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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017, 57.2% ABV

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017, 57.2% ABV

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Thirsty malt […]

Cairdeas, or friendship, thats how Laphroaig calls his annual editions for Feis Ile. Probably not to be called otherwise, since the purchase of this bottle this year was a real torment. First, I was looking for Cask Strength, but this quickly ended, then Laphroaigs website decided to prove that youre not strong enough to face it. Finally after two days I was able to reach the stage of entering credit card details. And then, no confirmation, email, contact, nothing. After a few days the courier with a bottle, and then a question from the seller if I have ordered this bottle at all. Such things probably you can forgive only a friend ;) Of course I am not angry and I write it all with a smile. Last year, Cairdeas was finished in Madeira casks, this time we get quarter cask cask strength - 57.2% ABV and unchillfiltered. I really like the quarter cask, though its the NAS, so also this one should taste good to me. [caption id=attachment_7377 align=alignnone width=1920] Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017, 57.2% ABV[/caption] [caption id=attachment_7378 align=alignnone width=1920] Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017, 57.2% ABV[/caption] N: still in the bottle starts with a large dose of fruit and after a while a typical peat nature emerges, after pouring into the glass first there is a wave of alcohol, I have to wait a while, nose is still young, although I have lemon accents, it is not changing a lot, maybe apart from the openinig peat, it seems that without water we will not move further, after a few drops of water, definitely better, mineral, metallic with pepper and fire, lemon, lime, after a good few minutes the alcoholic attack is resolved and you can immerse yourself in peat bogs, asphalt, ashes, bandages, general hospital in olden days (nowadays there are no such hospitals), bonfire, grilled wood, used motor oil, poster paints, slightly burnt marshmallows, honey and caramel, later brine, sea breeze and fishing nets in the distance, occasionally even mint; S:...

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My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
(90 points)


  • Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled

    Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (80 points)

    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    In almost every shop we can meet the basic version of Jim Beam, lets call it classic. Jim Beam 6 years old - Triple Aged appeared less frequently and now we have a new one to the collection - Jim Beam Double Oak Twice barreled, 43% ABV. What in this case double oak or twice barreled mean? The point is that the distillate is poured into fresh charred barrels made of American white oak, and then after some time of maturation is again poured into fresh charred barrels made of American white oak....

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  • Visit to the Bowmore Distillery

    Visit to the Bowmore Distillery

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    Travel

    Photo report

    After the last post about Bowmore Tempest 10 years old Batch VI it is worth, if only for a moment, to move to the place of its creation, which I visited during last years stay on Islay. I was there the second time, probably not the last ;) Without any further ado, I invite you to a photo report from a visit to the Bowmore Distillery. [caption id=attachment_6394 align=alignnone width=1602] Bowmore Distillery[/caption] [caption id=attachment_6391 align=alignnone width=1602]...

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  • Bowmore 10 years old Tempest Batch VI

    Bowmore 10 years old Tempest Batch VI

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (89 points)

    My favourite Bowmore series

    It seems that the Bowmore 10 years old Tempest series has adopted well and we have another edition. There are Batch 3 and V already on the blog and today I have in my glass Batch VI. Both 3 and VI I bought during visits to the distillery. Tempest arouses my smile from the very first glance. Natural color, unchillfiltered, cask strength 54.9% ABV, first fill bourbon barrels. What more could you want? This is obviously a rhetorical question. And ... one more thing, of which today we should...

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  • The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (74 points)

    NAS from Ireland

    The Tyrconnell is the Irish brand owned by Cooley Distillery, its origins date back 1762 years. Currently it is a part of large corporation Beam Suntory. Today I drew out of the cupboard The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey, without specifying age (NAS) and bottled with 40% ABV. [caption id=attachment_5598 align=alignnone width=801] The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey, NAS, 40% ABV[/caption] N: quite gently, but also mineral, with the touch of wet daily newspapers, then...

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  • Ardmore Traditional Cask

    Ardmore Traditional Cask

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (85 points)

    Highland Single Malt Whisky

    Ardmore distillery is located in the Highlands, in Kennethmont in Aberdeanshire. It was founded by Adam Teacher in 1898. Most of the production is used to compose a blend - Teachers. Darker, in the sense of peat, accents in Teachers come just from Ardmore. On the market basically there is only one edition of this single malt. Although recently Ardmore Legacy also appeared, but it hasnt fallen in my hands yet. With any luck you can meet other Ardmore expressions at the independent bottlers...

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