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It’s Here! The Holiday Season! And The Most Anticipated Whiskey Offerings

on 01/11/14 at 10:22 am


ss0899_dec_2010_email_2Distillers from Kirkwall to Kyoto descended on New York this Wednesday for the 17th annual WhiskeyFest, a trade show that often serves as a launching pad for end-of-the-year releases. Below are some of the most buzzed-about bottles that begin hitting stores now.

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014: A salty new single malt

“My job is to make sure this doesn’t change,” the master distiller John Campbell says about Laphroaig 10, the brand’s original, 100-plus-year-old formula for single malt peated whisky. And then there’s Laphroaig’s annual release, Cairdeas (pronounced “car-chase”), a relished opportunity for him to craft something new each year. This year’s bottle is made from choice barrels of eight-year Laphroaig finished in amontillado sherry casks, which add notes of clove and blackberry atop the seaweed-peat smokiness Laphroaig is famous for. It’s almost two drinks in one. $74.99, laphroaig.com29whisky-nichols-tmagArticle-v2