Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Amontillado Cask Edition
Peated Single Malt
Laphroaig // Islay, Scotland
Cairdeas is an annual specialty expression from Laphroaig, bottled as a gesture for their fans ("cairdeas" is Gaelic for "friendship.") This one was aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in first-fill Amontillado sherry casks for one year.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typeex-bourbon & first-fill Amontillado sherry hogshead
"This Scotch wears its sherry perfume well - letting that sugar-coated roasted nut flavor waft into the classic Islay smoke. Enough of Laphroaig's inherent characteristics - salty sea air, burning campfire, a hint of rubber, creamy toffee - still come through just enough. Most of the brand's expressions are older, and it's pleasant to taste a younger one with lots of chutzpah, but hardly any rough edges."