Malt of the Month: August 2018

We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Laphroaig Lore
The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Laphroaig Lore
Laphroaig

Laphroaig Lore

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Described as ‘the richest of the rich' by Laphroaig, Lore is a complex mix of whiskies matured in five separate types of cask. These casks, which held whisky up to 21 years old, included ex-bourbon, second fill oloroso and refill quarter cask. The resulting single malt is rich and intensely flavourful, proudly showing off Laphroaig's key characteristics of medicinal peat, fruit, floral notes and dryness.

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Tasting Notes

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From The Producer

  • Colour: Deep mahogany.
  • Nose: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals, a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops.
  • Taste: Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.
  • Finish: Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.

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    About Laphroaig

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    History

    Laphroaig is one of Islay's – and indeed Scotland's – most famous distilleries. Founded around 1815 by two brothers who had originally bought the land on Islay's south coast for farming cattle, Laphroaig quickly became known for producing delicious peaty whisky that added a fabulous depth to blended Scotch.

    In the 20th century the distillery gained an employee who perhaps did more than anyone else to raise its fortunes: Bessie Williamson. Bessie joined the company in 1934 and quickly became the owner's right hand woman. He left the distillery to her in 1954 and she ran Laphroaig for almost 20 years, deftly negotiating a deal for expansion and ushering in the era of its prized single malts.

    In 2015 Laphroaig celebrated not only its 200th anniversary but also the 21st anniversary of it being granted a Royal Warrant by Prince Charles, who named it 'the finest whisky in the world'.

    11 Customer Reviews

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    • 3
      1 August

      Kind of a letdown compared to the Laphroaig 10, my favorite whiskey. I thought the sherry influence would be an addition to the L10 experience, but instead it's a subtraction. The sweet overlay (and maybe additional aging) softens and mutes the rich peatiness of the L10. If you're new to Laprhoaig, you might be blown away by the Lore. But if you love L10 as I do ... beware. After plunking down over $100, you might wish you'd saved $50-$60 and stuck with the original.

    • 5
      15 April

      Wonderful dram. The dominate flavors were the dark chocolate and hazelnut with smoke and black pepper on the finish. I look forward to sharing this with friends. Highly recommended.

    • 4
      27 December 2017

      A heavy peaty flavoured smell letting go to smoke and ash. Smooth and gentle leading to a more complex note in the mouth. I found the longer it stays on the tonge the more spice it gets then swallowing gives way to heat and yet more smokey renditions of flavours gone by. A smooth Smokey number. A good whiskey from them. Added water and yet more undiscovered flavours pull through. Definatly buy another .

    • 5
      26 December 2017

      Delicious, like toasty Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt

    • 5
      23 December 2017

      Wonderful beverage! Very balanced flavor profile with a nice characteristic peaty essence. Got it as a gift from a buddy and it will not last long!

    • 4
      25 June 2017

      Superb addition to the collection

    • 3
      3 May 2017

      Vanilla flavored dense smoke (i love smoke but its too woody...)

    • 4
      3 April 2017

      Not quite Cardeas but close. A bit harsher with more salt and less heat

    • 5
      17 December 2016

      The best I've ever had in this price range!

    • 5
      5 December 2016

      A great NAS from Laphroaig. Great balance between smoke and fruitiness. One of my favorites!

    • 4
      29 September 2016

      A step above a typical laphroaig. Very rich and intense.