Every year Laphroaig Distillery commemorates Fèis Ìle with a limited bottling of Càirdeas intended to reward The Friends of Laphroaig, an informal group of Laphroaig devotees.
For 2016 John Campbell, the distillery manager, prepared whisky aged for 8 to 10 years in American oak casks and finished for over a year in ex-Madeira casks. The whisky was bottled at 51.6% abv; as we remember, since 2012 the last two numbers of abv are matching the year, in which it was produced. The word ‘Càirdeas’ translates from the Gaelic to ‘Friendship’.
Nose: interesting combination of peat smoke, iodine, seaweed, smoked bacon, rosehip marmalade, plums, orange peel, red berries and hints of licorice.
Palate: peaty and smoky with crispy notes of rosé wine, strawberry jam, cherries, bitter oranges, cocoa, hints of smoked paprika and licorice.
Finish: pretty long, smoky and slightly medicinal, cocoa, bitter oranges and delicate herbal notes.