Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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11 yrs
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Laphroaig (Port Ellen, Scotland)

This whisky was produced in master distiller's John Campbell's interpretation of what would have been produced years ago at Laphroaig - made using the small stills at laphroaig, and matured in the oldest warehouse (no. 1, right by the sea), with 100% of the malt in this whisky being floor malted at laphroaig.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: 200th Anniversary

  • Bottling Code: L5 11375A 90:03

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Rich, full force laphroaig – but extra creamy this time. Black olives, peat bog, iodine, caramel, incense, lime leaf,  and loads of vegetal peat notes. Oddly, it’s reminding me of walking through the produce section of a chinese grocery store, though I’m not sure what vegetable it is that I’m smelling. Yet, the oak is well at play, providing a terrific backbone of woody notes – you can tell the casks were terrific that went into this, not just the distillate. The mouthfeel is terrific, and quite spicy in fact – with some brilliant cedar notes, milk chocolate, burning leaves, light butterscotch, and a rich, full finish with dark chocolate, smoke, wet earth, black olive, and roasted lemons. Intriguing, complex, with terrific feel and movement. A remarkable dram.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $100 - this is just awesome stuff.