Review: Laphroaig 16 Year 1987 Old Malt Cask #745

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Hunter Laing

Region: Islay

50% ABV

Aged For: 16 years, distilled 1987

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: “bright”, honey, vanilla, oats, malt, peat smoke, iodine, tar, citrus, pears

Feel: Oily, full bodied

Taste: Lots of vanilla, cream, oak, peat, pear, honey, malt, apple, and subtle undertones of ash

Finish: Medium warmth, long lasting, soft smokiness, malt, honey, vanilla, oak, and a bit of pepper

Thoughts: Lots of creamy vanilla and malt notes in this one. Still has underlying frog smoke, but not a punchy blast.

Score: 87 out of 100

Review: Ardbeg Drum Committee Release

Paid: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

52% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in ex-rum casks from the Americas

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Bright and fresh, white wine, pear, pine, gentle smoke, citrus, pineapple, honey, malt, and vanilla

Feel: Medium body and slightly supple

Taste: Smoked pepper, vanilla, honey, rum creaminess, sweet peat, lime, banana, smoked & cured meats, pineapple

Finish: Medium-long length and a medium to warm finish. Bits of oak, peat, pepper, and chocolate.

Thoughts: The rum finish adds a few light fruit notes to the Ardbeg profile. An above average dram.

Score: 81 out of 100

Review: Bowmore Dorus Mor Batch 1

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

55.1% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First fill bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

Color: Pale Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Strong alcohol hits with smoke, menthol, peat, oak, vanilla, saltwater, citrus

Feel: Medium

Taste: Sharp, pepper, vanilla, oak, smoke, honey, ash and cinders, and lemon juice

Finish: Warm and long lasting, charred wood, spice, pepper, vanilla, caramel, and salt with mossy peat

Thoughts: At first its sharp and slightly harsh, but mellows out with a nice peat punch with a lot of influence from the bourbon casks. The full proof and non chill filter prove Bowmore can put out something that isn’t bland compared to some of my previous experiences.

Score: 80 out of 100

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