Peat and BBQ smoke. Banana bread with butter and vanilla cream. Sweet malt, minerals and rock salt. Rockmelon and roasted nuts. Cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper. Honey, coconut and flowers right at the back.
My wife got this for me as a gift for Valentine’s Day. I’ve had quite a few different scotches, but this was the first one that made me want to review it. Longtime Scotch drinker, longtime Scotchit lurker, first review!
Details: 50/50 of 13-21yo spirit & 7yo QC matured spirit. Price unknown (Gift/MA). Notes: Reviewed neat in a Glencairn at room temperature (~68°F)
My initial sip only expanded on this. For having one of the higher ABVs I’ve ever sampled, the Càerdias was so smooth that it could have been use to oil my motorcycle. At no point did I feel the characteristic burn I’ve come to expect from whiskey; I was honestly tempted to pour a bit on the tabletop and light it just to see if it really had alcohol in it.
Tasting expanded the aforementioned aromas exponentially, while opening up the more subtle notes. This is a scotch that deserves to be held and rolled in the mouth for a moment– to anything less would be patently criminal.
The finish was the only point I found waning, even if only by the slightest of margins. The Càerdias finishes so quickly and smoothly that I honestly didn’t notice it fading until I realized that there was no flavor left lingering on my palate- I would have preferred a slightly longer finish, if only to maximize the experience.
While I cannot vouch for the tagline of “the most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies”, I can say it is one of, if not the, most richly flavored Scotch that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.
I’ll be heading down to where my wife got this to see about purchasing another bottle or two to tuck away.
Hi, folks! Longtime lurker finally getting around to sharing what I can. The inaugural review is for a Signatory bottling of Laphroaig. This is the product of a single refill butt cask (#4073 to be precise) holding whisky from September 18, 2000 to January 17, 2011.
It’s bottled at 46%, non-chill filtered, and has no added color, so it’s something of a fresh perspective on the regular 10yo distillery bottling. And so my notes on this end of day tipple had neat whilst relaxing on my couch at home…