Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Amontillado Sherry Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Amontillado Sherry

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  • Distiller:

    Laphroaig

  • Bottler:

    Laphroaig

  • ABV:

    51.4%

  • Age:

    8 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The nose and palate are nice, but there is a persistent milky sweetness in there that throws it a bit off for me. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely like it, but for me it just doesn’t hold a candle to last year’s release.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Most of the brand's expressions are older, and it's pleasant to taste a younger one with lots of chutzpah, but hardly any rough edges.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: While all in all the whisky’s components work well together, they ultimately just lie a bit flat, unfortunately failing to add up to a powerfully compelling whole.
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  • Intro:

    As a self professed sherry obsessor this expression really interested me, as it’s finished in a rarely seen type of sherry: Amontillado.

  • Nose:

    Smoke and char, vanilla, caramel, honey and thin grape with some light light sherry notes.

  • Taste:

    Light and mild, some astringent rubber and plastic notes with a little bit of heat. Sweet, burning rubber, lots of peat and a very evident bit of charred log. Overall, more peaty than sweet which was unexpected but not disappointing.

  • Finish:

    Rubber, char and more burning telephone pole. Only mild sherry, it's fleeting and lightly sweet with a heavy focus on big peat. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot but there was less sherry than I expected but that's not really a disappointment.

  • Overall:

    Enticing and delicious, but not near the top of the Cairdeas rankings, if I'm honest.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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