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.
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, grapefruit with a slight bitterness, many varieties of oranges, including sweet ripe, but also slightly sour unripe, blood oranges, chocolate with chili, cappuccino, with time it gets more and more dry, after adding water prior impressions have highlighted a bit, except that the classic tones of Laphroaig still remain in the foreground;
F: long, dry with chili, ash and traces of oranges.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% ABV is certainly a very good single malt. I also think that it represents a typical distillery values. A lot of smoke, peat and asphalt. Of course, I like it all. On the other hand I expected a greater influence the title Madeira casks, and in my opinion here is just a touch of it.