Laphroaig Cairdeas 2010 'Master Edition' (Feis Ile)
Disappointing (so much so it prompted my first review)
29th Jun 2010
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Tasting Notes by stu
I’ve had this on my shelf for few weeks now and decided to treat myself and crack it open tonight... I’m a little disappointed to say the least.
Nose: Smoke and coastal notes immediately, fish with a squeeze of lemon to follow. Hints of trifle (fresh cream), an Italian desert I can’t quite put my finger on, and a shot of Amaretto hidden amongst it all. Pleasant. [20/25]
Taste: Spicy, very spicy, and peppery, like the pepper used in the Chinese Hot Pot when you ask for it 'hot' (Sichuan peppers?). Dry and almost numbing. Hint of fennel seed or aniseed in there too. [17/25]
Finish: Very long with a dryness that attaches to the side of your tongue. A lingering liquorice residue and slight oiliness stays with you for a good (or bad) 10 minutes. A finish that (almost) makes you want to rinse your month out. [13/25]
I’m a big fan of the 10yo and the Quarter Cask but this doesn't come close to either.