Alcohol Spotlight: Laphroaig Single Malt Islay Whisky

October 8, 2015
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Alcohol Spotlight: Laphroaig Single Malt Islay Whisky




Each year our Master Distiller, John Campbell, makes a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship (“Cairdeas” in Gaelic). The 2015 bottling is produced from our finest malting floor’s malt, distilled using only the smaller stills, and fully matured in our famous No. 1 warehouse, right by the sea. Cairdeas 2015 is John’s interpretation of how Laphroaig ® would have been produced at the distillery 200 years ago. This results in a unique expression to be savored by Friends of LaphroaigTM old and new. Laphroaig ® Cairdeas – friendship distilled.



Testing Notes

NOSE: Initially a sweet note of red apple blossom moving quickly into a rich cask char flavor.

BODY: Medium bodied.

TASTE: Earthy peat, then a fruity salty combination with a huge iodine and black pepper feeling that runs all the way through the initial phase.
The never-ending peaty tones move slightly into a licorice toffee note that has amazing depth and balance.

PROOF: 103 (ABV: 51.5%)




Laphroaig ® Cairdeas is a unique special edition to commemorate the distillery’s 200 year anniversary.
It is available at fine retail locations nationwide. Suggested retail price of $74.99 for a 750ML bottle.




Laphroaig (La-'froyg) literally means "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay." Born from the streams and blue peat smoke of Islay, Laphroaig is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a distinct taste and story in every bottle. The secret to Laphroaig ® is that it benefits from the happy circumstances of where it is produced—next to ocean water and on land that gives Laphroaig ® a unique peaty taste. It is one of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns. It’s also the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bear a Royal Warrant bestowed by HRH Prince Charles. Further demonstrating the whisky’s superior quality, Laphroaig ® 10 Year Old won Best of Show and Double Gold at the 2015 Denver International Spirits Competition and Laphroaig ® Quarter Cask received platinum medals at the 2014 World Whisky Masters and World Sprits Competition. The Laphroaig Distillery also won three awards in 2014, including Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Icons of Whisky awards.

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