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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Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris Named KDA Chairman

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Chris Morris of Brown-Forman has been elected Chairman of the 142-year-old non-profit trade group that unites, promotes and protects the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Morris, who is Master Distiller and Vice President of Whiskey Innovation for Brown-Forman, will begin his term Jan. 1, 2023, and serve through December 2023. The KDA Board of Directors elected officers during its Annual Meeting in November.

This will be the third time that Morris has served as Chairman, with the first in 2010 and again in 2016.

“It is an honor to again represent the industry as Chair of the venerable KDA as it continues to elevate America’s distinctive spirit to a level of appreciation enjoyed globally by the Cognac and Scotch Whisky industries,” Morris said.

A Louisville native, Morris has spent his entire 46-year career in the Kentucky Bourbon industry. He is responsible for maintaining the award-winning taste of the whiskies produced at the Woodford Reserve and Old Forester distilleries.

A 2016 inductee into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame and a 2017 inductee into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, Morris also is Governor of the KDA’s Order of the Writ – Spirit of Kentucky Bourbon Society, and is a respected authority on Bourbon and Kentucky history.

The Board also named Jessica Pendergrass, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer for Heaven Hill, as Vice Chair; Kaveh Zamanian, Founder, Whiskey Maker and CEO of Rabbit Hole Distillery as Secretary; and Ryan Ashley, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Distillery Operations at Four Roses as Treasurer.

Other Board members for 2023 include:

Bardstown Bourbon Co.: Ingrid Gentry, Chief Financial Officer
Castle & Key Distillery: Will Arvin, Co-Founder
Diageo North America: Antoine Smith, Vice President of Distillation and Maturation North America
James B. Beam Distilling Co.: Kevin Smith, Vice President of Bourbon Affairs in Kentucky
Louisville Distilling Co.: Gigi DaDan, General Manager
Lux Row Distillers: Erika Lapish, Vice President of Human Resources
Michter’s Distillery: Andrea Wilson, Chief Operating Officer & Master of Maturation
White Dog Trading & Storage: Tyler Harris, President
Wild Turkey: Marco Barassi, Government Relations and Sustainability Director, North America
Wilderness Trail Distillery: Shane Baker, Co-Founder & CEO
Willett Distillery: Britt Kulsveen, President

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.

Bourbon is one of Kentucky’s most treasured industries, a booming $9 billion economic and tourism engine that sustains more than 22,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $1.23 billion each year, and pays over $285 million in local and state taxes and $1.8 billion in federal alcohol taxes.

A key export, distilling has the state’s highest job spin-off factor among top manufacturers; buys at least 17 million bushels of corn and other grains every year, mostly from Kentucky farm families; and is currently investing more than $5.2 billion in new stills, warehouses, bottling lines, tourism experiences and more.

Bourbon production has skyrocketed more than 475% since the turn of the century.

Kentucky now boasts more than 11.4 million barrels of Bourbon aging in warehouses across the Bluegrass, the most in its revered distilling history. Distillers filled more than 2.6 million barrels in 2021 alone, the fourth consecutive year that production topped 2 million.

Attendance at the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour distilleries has skyrocketed more than 300% in the last 10 years. Total attendance in 2021 was more than 1.5 million visits, just below the pre-COVID record of 1.7 million visits in 2019.

KDA President Eric Gregory thanked the Board of Directors for its bold and visionary leadership that has guided the association on an unprecedented path of success. This year saw the largest expansion of KDA members in its history – now standing at 83 and counting.

Gregory, who is finishing his 15th year as KDA President, said he looks forward to working again with Morris as Chairman in 2023 as the KDA develops its next five-year strategic plan and seeks an end to the discriminatory barrel tax. Kentucky remains the only place in the world that taxes aging barrels of spirits.

“Strategic planning is a year-long process and challenges us to look ahead and clearly prioritize our goals and objectives,” Gregory said. “As he has proven time and time again, Chris is a focused leader who is dedicated to ensuring that the future of our industry is sustainable and secure.

“We are blessed to work with a passionate group of leaders who consistently prioritize the needs of the industry as a whole in strengthening Kentucky’s rightful place as the one, true and authentic home for America’s only native spirit.”

Glen Moray’s Christmas Three! – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Moray’s Christmas Three!

Elgin Distillery Wraps up Trio of Warehouse 1 Exclusives for Gifting Season

Glen Moray has released three new treasures from its award-winning Warehouse 1 Collection today (24th November), each celebrating the marriage of its classic Speyside single malt with some of Europe’s most revered wine and sherry varieties.

This tantalizing trio is comprised of Amarone Finish which showcases Glen Moray’s affinity with the full-bodied red wines of Italy; Amontillado Finish, adventuring beyond the whisky’s classic sherry maturation with dryer, deeper, richer notes; and Oloroso Fully Matured, Glen Moray spirit rested for eight years in Oloroso casks to release the rich, sweet notes of this characterful sherry.

These three limited-edition, UK exclusives have been bottled and released just in time for Christmas, making them the perfect gift for whisky lovers, old and new, who would love to unwrap a special dram to enjoy over the festive season.

Glen Moray Warehouse 1 Amarone Finish

Finished in casks that once held Italy’s legendary Amarone red wine, offering rich, ripe fruity notes that are the perfect complement to Glen Moray’s classic Speyside spirit.

Distillation 12.02.2010

Only 1194 bottles available

55.4% ABV

RRP £79.95

Tasting notes

Sweet and spicy notes of fig and cinnamon on the nose, transcending into a deep, rich chocolate cherry liqueur. Flavours of sweet brown sugar and notes of chocolate fade to reveal a burst of red cherry, with lingering fresh green peppercorn.

Glen Moray Warehouse 1 Amontillado Finish

Finished in casks that once held this dark sherry from the Montilla region of Spain, giving the finished whisky its dry, deep, rich sherry notes.

Distillation 12.08.2013

Only 1248 bottles available

57.5% ABV

RRP £74.95

Tasting notes

An intense hit of caramel and chocolate on the nose, which morph into earthy notes of leather and tobacco expanding into rich, warm woody flavours with chocolate and hazelnut. A gentle spice gives way to a buttery chocolate finish.

Glen Moray Warehouse 1 Oloroso Fully Matured

Dark, nutty Oloroso (“scented” in Spanish) plays an important part in finishing Glen Moray’s core range, but this is the distillery’s first expression to be fully matured in Oloroso casks. 

Distillation: 06.06.2014

Only 1950 bottles available

60% ABV

RRP £76.95

Tasting notes

Oaky and malty aromas combine with hedgerow fruits, rich cacao and a subtle hint of toasted chestnuts on the nose. To taste there is sweet liquorice, notes of rich autumn leaves and tannin, and a nuttiness that transforms to oaky spice and a long, lingering sweet, dried fruit finish. 

Launched in 2020 and with a clutch of awards to its name since then, Glen Moray’s Warehouse 1 Collection promises limited release whiskies matured in the Elgin distillery’s famous blue-doored warehouse, where rarer and more experimental casks are tucked away – always non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength with natural colour. Previous releases include Sauternes, Barolo, Tokaji, Manzanilla and Madeira matured expressions.

Glen Moray’s Global Brand Ambassador Iain Allan believes that the light, smooth, fruity Speyside character of Glen Moray matured in unusual casks choices is a winning combination. He commented: ‘There’s something magical about Warehouse 1 and the unexpected and experimental casks that lie within it, and we have definitely bottled some of that magic with these three exceptional new whiskies. They are stunning single malts, continuing Glen Moray’s long heritage of cask exploration and of journeys around the world to source casks that bring bold, vibrant, sun-soaked flavours to our classic Speyside single malt whisky. Whether for full maturation or just for the finish, these casks bring extraordinary flavour and complexity to our whisky, with three distinctive expressions for whisky fans to savour over the festive season.’

Glen Moray’s new Warehouse 1 expressions are available now from specialist whisky shops. www.glenmoray.com

 

                                                                                                                                        

ABOUT GLEN MORAY

Glen Moray is one of Scotland’s best loved single malt whiskies. It has been crafted since 1897 in the ancient town of Elgin, the capital of the Speyside whisky region, on what was once the Elgin West Brewery site on the banks of the River Lossie. Pure waters from the river, locally malted barley, distillation in traditional copper stills and maturation in American ex-bourbon casks combine to give the whisky its smooth, well-balanced, classic Speyside character. Glen Moray has always been a place where curiosity about flavour and cask maturation has been encouraged. Records dating back to the early days show new make spirit maturing in a wide variety of different casks – a highly unusual practice at this time. A passion for experimentation and a deep knowledge of wood have been passed down through generations of Glen Moray distillers. The result is today’s exceptional and extensive range of whiskies, offering a flavour and style to suit all tastes. Glen Moray is the 5th biggest malt whisky brand by volume in the UK and is growing in international markets.

ABOUT LMB-UK

LMB-UK is the UK subsidiary of the French, family-owned business La Martiniquaise-Bardinet: the world’s 7th largest spirits group. Their industry-leading portfolio includes some of the world’s best-selling and best-loved brands across whisky, white spirits, brandies, rums, wines, ports and liqueurs. LMB-UK’s focus brands are the fast-growing top ten single malt whisky, Glen Moray; Cutty Sark blended whisky; Bardinet Brandy; the world’s No.1 port Porto Cruz; and the French craft liqueur brand Marie Brizard. Based in Scotland, LMB-UK is investing in growth and its team of spirits experts working across trade, sales and marketing, working alongside LMB production bases in Elgin (Glen Moray Distillery) and Bathgate (Starlaw Distillery).

The Whisky Shop ‘Golden Dram: Deanston 40 Year Old’ 🥃 – Scotch Whisky News

Golden Dram:
Deanston 40 Year Old

To be in with a chance of winning a stunning bottle of Deanston 40 Year Old all you have to do is simply purchase any 70cl bottle of Deanston from the below selection between now and Thursday 1st December. Enter now – it’s a win-win!

Discover Deanston →

About Deanston

Deanston prides itself on community. It was one of the things that persuaded founder Brodie Hepburn to take the risk and covert a disused cotton mill into a whisky distillery. From the kinship of distillers, to present day innovators, to the growing community of Deanston lovers across the world. There is community and character in every single bottle of Deanston whisky.

Deanston Distillery is housed in a massive, tall, austere stone building on the bank of the River Teith near Doune, Perthshire. Formerly a cotton mill, designed by Sir Richard Arkwright – one of the Fathers of the Industrial Revolution – it was built in 1785 and operated until 1965.

Inspired by David Dale’s mill community at New Lanark, in 1811 the owners built a comfortable model village close by to house the mill workers, complete with a school, post office, communal wash house, grocery shop and savings bank. It was also the first village in Scotland to have electric lighting, in 1813 – 45 years before its neighbour, Doune, and even some months before Westminster Bridge in London. By the 1840s Deanston Village had 4,000 inhabitants, over a quarter of whom worked in the mill. Much of the village is now listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.

For Brodie Hepburn, whisky brokers in Glasgow and owners of Tullibardine and Macduff Distilleries, conversion of the mill into a distillery was a no-brainer. It already had a water turbine in place, driven by water from the river and there was plenty of excellent space for maturing casks. All that required to be done was to remove four solid floors to make way for two pairs of stills. In partnership with the mill owner, James Findlay & Company, the distillery commenced production in 1969, employing many of the local community.

Gordon & MacPhail DISCOVERY SERIES MALTS SALE at The Aberdeen Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Dalmore 12 Year Old, Pedestal Gift Tin at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Dalmore 12 Year Old, Pedestal Gift Tin

An outstanding single malt matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and finessed in rare and aged oloroso sherry casks. This limited release comes with a pedestal gift tin

Only £59.00

The Aroma: Citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices

On the Palate: Seville oranges, dried fruits and hints of vanilla pod

Finishing Notes: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate

Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Review

By Richard Thomas

Rating: B

Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series #9, Toasted Barrel Finish Rye
(Credit: Richard Thomas)

The Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series, formerly known as the Tennessee Taster’s, has become quite a deep-run thing. Only in the last several days, the tenth installment in the series was announced. With that in mind, I’m looking back on the ninth release, a rye whiskey finished in highly toasted oak barrels.

The series is an experimental one, and very similar to the long running, distillery only experimental line going on with their Brown-Forman cousins at Woodford Reserve. This particular example draws on Jack Daniel’s Rye, itself celebrated as the first new mash bill that Lynchburg has put into regular production since the early 20th Century. That rye was given the Lincoln County Process and barreled in summer 2014. It was then dumped in October 2019 and entered again into high toast, no char white oak barrels, thus receiving the double new oak treatment. The release was overseen by Assistant Distiller Lexie Phillips, and she bottled it at 101 proof.

The Whiskey
The look of this pour has a reddened amber cast to it. The scent is like having a slice of warm coffee cake and a cinnamon bun on the same plate, if that platter were also warmed up and made of green oak.

The double new oak treatment usually results in a deepening of the vanilla flavors imparted by maturing in white oak, and that was certainly the case here. The mellow JD style rye comes across here as a thick, cake-like layer, encased in a vanilla-rich icing. The finish is absolutely the best part, running long and wide with equal currents of sweetness and spiciness.

The Price
The price on this 375ml, half-sized bottle is $42.

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