Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Cask Strength Quarter Cask Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Cask Strength Quarter Cask

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  • Distiller:

    Laphroaig

  • Bottler:

    Laphroaig

  • ABV:

    57.2%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: This is a whisky I can easily come home and sip on any day of the week and be more than happy it’s in my glass. Though to really unlock its potential you do need to add a bit of water.
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  • Raided Score: 78
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Not bad at all, but I really liked the 10 much better. There’s too much fresh oak for me and these whiskies are rather too planky in my book.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: This cask strength is sure to please peat heads, particularly those that are tired of seeing wine finishes.
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This is a rich and sumptuous whisky from the nose all the way to the last lingering traced of peaty aftertaste. If you can get your hands on a bottle this makes a handsome gift and is something to truly savor as we move in to the later months of the year.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: To be honest, it’s a bit much, tossing restraint out the window in favor of pushing the peat pedal to the metal. Ultimately it’s fun as a novelty, but frankly the greater nuance of standard Quarter Cask is more to my liking.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Sort of disappointed in this. I went into this expecting a larger, more robust, potentially brasher version of the ubiquitously available Quarter Cask. I actually think I like the original Quarter Cask more. This is definitely not bad, in any way, but I'm also not really impressed, either.
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  • Intro:

    This is an annual, limited release of Laphroaig's Cairdeas line. This is the 2017 release, which features a cask strength expression based on their core line product: Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

  • Nose:

    Rich cream, peat, ashy iodine smoke, fish, pepper.

  • Taste:

    Medium, no heat, cream, pepper, earthy, iodine, ashy peat. Really less abrasive than expected. I was expecting a punch in the kisser on this one.

  • Finish:

    Short, oaky, cream, pepper, peat.

  • Overall:

    Sort of disappointed in this. I went into this expecting a larger, more robust, potentially brasher version of the ubiquitously available Quarter Cask. I actually think I like the original Quarter Cask more. This is definitely not bad, in any way, but I'm also not really impressed, either.

  • Score:

    5

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