While Laphroaig's statement claiming this to be the "richest of all single malt scotch whiskies" might be an exaggeration, this is definitely a deliciously complex dram. It reminds me most of the Ardbeg Uigeadail and that is a very good thing in my opinion.
It's a spicy chilli bomb, with that typical smoke, idione and ash profile inherent to Laphroaig. Although it's a NAS bottling, the leathery, tobacco qualities give away the fact that there are definitely some older components in this mix (rumor has it there is whisky as old as 21 years mixed in the equation that makes up the Lore).
The most impressive feat the Lore displays in my opinion is that fact that the oloroso casks stand out by not being too apparent or obvious. The sherry influence is meticulously balanced so that it gives off its sweetness without ever taking the upper hand. It's always there, but in the background, so that the typical Laphroaig taste with the added oakiness and tobacco, along with some tasty nuttiness and vanilla and the very apparent spicy chilli bite, really get to shine.
Concludingly; in terms of Laphroaig's current range (at least up until the 18 y/o), this is definitely the most richly flavored Laphroaig available right now. To me, this might even top the Ardbeg Uigeadail, and that says A LOT!
A definite must-buy for fans of Islay whiskies.