Limited Release - One bottle per customer
In 1815, two brothers named Donald and Alexander Johnston leased 1,000 acres of land from the laird of Islay so they could raise cattle. In order to so, they had to grow barley in order to feed the cattle during the winter months. However, there was a large amount of surplus barley so the brothers decided to start producing whisky. Soon after, the word had spread throughout Islay that their whisky was particularly good - it became so popular that the brothers found it more profitable to produce whisky than raise cattle, and Laphroaig was born.
In Gaelic "Cairdeas" means friendship, a fitting moniker for a bottling released to celebrate the distillery's popular friends program. This is the annual release from Laphroaig for 2016, featuring fully matured Laphroaig aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being artfully married together for a second maturation in Madeira seasoned traditional hogsheads. The resulting scotch is distinctively pale in color with youthful and vibrant aura around it. The nose starts of with ripe orange fruits, waxy carbolic soap and sweet liquorice that gradually becomes buttery and nutty with added notes of Jamaican spices and butterscotch. On the palate the lovely peaty earthy aromas come through at first which is quickly followed by a hint of dry saltiness, spice and creamy orange undertone.
The finish is long, rounded with sweet tropical fruits and hints of cigar smoke.
Product of Scotland
Alcohol by Volume: 51.6%