Laphroaig Feis Ile 2013, Cairdeas Port Wood Edition, 51.3%

After a few days off in the Ardennes that mainly focussed on someone else’s whisky and beer, it’s about time to continue the Islay tasting and finish that up this week, since on Friday I’m off to Den Bosch again for another whisky tasting!

Laphroaig has been at the front of the distilleries releasing bigger batches of Feis Ile bottlings. Their Cairdeas series has been around for a while and always know how to find their way everywhere, and not just to people standing in line at the distillery. Since they have been doing that Ardbeg, Bowmore and now Lagavulin have followed suit.

This year’s edition is matured in Port Wood. A nice change of pace of the bourbon matured versions that came before (and a sherry one that came way before). Usually port wood and peated whisky combine rather well (I fondly remember some Caol Ila by Murray McDavid, and the various BenRiachs). Let’s see how we fare this time!

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood. Image from Master of Malt

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood. Image from Master of Malt

It’s light and rather sweet. You get the typical scents of Laphroaig but there is an addition. Unfortunately, in this case it feels a bit like a taint. There’s quite some port influence but that feels a bit watery. Some fruit and nuts are present though.

It’s rather gentle, especially after the Lagavulin and Caol Ila. Quite some pepper though, but still sweet. Tawny port with some red fruit, on top of Laphroaigs peatiness.

Again, Laphroaig with something added in the mix. Pretty sweet again.

I am not a fan. I had tasted this before at Maltstock and wasn’t convinced back then. Now, when I sat down to properly assess it I am still not charmed by this one, to a level that I am glad I didn’t buy a bottle.

The port doesn’t work well with the lighter style of peated whisky that is Laphroaig. The subtleties of the distillery are lost in this dram and that happens because it’s trampled by the sweetness of the port. For some reason the port influence is a bit strange too, with just sweetness and not much else.

Laphroaig Feis Ile 2013, Cairdeas Port Wood Edition, 51.3%. No longer available but worth about £ 150 by now.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Laphroaig Feis Ile 2013, Cairdeas Port Wood Edition, 51.3%

  1. Pingback: Laphroaig 1995, 17yo, 61.5%, Nurses and Doctors attend a Beach BBQ – SMWS (29.134) | Malt Fascination

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