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

Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured

Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Kilchoman

Region: Islay

50% ABV

Aged For: 5 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sauternes Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Rich Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Smoke, vanilla, pears, alcohol, malt, oak, and apricot

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Leather, pepper, oak, vanilla, peach, smoke, and peat

Finish: Medium warmth and length, butter, cream, citrus, vanilla, and sauternes

Thoughts: It’s a good malt, but the age is really fighting against it, as I feel the flavors would pop much more with additional age.

Score: 80 out of 100

Ardbeg Grooves Committee Release

Ardbeg Grooves Committee Release

Paid: $115 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Ardbeg / LVHM

Region: Islay

51.6% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed, spends a portion of time in heavily charred red wine casks with grooves

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Berries, peat smoke, pineapple, oak, lime, vanilla, and salt

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Hit of vanilla, followed by pepper, cinnamon, and leather, ending in cream and butter

Finish: Raspberry, cloves, char, smoke, floral, medium warmth and long lasting

Thoughts: I liked this more than Kelpie, but about on par with Dark Cove. Love the nose on this especially.

Score: 86 out of 100

Bunnahabhain 14 2003 Pedro Ximenez Finish

Bunna 14 PX

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Distell

Region: Islay

54.3% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Second fill sherry, then first fill PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Reddish bronze

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Candied plums, caramel, rich sherry, citrus, dried fruits, alcohol, and milk chocolate

Feel: Medium body. syrupy

Taste: Maple syrup, sherry, chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, coffee, dried fruits, raisins

Finish: Very sweet, raisin, sherry. caramel, chocolate, caramel, oak and fruit, light to medium warmth and medium length

Thoughts: A delicious sherry scotch desert syrup, sad I never found one to purchase as this one was a sample. I can only Imagine if the recent Viceroys Elixir I had was bottled at CS like this it could have been the God of sherry monsters.

Score: 90 out of 100

Caol Ila 10 2007 Gordon & MacPhail

Caol Ila 10 2007 G&M

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by:Caol Ila / Gordon and MacPhail

Region:Islay

59% ABV

Aged For:10 Years (Distilled 2007)

Mashbill:100% malted barley

Cask Type:Refill sherry casks

Chill Filtered:No

Color Added:No

 


 

Color: Brass

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Ashy smoke, gentle peat, charcoal, grilled brisket, raspberries, oak, and sherry

Feel: Medium to full body

Taste: Fruity with a touch of pepper, cinnamon, sour smoke, ash, raisins, oak

Finish: Dried fruits and applesauce, ashy smoke, medium warmth and length

Thoughts: I’m finding that even with higher proof Caol Ila’s I am missing an oomph I look for in my whiskey. They make some good malt, but it’s always a touch too light for my preferences.

Score: 81 out of 100

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Bunnahabhain 29-Year 1987 Wemyss Malt “The Viceroy’s Elixir”

Bunnahabhain 29-Year 1987 Wemyss Malt “The Viceroys Elixir”

Price: Discontinued 

Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Wemyss

Region: Islay

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 29 years, distilled 1987

Cask Type: Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Burnt Umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Caramel, raisins, apples, dark chocolate, figs, plum pudding, sherry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily

Palate/Taste: Intense sweetness, PX sherry, caramel, coffee grounds, molasses, toasted nuts, oolong tea, blueberries

Finish: Long lasting, medium warmth, dark chocolate, sherry, dried fruits, caramel, blueberry jam, scones

Thoughts: It’s one of the sweetness whiskies I have ever consumed. It reminds me a great deal of drinking a vintage PX sherry, with less of the syrupy thickness that entails. Delicious and one to be savored slowly.

Score: 90 out of 100