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Laphroaig Càirdeas (the word means ‘friendship’ in Gaelic) was introduced in 2008, a limited edition of 3600 bottles released for the Friends of Laphroaig for the annual Fèis Ìle. In the fall of that year the company came out with an extra expression of Càirdeas exclusively for The Friends of Laphroaig, this time 30 years old. The whisky was a vatting of 60% of ex-sherry casks and 40% ex-bourbon, married together and then re-racked into first fill ex-bourbon barrels sourced from Maker’s Mark Distillery. The edition was limited to 1536 individually numbered bottles and every Friend of Laphroaig purchasing a bottle got a certificate of ownership signed by John Campbell, the distillery manager.
Nose: sweet with quite strong medicinal notes, vanilla, honey, crème brûlée, pralines, almonds, hints of tobacco, notes of hay and oak and sea breeze.
Palate: smooth, yet quite oaky, notes of peat and iodine, nutmeg, cinnamon, apples, grapes, lapsang souchong tea, salty nuts, hints of licorice and aniseed.
Finish: long, peaty and oaky, with subtle fruity and vanilla sweetness.