Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017

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Country – Region: Scotland – Islay
Distillery: Laphroaig
Type: Single Malt
Age: NAS
Barrel: Maker’s Mark Barrels and American Oak Quarter Casks
ABV: 57.2%
Proof: 114.4

Nose: A soft start with a creamy vanilla, followed by mint waxed dental floss. Later on wet vegetal peat arises with orange zest, shaved oak and sea salt.
Palate: Soft start for 57.2%, but Laphroaig Cairdeas shows its power through the mid palate and the end. Sufficient pepper notes with sweet smoke developing into licorice, hay and creamy saltiness with a dry feeling.
Finish: Long finish with a distinct peaty feeling. Minerality increases with sea salt and oily traces develops.

Every year, John Campbell, Laphroaig Distillery Manager creates a new whisky to celebrate the ‘friendship’ which he calls Laphroaig Cairdeas. This year’s Cairdeas is a special one.

Laphroaig Cairdeas released in 2017 is simply a cask strength expression of the famous Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Friends of Laphroaig, including me and thousands of others in the world, expressed their interest in a cask strength Qaurter Cask over the years and Laphroaig made it happen this year.

Whisky which has been matured for at least 5 years (5 to 11 years) in first fill Maker’s Mark barrels are married and matured for a further 6 months in Laphroaig’s well known Quarter Casks, which are 125 lt.

I have always found Laphroaig Quarter Cask a nice whisky but it lacked something. Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 expression proved that being cask strength is what was missing. Having the chance to taste this whisky with John Campbell and Simon Brooking was also a total different feeling.

I am glad that I got this bottle and still sipping it while I write these lines with pleasure.


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