As we endure this frigid ice and winter storm, my desire for cask strength peat is especially strong. So here we have the 2017 Cairdeas released as a cask strength quarter cask. It was matured for around 5 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then further matured in American oak quarter casks. Neat in a glencairn.
Nose: Intense fruit in the form of citrus, berries, and green apples that have had a dump truck of vanilla smeared on them. Orange zest. Caramelized brown-sugar glazed bacon with wafts of smoke and burnt gunpowder. A tad bit of chocolate. Intense and well rounded.
Palate: The palate builds on the nose. Light fruits (citrus, berries), a fiery young oak plank smoldering with white smoke billowing out of the charred cracks in the plank. Smoked chocolate near the end. Impressive, well rounded, and intense.
Finish: Vanilla covered fruits and smoke linger, and you dare not sip any water for the following few mins as to not cut the long finish short.
Overall: This is delicious. It is not as intense, meaty, or as "heavy" as the 10yo Cask Strength, but I feel like it is more rounded possibly. In the same class for sure and a step up from the already good regular quarter cask. Perfect dram for this weather.
Side note: someone needs to find queen Elsa and seek forgiveness.