The Schtick: This is an annual, limited release of Laphroaig’s Cairdeas line. This is the 2017 release, which features a cask strength expression based on their core line product: Laphroaig Quarter Cask. In the past we have been treated to:
- 2012, Origins
- 2013, Port finished
- 2014, Amontillado finished
- 2015, Throwback production release
- 2016, Madeira finished
Let’s see how this stacks up. For reference, I have already reviewed this year’s cairdeas, the Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018: Fino Cask
ABV: 57.2% ABV
Nose: Rich cream, peat, ashy iodine smoke, fish, pepper.
Taste: Medium, no heat, cream, pepper, earthy, iodine, ashy peat. Really less abrasive than expected. I was expecting a punch in the kisser on this one.
Finish: Short, oaky, cream, pepper, peat.
Overall: Sort of disappointed in this. I went into this expecting a larger, more robust, potentially brasher version of the ubiquitously available Quarter Cask. I actually think I like the original Quarter Cask more. This is definitely not bad, in any way, but I’m also not really impressed, either.
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Other Laphroaig Cairdeas Releases I Have Reviewed:
- Laphroaig Cairdeas 2012 Origins
- Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 Portwood
- Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Vertical
- Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino Sherry