Laphroaig Cairdeas 2019
#12 Whisky Advocate Top 20 Whiskies of 2019
Càirdeas is the Gaelic word for ‘friendship’. Each year, the Laphroaig distillery manager, John Campbell, crafts a limited edition Càirdeas single malt to celebrate Friends of Laphroaig and to coincide with the annual Feis Ile festive on Islay.
The 2019 edition is a special triple maturation, first matured in ex-bourbon barrels, then in quarter casks and finally in European oak casks which previously held oloroso sherry. It is then barrier filtered and bottled at cask strength.
Polished leather and tobacco leaves with spicy lemon and clementine zest. Subtle notes of golden syrup and rich heather honey, with autumn leaves, hazelnuts, vanilla fudge and a touch of white pepper and nutmeg. Dried camomile flowers and a touch of passion fruits.
Sweet with rich toffee, with dates, maple syrup, praline and crème caramel. Grilled chestnuts with tarte Tatin, marzipan and strong black pepper. Cedar wood, a touch of furniture polish and beeswax.
Sweet, long with caramel and spicy buttery fudge.
It's recommend you add twice as much water as whisky to enjoy this punchy dram.