Laphroaig Lore

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Laphroaig Barrels, Sherry & Quarter Casks
48.0 % Vol.
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26 Feb 2017 8:57 am by vodopy

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€ 91.96

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Lore

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 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. Gregers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really wonderful Laphroaig, complex and tasty.

    Review: https://youtu.be/EVVj5QKsoYA
    • Nose
      88 88
      Typical Laphroaig nose, lots of medicinal notes and peat smoke, brine, lemon oil, then hay, little bit of tar, tobacco, and the lightest raisin and prune notes. Honey and smoked vanilla. Nice.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Yum. Perfect alcohol level, warm and a light bite, very full with good sweetness, apple juice, good dose of peat smoke and medicinal notes, some toffee, lots of barley, then some oak. The second chew is even richer and more complex with some peppermint, smoke still building up, light ginger joins in. If this was affordable today it would be among my "always open" bottles for sure. Third chew also brings waffles, crème chantilly, a bit of custard, toasted barley. Complex and yet so balanced, and first of all very tasty, and a huge dram to boot.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Peppermint, band-aids, peat smoke, custard, barley, and smoked vanilla. Marvellous, but a bit short.

  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. kikist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    For me the favorite par of this whisky is it's finish. Really really soft and elegant.
    • Nose
      80 80
      medium to high smoke impact, under it sweet layer with some caramel hits, at some point i can find coconut cream. After some time there are some maritime notes
    • Taste
      84 84
      Bitter, smoke, bacon, apples, some maritime notes, strong chilly hits
      with some water it becomes more sweet and creamy
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smoke, bitter, cooling, candy, ash, leathery, vegetal

  7. JVS2020 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Vegetable peat smoke, a little medicinal, lemon and orange, vanilla and a little mint. After a while in the glass, some more sherry nuts appear.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, then immediately sweeter: raisins, vanilla, parsley and thyme.
    • Finish
      Medium. Turf smoke and citrus.

      I am not a fan of this whisky. I had a hard time getting a 3cl sample out.
      I like the QC a lot better (for half the price).

  8. Don Cassi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is unusually fleshy for a Laphi, as well as typically fruity and maritime.

    Nice and full in the mouth, with a woody-sweet and maritime feel.

    The finish has a chocolate-maritime and fruity finish.
    Length: 8/10

    Overall typical Laphi with a slightly more meaty note.

    Grade: 2+

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Lore. Mar 2019 - Dram at the end of the Laphroaig distillery tour. No notes taken - numerical score only. (3.7/88) April 2019 - Dram at The Imperial, Glasgow. Aroma is brine and bourbon, woody, woodchip. Taste is again woody leading to salty punchy peaty finish -very peaty indeed ... tasty stuff. Oily and seemingly more peaty than the standard Laph 10. Nice but a little one dimensional. Little custard on the linger. (3.55/85)

  10. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An unusual Laphroaig that I did not recognize as such in a blind tasting.
    The otherwise typical medical, phenolic tones are clearly reduced here. The smoke is more maritime and the dram is pleasantly sweet and elegant.
    Might be a good way to introduce newcomers to Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Peaty, marine smoke. Surprisingly herbaceous. Rather mild and elegant.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly aromatic smoke. Sweet and mild on the tongue. Fine vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium long, mild and rather sweet.


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