Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 51.3%
Score: 91 points

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood. Image courtesy Laphroaig. This 2013 release was matured in ex-Bourbon casks from Maker’s Mark, then transferred to Port wine casks for final maturation.

The nose has a sharp, biting peatiness with hints of orange peel, red grapes, heather, and honey. The taste has a good balance of peatiness and fruity sweetness with dark fruits, orange peel, ginger, and a touch of clove. The finish is smoky and intense with a blend of peat and campfire smoke and a soft fruitiness underneath. (January, 2014)