Top 20 Whiskies of 2019

#12 • Laphroaig Càirdeas Cask Strength Triple Wood (2019 Release)

  • Rank: 12
  • Year: 2019
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $80
  • ABV: 59.5%
  • Style: Single Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Islay)

The 2019 edition of Laphroaig’s annual Càirdeas series, this is a cask-strength version of Laphroaig Triple Wood. The complex nose is redolent of iodine, lime, peat smoke, wood-fired meats, drying seaweed, salt air, and other maritime notes. Charred smoky peat and coal fire envelop the palate, and embrace emerging notes of bitter chocolate, licorice, savory herbs, smoked jerky, cracked pepper, and cigar ash. A spicy finish is filled with leather, bitter nuttiness, dark chocolate, espresso, and lingering peat smoke. —David Fleming