Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Edition 2016
Added on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 04:31 AM
  Bottler: Laphroaig
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2016 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 51.60 % Region: Islay
  Price: $85 Availability: Better Stores
Cask: ex-Bourbon and ex-Madeira
Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Member Ratings and Notes

n: charred oak, peat smoke, and burnt orange marmelade with milk chocolate. Raw salted applewood smoked bacon and a cloying acidic sweetness.


t: Roasted peach, medicinal, with a bit of a sour bite (almost metallic). A dynamic and slightly askew offering, but I love the complex flavours and how they come at you in waves. Semi-sweet at best, but the middle is full of the core elements I enjoy of Laphroaig. Charred citrus finish full of tarry smoke and mouth coating oils.

N: Smoke, bacon, pepper, red grapes, saline, crisp rosé-like wine notes, ash, orange zest, spice and a some malty sweetness. Complex and dynamic, it’s a wonderful new take on Laphroaig.

P: Peat, cocoa, smoked paprika, more of those crisp rosé-like wine notes, ash, spice, oak, citrus peels and a light bit of waxy licorice before it dovetails into the finish. Alluring, crisp and sweet and smoky… yum.

F: Long -> Smoke, rosé, cocoa, malty sweetness, dried fruit and nuts.

I LOVED the 2015 Cairdeas but this is even better thanks to the wonderful delicate pairing of the madeira sweetness to the burly smoke-beast that is the core Laphroaig.

Sorry to disagree with my colleagues here, but I found this one to be hot and thin.


Didn't feel like the Madeira influence was strong enough as there wasn't much of that nutty rich toffey influence that a good Madeira has.    


n:  cooling campfire embers and saltwater taffey


p:   charcoal and shellac with a bit of sweet and sour.  Fun and quaffable although lacking a bit in complexity.



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