Laphroaig’s 200th anniversary year-long celebration saw the release of several expressions this year. Released during this year’s Fèis Ìle, Laphroaig’s annual Cairdeas (Gaelic for “friendship”) release is highly anticipated by Laphroaig fans. The 2015 release is bottled at 51.5% abv and available for around $75. According to the Laphroaig website:
The 2015 bottling is produced from of our finest floor malting’s malt, distilled using only the smaller stills and fully matured in our famous No1 warehouse, right by the sea. Cairdeas 2015 is therefore John’s interpretation of how Laphroaig would have been produced at the distillery 200 years ago.
100% Laphroaig floor maltings? Distilled only in their smaller stills? If this doesn’t get you excited, you might as well give up drinking Scotch.
Big “Laphroaig smoke” on the nose, alongside ripe fruit like apples and pineapples and lemon zest. A touch of honey and oak round things off. Taste wise, I get smoked caramel and peat right up front. Underneath is a bed of candied orange, wet bandages, sea salt and charred oak. The finish is long, with ash smoke and a sweet citrus-fruit note running through.
This is a full-bodied whisky that isn’t as peaty as Laphroaig 10-year, and showcases nice fruit notes throughout. I love the citrus aspect running thoughout the entire experience, and think this is a better blend than their 15-year. Tasting this whisky at night, I’m afraid I’m going to have “Laphroaig mouth” in the morning, and that isn’t a bad thing! Another delightful release from Laphroaig.