2022 Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 Review

The 2022 Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 is not the first time they’ve released a Laphroaig touting the “entirely aged in ex-Maker’s Mark barrels”. Or even the Warehouse 1 aging for that matter. They did this exact release 7 years ago (2015) with one notable exception: floor malting.

The 2015 version of this was made entirely from barley that was floor malted at Laphroaig, the 2022 is not. In fact, this year’s release is essentially just a NAS Laphroaig Cask Strength with casks all pulled from a single warehouse. Which, to be clear, I’m not poo-pooing. I love Laphroaig CS, I’m just pointing out that 2022 Cairdeas is standing on well-trodden, safe, ground.

Now, let’s get to drinkin’!

2022 Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 – Details and Tasting Notes

 

Whiskey Details

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Islay, Scotch
Distiller: Laphroaig

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: NAS (typically 8+ years)
ABV: 52.2%

Batch: 2022
Release: Warehouse 1

2022 Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 Price: $100

Related Whiskey

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2021
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2020
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2019
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018

“Our Càirdeas expression for 2022 reflects how Friends bring out more in each other. Matured in our iconic warehouse a skipping-stone’s throw from the Islay coast, this limited-edition single malt, aged in first-fill ex-Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels dials up our quintessential Laphroaig taste.” – Laphroaig

2022 Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 Tasting Notes

EYE
Light gold

NOSE
Oily smoke, malt, saline, graham, dried orchard fruit, honey, malt, vanilla, caramel, touch of baking spice and plastic.

If you want to know the essence of Laphroaig, give this a sniff.

PALATE
Oily smoke, malt, saline, graham, dried orchard fruit, honey, malt, vanilla, caramel, touch of baking spice and plastic.

It’s just wave after wave of LAPHROAIG crashing over the palate in a carbon copy of the nose.

FINISH
Long -> Smoke, malt, minerality, graham and honey.

BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Perfectly balanced, full-bodied, heavy oily feel.

2022 Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 – Overall Thoughts and Score

This is just pure Laphroaig. Pure, classic, un-fussy, Laphroaig. And there is nothing wrong with that – ever. This is everything I love about Laphroig all in one glass and it’s all on display thanks to the use of ex-bourbon casks that don’t get too much in the way.

I know the 2022 Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 is almost a retread of the 2015 Cairdeas, but it’s so good I don’t really care and it currently sits tied with it for second place in the Cairdeas lineup. The incredible 2013 Cairdeas (ex-Port) is still holding strong at number one, but releases like this might one day take the crown.

SCORE: 4.5/5 (very good, highly recommended ~ A- | 90-93)

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