Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood - Tasting Notes

Sweet nose, filled with port, orange, raisin, vanilla, smoky flavours, and different fruit tones. 

The palate was fruit, light salty, smoke, seaweed, some peat coming through, but warm. Filled with soft fruit, vanilla, custard, honey and some chocolate. 

The finish was a very nice combination of the salty, sweet and smoky flavours ending a chocolate finish. Nice!

8 out of 10

Tasting scores explained a bit. It all depends on the moment, ambiance etc, but to have a guideline for my own preferences. This differs for each person. See my wish list in the menu above to see what I prefer the most at the moment. A low score will not meen I will maybe give it a second chance on a later time, but for now it is not for me...

1-5   Mhmm... Not liking this one...
5-6   Don't have to wake me up for this, not bad, but not my preference
6-7   I like, but they just miss something, to make me wanna buy a whole bottle
7-8   Well, you can start waking me up for these, more depth, these I would love to add to my collection
8-9   These are to be enjoyed slowly. These I absolutely would love to have a bottle, but sadly not always in my price range. 
9-10 Well, what can I say, just wow...... No words to describe it. Wake me up now!!


  1. So all recent Cairdeas expressions received the same rating...
    Would you recomend any single one in particular?
    Which would you choose between the 2012 Origin aand the 2013 Port wood and why?
    I have the option to buy one, but can't afford both...
    Or would you recomend something else for that price ($80-100)?

    1. Hi,
      They got indeed al the same rating, based on the combination of nose/palate. But they are very different from each other. The portwood I find warmer, some flavours like red wine/port in it, and the origin I found more sweet and fresh citrus tones. It depends on what you like more. What do you prefer in a whisky? Flavour profile wise? Maybe then I can say more on the way to go? ;-)