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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV

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Madeira Cask […]

I do not have to hide that I have a soft spot for Laphroaig. I can not pass by without noticing it. So when recently I received an email from the distillery with an information about the possibility to participate in the lottery to purchase a bottle of Cairdeas 2016 Madeira Cask, without much hesitation I signed up. After a few days it turned out that I acquired the right to buy this release. What times, you need to participate in the lottery to buy Scotch. What to do when demand exceeds supply. Life. But ok, I have a bottle and it is not to gather a dust on a shelf, but to drink it. The manufacturer claims that it is fully mature Laphroaig, growing in bourbon barrels and then finished in Madeira casks. Bottled at 51.6% ABV, which is better than decent. Unchillfiltered as the liquid got clouded after addition of water. Suggesting that Madeira casks I should probably expect sweeter, more wine like or fruity Laphroaig. Lets see. [caption id=attachment_6189 align=alignnone width=1602] Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV[/caption] [caption id=attachment_6190 align=alignnone width=1602] Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV[/caption] [caption id=attachment_6191 align=alignnone width=1602] Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV[/caption] C: amber with an orange-red glow; N: still in the bottle typical Laphroaig, evident peat, tar, after pouring into the glass more gentle, but still with the typical laphroaigish notes of peat, warm asphalt, fishing nets, smoked fish, sea breeze, a hospital, a little Lysol, ash, only in the second plan there is something else, something new, certainly ripe sweet oranges, cinnamon, cappuccino, dark chocolate with chili, after adding some water it became more fresh, still with peat and ash, but also with orange juice, blueberries and raspberries, and maybe even cranberries; S: you can feel the power here, figuratively and literally, because we have a 51.6% ABV, a lot of ash seasoned with chili and pepper,...

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My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
(89 points)


  • Glenfiddich 12 years old

    Glenfiddich 12 years old

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (83 points)

    Typical Speysider

    We have already a few whiskies from Glenfiddich distillery on the blog (eg. Glenfiddich 19 years old Age of Discovery Red Wine Finish, Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, Glenfiddich Rich Oak, Glenfiddich Excellence 26 years old, Glenfiddich 21 years old Gran Reserva Rum Cask Finish). [caption id=attachment_6156 align=alignnone width=1602] Glenfiddich 12 years old[/caption] I also had the pleasure to visit the distillery a few times. Today it is time for tasting impressions of the flagship...

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  • Bruichladdich Rocks

    Bruichladdich Rocks

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (78 points)

    46%, non chill-filtered, natural colour

    For some time I have on the shelf Bruichladdich Rocks. This is no age statement single malt (NAS), a pity ... but in return we get a 46% ABV, non chill-filtered and natural color. I bought this bottle in Malaysia, Langkawi, for a very attractive price approx. 20 Euro. This is duty-free island and probably it is a merit of that. There are already a several bottles of Bruichladdich on the blog (e.g. Laddie Classic Edition 1, Port Charlotte An Turas Mor, Port Charlotte CE 05 Valinch), lets see...

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  • Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10 years old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Wild Turkey)

    Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10 years old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Wild Turkey)

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (84 points)

    Wild Turkey z określeniem wieku

    Wandering through the streets of downtown Chicago, I came across a grocery store, which was not at all easy, with all these skyscrapers. Inside, I met the shelf with bourbons. I could not pass by indifferently, the choice fell on Russells Reserve Small Batch 10 years old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled 90 proof - 45% ABV. Despite the less well-known name this is basically Wild Turkey with specified age. So after a while I ended up with a glass in my hand in a hotel room....

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  • Highland Park 2005/2013 Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength

    Highland Park 2005/2013 Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength

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    Testing / Tasting
    (87 points)

    Highland Park in natural presentation

    Highland Park (in this link you can find my photo report from a visit to the distillery) has already appeared on the blog for example as the Loki or SMWS 4.151, which I really loved or the official release of 1998/2008. Today I reached, as in the case of SMWS 4.151, for an independent bottler – Gordon & MacPhail. In this case we are dealing with a series of cask strength - 59.9% ABV and natural presentation. This is vintage 2005 bottled in 2013, which is relatively young. For its...

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  • Visit to the Orkney, Scapa & Highland Park

    Visit to the Orkney, Scapa & Highland Park

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    Travel

    Far north

    Some time ago I had the opportunity to go out far to the north, to the Orkney Islands. Home of Highland Park and Scapa. Other posts on this trip include A visit to the Glenfarclas Distillery or Tasting on Orkney. I invite you to the photo report of the visit to the Orkney. Orkney Islands are located north of the main island, so to get there we have to decide on a plane or ferry. We chose the ferry. [caption id=attachment_6003 align=alignnone width=1602] Orkney Highland Park...

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  • Glenmorangie Milsean

    Glenmorangie Milsean

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (85 points)

    Multiple layers of sweetness

    Glenmorangie Milsean is the latest child of the distillery, which recently had its premiere in Poland. The presentation was conducted by Global Brand Ambassador of Glenmorangie Karen Fullerton. Karen is a very nice person, with a passion telling about whisky. During the event we tried currently available range of Glenmoragie (eg: Glenmorangie 10 years old Original, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Lasanta, Glenmorangie Nectar DOr and Glenmorangie Signet) in combination with snacks....

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  • The Glenlivet Carn Dulack Single Cask Edition

    The Glenlivet Carn Dulack Single Cask Edition

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    Miscellanea Testing / Tasting

    Glenlivet w naturalnej prezentacji

    Kilka dni temu miałem przyjemność uczestniczyć w premierze przygotowanego na polski rynek single malta - Glenlivet Carn Dulack. Patrząc tylko po tym dopisku Carn Dulack… można pomyśleć, hmm…, kolejny NAS. Jednak hola, hola, nic z tych rzeczy. Trzeba czytać całe zdanie, a brzmi ono The Glenlivet Carn Dulack Single Cask Edition. W efekcie dostajemy single cask z natural colour i unchillfiltered. A to wszystko zabutelkowane w lutym 2016 roku, w wersji cask strength 60.2% ABV, po 14...

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  • Wolfburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Wolfburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (80 points)

    First edition

    Wolfburn is one of the youngest distillery in Scotland. It is located in Thurso, Caithness, approx. 350 meters from functioning in the years 1821-1850 distillery of the same name. Wolfburn currently holds the title of the northernmost distillery on the Scottish mainland, ahead of Old Pulteney. Distillery draws water from the stream of Wolf Burn, hence the name. As the distillery was „reborn” in 2012, the time has come for their first single malt, which just came into my hands. Presentation...

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  • Grant’s 18 years old

    Grant’s 18 years old

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (84 points)

    Dojrzały blend

    Today I came across by a desire for blended whisky, not on standard, widely available release, but for something less common. I started rummaging in the closet, I knew that something must be there. I waded through the malts and finally found Grants 18 years old. I have tasted 12 year old version, but 18 not yet. I do not need to remind anyone that the brand is part of the William Grant & Sons. The family company, or basically a family corporation I should say, their hands focus many...

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