Laphroaig Lore Review

 

Laphroaig Lore Review

Laphroaig Lore is yet another NAS whisky being trotted out and dropped in the laps of the whisky drinking public and this one, by the way, isn’t cheap. At a whopping $125 this whiskey had better deliver on Distillery Manager John Campbell’s promise:

“Laphroaig Lore is the story of Laphroaig itself. It’s a massive whisky, as bold as it is deep, and one that I sincerely hope does justice to the many generations of Laphroaig distillery managers. It’s our story, bottled, the richest of the rich.”

To create the Laphroaig Lore, John Campbell carefully blended together Laphroaig stored in a variety of barrels ranging from first fill bourbon to quarter casks and Oloroso hogsheads. Some of the whisky will likely be young, but some of the whisky was distilled back in 1993 making at least a small portion of this 22-23 years old depending on when it when into the barrel.

Laphroaig isn’t disclosing all of the components, but so long as a whisky delivers the goods I don’t care if it carries a number on it or not. The number on the image above already gave away how much I enjoyed it, but let’s dig in to the Laphroaig Lore and see exactly what John Campbell thinks the story of his distillery is.

Laphroaig Lore Info

Region: Islay, Scotland

Distiller: Laphroaig
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, Quarter Casks and ex-Oloroso Hogsheads
Age: NAS
ABV: 48%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $125*

Laphroaig Lore Review

EYE
Golden hay

NOSE
Fresh, crisp, dense and olfactory satisfyingly sublime it unfolds with heavy notes of spiced fruit cake, peat, apple heavy orchard fruit, caramel heavy dark sweets, candied citrus peels, honey and malt. Light notes of oak, vanilla, graham, dried strawberries, salted butter, iodine and oh man it just keeps going on. Every sniff is a new layer… I think I’m in love.

PALATE
Darker, heavier and oilier than the nose, but every bit as balanced and dynamic with its delivery of smoky peat, spiced fruit cake, orchard fruit, honey, smoked meat, dried dark fruit, malt, cocoa, saline, iodine and dark sweets. Hints and bits of graham cracker, char, oak and alkaline minerality dance about and like the nose it goes on and on. Every sip has something new to offer… I’m definitely in love.

FINISH
Long doesn’t even describe it. I poured an ounce before sitting down, greedily downed it before finishing the first paragraph above, and it’s still going with waves of peat, spice, orchard fruit, honey, dried dark fruit and oak.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Pristine balance, bold full body and a round oily feel. I hate using this word, but its mouthfeel is incredible.

OVERALL
Laphroaig Lore is a gorgeous whisky, I even like it more than the boisterous Laphroaig 32. There is depth for days in this whisky and every time I go back to it I’m finding new and interesting aromas and flavors floating about. It’s a big bold complex whisky, but it carries an amazing sense of balance – like a bulldozer balanced on a razor blade. A big smoky spiced fruit cake bulldozer balanced perfectly on an orchard fruit razor.

Another way to put it is like this: I have a not-insignificant selection of whisky in my house and ever since I opened this bottle of Laphroaig Lore it’s all I want to drink. The only other whiskies that have captivated me like that recently were the Kilchoman 2008 Vintage and the Russell’s Reserve 98. I was ready to accept that this would be a middling NAS release that tasted like Laphroaig, but wasn’t anything special. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong because this is NAS done right.

SCORE: 95/100 (A)

*Disclosure: This sample of Laphroaig Lore was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Laphroaig Lore Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 95
  • Palate - 95
  • Finish - 95
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 95

Summary

Laphroaig Lore is a brilliant brilliant whisky.

Laphroaig Lore Label

 

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4 Responses to Laphroaig Lore Review

  1. As a result of selling some of the bottles I got from that collection I mentioned on your page reviewing the Beam’s Choice; I got an opportunity to try some upper-end whiskeys. This is one of the ones I was fortunate enough to try. I love it! These big, rich, and full-bodied scotch whiskeys are becoming a favorite of mine. In your honest opinion, do you think I should hold onto the 1940s bottle of Hennesy I found? It sells currently for around $1400. (retail)

    • Hey Ethan,

      The oldest Hennesy I’ve had was from the 70s and I didn’t care for it, though I’ve never been much of a Hennesy fan. If it were me I’d sell it, especially at that price!

  2. Holy smoking guacamole! We have been La Phroaig fans since 2006 and a week spent at an aue naturale resort in Mexico and new found friends introduced us to it and islay scotches. I bought this for my Mr Sexy Man last week and man oh man, but is this ever complex. Being New Mexican, we love spicey, and I cannot believe this review did not cover the nice, hot, long lingering burn of pepper from this. Nosing it, I get the deep flavor of burnt sugar, ash, iodide, and all things peaty. This is simply amazing and well worth the price. Will be back in Rio Rancho next week and plan on a scorned bottle for our 33 anniversary.

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