Laphroaig Lore

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Laphroaig Barrels, Sherry & Quarter Casks
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Mar 2016 9:32 am by TKF

Average value

€ 97.20

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Lore

85 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.24 points

  1. 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!)...

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. wbarchive_81991 scored this whisky 80 points 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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