Thursday, September 5, 2013
Laphroaig Cask Strength and Cairdeas
It's been a while since I sampled any Laphroaigs so I thought I would dip into their standard offerings.
Laphroaig 10 year old Cask Strength, Batch 004, 58.6% ($60)
I've been a fan of the 10 year old cask strength since it first came out, but having not tried it in a few years, I was interested to see how it has held up.
The nose is peaty and medicinal with a sweet malt note in the background. The palate starts off sweet with a nice spiciness (bay leaves and ginger) and some pepper, and the finish has Black pepper on the palate and peat on the nose.
I'm happy to report that this is still a very solid malt at a very decent price. It's got everything you would want from a Laphroaig with peat, spice and those medicinal notes.
Laphroiag Cairdeas, 2012 Release, 51.2% ($65)
The 2012 release combines some of the spirit used in the first Cairdeas with quarter cask matured whiskey. This stuff is medicinal and peaty through and through with some coastal elements coming through on the finish. This is textbook Laphroaig.
Th Cairdeas is nice, but given the similarity in price, I would opt for the cask strength if I had to choose between the two.