Whisky Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 2012 Origin
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Laphroaig Distillery
- Bottling: Suntory
- ABV: 51.2%
- Cost: £50
What they say
The 2012 release of Cairdeas [Scots Gaelic for Friendship] was entitled Origin as it was constructed partly from casks that were used to generate the first Cairdeas expression in 2008 left to mature a little longer and then mixed with newer distillate matured in Quarter Casks for around 7 years. This expression was also celebrating the coming of age of the Friends of Laphroaig (FoL) at 18 years young!
What I say
This is the first Cairdeas expression I purchased after joining the Friends of Laphroaig, I have long been a fan and have gotten through numerous bottles of their standard 10 Years Old [purely for medicinal purposes!]. Anecdotally I had heard that Laphroaig whisky was on sale in the USA during the prohibition as it was bottled as a medicine and not an alcoholic beverage.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Very light gold
- Nose: Deep earthy peat and peanut, new paint smell, malt, citrus notes, white grapes, battenburg sponge cake/marzipan and honey
- Taste: Heather honey and maple syrup, mouth-filling fruity sweetness then earthy peanut, a little charcoal and smoke which smooths out into vanilla custard
- Finish: Remarkably smooth and warming with a strong marzipan finish
This 2012 Cairdeas is now only available at auction and I imagine the price per bottle may have doubled at least, I have heard that this essentially is a souped-up version of the standard Quarter Cask expression from Laphroaig so I expect I will seek this expression out before too long. I will continue to purchase the future Cairdeas bottlings as they represent both great quality and value as well as a little more unusual expressions from one of my favourite distilleries.
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