Laphroaig Lore70cl / 48%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- Black Pepper
- Dark Chocolate
Laphroaig Lore Reviews
Tasting notes by Billy A
Nose: Oily and sweet – soft olive oil, baked apples and touches of sweet sultana. Warm leather and coal smoke sit behind, with carbolic soap, TCP, freshly laid tarmac and dry ash. Between those two extremes is a rich grassy note, a combination of chlorophyll bitterness, sweet green grass and peppery olive oil. Candied sweetness as it sits in the glass – banana chips and dried tropical fruit.
Palate: Richly textured and, again, oily on the palate. It starts gently, with some soft spice, honeysuckle and lightly sweetened lemonade, before the richness rolls in: charcoal, ash, tar, sweet-smelling leather, pungent pipe tobacco, raisins, stewed plums, toasted marshmallows, and sharp apples and their skins. After the initial burst of flavour, things settle down and reveal a dry and ashy core with a mineral, coastal and medicinal character – classic Laphroaig.
Finish: A burst of sweet apple is joined by ash and forest puddles. The darker flavours fade, leaving anise, apple, green grass and a hint of riverbank earth.
Comment: A Laphroaig that definitely fulfils the brief – it's rich. Not rich with sherry fruit, but rich in intensity and range of flavour, combining the key Laphroaig characteristics: medicinal peat, fruit, floral notes and a dryness.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Colour: Deep mahogany.
Nose: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals with a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops. Vanilla follows with oily unroasted chestnuts and a hint of fudge with a malty sweetness. A drop of water adds a creamy clotted cream note with fruit appearing in the form of unripe citrus in a flan glaze.
Palate: Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.
Finish: Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.
15 Customer Reviews
Laphroaig is my favourite malt whisky, but the sherrying is a big mistake and completely confuses and destroys the character in my opinion - like a half-baked attempt to turn Laphroaig into Lagavulin. The 3* is relative to other Laphroaigs. It would be 4* relative to most non-Hebridean whisky.
Really nice dram, I sampled this in an Advent calendar we put together with friends. Lots of campfire ash and spicy cinnamon on the palate, not sure if it's worth the extra money over the Quarter Cask?
Smoke, ash, peat, caramel and toffee, TCP-soaked rubber... what a thoroughly enjoyable whisky. Rounder than the select or the 10yr, with a rich creaminess that binds it altogether in a mouthful of whisky heaven. More complex and nuanced than the better known Laphroaig offerings. Buy it.
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.
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.
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 .
Delicious, like toasty Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt
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!
Superb addition to the collection
Vanilla flavored dense smoke (i love smoke but its too woody...)
Not quite Cardeas but close. A bit harsher with more salt and less heat
The best I've ever had in this price range!
A great NAS from Laphroaig. Great balance between smoke and fruitiness. One of my favorites!
A step above a typical laphroaig. Very rich and intense.