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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2020 Port and Red Wine Casks

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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Creamy on the palate, with caramel, hot tar, sweet red wine, burning peat, antiseptic, chili, and brine. Licorice, pepper, and drying peat in the long, satisfying finish.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Fans of Laphroaig will appreciate that the typical phroaig-iness is very much present, just with some fun new flavor profiles to savor, and a pleasingly long finish with only a slight burn despite the proof.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Perhaps it’s the red wine cask that’s pushed things just a bit too far into sugar town? It’s not my favorite Cairdeas, but it is something different… and worth a peek at least.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: A perfect synthesis of acrid peat and juicy fruits. Delightful.
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  • Intro:

    Released as part of the 2020 Cairdeas family, this bottling comes to use after maturation in a variety of wine casks - port and red wine here. I wish they told us what kind of red wine, but they don't, so we'll just have to let our taste buds guide us here.

  • Nose:

    Powerful! Big on char, honey, peaches, apricots, plums and toffee. Sweet wine means aggressive peat and some minerality. Tire smoke.

  • Taste:

    Rich on the palate. Lovely and complex. Toffee, apricot marmalade, blackberry, stewed fruits. Ash, peat smoke, rubber. It all plays so wonderfully with one and other.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. Smoky and ashy, made better by rich juicy fruits, strawberry, cherry and fig.

  • Overall:

    This throws my mind back to the greatness of the 2013 Cairdeas - a perfect synthesis of acrid peat and juicy fruits. Delightful.

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