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Laphroaig Lore is a 2016 addition to the distillery's range. Made up of whiskies aged in a combination of quarter casks, sherry casks and reused peated casks. This is rich and classically peaty with a spicy chili bite and a long, sweet aftertaste.Tasting Notes (2)
- Black Pepper
- Dark Chocolate
Tasting notes by Billy A
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.
Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.
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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.
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