For 2019, Laphroaig released their annual Cairdeas Scotch as the cask strength version of their existing Triple Wood. I haven’t had the standard release, so I don’t have any bias towards the Triple Wood in one way or another. The Cairdeas releases often experiment with different wood finishes, such as Madeira (2016), Quarter Cask (2017), and Fino (2018), but for 2019, Laphroaig did not only one, but two finishes. Laphroaig Triple Wood is first aged in ex-bourbon barrels as normal Laphroaigs are, then finished in quarter casks (smaller barrels), and finally in ex-Oloroso barrels. At its core though, Laphroaig Cairdeas is still cask strength Laphroaig, and oh boy do I love Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength.
Although it seems that I may be positively biased, it’s actually the opposite. The 10 year cask strength has already set a high bar, so I have high expectations for the Cairdeas Triple Wood. No matter what, every cask strength Laphroaig is going to be an intensely peaty, savory, and rich Scotch, definitely not for everyone. This is also the first Laphroaig Cairdeas I’ve ever had, so I’m excited and curious to find out what the extra finishing and limited release-nature add in this Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood review.