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23 Jan 2009

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2008

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Laphroaig

Laphroaig Cairdeas (pronounced more or less like ‘gorgeous’ and gaelic for ‘friendship’) was a limited edition for the 2008 Feis Ile (Islay festival). It’s a blend of quarter casks (up to 9y) with a few older sherry butts (17y).


Laphroaid Cairdeas

Laphroaig Cairdeas (55%, OB 2008, 3600 btl.)

Nose: condensed, with relatively subdued peat and smoke. The fireplace is softened by vanilla, sweet barley and hints of marzipan. Lemon and salt as well. Mouth: barbecue, the usual medicinal and peaty notes but everything seems to be covered in a layer of toffee, caramelized almonds and lemon candy. The aftertaste is sweet as well but gets a lot drier after a while.

It’s a rich dram but in my opinion a little bit out of focus. The nose is nice but relatively shy, the taste is quite sweet, the finish quite dry. Some say this is one of the best Laphroaigs of the last couple of years. I’m not one of them, I’m afraid.
Score: 84/100.

Investment tip: TWE still has stock (£ 50) while on eBay it is sold for more than 100 euro.

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2008 3 Ruben Luyten 2009-01-23
  • http://www.onversneden.com Johan

    To be honest, I quite like this Cairdeas. Ok, after a head-to-head with the Laphroaig Feis Ile 2007 I was forced to downgrade this whisky, but still a score of 88. But hey, les goûts et les couleurs n’est-ce pas?

  • Jorgen

    I bought it (as an investment, yeaaa), but thx to the investment tip, every reader of this blog knows the ‘TWE’-price :( (thx Ruben)

    Yesterday I had the chance to smell it (thx again). Why didn’t I taste it????….I like it!…so maybe it will be an investment for myself :)

  • http://www.visionR.be Ruben

    @Johan: I know you like it a lot. Most people do! I think the Quarter Cask is great and impressed me more than this one.

    @Jorgen: Don’t worry, you’ll get to taste my Cairdeas if you want! Make sure you have enough sample bottles next time :-)

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