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Distilled by Laphroaig on Islay, this Cairdeas release is the 2021 limited edition for the brand, and features a PX wine finish.
Rich, syrupy on the nose. Acrid and loaded with blackberry, currant, honey and toffee. There's no way to label this pour as 'understated'.
Thick and rich on the palate, there's a huge hit of ash and minerality before some pepper dives in, followed by a layer cake of syrupy honey, toffee, date fruit, blackberry and a touch of strawberry jam.
Long ashy finish, it's acrid powerful and demonstrates the powerful complexity that sherry can bring to a single malt when integrated properly.
Astounding, wonderful, decadent, opulent and complex. PX and Islay meet once again in a delightful combo.