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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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  • Laphroaig 14 years old Douglas Laing’s Old Particular

    Laphroaig 14 years old Douglas Laing’s Old Particular

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (92 points)

    Laphroaig from Douglas Laing

    It’s been a long time since we had here Laphroaig ;), recently it appeared on the blog in August – it was 10 years old from 70s. Therefore, it is time for the next one. Today also quite unusual, because of independent bottler - Douglas Laing from a series of Old Particular. It was released to celebrate the Feis Ile 2015. Distillation in February 2001, bottling in February 2015. Single cask - refill butt - a total of 636 bottles with 48.4% ABV. Of course, natural color and no chill...

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  • Laphroaig 10 years old 70 proof from 70s

    Laphroaig 10 years old 70 proof from 70s

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    Testing / Tasting
    (87 points)

    Back to the past

    Yes, its a grand moment for tasting of Laphroaig 10 years old bottled at the 70s of the last century. Thus, I dressed in a suit, beautifully ironed shirt and put on a tie ... This is a joke …. of course, after all whisky is for drinking, not to pray to it. Well, sometimes you can forget that. [caption id=attachment_6323 align=alignnone width=1602] Laphroaig 10 years old 70 proof 70[/caption] A lot has been said already on the blog about the Laphroaig, so there is no need to...

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  • Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV

    Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (89 points)

    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...

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  • Laphroaig 10 years old CS 007

    Laphroaig 10 years old CS 007

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (92 points)

    Original Cask Strength Batch 007

    With a previous post we moved to the Laphroaig Distillery. It was a very nice visit, which I hope to repeat. While tasting impressions of Laphroaig 10 years old CS 005 I mentioned about excellent series of this single malt in cask strength edition. The distillery continues its production and in 2015 created the seventh batch. Recently I bought a bottle of Laphroaig 10 years old Cask Strength 007. It was bottled in January 2015 with 56.3% ABV. I was told in the distillery that colour is natural...

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  • Visit to the Laphroaig Distillery

    Visit to the Laphroaig Distillery

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    Travel

    Photo report

    As a continuation of posts about the last visit on Islay (Visit to the Ardbeg Distillery, Visit to the Bunnahabhain Distillery) today my photo report from the visit to the Laphroaig Distillery. On the blog there is a similar post from a visit I did two years ago. Then I was on a trip Water to Whisky Experience. This is the longest and most comprehensive opportunity to meet the distillery. Indeed recommendable. This year I decided on a shorter program - Distillers Wares, which includes tour of...

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  • Laphroaig 15 years old 200 Anniversary 43% ABV

    Laphroaig 15 years old 200 Anniversary 43% ABV

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (90 points)

    Laphroaig’s birtday

    This year, Laphroaig celebrates its 200 birthday. On this occasion, the distillery introduced a 15-year old version of its nectar, bottled at 43% ABV. Reportedly, 15 yo intended to replace the 18 yo, do not know if this rumor is true, but it would be consistent with the current prevailing trend, although on the other hand, it is not so long ago as it was 18 to replace the 15, hmm ... We shall see. [caption id=attachment_4598 align=alignnone width=801] Laphroaig 15 years old 200...

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  • Laphroaig 25 years old Glencadam 21 years old in The Whisky Bar Kuala Lumpur

    Laphroaig 25 years old Glencadam 21 years old in The Whisky Bar Kuala Lumpur

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    Bars Testing / Tasting Travel

    Tasting in Malaysia

    In the capital of Malaysia I have visited The Whisky Bar Kuala Lumpur. This is probably the best place in town to enjoy a respectable single malts. This was my second visit to this place. The first time I went there a few years ago, by the way of my birthday. I remember I have presented myself Port Ellen 1979 Douglas Laing Old & Rare Paltinum on that occasion. Interestingly it was my first whisky from this distillery. I did not write the tasting notes, but in my mind there is still left...

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  • Laphroaig Samaroli 1998/2013

    Laphroaig Samaroli 1998/2013

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (88 points)

    Independent bottler of Islay

    There were many whisky producers on Whisky Live Singapore 2014, including independent bottlers. On Samaroli stand I met Laphroaig distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2013, in 380 pieces. Mine is 22. Presentation as it should be: unchillfiltered, natural colour, 45% ABV. Laphroaig is one of my favourite distillieries and I decided to buy a bottle. For the rest of the holidays I went to China, Laphroaig accompanied me and I was able to get to know it pretty well. [caption id=attachment_3868...

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  • Christmas bigos with Islay flavour

    Christmas bigos with Islay flavour

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    Miscellanea

    with Laphroaig 10 years old Cask Strength

    This time, gently next to the main topic, because about the bigos (here is the link to the general bigos information). Christmas are just around the corner, so the preparations are in full swing. I turned on to the making of Christmas dishes and here is the effect of these actions. [caption id=attachment_2589 align=alignnone width=801] Laphroaig & bigos[/caption] Since no one in my home is a Master Chef, we decided to use ready-made recipes for preparing our bigos. As a model we...

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