"Powerful Smokey Spice"

Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino

Reviewed by zoomiewoop


Tasted by four of us in a tasting session alongside Compass Box Spice Tree, Auchentoshan 12 and Ardbeg An Oa. Past sessions have proved that we are big fans of Laphroaig 10 and Laphroaig Triple Wood (in fact the 10 has regularly beaten out Lagavulin 16 for us in blind tastings). One of us, however, is not a peathead. Let's see how this one does!

2018 Feis Ile

Nose

Peat! Sea salt, evocative, intriguing. Sherry sweetness underneath.

Palate

Spices (chili, red and black pepper), charcoal, honey sweetness. Very little smoke. This has great, full mouthfeel and is extremely drinkable despite the high ABV.

Finish

A nice finish of good length. The spice and sweetness linger and the smoke returns.

This is fantastic! Power, balance and flavor -- sherry, spice and peat -- all in one. Yet completely different from Ardbeg Uigeadail and quite different from the standard Laphroaig 10 too. Our scores: CO: 91, BO: 91, TF: 89, MF: 93. Even our non-peathead found this really good (he did give the lowest score), liking the fact that the smoke is not there on the palate, but rather on the nose and finish. Note on scores: mid-70s are for standard good drams we enjoy quite a bit but would not necessarily buy a bottle of too often (Glendronach 12, Caol Ila 12). 80's for stuff we really enjoy and would love to buy/drink regularly (Bunnahabhain 12, Glendronach 18). 90+ our favorite bottles that "wow" us and that we really want on hand if we can afford it (Bunnahabhain 18, Ardbeg Uigedail).

Score

91 / 100
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