Laphroaig Lore

Overall rating
85.26/100
votes
355
Whiskybase ID
WB79587
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Ex-Laphroaig Barrels, Sherry & Quarter Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L6050MB1
Barcode
5010019637543
Added on
09 mar 2016 9:32 am by TKF
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 138.12

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Lore

78 users have left 88 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.26 points.

  1. Querky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Don't get me wrong, I think it's still a good whisky, but it seems a bit overpowered and unbalanced. Anyway, as a replacement for the 18 year old this is a bad joke.
    For what it is, the pricing is rather unreasonable.
    • Nose
      86 86
      SMOKE. Medical notes (iodine!), some sweet vanilla, walnuts, ashes, distant maritime notes (sea spray).
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet smokey notes, wet extinguished bonfire, brown plasters, a bit spicy.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Now dry smoke, that hides sweet apples and vanilla.
      Quite long and lingering.

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  3. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Lore stands for the transmission of knowledge and traditions. The Johnston brothers laid the foundation for the Lore recipe as early as 1800. Since then, the whisky has been further developed by several Laphroaig distillery managers and master distillers. The new Laphroaig Lore combines this knowledge and the history of Laphroaig.

  4. Diodurus scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    One of my favorites. A completely different Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is very similar to the Ardbeg Uigeadail.
    Since it costs almost twice as much, I would choose Ardbeg, but this whisky is also brilliant, a real language number.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sherry
      salty
      peaty
      soaked wood
      nettle tea
      oily
      black dry spices
      oily already for fragrance
    • Taste
      90 90
      salty
      sherry
      smokey
      clay
      iodine
      oily
      spicey
      strong (because I think it is a young malt)
    • Finish
      90 90
      long
      strong peat
      medicated

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  7. McMoulis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Got pleasure. Soft, playful and meaningful aroma, chic drinkability.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Soft, juicy sweet ash, yellow apple, wafer-soaked waffle cup, citrus, candied fruit, sweet almonds, iris, extinguished hearth, branded medicine hidden behind sweet prunes, salt, buckwheat honey, crust of fresh white bread, fragrant and for honeycombs, grapefruit, insulating tape and some smoked fish.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky, ash, juicy, meat, rubber, smoked, apple, perfect balance of sugar and salt.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, consistent, smoky, meaty, delicious oak, smoked, a little pepper, sweet gum.

  9. Gweddry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      dry sweet smoke, peat, tar, orange, lime, iodine, caramel cream, cappuccino, smoked meat, cocoa, butter, salt, nuts, crusaders, dried pepper
    • Taste
      to 48% very fine, smoke, umami, cupcakes, wet charcoal, chilli, clay, bitter, licorice, quinine, sweet lemon, pepper, at
    • Finish
      lime and sweet lemon, omelette, grilled eggplant, smoke, umami, raisins, dried fruit, vegetable

  10. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Confirmed 10/24/21

    odor
    fresh, maritime (only a little typical iodine), sweet, spicy wood, unfortunately only a little fruit

    taste
    Medicinal, strong smoke, a lot of sweetness, a lot of wood flavor (but less than with An Cuan Mor).

    finish
    long, sweet, spicy wood

  11. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. wbarchive_81991 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Certainly part of the Laphroaig expressions. Interesting dram. In al, honesty, as the “standard” Laphroaig 10 yo is my favorite whisky in the whole world, this Lore is not significantly better than that one. Also my drinking advice to you: do not add water. It dilutes too much.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Alcohol, smoke, tar. Macho smell!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smoke, peat, sea-weeds. This is one opinionated whisky! So much peat, it is as if you’re chewing on peat. (In a pleasant sense).
    • Finish
      80 80
      Tar, smoke, peat, very long finish, as if it where a never-ending taste.

  13. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 21, finish 22, balance 21

  14. DeanoH scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Compared to other Islay in the same price bracket it's really quite poor. When you're charging the same or similar to Uigi, laga distillers edition and more than port Charlotte or Ardbeg 10 you better put your dancing shoes on. Unfortunately Lore is more like a 19 stone bouncer trying to wear stripper heels.

    N. Iodine, salt, bonfires

    P. Arrives sweet, quickly moving into smoked marmalade glazed gammon, before drying into bitter wood.

    F. This is where it really falls apart for me, just bitter and alcohol, seems like a lot of very young spirit and maybe virgin wood, or str.

    All in all the distillate is pretty nice but there is too much young spirit and too much poor cask.

  15. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    You like it, or you hate it. The rawness of Laphroaig, with a lot of sherry influence. Reasonably priced. Nice for 60 euros, but not more.

  17. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet medicinal smoke, some citrus and sea salt. Quite powerfull but a really pleasant sweetness. Slight nuttyness as well.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Quite hard and powerfull on the sip. Again citrus and now more walnuts.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A lot of smoke and again the walnuts are lingering ... citrus fades away quite fast. Still a hint of sea salt as well

  18. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. Triummf scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Great Laphraoig
    • Nose
      Chestnuts, fresh chopped wood, sweet vanilla and that typical Laphraoig smell
    • Taste
      Starts with a massive charcoal punch that fades away after a few seconds revealing the oaky notes.
    • Finish
      Charcoal smokes fades away slowly leaving a long sweet, barbecue and nutty finish 

  21. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Striking diesel smell and taste. Further in taste not very convincing, high Abv makes a lot of good.
    • Nose
      Fruity, light peat, strawberry, plums, wood fire smoke, tobacco. Chocolate now, caramel and also diesel.
    • Taste
      Full and firm, soft, diesel and tar. Creamy structure, plums.
    • Finish
      Slightly stimulating now, medium aftertaste. Tobacco, diesel, plums

  25. valery77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice Laffie, but fairly straightforward. Not a lot of depth, making this NAS-release almost but not quite disappointing.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet on apples, pears and pineapple wrapped in a smoky jacket, while the peat actually plays second fiddle. Having said that, make no mistake, this is Laffie with tar and ship’s rope on the nose.
    • Taste
      It is oily, but also a bit moldy on the palate. The fruit is limited to apples and a hint of oranges, while the smoke increased significantly. A bit spicy from cloves and curry, woodsmoke and ashes. But it is quite flat… for a Laffie.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, fairly sweet, but no longer fruity. Strange as it may seem, this reminds me of peaty sugar water.

  28. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    similar to the newer rendition of Ardbeg Uigeadail (which pales compared to the old), satisfying… but expensive
    • Nose
      grains, spice, light herbs, citrus, light sherry, minerals, smoke, white ash
    • Taste
      lightly cooked ham, light cream, smoke, ash, neutral spiciness, damp hay, wood
    • Finish
      medium, really bitter spicy grass, pears, smoke, light sweet peat, very light citrus aroma and smoke at the back followed by ash and minerals

  30. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a pretty sweet laphroaig
    • Nose
      A smoky nose, mineral notes of seaside, a hint of soft ash.
    • Taste
      A peaty mouth on spices and chilli.
      not very compexe, lack of body.
    • Finish
      A dry finish
      and smoke, average.

  31. Doctor B. scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Paulski88 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    The pricetag is an absolute shame! Not worth the money at all.
    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  33. maltandgrains scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
      Fatty peat, but a little sickening. Quite salty, somehow meaty.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Peat, bonfire, salt, seaweed. Bitter old wood. Leaves quite a burning down your throat.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Bitterness sticks around, citrus and apples. Medium-long.

  34. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I tasted this side by side with the Laphroaig 15 200th anniversary. Both began rather well, but things quickly unravel from there. These official Laphroaigs are NOT the ones to get nowadays -- lots of NAS for max profit$$$. Stick with the indies like Signatory. 
    • Nose
      A deep, brooding nose, with pineapples, ripe pears and apples. The peat is there, but not overwhelming. 
    • Taste
      Nice ABV, a bit spicy, the typical laphroaig peat/smoke, but lack of depth belies its youth. 
    • Finish
      Quite short... there is sweetness to it, but instead of being fruity, I detect a bit of artificial sugar. Not a nice finish. 

  35. Cubey666 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2017
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  36. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 92 Euro in April, 2016.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 82,5.  My notes state an immature, unbalanced and bitter Laphroaig that just impresses by its raw power.  Surely some people like such "designed" stuff and if you do please enjoy as much of it as you like.  But for me a lot of things went wrong at Laphroaig since Beam Global took over control in 2011  (remember:  Never Accept Stupid marketing!)...

  38. Sidney87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The green stuff and the pepper are pretty nasty .... young, nasty stuff, you might think, but somewhere the thing is fascinating, nothing for soft sausages, but has power and character. But 80 or even 100 € ... nope, does not need.
    • Nose
      two-sided - once a dull, musty note, rotting wood, compost pile, and a fresher side, some disinfectant, salt and bitter greens, no sweetness or fruit, quite strong
    • Taste
      short, very sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, but then again this grassy-bitter, flower cut, so I imagine also poison plant flavor ;-), ash, tar and a strong spiciness, white pepper
    • Finish
      long, hot and dry, the oral mucosa is pulled together by the pepper, a bit of herbal bitters, burned meat

  40. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Peat "à la Laphroaig" then immediately behind, a certain sweetness settles. A little too much, it misses a little kick. Some fruits, a saline touch. After the first sip, the nose changes a lot, and it is not to displease me. I note going back and forth between various things such as pebbles, leather, hot sand, chocolate, vanilla, meat ... A little disconcerting. In the mouth, the firm attack is at the rendezvous, with this time a good dose of salt. The peat is frank, but behind, there is not much. The end of mouth softens very quickly and this impression is prolonged in the final which is of a decent length - thus weak for a Laphroaig. I was reading the selling price of this NAS after tasting. Hum, hum ... A good whisky, but a disappointing Laphroaig.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  43. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, apple compote, wood, orange, peach, vanilla and spice.
    • Taste
      Peat. Spices like clove and curry. Wood, apple and orange.
    • Finish
      Peat, caramel, curry, orange, apple and vanilla.

  44. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Laphroaig lore
    Tasted Nov. 2016
    N musty, but soft and asbestos
    G cold smoke, quite yolojod, rather chilled, round thing with fuego
    85

  45. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N- Masculine, peppery pungent, smoke sea shell with sweet vanilla cake. Puff of burnt grass with pool of dark fruits.

    P- Creamy sweet and rough ride thru thick mud, nutty, very spicy. Lightly spiky.

    F- Long, powerful and heavy with waves of medicinal and earthy peat lingers on and on...

    — at Harbour Inn, Islay
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. Bosi scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    The different Fassreifungen harmonize well with the smoke of Laphroaig. Overall, the filling seems more mature than the Quarter Cask. However, the taste and finish can not compete with the nose. For 40 € that would be an excellent whisky, 90 € is clearly too expensive. Nonetheless, Laphroaig once again shows how to create a NAS.
    • Nose
      After the classic Laphroaig smoke follows a light sherry sweetness. In addition, medicinal notes, citrus flavors, lots of vanilla and cardamom.
    • Taste
      The taste is characterized by cold ashes, the omnipresent sherry sweetness, clove and iodine.
    • Finish
      The finish is characterized by much smoke, pepper and the sweetness of dark chocolate.

  47. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    This is quite a restrained and sweet laphroaig. The nose promises the typical laphroaig power but the palate is on the sweet and candy store side of things. I cant really make out the sherry flavours in this dram (and there should be some as here are a few sherry casks in there, supposedly). The finish is quite short for a Laphroaig. It’s balanced and restrained. Adding water brings out the wood on the nose and bitter smoke with boiled sweets on the palate. The price to quality ration is not in balance for me.
    All in all a fun Laphroaig to taste but nothing spectacular.
    • Nose
      A rich, sweet and full whisky with aromas of sweet smoke, tar soap, railway sleepers, coumarin, vanilla, grass, floral tones, hay, subtle brine, wet hemp rope, subtle medicinal tones (iodine, wet bandages, camphor), roasted almonds, green apple, pear, pear drops, mineral tones, ash, wet dog, hint of cherries, subtle citrus tones and creamy oak.
    • Taste
      A rich full, powerful yet balanced whisky with aromas of sweet smoke, camphor, menthol, tar soap, iodine, railway sleepers, acacia honey, chili, coumarin, vanilla, almonds, chestnuts, pear, boiled sweets, grass, hay, seaweed, brine, hint of dried fruits (apricot, plums), hint of tannins, black pepper, ash, coal, mineral tones (mainly chalk and flint), hint of grapefruit peel and creamy oak.
    • Finish
      A medium and slightly drying finish with aromas of fresh campfire smoke, tar soap, bandages, iodine, grass, hay, coumarin, butter, hint of tannins, boiled sweets and creamy oak.

  48. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I do not really taste any sherry, but that doesn't matter. there is salt, a little seaweed, a lot of peat and a lot of spices. the finish is perfectly long. fine dram!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. Mascht scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      dry, wood
    • Taste
      Smoke, milk, bitter, Sinupret
    • Finish
      very long

  50. Thermidor scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I tried a glass of this next to a glass of the current 10yo. Granted, I have no idea how long the bottle had been open, but regardless, if this is what I can expect of new Laphroaig releases then I'm going to spend my money on something else.

    Compared to the 10 this one has a messier, more muted nose while the 10 displays the distillery characteristics boldly (on the tongue the 10 is a bit watery though, maybe they should up it to 43% or higher). The reason for that impression of a confused nose becomes clear on the palate: quite a bit of vulgar cask vanilla, and much more peat than in the 10, probably from the casks as well. The finish turns to the less impressive side of modern Laphroaig, that ashtray-like bite that lasts a while, plus some plaster. I imagine the scores here would plummet if they printed the age statement on the label. I have nothing against an honest young whisky but I'm tired of these vanilla-enhanced bin ends that aim to mask what they are. The added phenols don't make up for what's missing either. 78pts vs. the 10's 83. The CS batches are from a different universe where the butter side never hits the floor.

     

  51. croz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Light and crispy Laphroaig with a lot of ashes
    • Nose
      Seaweed, soot, vanilla and green apple
    • Taste
      Crispy, peat, mouth watering and apple juice
    • Finish
      Dry with ash, seaweed and medium long

  52. Koalafant did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In the nose very complex and versatile, it tastes significantly different. The sound is too short for me.
    88/100
    • Nose
      Alcoholic and medical smoke, but more pleasing than Laphi's. Bright fruits like peach, apricot and papaya, honey and vanilla. The smoke stays in the nose for a long time. Later, fresh herbal notes are added.
    • Taste
      Tasty a little less complex, as the nose suggested, also a bit watery. The smoke and the above-mentioned fruit notes can be found here again.
    • Finish
      shorter than expected, so rather medium long.

  53. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A Laphi with a little Lagavulin tendency - more ashes than usual, little fruit, a little one-dimensional
    • Nose
      Phenolisch and algig, but surprisingly also a lot of camp fire smoke, green apple, smoked ham, meaty, wet dog (?)
    • Taste
      Black smoked ham, phenol, burnt sugar, sea salt
    • Finish
      At first a little bit watery, but then a long iodine-phenol-mixture settles

  54. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  55. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This was a really nice dram and it does emphasise the whole Laphroaig profile quite well, very medicinal and peaty but with some sweeter notes as well. The higher ABV and no chill filtration means it is very rich as the box says. But it’s just not as good as a whisky almost twice the price of the 10-year-old cask strength should be.

    Reviewed in my blog:

    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/07/17/my-islay-trip-part-3-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      Earthy Peat, typical Laphroaig, but mixed with quite a strong fruity note. Slightly floral. Soot. Apple cider. Yellow cherries.
    • Taste
      Very ashy. Wet earth. Juicy fruits. Fried mushrooms. Crisp lager.
    • Finish
      Long. Ash. Oil smoke. Wet wood. Seaweed.

  56. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  57. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, ashes, coastal notes, seaweed, rich, bitter chocolate, vanilla, chestnuts, sweet malt, creamy, fruity (citrus)
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, smooth, peat smoke, rich, spicy (chilli), seaside minerals, peppery, ashes
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, dry, sweet, caramel, medicinal

  58. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    My opinion may be colored by the fact that the bottle was bought at the distillery and enjoyed in the slopes of Laphroaig View on a rare sunny Islay day. A bit pricy, but perfect for the occation :-)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  59. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    a very nice and interesting expresion of Laphroaig 
    • Nose
      it's a challenge to the nose; lots of peat smoke, salty sea, tar, more medicinal than QC and QA, softer notes on vanilla oak, nuts, dark fruits and a little citrus
    • Taste
      peat, pepper, some sherry sweetness, dark chocolate, 
    • Finish
      a bit drying, but sweet, medium lenght

  60. hfos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  61. Finlaggan scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    https://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2016/05/laphroaig-lore-nas-distillery-bottling.html

  62. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like it really well, just for a brief moment in the transition from taste to finish, it appears watery thin. But at no time did I have the feeling that he was somehow too young. The often asked question about the comparison to the 18-year-old does not turn out in my view, for that the two are just too different. In the nose, the two are certainly equal, but while the 18-year-old is very sweet, this is extremely mineral on the side and comes with unusual for Umami notes for Laphroaig, the 18-year-old completely go out , The smoke profile is not typical Laphroaig, but does not really resemble any other distillery. Overall a nice addition to the Laphroaig Range.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring already strong and very tangible aromas, especially non-medical camp fire smoke with smoked meat and some lime juice. After a while, it is sweet and malty with a slight mineral impact, caramel meets open fire, light medicinal notes interfere with it, some iodine is in the air. With a bit of movement, ripe pears, marshmallows and camphor are added, and the mineral notes become stronger again. Warms up a rich combination of dark caramel, camphor and smoked meat. Also unusual in the empty glass for Laphroaig, with a lot of burnt meat.
    • Taste
      Even in the moderately strong onset strong mineral, a touch of dark sweetness, tart notes right at the front, just a hint of acidity, also here Umami. I find it difficult to associate anything here, perhaps most likely coffee with some beet syrup and barbecue sauce served in a granite bowl.
    • Finish
      Very long, as usual, at first slightly sweet and malty, in the meantime with clear acidity he goes over to quite salty barbecue notes, no ash at the end, for Umami. Almost eternal remains a mineral memory on the tongue.

  63. Jsa scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Very nice whisky, would not pay the current retail price (eur 89,95) for a bottle of this.

    Compared to the 18yo the Lore has got less peat on the nose, and a smoother, oilier structure. The 48% abv didnt bother me that much in the Lore, whereas the 18yo needs a little water in my opinion.
    • Nose
      The
      nose starts out with some medicinal peat, which is followed by quite a lot of
      smokiness. The smokiness disappears quickly, revealing some oak, sweet fruits,
      honey, a burned out campfire or a blown out candle, and rubber boots.
    • Taste
      ittle peat
      in the taste, a lot of smokiness comes out, followed by a sweet candy-like flavor.
    • Finish
      Very
      long, just a little peat, but a fair amount of smokiness. Within the smoke a
      little bit of grass and earthiness. Very nice expression.

  64. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    On the nose it's a beast, but not the wildest one in the Laphroaig family. The medicinal side sort of vanishes for the sake of oak. It's still good, but somewhat to the edge if you ask me. The palate is very interesting, showing both sherry and bourbon influence. Too bad that the finish is rather short.
    A good whisky for certain, but not the best price quality ratio. 
    • Nose
      Starts quite medicinal and ashy, on iodine, brine, boggy peat smoke, charcoal ash. Later, rounder notes of honey and vanilla appear, along with some fruitiness of lemon zest. 
      After a couple of minutes, the smoke tends to develop to wood smoke, as if you put on your bbq smoker, or like lapsang souchong. The lemon is accompanied by grapefruit and some unripe (sour) pineapple. There's a faint nuttiness too.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, not that sweet, even a tad dry, with the full truckload of ash and brine, oak, some honey, roasted nuts, grapefruit juice and black pepper.
    • Finish
      Warming, but relatively short, flat and dry. There is mainly the wood, charcoal smoke and ash. Some grassy notes emerge, with a faint hint of vanilla and ginger.

  65. Daan Tje scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  66. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  67. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Lore is a marriage of classical Laphroaig styles and many ages, 

    some say as old as vintage 1993. Ahhh
    • Nose
      A return to Laphroaig? A smokehouse with smokies already on the racks,peat and woodsmoke clinging the walls.Some phenol's behind, a bath salts, light salinity before darker fruits and a hint of lanolin, like a smoked ham and pea-soup.Added water: a peat-bog,damp moss,wet leather-boots.
    • Taste
      Burning fiers at the start,then cream-sherry notes come trough, quite oily.
    • Finish
      Fuselly and phenolic.Long aftertaste. Very nice. 

  68. ducksingel scored this whisky 88 points Editor

    In the nose there is really a lot to discover behind the characteristic smokiness, like candlewax and honey, a grainy touch, damp earth and some pineapple even.

    On the palate there is peat and smoky ashes and something medicinal (it’s a Laphroaig), giving way to salty toffee, chilli pepper with fruit coming trough like apple and mango and subtle notes of spices, honey and again pineapple

    The finish is long, sweet and smokey.

    This is a typical Laphroaig, but one with a character on its own.

  69. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A chameleon. First tender, soft, beguiling (especially in the nose and in the first mouthfeel) and then the Quarter Casks with a sweet strong Pfeffrigkeit afterwards. Long oak finish. The smoke I find not very phenolig, more woody and not unpleasant. In sum, a very nice complex malt, which is unfortunately too expensive € 25. A price around the ~ 65 € would be for me a purchase.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  70. Goethe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For me this expression tastes like a mixture of the old 15 year old, the 21 year old and the PX(like 5 to 10%). Quite a steady Laphroaig. Nice smoky notes and very mouth-watering. After all, this expression is quite edgily but has no direction where it is heading to.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10 (2016)
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, salt, vanilla, dry honey, iodine, roasted almonds, minerals, coals.
    • Taste
      Smoke, wine gums, sweet roasted almonds (bonfire almonds), tar, salt, some dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long and dry. Sweet ashes, maritime notes, some oak.

  71. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It can be something, is like a mixture of the sweet 18 year old and the oak board An Cuan Mor. The Laphicharakter has left something on the track, and again no discernible fruit. Good fabric, for 60 euros ...
    • Nose
      a fresh, very sweet, very maritime representative. Lots of honey and vanilla, but also thick oak, from the sherry casks? Hardly any fruit, rather spicy notes. Rather "fresh" campfire smoke, not as iodine as usual. Nice nose!
    • Taste
      strong onset, sweet, slightly woody, tannins tidy, here comes the slightly medical smoke, but there are quite different caliber of the UAs. Altogether again very oak-like like the An Cuan Mor. Paired with an intense sweetness.
    • Finish
      quite long, also here again a lot of oak.

  72. Whiscask scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      92 92

  73. Whiscask scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think I am very successful. Balanced, but still some edges to discover.
    Is he worth the currently called price of just under 100 € (04.2016)? Difficult, would have estimated him to be under 79 €.

    Could not even say which standard bottling comes closest ... maybe a Quarter Cask, but the Lore has more maturity and more complexity to offer.
    • Nose
      First nice, pleasant smoke, then neat vanilla in the nose.
      Burnt almonds. The sherry aromas are easy to come out of the Oloro barrels, dark fruits, blackberries. Hardly any alcohol.
    • Taste
      The for me so Laphroaig-typical, beautiful, slightly dirty phenols strike one on the tongue. Dark chocolate, burnt plum cake, strong spice, in the background a gentle sweetness.
    • Finish
      Dry, almost tart, it slowly disappears, leaving smooth ham smoke, woody to maritime, rough echoes.
      After several sips, the nose typically changes a bit again. Now hardly vanilla, more citrus, subliminal wood.

  74. Drochaid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: at first rich and smoky with sea minerals, slightly ashy note and dark chocolate, followed by vanilla with oily roasted chestnuts and a touch of butter toffee of malty sweetness a drop of water enhances the aroma: sweet cream with a light citrus note. Taste: rich-peaty with spicy chilli bite Notes of the distillery

  75. fradin11 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  76. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Peat smoke, yep but its very farmy, sweet farmy - so no winding the car windows up driving past this farm. Oysters and mussels lurk also. Very nice
    T: …… is this any better than the Quarter cask? It’s so gentle even at 48% it passes by without a stir.
    F: Peaty<smoke, so so gentle with some aged oak showing in the latter stages
    C: Really nice but at £77 [Apr ’16] i’d be going for the quarter cask [batch dependant] at less than half the dosh. Bit of a game going on here. A ‘dream dram’ at the Whisky lounge, London 2016 - ha, dream on.

    Scores a B- [85]

  77. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I was sceptical at first because of marketing and NAS - but this is a great expression. Complex, mature and still heavily peaty. Or to quote Dave Broom: "...a belter of a Laphroaig."
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  78. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  79. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  80. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Let's put the whole NAS issue aside and take the 'Lore' for what it is: a great Laphroaig! Should it be that the 'Lore' is included in the standard range, that would be more than an adequate complement to the previous bottlings. The 48% provide a long and strong-smoky taste experience on the tongue. More powerful than the 10s, tighter than the PX or Quarter Cask, less woody than the Triple Wood. He is independent and makes a beautiful "old-fashioned" impression.
    • Nose
      The first impression: greasy-smoky. Over time, a lot of dark, wet wood. Wet autumn forest floor. Moist peat. Phenolic, salty, mineral. Fruit notes or notes of vanilla are not visible. This is a nice earthy, dirty, greasy-smoky nose. Very full and stable.
    • Taste
      And on the tongue it is nice and heavy and oily on. The moist-clayey notes from the nose weighed through the palate, strong peat smoke and a decent portion of sea salt ensure a really nice "old-fashioned" taste impression. Dark chocolate, vanilla and a little almond flavor come with the times. It dries out at the back and shows a pleasant fine citrus note, without losing any of its peat-derived power. The smoke is retained for a very long time.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and dry, still very nice smoky. The citrus touch fades away leaving behind a glowing log fire.

  81. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  82. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Yes, it is hardly news is it?

    So they are using barrels they have previously used before for other expressions, big deal.

  83. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Ex-Laphroaig barrels? What is that supposed to mean?

  84. breste scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: salt and seaweed, burning in the nose, ashtray Taste: ash, light sweetness, bitter Finish: medium and bitter on the tongue
    With water: significantly more pleasant nose. Sweet and salty. Still crass ashes, less bitter. The finish is softer and shorter.
    To me personally too bitter, but with water quite a good malt.

  85. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Another marketing ploy by Laphroaig. They 'advertised' to friends then said out of stock after 2 days.

    The internet retailers will soon have 'plenty' of stock.

    As far as friends of laphroaig are concerned there are no promises it will be back in stock, although on sale at the distillery. No guarantees bottles will be available at the Feis.

    It had better be good or the reputational damage could be significant

  86. capstok123 scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    I had the pleasure of tasting this whisky, but had no idea that the whisky would be sold out that fast.

    It smells like a good smoky full whisky with sweet bitter. A bit of vanilla paste with a hint of pistachio.

    It tastes richly peated with a small citrus taste(grapefruit like) with a spicy sting at the end and finally ends with a long caramel vanilla like aftertaste.

  87. HW74 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Unfortunately another Whisky that has no statement what´s in it.

    In my opinion it isn´t necessary to put a huge Number on the front label which shows how old the youngest Whisky in the bottle is. They should only give us information on the back label like Compass Box do.

    see here: http://tjederswhisky.se/why-i-wont-buy-a-bottle-of-laphroaig-lore/ 

    So every Customer can decide itself if the price is suitable.

    This Laphroaig is twice the price of Ardbeg Uigeadail, hopefully it is twice as good, which i do not believe...

    I like Laphroaig, especially the 10 YO Cask Strength.

  88. PunxsutawneyPhil did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    John Campbell (distillery manager):

    COLOUR:Deep mahogany.

    NOSE:Rich and smoky with seaside minerals with a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops. Vanilla follows with oily unroasted chestnuts and a hint of fudge with a malty sweetness. A drop of water adds a creamy clotted cream note with fruit appearing in the form of unripe citrus in a flan glaze.

    PALATE:Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.

    FINISH:Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.

  89. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    According to Laphroaig, the oldest casks used in this vatting date back to 1993.

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