Laphroaig launches 2022 Càirdeas edition
Beam Suntory-owned Laphroaig has released the 2022 edition of its Càirdeas whisky to mark this year’s Fèis Ìle festival.
The annual release of the series has been created to celebrate the ‘friends of Laphroaig’.
Laphroaig Càirdeas 2022 Warehouse 1 is available online today (31 May) on Laphroaig Day. The annual celebration is held during Islay whisky festival Fèis Ìle (26 May to 4 June).
The new release has been matured in first-fill Maker’s Mark Bourbon casks and aged in Laphroaig’s Warehouse 1, which has stood for almost 200 years. Each cask laid to rest in the warehouse is said to have a maritime character due to its exposure to the sea.
The resulting liquid offers the brand’s signature notes of peat, smoke and salt, along with hints of vanilla cake, fudge, heather honey and golden syrup, walnuts, nutmeg on the nose.
The palate provides ‘strong peat reek, tar and powerful ashy notes’ alongside manuka honey, burnt toffee, liquorice, oak spices and tannins, white pepper, dried herbs and flowers.
The liquid was developed by former distillery manager John Campbell, who left Laphroaig last year to join Lochlea Distillery. He was replaced by Barry MacAffer.
MacAffer said: “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.
“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.”
The 52.2% ABV whisky is priced at RRP £92 (US$116) per 700ml bottle and available to purchase from the brand’s website.
To celebrate Laphroaig Day today, the brand is offering several activities including a masterclass with MacAffer and a cask tasting and bottling session.
Entry to the Islay distillery will be complimentary from 10am and will include a goodie bag, as well as live music, whisky and cocktail bars, catered food, local stalls and a personalised engraver.
Last year’s Cáirdeas whisky was finished in European oak hogsheads containing PX Sherry.