Laphroaig Lore was released in 2016. According to distillery manager John Campbell, this is a vatting of whiskies that are between 7 and 21 years old. A variety of casks is used in producing Lore, among them first-fill sherry butts, quarter casks, and ex-bourbon barrels.
The nose starts with a load of brine, porridge and white pepper. Then smoke develops, of the "soft", campfire-like sort, and with hardly any phenolic notes. Later on there are vanilla and lemon flavours, followed by honey and a touch of orange peel.
The palate is medium-bodied and brings more brine and campfire smoke flavours. There now is a salty note, together with notes of vanilla and cinnamon and followed by a hint of liquorice.
The finish is sweet with flavours of liquorice and cinnamon, and the smoke has turned sooty, all ending on a slightly peppery note.
This is a rounded and rather well balanced Laphroaig without any rough edges. Considering that Laphroaig claims that Lore is their "richest expression ever", the flavours seem somewhat subdued. I do not dislike it but miss the individuality of the distillate.