Laphroaig Càirdeas Madeira Cask / 51,6% – Every year Laphroaig Distillery commemorates Fèis Ìle with a limited bottling of Càirdeas intended to reward The Friends of Laphroaig, an informal group of Laphroaig devotees. For 2016 John Campbell, the distillery manager, prepared whisky aged for 8 to 10 years in American oak casks and finished for over a year in ex-Madeira casks. The whisky was bottled at 51.6% abv; as we remember, since 2012 the last two numbers of abv are matching the year, in which it was produced. The word ‘Càirdeas’ translates from the Gaelic to ‘Friendship’.
Nose: interesting combination of peat smoke, iodine, seaweed, smoked bacon, rosehip marmalade, plums, orange peel, red berries and hints of licorice.
Palate: peaty and smoky with crispy notes of rosé wine, strawberry jam, cherries, bitter oranges, cocoa, hints of smoked paprika and licorice.
Finish: pretty long, smoky and slightly medicinal, cocoa, bitter oranges and delicate herbal notes.
Laphroaig Càirdeas 200th Anniversary Edition / 51,5% – In 2015 Laphroaig Distillery celebrated its 200th Anniversary. To mark the occasion the company released five commemorative editions including Càirdeas 200th Anniversary. The latter, introduced for the annual Fèis Ìle, was created using 100% barley malted on site and matured for about 12 years in white American oak barrels exclusively in Warehouse No. 1, the famous sea-neighboring warehouse, (Laphroaig floor maltings produce about 20% of malt requirements). Càirdeas 200th Anniversary Edition gives Laphroaig followers an idea how their favorite whisky might have tasted in the good old days.
Nose: peaty and medicinal, seaweed, sea salt, vanilla, caramel, lemon peel, green olives, salted nuts and touch of rubber.
Palate: rich, peaty and salty, toasted bread, lemon peel, lemon grass, seaweed salad, vanilla, butterscotch, notes of iodine and charred oak.
Finish: long, smoky, ashy and mineral, roasted nuts, candied lemon peel and hints of vanilla.
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