Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Quarter Cask CS

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

57.2% ABV

Aged For: NAS (Min 5 Years)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-bourbon quarter casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peat, mint, oak, vanilla, smoke, honey, coconut, malt, citrus

Feel: Medium to full

Taste: Smoke, oak, peat, vanilla, cream, honey, pepper, salt, tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth, long lasting, oak, citrus, very dry with a lot of tannins, smoke, and spices

Thoughts: Heavy oak, and a medium amount of smoke, a good offering that builds on the CQ but isn’t one for the ages.

Score: 82 out of 100

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino Cask Finish

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino

 

Price: $85 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

51.8% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: 1st Fill ex-bourbon and Fino Sherry Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Off gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweetness, peach, sherry, salt, vanilla, gentle peat, cream, lemon, ash

Feel: Full and oily

Taste: Smokey brine, lemon, sugar, cream, pepper, vanilla, white wine

Finish: Medium warmth and length, lemon, ash, smoke, pepper, slightly dry, sherry, oak, vanilla, and berries

Thoughts: The palate is a bit weak in comparison to the nose and finish, but overall one of the better Cairdeas releases and a great malt.
Score: 86 out of 100

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 Port Wood Finish

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port

 

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

51.3% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in port casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Earthy chocolate covered bacon, subtle port notes, oak, smoke, and caramel sauce

Feel: Medium to full body

Taste: Grape, chocolate, leather, peat smoke, vanilla, oak, and pepper

Finish: Medium warmth and length, earth, port, chocolate, oak, more smoke and less fruit than the palate

Thoughts: While I enjoyed it, its not my favorite version of Cairdeas, I would have liked a bit stronger of a port cask influence on it.
Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Laphroaig 21 1996 SMWS 29.248 “Creaking ships lost in the fog”

Paid: $265 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned By: Laphroaig / SMWS

Region: Islay

49.8% ABV

Aged For: 21 Years, Distilled Nov 1996

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in 2nd Fill Charred Red Wine Barrique

Chill Filtered: No

Artificial Coloring: No


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Tarry, gentle peat, soggy dock planks, cranberry, orange peel, clove oil, sandalwood, sprigs of mint, salty sea air

Feel: Light to medium body, oily

Taste: Bright orange and citrus, barrel char, zinfandel wine, pepper, cinnamon, gentle peat moss, butterscotch, manages to be a blend of oily, costal, and fruity

Finish: Light to medium warmth and long lasting. Tar, clove, latakia pipe tobacco, sweet peat, butter, citrus, saltwater, and oak.

Thoughts: This takes what Ardbeg tried to do with Grooves and does it much better, while also being a more mellow peated experience. Very pleasurable to sip on a cold evening and loaded with different flavors that change and flow.

Score: 90 out of 100

Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr

Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr

Price: $75 for 700ml (Travel Exclusive)

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

48% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and European oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Maritime peat, pear, toasted pine needles, smoke

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Strong oak and peat, pine cones, and dark coffee with leather

Finish: Vanilla and toasted bread with butter, seasoned oak.

Thoughts: There is a lot of wood notes going on here, with just a hint of the ocean.

Score: 82 out of 100

Laphroaig PX Cask

Laphroaig PX Cask

Price: $85 for 1 liter (Travel Exclusive)

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

48% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon and PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Smoke, citrus, oak, tiny traces of sherry, sugar, peat

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium body

Palate/Taste: Peat, oak, citrus, salt, raspberry, leather, and smoke

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dried fruits, barrel char, peat smoke

Thoughts: The PX finish didn’t leave much impact on the malt, but it’s still very much a good drink as most Froggies are.

Score: 80 out of 100

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig QC

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

48% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: Around 6 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon barrels, then finished in quarter casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Tarnished gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Strong medicinal peat and iodine. Smoke, tar, vanilla, and oak

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Smoke dials back, buttery, heather and sea brine, and wood

Finish: Warm and smokey, with herbs, pine, and dirt.

Thoughts: I enjoy this slightly more than the triple wood and 10 year, the extra wood flavor compliments the peat well.

Score: 82 out of 100