Laphroaig were awarded Best Single Malt in the World in 2005 by Whisky Magazine. Each year Laphroaig Master Distiller, John Campbell, handcrafts a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship (“Cairdeas” in Gaelic).
Released during Fèis Ìle 2015 and marking the distillery's 200th anniversary, for this special edition of Laphroaig Cairdeas Master Distiller John Campbell used 100% floor malted barley (from the distillery's own small malting floor) and used only the two smaller, older stills during distillation! It was matured in ex-bourbon casks for around a dozen years, each blend of Laphroaig Cairdeas is completely unique – something to be savoured with friends old and new. Laphroaig Cairdeas – friendship distilled.
For the technically-minded among you: it's been bottled at 51.5% ABV, is non-chill filtered and is an all natural colour. Here are the official tasting notes on video: YouTube. It's got the distinctive Laphroaig taste but more rounded complex and richer.
Stewed Rhubarb, Huge peat moving into vanilla ice cream and milk chocolaty. Gentle cloves, minty and fresh...
Cairdeas 200 then becomes floral like summer roses, lemon groves and finishes with a long, dry charcoal finish.
A lovely mouth feel and a nice balance, Cairdeas 200 has an initial honey sweetness but becomes dry quickly then creamy and floral, it shows a heavy saltiness and a great liquorice root flavour that really lasts, it then develops into a long, heavy charcoal finish mixing with lemony flavours that really linger on the palate.
Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.
Laphroaig recommend that you add twice as much water as whisky to fully appreciate the taste characteristics of Laphroaig. Whisky at cask strength may overpower the palate, but adding water will release the rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.
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