The famously peaty Scotch whisky brand Laphroaig, owned by Beam Suntory, has announced its annual release of Laphroaig Càirdeas edition: Laphroaig Càirdeas 2022 Warehouse 1.
This release takes its name from Laphroaig’s Warehouse 1, which has stood for nearly 200 years. The four-story, seaside warehouse helps provide the brand’s trademark maritime characteristics.
Laphroaig Càirdeas 2022 Warehouse 1 matured in first-fill Maker’s Mark bourbon casks, and aged in Laphroaig’s warehouse, resulting in traditional notes of peat, smoke and salt.
On the nose is peaty, sweet and nutty notes of peat smoke, medicinal bandages, Germolene, iodine and antiseptic cream, the company reports, along with vanilla cake, fudge, heather honey and golden syrup, walnuts, nutmeg with a touch of floral fragrance. The palate brings peat , tar and ashy notes, but also the sweetness of Manuka honey, burnt toffee, liquorice, oak spices and tannins, white pepper, dried herbs and dried flowers. The finish is peaty and carbolic with herbal and spicy notes leading to a floral aftertaste.
The release of this limited-edition bottling from the Laphroaig Càirdeas series was developed by former Distillery Manager John Campbell (now retired), with newly appointed Laphroaig Distillery Manager Barry MacAffer now taking the reins.
“Càirdeas” means friendship, and represents the Friends of Laphroaig, which has brought together Laphroaig’s most devoted fans and followers since 1994.
“I am thrilled to announce the launch of our 2022 Càirdeas edition, named after the iconic Warehouse 1, answering the call from Friends of Laphroaig to make a Càirdeas release that reflects a classic Laphroaig,” says MacAffer. “This limited-edition bottling has been created not only for the community, but by them. Warehouse 1 will also be launched in time to celebrate Laphroaig Day at Fèis Ìle Festival 2022, which returns as a non-virtual event for the first time since 2019. We are all very excited to see both familiar and new faces at Fèis Ìle Festival once more.”