70cl // 51.4% ABV
This year’s Cairdeas release (“Cairdeas”, pronounced ‘car-chase’, means ‘friendship’ in Gaelic) was matured in bourbon barrels and Amontillado hogsheads.
Created by Laphroaig Master Distiller John Campbell, it’s bottled at 51.4% ABV.
Nose: Banana, honey and some Marmite-y yeast notes. There’s a heap of brown sugar in here too as well as peaty porridge and a little dried papaya.
Palate: Bacon, dates, a bit more yeast and well-barbecued apple slices.
Finish: Some kind of salted barbecued goods (not my Mastermind subject).
Overall: Breakfast whisky, only the breakfast is a bit all over the place. It’s many breakfasts at once really, which, as it’s a whisky not a breakfast, might actually be fine?