Each year Laphroaig release a limited edition whisky to celebrate Friendship (“Cairdeas” in Gaelic”). These release have been getting more and more popular and the 2013 expression literally sold out within hours of being available to purchase online. Luckily I was able to buy some bottles which I am very thankful for because this is a great whisky!
- Distillery: Laphroaig
- Expression: 2013 Cairdeas Port Wood Edition
- Age: NAS
- Strength: 51.3%
- Country: Scotland
- Region: Islay
- Website: http://www.laphroaig.com/
- Source: personal purchase
The 2013 Cairdeas has quite a unique colour for Laphroaig here, best I can describe it is a sort of Rosé in appearance, light and reddish. I tried to capture a photo of the colour, but it just doesn’t do it justice.
Straight up I am an Islay fan, so the nose on this just appeals to me on so many levels. Classic rich peat up front as I would expect. If I hunt for it I can pick up some citrus going on. A touch of water knocks the edge of the peat off and helps the citrus along slightly
At 51.3% this is a whisky to approach with respect.. Despite the high content it is reasonably smooth, but you have to keep your eye on it and still take due care, let this go down the wrong hole and you will have a coughing fit for 10 minutes. A spiciness is present, dustiness and bacon hock, and with a little water I pick up a hint of mint.
No surprises here a strong lingering finish. A little oily, the smoked meat coming through again, and after a while a touch of florals there, but I had to wait for it to come along.
What a great whisky, I really like it. Laphroaig feels like an old friend but the Cairdeas tastes just a bit different to their signature expressions. That smoked bacon mouth feel is really interesting. I’m glad I bought the allowed three bottles for this year’s release as I do want to save one to open again in a few years’ time. The third bottle will go into the Collection.
If you are an Islay fan, and more importantly a Laphroaig fan then this is an absolute must buy whisky. Unfortunately if you didn’t order one within hours of its release you won’t be able to pick up a bottle easily and may have to rely on the charity of friends. Good luck!