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Laphroaig Cáirdeas 2022

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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: More of that smoke and butteriness carries on into medium-long finish, with a pop of fruit flavor showing up at the end.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Rob Report
  • Excerpt: A confident release like this just shows that the core elements, from mashing to maturation, are strong at this storied Islay distillery.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: if you love your Laphroaig with a touch of stone fruit and apricot cobbler, this is a winner.
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  • Intro:

    This year's Cairdeas release from Laphroaig comes entirely from Warehouse 1 - Laphroaig's rackhouse closest to the sea. Barrels can only be stored in this warehouse for up to nine years or so - after that, the salinity is so great the hoops begin rusting off the barrels. This expression pays tribute to this notable warehouse on-premise, and I originally tasted this release for the first time while standing in Warehouse 1 on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. I have a bottle here, fresh and just opened, so let's dive on in.

  • Nose:

    Pungent stone, ash, burning wood and char, a sweet undertone and apricot candies. Char driven and smoky with more wood and maritime air on the nose.

  • Taste:

    Moderate mouthfeel that focuses on sweet fruits, jammy complexity and a cream sweetness on the back palate. Peat takes a back seat here while providing nuance in the form of creamy sweetness, honey, plum and apricot and a touch of honey.

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    Long finish, dry and ashy once more with an asphalt aroma that works into the olfactory, pairing with light plum and peach, chemical smoke and a touch of burning charcoal and smoked meats.

  • Overall:

    Overall, if you love your Laphroaig with a touch of stone fruit and apricot cobbler, this is a winner. It's unlike 2015 and the other releases that don't focus on unique maturation casks like a wine finish or quarter cask, and it's a refreshing show of Laphroaig's ability to make delicious things with the space and tools they have already.

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