Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Last Year's Peat: Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016 & Lagavulin 8
Today I review two peated whiskeys that were released last year, courtesy of samples from My Annoying Opinions.
Lagavulin 8 year old, 48% abv ($60)
This was a limited release to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Lagavulin Distillery. What better way to do so than with a really young whiskey?
The nose is sweet and peaty with floral notes; surprisingly, the peat doesn't blow you away. The peat comes on strong on the palate, with some light sweet notes, and it fades into a peaty finish.
This tastes exactly how you think it will taste, like a younger Lagavulin, and it's pretty good, because it's Lagavulin.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016, 51.6% abv ($85)
The 2016 Cairdeas, an annual release that varies year to year, was composed of Laphroaig finished in Madeira seasoned casks.
The nose has a lot of wine character; it mixes with the peat to produce some fuel like notes. On the palate there's that same dynamic - first wine along with some fruit notes, then peat, then fuel-like notes but with a bit of spice, likely from the Madeira. The finish is mostly peated with some spice on the palate.
What separates this from any other Laphroaig is the spicy wine notes. I'm not a huge fan of Madeira finishes, so this one wasn't for me - it just gets in the way of an otherwise good Laphroaig, but if you like that sort of thing, you'll probably really enjoy this Cairdeas.
See My Annoying Opinions' reviews of the Lagavulin 8 and Laphroaig Cairdeas 2016.