Laphroaig Cairdeas

Overall rating
88.24/100
votes
218
Whiskybase ID
WB8660
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2009
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
12 years old
Number of bottles
4000
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010019637123
Added on
29 may 2009 8:42 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 444.51

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cairdeas

28 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.24 points.

  1. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great Laphroaig that clearly shows the age of 12 years. The nose could be a little more complex as the only criticism.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Soft, medicinal, sea air, a fruit basket made of light but not fully ripe fruits. Freshly paved road in the rain. Overall very round. The alcohol is only present with a light, cooling freshness.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The nose continues in the taste, but the alcohol is more noticeable. Pushes properly, more salt than in the smell. Leather and old furniture are added. Dark chocolate with oak and still nice fruitiness. Age can be felt.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long with the beautiful laphi smoke, oak and fruit. It left nothing to be desired.

  2. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. MasterMork scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Personally, the whisky is a bit too aggressive for me. 65 points.
    • Nose
      Extremely smoky, phenolic. Sparkling fresh. Very citrusy.
    • Taste
      Enormously intensive, undiluted it is clearly too hot for me personally. Something metallic. Something mineral.
    • Finish
      Long, medicinal, dry.

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    beautifully balanced and complex
    • Nose
      88 88
      Surprisingly fruity with lemon, mineral, subtle vanilla, salty cloud of smoke, the medicinal note is reserved
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lemon drops in cold ash, chalky and mineral - beautiful interweaving of the components
    • Finish
      87 87
      the medicinal smoke stays in the throat for a long time

  6. Gotan scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I liked it a lot because it's a little peat-fired whisky, which isn't pushy, and shows a nice fruity and medicinal side.

  7. malthead scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    this spirit absolutely takes no prisoners..! it enjoys hurting people’s palates and expectations. it makes me want to taste Laphroaig’s new make.
    very clean, very dry, very minimalistically Laphroaig.. completely giving itself up to the power of the oak..
    • Nose
      90 90
      grease, peat and lemons.. intoxicating oils, waxy and creamy
    • Taste
      91 91
      sweet, herbal, spicy..
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, lively, lemons again..

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    20 21 21 21 83

  10. whisky_garage scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Intense, powerful, multifaceted. Marine theme, iodine, algae, minerality. Vanilla, citrus???? (tangerine theme), puff pastry????, ripe apples and pears????????, some berry shades????. The history with a medical theme has not been canceled, Vishnesky's ointment, Ichthyol ointment, bandages, in one word, or rather two, a dressing room. A little fried meat???? and undercooked potatoes with a high starch content???? under a small layer of peat????. Spices, ginger. An excellent, complex and multifaceted aroma, rich in ingredients and derivatives.

    Taste: Bright, dense, sweetish, slightly salty. Vanilla, citrus fruits, ripe fruits, berry sourness. Medical theme, marine shades, a little fried meat and smoke, peat, spices.

    Finish: Long lasting, sweetish. Vanilla, citrus fruits, smoked meats, a little chocolate, peat, almost a phantom berry trail.

    Conclusion: High-quality, interesting, diverse, rich in shades and midtones, without protruding dominants.

  11. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

  12. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A lovely malt in itself, but in this series of Feis Ile bottlings, it is one of the lesser gods because of its less typical character.
    • Nose
      I get quite a few burnt notes on the nose, if you know what I mean. Toasted oak, crème brûlée, a doused wood fire, some tar. I like it. There is also quite a bit of sweetness as if from vanilla, candied citrus and fermented apples. The peat is rather quiet. There is also a mild hint of rubber, to be honest. But luckily that is not disturbing. Something metallic as well, as if it is poured from a can.
    • Taste
      Despite the high ABV, the arrival is quite doable without water. Loads of citrus in the lead, followed by a feisty spiciness (pepper and salt, ginger!) and some woodsmoke, but the typical medicinal character of Laphroaig is not really present. Sweet smoke and lemons, that’s this Laffie in a nutshell.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long – short compared to its compadres – and rather sweet and sour. Mildly drying towards the end.

  13. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The typical Laphroaig-note unfolds on the tongue, but the combination with the fruity-fresh nose makes it really interesting.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Hmm, smoked lemon and orange peel, apple slices. Fresh, salty smoke. Vanilla, a serving of oatmeal cookies.

      Only very slightly medically.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Apple sweet, greasy peat smoke. Oak chips pearl on the tongue. A licorice sweet. Warm tar. Medical, phenolic.

      Mild herbs, salt, pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, slightly dry, with cold smoke, citrus juice, tart oak and vanilla.

  14. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lots of citrus, grapefruit, sweet smoke,wood staves,fresh wood risiny, pinewood. Adding water: lovely tones of creme brûlée .
    • Taste
      Lemon grass, sweet smoke again, some woody tannins, quite dry with a layer of lemon pie and a touch of pineapple.
    • Finish
      Smoky and little bit dry.Spicy notes in the background.

  15. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N- Floral filled the glass with fresh wood shaving, black tea, roasted nuts and wee bit pungent.

    P- Vanilla cake, with dominant roasted black pepper quick to follow. Tart.

    F- Medium length, spiciness remains.

    — at Laphroaig distillery.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  17. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A typical Laphroaig with neat whiffs in the taste and finish. The intense peat, citrus fruits, vanilla sweetness and a subtle smoky note harmonize perfectly. Above all lies a mineral note. A great Laphroaig of appetite for more power!
    • Nose
      Wonderful peat and subtle smoke rises from the glass. Tough and oily, the streaks run down the glass wall after being poured. Mineral rock mixes with fine citrus fruits. Increasingly, the 57.5% alcohol content is noticeable. A mineral note mixes with a sweet vanilla flavor. Peat, fruits, light sweetness and subtle smoke harmonize perfectly.
    • Taste
      Strong peat and sweet wood notes dominate the first sip. Then immediately a bitter oak note and smoky peat noticeable. A pleasant mineral taste is now very present and plays with the now bitter wood note. The addition of some water makes the Laphroaig seem more supple, the peat in my opinion is more intense and saltier. Sharpness and bitter notes of wood penetrate through the peat. Spices are added.
    • Finish
      Salty, with a mineral peat note, the finish begins. Despite the addition of water, the aroma on the finish is characterized by intense peat, bitter notes of wood and salty sharpness. The finish fires its mouth for a long time, leaving behind a subtle, pungent aroma of peat.

  18. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted during the Premium Tasting at the distillery (July 2016). I agee with the reviewing words of peatbogger. This Laphroaig bottling is too experimental in my opinion, hard to discover and enjoy the real Laphroaig signature within. Only worth buying for collectors of the Cairdeas series, I guess.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. peatbogger scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Tasted at Laphroaig Premium tasting.

    It tryes to be different in too many ways, ending up a bit caracterless.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  20. peatbogger scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    I find it a bit out of ballance, like the different components compete to get in focus, not bad but my least favourite Laphy so far.
    • Nose
      peat smoke, some tar, a little citrus fruityness, distinct rubber, very little of the Laphroaig medicinal notes, alcohol is quite noticable
    • Taste
      Laphroaig peat but in a mellow way, rather citrusy, alcohol burn gets very spicy
    • Finish
      long on sweet peat and pepper

  21. Peter87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    extra points for simultaneous cooling & burning sensation from palate to finish. Interesting.
    • Nose
      slight peat, pears &  apples (fresh & overly ripe/fermented), some cereals/mash with a mineral/sandy touch, cellulose/wet wood-flakes, green vegetables, machine/gun metal oil (84)
    • Taste
      cool oily mouthfeel, sweet (with a hint of perfumyness again) then quite a bit of smoke  (88)
    • Finish
      alcohol burn coming through in a good kick-y way after the oilyness, smokyness continues, towards the end with a cereal / vanilla note with a some distant english wine gums  (87)

  23. Willie JJ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Congratulations to John Campbell for this one. It is simply brilliant.
    • Nose
      Huge smoke, vanilla, creosote, salt fish, tar, iodone, soot, draff.
    • Taste
      Tar, vanilla, very sweet, coconut?
    • Finish
      Long scintillating spicy/sweet, more soot and salt at the end.

  24. ardpeat scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    not to put between all the lips or to propose to your mother-in-law on Sunday at the aperitif if you want to ruin your day. that said, an excellent laphroaig that must nevertheless be tamed before appreciating all the subtleties. to try with a oyster. a wave of iodine invades you
    • Nose
      peat, citrus, peat, citrus, peat, citrus. grapefruit, lemon, peat, grapefruit, lemon, peat and some minty resin powerful but very distinguished
    • Taste
      an iron hand in a velvet glove and always peat and citrus adding a few drops of fresh water make it a little more docile and less fiery
    • Finish
      the finish is very long and returns on notes of lemons grapefruit with a little vanilla (the addition of water) while leaving a pleasant salty sensation on the lipsi

  25. I_SPEY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The colour is pale straw, with a rather powerful smoky nose with subtle peat(hummm), wax and lemon and finally vanilla; the taste(n) has great flavours with peat, more peat, vanilla, some sweet(? cakes - like it), fruits and spices. The finish is peaty - excellent, and long, very long and fruity. A superbe whisky! My best Laphroaig - 90 points.  (Before I wrote this note, I knew I wouldn`t add water to this whisky)

     

  26. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This whisky don't need any water. Lots of peat and yet so fruity
    • Nose
      Powerful nose, and there is a wild battle between peat, smoke and lemon.
    • Taste
      Strong flavors, I can even feel it in my nose, haha. So much peat AND citrus fruits, nice.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Lots of peaty notes.

  27. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    n: heated air, beeswax, vanilla, oak, sugarcane, a little cheese, after a while more and more hints of tosti. more wood and wax after water and time.

    t: sweet, round, beeswax, sugarcane and tosti.

    f: cane, wood, vanilla and some spices

    c: great Laphroaig once again.

  28. Dede scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose is less powerful and less rich than in the 10yo. The score is played in the same register peat, but more delicately (be careful, it remains a young Laphroaig anyway). Notes of ripe bananas mingle with citrus fruits and scents of black tea well infused. With water: becomes more fragrant, with notes of incense or sandalwood, more peaty too.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly, the boldest of the three. A beautiful exoticism on the palate, banana and papaya. Well, that's not a Benriach 76, and peat is very present. Then bitter and vegetal notes develop (gentian, grapefruit). With water: more gentian, lemon too.
    • Finish
      Very long, bitter and vegetal (gentian, grapefruit), and of course peaty.

  29. magic_slim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Better than the 2008 Feis ile Càirdeas. I really like this one. Excellent price value ratio.
    • Nose
      Lemon juice & red grapefruits play the game. Pistachios & candle wax are watching. The peat is quite subtle for a Laphroaig. Very nice.
    • Taste
      Warming and peaty. The peat comes to the fore without becoming too dominant. Lemon cake and pineapple are there. Well balanced. Mnjam mnjam ... a very tasty Laphroaig.
    • Finish
      Long and peaty with a dry and dusty end.

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