Each year, Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell, crafts a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship (“Cairdeas” in Gaelic). For several years, Friends of Laphroaig have been yearning for a Cask Strength version of the popular Laphroaig Quarter Cask expression, which shares a double maturation in two American oak barrels. This year, that dream became a reality with Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask.
The 2017 bottling of Cairdeas features different ages of Laphroaig matured for more than five years in first-fill bourbon casks, then laid to rest for a second time in smaller quarter casks. After six months of further maturation, the liquid from 177 of the casks was bottled at Cask Strength — no color added, no chilling and a simple barrier filtration.
Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition (114.4 proof)
Visual: Pale yellow.
Nose: Smokey olfactory patina laid over a rich malt base. Freshly lit Cuban cigar with a neat snifter of Scotch.
Taste: Heavy char and distressed oak, yet still well-balanced with the distillate which is malt forward and almost chewy in approach. Very much an Islay whisky.
Finish: Long with a lot of the creosote lingering well after the grain bill has retired.
Overall: It’s Laphroaig. A perfect whisky for pairing with an after dinner smoke. It is all it needs be.
GSN Rating: A
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