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Laphroaig Càirdeas

 16 May 2008  

Laphroaig Càirdeas was released here in Sweden at the beginning of the month. According to the marketing blurb, it's a vatting of 13, 15 and 17 year old whisky from ex-Maker's Mark casks. Ap­par­ently, it's going to be this year's Feis Ile bottling and for some reason it's sold in Sweden before the fest­ival. "Càirdeas" is the Gaelic word for "friendship" and it seems that Laphroaig has many friends in Sweden =)

I tasted it in a head-to-head with the "Quarter Cask":

Laphroaig Càirdeas (55%):
Fresh, fruity nose with notes of wood smoke, sawdust and citrus fruits; light, sweet palate with a smoky finish; unusually light and mild for a Laphroaig but quite moreish (87 p)

Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48%):
Unusual palate with a nice fruitiness; quite medicinal finish; fairly young but has in­ter­est­ing flavours (best without water) (87 p)

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