Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask, 51.8%
Price: $80 ● Issue: Winter 2018 ● Reviewer: Gavin Smith
‘Cairdeas' is Gaelic for ‘friendship.' This bottling was aged in first-fill bourbon casks before a finishing period in fino sherry casks. The nose offers lemon cheesecake smoked in peat, with brine, almonds, and oysters. Full and rounded on the palate, with stewed fruits, ashy peat, antiseptic, and more brine. The lengthy finish features licorice, tar, rock salt, phenols, and citrus fruits.