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Overall rating
86.01/100
votes
915
Whiskybase ID
93018
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Ex-Laphroaig Barrels, Sherry & Quarter Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6049MB1
Barcode
5010019637543
Added on
26 Feb 2017 8:57 am by vodopy
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 95.21

50 × in wishlist

915 × member ratings

3059 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Lore

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.01 points

  1. Gerhans scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bought this as a holiday dram.
    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.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. DoctorK scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    You still can adumbrate the distillery character in the initial nose. The taste is round and soothing, the finish long and mellow. All in all not a bad dram, but neither an excellent one. Appeasement to the masses, to reach a broader audience. Not for a Laphroaig lover, but a novice. The presentation is simple and stylish, while the price for a NAS is just ridiculous.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. riegerjonas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-15
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet baked goods, light sherry, marzipan, cold-smoky, citrus, dark berries
    • Taste
      87 87
      super tasty, a little less sherry than Triple Wood, but softer, more palatable
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [Tasted blind]

    N: I’m guessing Laphroaig straight off the bat with a profile that speaks of sweet sawdusty vegetal peat,… and very buttery/olive oily, onion yoghurt,.. Perky and chatty overall.

    T: Decent enough weighty arrival, but anything would be after an Auchentoshan at 40% abv. A vegetal-sweet smoky, mechanics-oily dram with an Indian yoghurty dip,… Builds in intensity, so perhaps this one is around 46%[+] abv? I’ve no doubt this is Laphroaig.

    F: Barley smoke,…well-charred wood, a nice green-ish barley oiliness, peat-fresh smoke stretches out,.. Vegetal-dry vanilla at the death.

    C: Very nice, not mind-blowing. Revealed: Lore, no way!! I’ll never forget [or forgive myself for] buying this as a dream dram at Whisky Lounge 2016. Very different from TWE Show.

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A bit difficult to evaluate, this one. Good potential and solid abv. but there seem to be batch variations and no age does not help here. If on sale for 65 EUR probably a good buy in times where the 16 and previous 18 are long gone or more expensive. But no buy for 90 EUR for sure. Could be more expressive with a longer finish, better casks uses. Pleasant but a bit too tame imho.

  6. Chesterfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really solid NAS from Laphroaig. Compared to the Quarter Cask it might be a tad rounder. But if I want a young Laphi, I would rather go for the Quarter Cask. Especially since this is even cheaper.

  10. JeJoost scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Just about to finish a bottle I opened about two years ago. I must say it grew on me, as Laphroaig tends to do. Probably my favorite affordable (60 euros) Laphroaig core range malt.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Milk chocolate, cinnamon and the typical 'bandaid' Laphroaig smell, although subdued. Strong lime zest notes, leather and bastogne cookies. Seaweed comes through every once in a while. Very interesting.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Big impact. It starts out bitter, turns sweet, and back to bitter. Very earthy, sweet wood, white pepper, baking spices, sweet licorice, orange juice after a while.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, dry and peppery. Nutmeg, cinnamon and unripe banana come to mind. The remaining sweetness fades over time and makes way for a zesty bitterness which I find quite enjoyable.

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