Laphroaig Cairdeas 2024 Cask Favourites 10 Year Old

Peaty, Leathery
Laphroaig is arguably one of the most well-known Islay single malts. From supermarket shelves to independent single cask bottlings, Laphroaig whiskies are recognized and beloved across all market segments. Although we've enjoyed several of their malts in the past, they have been unusually absent from our reviews. Following the trend of limited editions, the distillery offers special "collector's editions" under the Cairdeas label in limited quantities. Today, we're trying the 2024 "Cask Favourites" – a 10-year-old combination of Triple Wood and PX Sherry casks. We're eager to see if the quality matches the hype.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2024 Cask Favourites 10 Year Old
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2024 Cask Favourites 10 Year Old
Single Malt Whisky | 10 Year Old | 52,40 % ABV. | 135,71 €/l | Laphroaig Distillery | produced in Scotland (Islay) | Whiskybase ID 254587
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The opening is unmistakable: the iodine-rich, medicinal Laphroaig smoke, accompanied by a hint of tobacco. Milder aromas of charred grill grate join in. Behind the peat, we find the sherry casks: plums wrapped in bacon, old leather, orange peel, and the scents of fermented grapes. In the top notes, we detect orange peel and a touch of forest honey.


On the palate, pure maritime aromas unfold immediately. We think of seaweed and seawater. The malt is creamy and effervescent with hints of chili and ginger. On the palate, it is herbaceous and dry with hints of burnt sage. In the background, light notes of orange peel, licorice, and coffee grounds emerge.


The finish is medium-long and comes with a good dose of slightly bitter oak. A light pepper kick with voluminous smoke is accompanied by a smoldering leaf fire. The dram is rounded off by hints of burnt caramel.


The 2024 Cairdeas is well-balanced, multi-layered, and provides a warm and spicy counterpoint to the classic Laphroaig aroma. All the key elements are in place, and the Islay distillery delivers an absolutely solid and recommendable malt. However, solid is not always unique at the end of the day. The drawback remains the price. While you don't have to dig as deep into your pockets as with some other distilleries, this is probably more interesting for collectors and super fans. We would probably go for the 10CS, which has a much better value for money.

Rating: 82/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 80 | Sascha: 83)

Value for Money: 3/5 - Acceptable

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