A long winter’s night goes down a little more smoothly with a tumbler of smoky scotch – and you won’t find peatier whiskey than the spirits flowing from the Laphroaig distillery on Islay. The 2013 Cairdeas Port Wood Edition, a rosy-colored limited-edition named after the Gaelic word for “friendship,” mixes the whiskey’s burn with a touch of sweetness. It is matured in bourbon barrels for eight years before being finished in a half port cask for 15 months. The bottling of this single-malt scotch whiskey starts with a nose of cigar smoke, follows with a taste of butterscotch, and finishes with the distillery’s trademark peaty punch. The result is dangerously drinkable: The balance is somewhere between a whiskey and a fortified wine. At 51.3% ABV, the 2013 Cairdeas is as potent as it is rare. Only 20,000 bottles will make it into stores – where they won’t stay long.
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