Cairdeas, or friendship, that’s 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 Laphroaig’s website decided to prove that you’re 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 it’s the NAS, so also this one should taste good to me.
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: I can fell a big power, peat, sparks on the tongue and ginger, it seems that the taste also needs water, after the addition of water, also here it is really better, fruits emerged, lemon, definitely lemon peel, young orange, apricot, then smoked cod, well-grilled meat, from time to time honey and caramel, generally in the background always accompanied by ginger, malt gets dry;
F: long with the ashes, with a touch of peach, remnants of peat elements.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 at first glance is young, quite simple and in taste even slightly wild. It looks like it is very thirsty and needs some water and time. There is no regret to give what it wants, because it simply wants to show you its true nature, which is still young, but excellent.