Reviews #234 – #237: Laphroaig Cairdeas Vertical
Whiskey Network Review #234 | /r/Scotch Review #95 – Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 Portwood FInish, 102.4pf
Nose: Mossy vegetal note strikes first. Smells like a field or pasture after rain and then the smoke kicks in. Raw smoke with intense bandages and dying things. Port sweeps in and helps balance nicely with some really nice vanilla icing and wine sweetness.
Taste: Sweet with lots of wine in the foreground. Thick oily mouthfeel that is complex and sweet with some nice balance between the peat and smoke.
Finish: Long, sweet and complex. Definitely more earthy and herbal and vegetal than the other two in true Laphroaig fashion. I’m really loving this dram and the proof is right on point. Not too high and not too low and the wine sweet balances almost perfectly with the peat and traditional Laphroaig character.
Whiskey Network Review #235 | /r/Scotch Review #96 – Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Amontillado Sherry FInish, 102.8pf
Nose: Smoke and char, vanilla, caramel, honey and thin grape with some light light sherry notes.
Taste: Light and mild, some astringent rubber and plastic notes with a little bit of heat. Sweet, burning rubber, lots of peat and a very evident bit of charred log. Overall, more peaty than sweet which was unexpected but not disappointing.
Finish: Rubber, char and more burning telephone pole. Only mild sherry, it’s fleeting and lightly sweet with a heavy focus on big peat. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot but there was less sherry than I expected but that’s not really a disappointment.
Whiskey Network Review #236 | /r/Scotch Review #97 – Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015 200th Anniversary Edition, 102pf
Nose: Sweet and lemon zest forward. Rich, creamy, vanilla and dough. Icing, brine, and a nice whiff of char. So far this seems very rich.
Taste: Char and rubber with massive vegetal influence. Dying things. Vanilla, icing, more char and smoke. This is like laphroaig 10 turned up to the next level. It’s definitely an inline competitor to 10yr CS.
Finish: More smoke, drying on the palate. It’s long and complex with more than just smoke – there’s a lot of char and dessert notes with light salinity and some thin zesty sweetness.
Whiskey Network Review #237 | /r/Scotch Review #98 – Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016 Madeira Finish, 103.2pf
Nose: Sweet and filled with big jam notes. It’s sweet, icing, raspberry, strawberry and date fruit with lots of icing and sweetness and a little bit of brine.
Taste: Sweet and thick mouthfeel. Nice dry sweetness with lots of wine notes and loads of fruit. Char and smoke develop nicely to play well with the sweet. This seems to keep it from becoming cloying
Finish: Long and sweet with no noticeable heat, I think it’s an excellent balance of char and fruity sweetness but it doesn’t execute as nicely as the portwood. Overall it’s long, complex and filled with lots of depth. I like it a lot.