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Laphroaig Lore

No Mistake

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

6th Jan 2018


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In September 2017 I set foot on Islay for the very first time. What a great trip indeed. We visited – obviously – all distilleries (even Ardnahoe, which is still being built), including Laphroaig. We had a very fun tour and at the end were given a couple of samples. One of those was this Laphroaig Lore, bottled at 48%. According to our tour guide, even casks from 1993 were used in the mix (although most were much younger).

The nose is sweet on apples, pears and pineapple wrapped in a smoky jacket, while the peat actually plays second fiddle. Having said that, make no mistake, this is Laffie with tar and ship’s rope on the nose.

It is oily, but also a bit moldy on the palate. The fruit is limited to apples and a hint of oranges, while the smoke increased significantly. A bit spicy from cloves and curry, woodsmoke and ashes. But it is quite flat… for a Laffie.

The finish is medium long, fairly sweet, but no longer fruity. Strange as it may seem, this reminds me of peaty sugar water.

Nice Laffie, but fairly straightforward. Not a lot of depth, making this NAS-release almost but not quite disappointing.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

Thanks for the review. Sounds like I’ll be passing on this one, as it’s $200 per bottle.

2 years ago 0

MadSingleMalt commented

@markjedi1, is there a typo here you can correct for us?

"even casks from 1993"

Are you saying there was a known number of casks that went into this as a one-time creation? Seven? Eleven?

2 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

It looks typographically and grammatically correct to me.

2 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

No typo, imho. It was just a surprise that they even used such old casks, but no number was given, so I do not know the amount of 1993 casks that went into the mix.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

Robert99 commented

@markjedi1 I liked it a lot more than you and find it more complex than you do but I would agree that it is like a tame Laphroaig. I also agree with @OdysseusUnbound that it is overpriced in Quebec and Ontario.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

MadSingleMalt commented

Roger that, @markjedi1. It was batched from many casks from different ages, even some going back to 1993. I'm 100% with you now. Thanks.

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