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Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 Edition 2022

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For 2022, Laphroaig’s special-edition Cairdeas launch eschews fancy finishes and sticks with the tried and true. This launch has been solely matured in ex-bourbon casks (from Maker’s Mark) and aged in Laphroaig’s Warehouse 1, a historic and iconic constructing that has stood on Laphroaig’s property for near 200 years.

And that’s the gist. This can be a straight bottling of no-age-statement Laphroaig that ought to come throughout as imminently acquainted to any fan of the distillery. Or does it? Let’s dive in.

At 52.5% abv, it’s sizzling stuff, with a traditional, iodine-rich nostril that reeks of peat in the very best manner. Burning rubber notes meld properly with hints of camphor and, deep down, a punch of well-roasted malt. Smoky and briny in equal proportions, although the previous finally involves dominate. On the palate, an enormous rush of menthol cough drops and extra camphor hit instantly — bolstered by the overproof nature of the spirit. There’s a brown sugar sweetness, iconic to Laphroaig, that emerges in brief order, tempering the minty menthol, no less than for a time. It doesn’t final. Because the end builds the whisky falls again on its natural, medicinal spine, impregnated with sea spray and seashore bonfire smoke earlier than concluding with a contact of chicory and a pinch of well-toasted Jap spices. It’s the primary actual glimpse of complexity in what emerges as an in any other case traditional Islay ingesting expertise, simply as anticipated, that grip of ash and tar clinging heavy to the tongue for what seems like ages.

It might not increase the bar in your expectations of what this distillery can do, however Laphroaig followers will undoubtedly lap it up.

105 proof.

A- / $100 /

Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 Version 2022




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