 87/100

  34. Muff Potter scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  35. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A Weirdo Laffie is you ask me. Truth be told: not for me.
    • Nose
      WTF? What a weird nose. Wine vinegar, chocolate, peat smoke… a strange mix to be sure. I must admit that I am far from convinced.
    • Taste
      It is creamy on the palate. Loads of ashes. Soon I get something sweet – well hidden behind a smokescreen (see what I did there?) – from berries, pineapple and even some litchi. Quite good and interesting, but does need some getting used to.
    • Finish
      The finish is very, very long, but again a tad weird. Towards the end it becomes quite bitter and leaves the mouth parched.

  36. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good Laphroaig. Smoky and sweet. Very drinkable. I prefer this on over the 2015 Cairdeas.

  38. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, sweet gingerbread, spice, vanilla and limestone.
    • Taste
      Peat, pepper, nutmeg, chocolate, curry, anise and cranberry. 
    • Finish
      Peat, sweet gingerbread, anise and curry.

  39. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  40. magic_slim scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Sorry, but I do not like the strong impact of the Madeira finish.
    • Nose
      Color: Salmon

      Sweet at first nosing, than dryer with lots of peat, smoke and brine. A whiff of vinegar in the background.
    • Taste
      Powerful and bold, peaty, smoky and salty. The taste is somewhat strange, which is no surprise, because I do not like peated whiskies with wine finish. Reminds me of licorice with ashes in Lapsang Souchong and Madeira. A breathtaking mixture of smoke, chilli and pepper ... hot and spicy.
    • Finish
      Sheer power, warming from deep inside. Strange aftertaste ... slightly bitter with licorice, madeira, peat and pepper.

  41. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Schubi2305 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  44. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the glass he is very nice to look through the oily streaks, the nose convinced me with previously unknown combination. In the taste and finish he lets me down a bit. beautiful Laphi with mMn unusual little smoke.
    • Nose
      Beautiful cold phenolic smoke as known from laphi lies above all else. Then very sweet fruity notes of pear, intense banana and some grapes. a few more minutes, iodine and seaweed join the banana. interesting nose and also in this from the alcohol no trace.
    • Taste
      delicately oily it spreads on the tongue. A careful Chilicatch develops and binds into the creamy fading banana. floral aromas hover over the tongue. I do not find the taste very intense.
    • Finish
      The finish again has the cold campfire and a slightly bitter wood note that gives the whole the abundance. medium

  45. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/laphroaig-cairdeas-madeira-finish-516-vol-ob-2016/

  46. aphex scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very good Laphroaig for sure even if I don't really see the point of the madeira finish as it's imperceptible. I prefered 2015 edition though.
    • Nose
      Ashes, slightly medicinal, mineral. Some seabreeze too. Hints of fruits but can't say I feel the madeira here.
    • Taste
      Same peat, iodine, minerality, ashes and medicinal notes. And the madeira finish is still silent.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky.

  47. ApricotOne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful fruit on the nose, oily and sweet on the palate. Long finish. Very present. The well-known, typical Laphroaig smoke. A slightly different Laphroig, interesting. Too bad that, here too, as with some hypes the price is out of proportion with the performance. For the currently called price you can have an 18er, which exceeds this malt in complexity by far. Dubious development.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. Albaron scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    It sounds familiar to me, this dryness and the ashy, slightly phenolic smoke, then the bitterness at the end. It comes from the south coast of Islay. If I'm not mistaken, this is Ardbeg Dark Cove. Not quite sure whether the committee or the 'normal' with 46.5%
    Tried as part of a blind tasting

    Post-tasting:
    It is very ashy compared to the other Laphroaigs, but that makes it particularly interesting. The Madeira influence is only very weak and you can confuse it with sherry.
    • Nose
      First comes alcohol and smoke, a little phenolic, then spices, a little toffee, sweetness, a hint of prunes, a little salt and ash
    • Taste
      Here, too, a little alcohol, but not as strong as in the nose, the phenolic smoke, then sherry, very dry and also here ash and toffee also getting a bit bitter at the end
    • Finish
      the dry sherry and some oak stay here, plus the ashes and the dry smoke

  49. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    Oxidation has helped to balance this one out after being opened 6 months ago (it was very disjointed upon first opening the bottle). Not much on the noise; sweet smoke (no brine in this one), and honey. Palate; Light smoke with apricot and creamy apple sauce. A little vanilla finish on the end. 

    For a 51.6 % Vol. no alcohol in the noise or palate. A very nice dram; light fruity smoke dram for the summer. 

    Opened a second bottle August 2019 and unfortunately it's not as good as I remembered. I find most of the tasting notes the same but with more bitterness on the palate and finish. The nose is very good but that bitter- astringent taste it very off-putting. A drop in score from a 87 to a 83.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  50. Daan Tje scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  51. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2016" 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 85.  My notes state it demands significant time to breathe before opening up.

  52. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a successful Laphroaig
    a nice continuous line
    from the color to the finish
    from name to taste
    kept what he promised

    89 out of 100 points
    I touched the sky
    • Nose
      immediately very typical Laphi
      sweet smoke and iodine
      yellowish to pinkish sweetish fruit behind
      reddish sweet gooseberry and apricot
      clear odor of iodine in the sea mud with smoke
      summer garden
      dusty dry earth, rose petals and frankincense
      the nose is delicate and noble with beautiful complex note combinations
    • Taste
      the entrance is cool
      sweet smoke on the tongue
      he is getting hot
      dissolves into delicate fruit champagne with strawberry touch and white chocolate
      Sea slime again with iodine and smoke in the end, I have a memory
      Coriander ham, apricot meat and warm goat cream cheese
      I should drink it for that
      could be great
    • Finish
      medium
      on the palate remains the sweet champagne / strawberry reminder
      alternating with sea mud, iodine and smoke

  53. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The whisky has a nice smell of a smoky whisky, a bit surprisingly gentle, very pleasing but not boring.
    Also in the mouth, the whisky is very pleasant, the finish warming. I feel caressed.
    • Nose
      sweet smoke, strawberries, iodine, herbs, sage, behind it some oak, slightly sweetly sour, like a yellow apple, and above all the smoke, not so strong, but always present
    • Taste
      Light body, noticeable, but not too strong onset, again sweet smoke, the association of smoked apricots, juniper, a little raw ham
    • Finish
      Gentle, but very present smoke, delicate oak, the memory of the strawberries and apricots. The slightly sour fresh note from the nose he has lost, now he is very warm, the smoke is changing from the wood fire to something slightly medical, long.

  54. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  55. domani scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The finish does not achieve the desired effect in my opinion. Smoke and phenol are suppressed and kept in check, only the sweetness sticks. Remains in the overall impression of the expectations - 25.03.2017
    • Nose
      Smoke is rather restrained, smoked aromas, bacon, leather, tobacco, fruity, prunes, medicinal, salty sea air
    • Taste
      Sweet, cold smoke and cold ashes, oily texture, earthy, light spicy, more towards ginger, subtle bitterness remains
    • Finish
      medium

  56. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hm, from the Madeira Pass I would have expected better. Issue price was already a bit over borderline, now is over anyway.
    • Nose
      very closed (compared to the previously tried lore I smell almost nothing at first), after some time & water: sweetened biscuits, spicy salad just before soaking, a touch of scrubbing laundry, tobacco, more time & water: smoked bacon, phenol, redcurrant - now it's OK
    • Taste
      first sweets, sugared cookies, candy honey, then bitter and sharp, tobacco, tar (pure sweetness is stronger, diluted = bitter)
    • Finish
      long, pepper, honey, dark chocolate

  57. leocrazy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  58. Alterjoe scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I like the nose very much, very good. Also the first impression in the mouth is great. But then comes to me this bitterness with which I can not handle at all.
    • Nose
      The influence of the Madeira barrel is clearly noticeable. Sweet, red fruits (redcurrants, ripe red apples), The smoke cigar smoke) is of course there, but not as dominant as initially expected. Super integrated in the fruity aromas. Then the vanilla follows.
    • Taste
      Very sweet he rolls over his tongue. Fruit, then the smoke. I immediately associate tobacco. You do not notice the 51.6 Vol.% At all. Then sweet malt follows. Afterwards he gets bitter. Not as you may know about a whisky from the sherry barrel. Reminds me somehow of hard rubber.
    • Finish
      Very long lasting and warming. Bitter and again comes through (unfortunately) the hard rubber. Dry and slightly metallic, but only a little bit.

  59. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Now it's all :-D
    • Nose
      First beautiful, slightly greasy and more ashen smoky and typically phenolic Laphroaig smoke, this smoke is wonderfully caressed by the juicy orange Madeiranoten.
    • Taste
      After the strong start, the orange spreads, which is of course whipped by the smoke, the alcohol is wonderfully integrated and with time I get more and more the impression of strawberries.
    • Finish
      The finish is initially strong smoky, which quickly gives way to a full sweetness, which lingers with a slight residual smoke along with the oak spice quite a long time in the mouth.

  60. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  62. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  63. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    the long time "in the air" has done him good, very tasty, only the finish a little clouded the overall picture.
    • Nose
      First of all, it should be mentioned that the sample is almost empty, and has been open for a few months, so it has already benefited neatly from oxygen. I did not like it at the beginning, but now much better: immediately there is the Laphi character, wet peat bales, iodine-smeared pavement, coast. In addition a dark honey note, and a reminiscent of a Portfass raspberry sweetness. No sign of youth.
    • Taste
      Here first the finish on the front line, roasted almonds, Campino with flavor blackberry, now a bit bitter oak, something disturbs the overall picture. Afterwards the medical Laphi character.
    • Finish
      unfortunately quite oaky and bitter, the Laphroaig but comes more and more forward.

  64. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  65. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    ‘Blind Islay fury’ was a blind tasting organised by Whiskylounge. We started here: WB
    N: An initial hit of melted vanilla ice-cream with a topping of tutti-fruity sauce & skittles followed by a particular smokiness - Madeira, PX? I also detect lentil [gram] flour, smoked candy=chocolate, fruity plasticine, fruity erasers, rehydrated kale, yeast flakes, figs and large char notes. What a nose!
    T:  Big on meats and heavy charred vegetal smoke. Is this a Bruichladdich experiment, Octomore territory perhaps?
    F: Eventually moves on to conclude with light minerals and a long sustained vegetal-sweet smokiness.
    C: Scoring wise i have to be careful here, the weird and wacky ones often leave a good first impression before the novelty wears thin. but i have to be careful here [i got caught out with that bizarre BenRiach Heredotus peated PX number before WB]. I’m not really sure about it overall, but what a nose. I'll go with this being a wacky Bruichladdich experiment or maybe a Madeira finished Laphroaig. On to number 6 WB.

    Scores a B[-]

  66. gerardsmike scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  67. megabreit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Great malt to schnasseln (nibble :-))
    • Nose
      Mild and fruity, the Laphroaig typical note of iodine and gauze is rather restrained, herbs and gravy as a surprising touch
    • Taste
      Lots of dark fruits (cherries), light touch of emergency ambulance ;-), alcohol is well integrated, a wave of cold smoke sweeps over the fruity notes without displacing them.
    • Finish
      Long and warm with my beloved touch of dusty attic

  68. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  69. Bosi scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    If you like the combination smoky and sweet, this is the place for you. Smoke and sweetness harmonize perfectly. Laphroaig once again created a great Cairdeas bottling. Water does not handle the bottling well and makes it bitter.
    • Nose
      Behind the typical fantastic Laphroaig smoke comes a sweetness of red grapes, creamy candies and strawberries. Since the medical notes have almost disappeared, the overall impression is somewhat correct Ardbeg. Nuts and salt complete the aroma.
    • Taste
      The earthy smoke explosion immediately gives way to the Sweet Madeira impact. Red berries combine with kelp and medicinal notes, but are gentler than other Laphroaig bottlings.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with honey-glazed smoked bacon, cherries and cooled campfire.

  70. Oranje81 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    http://whiskyclub-fs.de/2016/07/10/whisky-vorstellung-laphroaig-cairdeas-2016-originalabfuellung-516vol/

  71. Segens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A nice dram which is fully worth its release price (85€) but also not much more! I love Madeira finishes and this one is a good try of Laphroaig but I like the standard Bourbon or Sherry Casks more.
    • Nose
      Young yes and therefore a bit aggressive but besides that very well done. I have Madeira and therefore some fruity influence. I get oranges, strawberries and walnuts and of course also smoke and some very little salt. 
    • Taste
      Fruity oranges and also some smoke with a nice play in the mouth
    • Finish
      Not fully metallic or bitter which I expected after the nose but a bit of oak is still left in the finish! 

  72. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For me instead of ex-bourbon notes comes out like Madeira.
    But I don't think that the finish was "wrong", but rather too dominant in the base distillate. Springbank and Balvenie Madeira finishes was expressive for me ... but of course I'm enjoyed this too.
    • Nose
      Smoky, sweet, oily and spicy textures with orange and acidic effects
    • Taste
      The wood and the smoke is in the foreground, next to spices: pepper and cinnamon, orange, shovel medicine
    • Finish
      Long with salt, spices, herbals and dark chocolate

  73. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Young and unbalanced, somehow unfinished and superficial - looks designed
    • Nose
      83 83
      Dominant alcohol, only after prolonged aeration does the typical phenolic smoke come to the fore, sawdust and wood varnish, some orange, red currant
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sugary sweetness with iodized smoke, still alcoholic, strawberry and raspberry
    • Finish
      84 84
      relatively long with lots of smoke

  74. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  75. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  76. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Unbalanced and weird. Come on, Laphroaig! Stop trying to be funny with your finishes, and stick with ex-bourbon/ex-sherry casks.

  77. fradin11 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  78. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  79. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  80. Alterjoe scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  81. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  82. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Not super complex, but a really great whisky to enjoy. For my personal taste the perfect combination of fruity sweetness and smoke.
    • Nose
      Sweet red fruits rise directly in the nose, ripe cherry, harmoniously combined with a tangible but not intrusive medical smoky note, and very spicy. some oak, hazelnut, creamy caramel, despite the cask strength is very light, very light cinnamon in the background, and also some salt, which adds a maritime touch
    • Taste
      nice, very sweet, fruity, cherry, a great smoke comes along, some cinnamon, great, then salt, then wood, it gets drier, nice and intense
    • Finish
      The smoke dominates in the aftertaste and fills the whole mouth, again and again the sweet cherry appears again, in the back of the tongue drier and slightly bitter, altogether very pleasant fading, medium long

  83. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Laphroaig Cairdeas Feils Ile 2016 (51.6%)
    Tasted 2016-07-16 @ home
    n full-bodied and strong woody
    g as well
    lops, but average - 75

  84. Doctor B. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  85. Shane_IL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This wasn’t a bad whisky at all, but it was very light and full of sweet herbal notes. For me that just didn’t sit right with the Laphroaig profile, so not a bad whisky, just not to my tastes.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/07/17/my-islay-trip-part-3-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      Slight farmy note, refined, not the big, bold notes usually found in a Laphroaig. Bit of a sweet oily nose, like sage oil. Spicy. Cinnamon. Pepper. Salt. Ozone.
    • Taste
      More Laphroaig here, mineral peat and medicinal notes. Juicy, sweet red fruits. Cinnamon. Cough syrup.
    • Finish
      Long. Farmy. Anise. Spice. Cherry cough syrup.

  86. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  87. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  88. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is a wonderful whisky. An eternally long smoky nose. This great combination of strong peat smoke on the one hand and fruit notes on the other hand on the tongue. The alcohol perfectly integrated. Great.
    • Nose
      In the nose, the typical Laphroaig notes are immediately apparent: phenolic smoke, peat, seaweed, sea salt. These notes are preserved for a long time, it takes a while until the nose has processed the smoke flavor and ignored it. Then, all at once, sweet bananas and pineapple appear, slightly smoked. Above all lies the fine smoke of a dying campfire.
    • Taste
      The start is voluminous. Frame mouth. Sweet peat rolls over the tongue. Cold ash, sea salt, algae - a cold campfire on the beach? Dried and smoked orange peel mixes nicely with the taste of cold ash. Pickled peaches, which once again hung briefly in a chimney.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, fruity and ashy, but hardly dry.

  89. tomy63 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Light amber color on the lightly medicinal Laph nose peat, A little ash, iod, And notes made by the Madeira fine Marquee finish (here that could make a finish PX think): brown sugar, barbecue, orange, of caramel. Mouth sweet enough for 51%, syrupy texture, very easy, greedy, but a little simple, slightly sweet, on the aromas of the nose with notes of dried fruits and red fruits and more. Average length For Laph as well as ash, tobacco and pepper. Note: 87/100 .

  90. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  91. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Another great Cairdeas expression. In my opinion this Laphroaig has a lot in common with the Octomor 7.2. Therefore great stuff!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Smoke, ashes, iodine, minerals, sweet candys, tawny port, oranges, marzipan, earthy. 
    • Taste
      Sweet fruity smoked wood. Oranges, pepper. 
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke, salt, dark chocolate, white pepper.

  92. Wild Thing scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  93. Wild Thing scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much, exceptionally sweet in the nose and very oily in the mouth.
    • Nose
      This is the typical Laphroaig nose with strong phenolic peat. But he is also, as I find exceptionally sweet with a strong banana aroma, and I would say marzipan?!? Maybe a hint of red fruit.
    • Taste
      Jo, strong smoke and sweet fruit in combination with beautiful oak. Orange peel and salt are also found just like a portion of pepper.
    • Finish
      Cold ash and a lot of smoke with citrus fruits. Long finish.

  94. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  95. Dionysus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  96. EarlMobile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    For me a very delicious Laphroaig. A pleasant sweetness prevails all the time, although I'm not sure if that actually comes from the Madeira barrels. Otherwise also a strong impact of smoke, peat and barbecue flavors. Very beautiful!

  97. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    So this year's Cairdeas tastes awesome to me. The typical Laphroaig fragrance is wonderfully interwoven with the Madeira notes, which brings a beautiful interplay of raw Scottish sea flavor and tropical sweetness. On the tongue you can not really feel the alcohol at all and the soft alcohol of the Laphroaig is covered in oranges. The finish is then finally smokier, as some might have liked before. The sweetness and the smoke stay nice and long, which guarantees a long pleasure.

  98. TomAndIngrid did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    With some chocolate, the fruit and sweetness of the Madeira cassa is even more beautiful.
    A great dram for cool summer nights. .... certainly goes in winter :-)
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, malt, candied cherries (very light)
    • Taste
      First comes the peat, then the fruity sweetness, then again a peaty, peppery pungency.
    • Finish
      Long and warm with lots of peat

  99. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Starts with whiffs of freshly peeled oranges, triple sec, sea salt, peat smoke and diesel oil. Followed by leather, camphor, exotic spices and ye good ol' laphroiggy sticking plasters. On the palate, the madeira is quite shy. Reminds of a slightly diluted 10y.o. cask strength. Very oily mouthfeel. A really nice, straight forward laphi with an unusual fruity aspect. Good job!

  100. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  101. LairdOlli scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This is a Cairdeas release as it has to be.
    Tough, strong and long lasting.

    Really great stuff and happy having this in my collection.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  102. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      87 87

  103. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A fruity Laphroaig. In the foreground notes of oranges, overripe bananas and peaches. This is mixed with strong peat smoke. Behind it show spicy aromas. Star anise. Tobacco. Liquorice. Iodine. Seaweed. Mineral notes.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly soft, the malt slides through the mouth. Oranges. Citrus fruits. Liquorice. Bbq sauce. Getting sweeter. Honey. Vanilla. Oak spice.
    • Finish
      Long. First the fruity notes dominate again. In addition black pepper. Iodine. Liquorice. Sweet peat smoke. Drying. Dark chocolate. Oak spice.

  104. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful and unusual Laphroaig. The sweetness and the peat harmonize perfectly. This Cairdeas goes in my opinion already in the direction of Octomore. After the 2013er the best Cairdeas for me!
    • Nose
      This color is really unusual for a Laphroaig. Orange-colored with a reddish nuance, the Laphi shimmers in the glass. Slowly and oily, the drops return to the glass after being panned. The typical phenolic Laphroaig peat immediately beguiles the nose. Overripe fruits, oranges and a light banana aroma mix with the pleasant peat. Sweetness plays with a fine hint of smoke, mineral notes alternate with a pinch of salt. The 51.6% alcohol is integrated harmoniously.
    • Taste
      Immediately sweet and fruity peat dominates at the first sip. After a brief moment of unusual Laphroaig enjoyment, a combination of earthy peat, extreme woody notes and spicy alcohol suddenly hits you. A fire of peat, salt, fruit and sharpness burns long, but very pleasant, in my mouth. A little water added makes the Cairdeas appear more harmonious. Sweet fruits are now pushing through the fiery peat, again a hint of mandarin oranges.
    • Finish
      The voluminous and sweet peat dominates the finish. A salty pinch mixes with the peat and makes it appear a little sharper. A fine column of smoke rises from the finish. Long and warm, the finish exudes a wonderful peaty mouthfeel.

  105. mister noll81 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This is not the best Cairdeas I've been tasted in the last couple of years. You absolutely will find the new pink veil back in the whisky causes the madeira cask.
    The typical young peatness of Laphroaig is there from the first nose until finish.
    After Feis Ile this botteling is still available to order directly at the distillery shop.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  106. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: ripe oranges and sweet liquorice mixed with classic Laphroaig peat smoke Taste: typical peaty and earthy aromas, mixed with a touch of salt, followed by creamy notes of orange and a rich, lingering, spicy dryness with a nutty finish. Notes of the distillery

  107. OrkneyJan scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

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