First released at the Feis Ile 2012, Laphroaig Cairdeas was bottled to celebrate 18 years of the Friends Of Laphroaig program. Combining the original liquid used to first create Cairdeas along with newer Laphroaig spirit that has been fully matured in quarter casks.
Although there is no age statement on the bottle, we've been told by those-in-the-know that Laphroaig Cairdeas is new spirit that was placed into small quarter casks, enjoying a very intense maturation for seven years, that was then blended (50:50) with another 'special' whisky the chaps at Laphroaig had been quietly maturing for between 13 and 21 years old. Both whiskies were fine expressions of Laphroaig® in their own right, but when blended together something exceptional emerged as befits this 18th anniversary of the FOL club.
The Cairdeas is a Laphroaig that has been double matured first in "first fill" ex-bourbon casks then in Madeira Wine Casks for one year.