Laphroaig Single Malt Cairdeas 2015
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Laphroaig
  • Style Single Malt Whisky
  • Alcohol 51.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • brown sugar
  • lemon zest
  • sherry
  • nutty
  • zesty
  • pepper
  • oily
  • toasted

Laphroaig

Single Malt Cairdeas 2015 (0.75l, 51.5%)
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Character Goatson
If you are new to the mighty Islay Whiskies, this is a great place to start, but experienced peat-lovers will savor it too. 

Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and is located in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. Although Laphroaig isn't allowed to put the prefix ‘Royal’ in its name (yet), rumour has it his royal princeness Charles of Wales is a fan of the ‘L’ Whisky. The 15-year-old is reportedly the prince's favourite Scotch. For a long while there’s been frenzy for Laphroaig’s Scotch, especially those less-available expressions.
 
It is worth saying again that the entire line of Laphroaig single-malt Whiskies are definitively Islay Scotches, and they are powerful magic indeed. But each year the salty-geniuses at Laphroaig issue a special edition, always called Cairdeas (meaning “friendship” in Gaelic) and each year’s issue is eagerly anticipated by fans of this iconic dram. So, what makes this year’s Cairdeas special? 
 
It is—by Laphroaig standards—lightly peated. Make no mistake, you will not have to search for the smoke. But this one is a bit milder and is finished in Amontillado Sherry casks. Amontillado is a sweeter variety of Sherry, and that sweet character is imparted into the Whiskey. So what we end up with is a lighter, sweeter Laphroaig with a bit less smoke, but one that maintains their quality and heritage. The Wall Street Journal called it the “gateway Laphroaig”, and it is hard to disagree with them. So if you are new to the mighty Islay (pronounced “eye-la”) Whiskies, this is a great place to start. But the spirit is still profound, so experienced peat-lovers will savor it too.
 
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Laphroaig
  • Style Single Malt Whisky
  • Alcohol 51.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Yellow-orange  
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Salt, yeast, lemon zest, and brown sugar  
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The smoke is there, but so is brazil nut, and toasted bacon
 
Finish 
Long, oily, pepper, and soap
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  • smoky
  • brown sugar
  • lemon zest
  • sherry
  • nutty
  • zesty
  • pepper
  • oily
  • toasted
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Maker's Mark is Laphroaig's main source for barrels.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Maker's Mark is Laphroaig's main source for barrels.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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