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Laphroaig Lore

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Laphroaig Lore

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  • Brand: Laphroaig
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 48.0%

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Laphroaig Lore

I'm a fan of all things Laphroaig. I don't think that's a secret. For my 200th Connosr review, I felt it appropriate to review this one. Laphroaig 10 is a perennial favourite. I find it to be simultaneously heavy (bold flavour) but not overwhelming, and also high pitched (texture). To my palate, Laphroaig is like a spinto tenor, like say Jonas Kaufman or Luciano Pavarotti; able to reach great heights while not being too dark. I've consumed about half my bottle of Lore and while it shares the same unmistakeable Laphroaig DNA, it's definitely darker and heavier; more of a bass baritone, like say Bryn Terfel or Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Tasting notes (undiluted from a Glencairn)

  • Nose: smoke, peat, brine, leather, orange zest, and a hint of dark fruits (figs or dates), and maybe some black liquorice or anise
  • Palate: very rich texture, low pitched, dark chocolate, figs, roasted hazelnuts, cigar ash, iodine (seaweed), and brine
  • Finish: long and lingering, seaweed, peat, smoke, ash, black pepper, a touch of cinnamon, more dark chocolate, and a faint if persistent umami note reminiscent of soy sauce
  • Final thoughts: despite the 48% abv, this is dangerously easy to drink. I may not like NAS labelling on principle but this whisky is always a treat. It's a shame it's way too pricy in Ontario for a humble schoolteacher to drink regularly.

@OdysseusUnbound big congrats to you on your 200th review! Thank you for quite a lovely review, and which works well in overall tone for me with respect to my own experiences with Laphroaig Lore. I also love that you use the music analogies. I've had 15 plus of my own musical compositions performed and I had never heard of a 'spinto tenor'. Interesting.

For my part, one cannot overstate how wonderful Laphroaig is as a distillery. If you can enjoy the PSB style, then Laphroaig is your bread and butter...the #1 most consistently high quality distillery in the entire world. .

I have never had a single bad taste of any Laphroaig. I cannot say that of any other distillery on earth.

@Victor I remembered the terminology (spinto) from my college days as a voice major, but I had forgotten how passionately people can argue over, well anything really. I couldn't remember if Pavarotti was a lyric or spinto tenor and it seems that the opera community is divided. Ditto for José Carreras. I think opinions of Lore are just as varied as opinions on tenor "classifications".

I've never had a bad Laphroaig either. Select isn't as impressive as the other offerings from Laphroaig, but I think this has more to do with the 40% abv and the perception of NAS as "bad". I won't rehash my objections to NAS labelling here, but Select was one of those whiskies I'm happy to receive as a gift, one that I'd drink if offered, but probably not one I'd buy simply because there's better at the same price point.


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.

@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.

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.


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.

@BlueNote @paddockjudge made it possible for me to taste the 18...it was a special dram.

Yuri killing @Victor with this...


Nose: Smoke, ash and salt. Work at it and some light fruits come through (pear/grape) along with hints of cut grass and vanilla. Something else is there... sticky dates maybe.

Palate: Bonfire night. Very smoky with ash and iodine. A touch of aniseed and those lighter fruits are still there with lemon and vanilla.

Finish: Very long. The powerful smoke gives way to pepper for a pleasantly spicy feel. The aniseed is still detectable along with a touch of giner.

Balance: Pretty good. Consistent with the smoke and a great finish. This is a "mouthful" whisky.

If you're not a fan of smoky whisky then this is one to avoid, otherwise definitely worth a try.

This one seems to have gotten universally slammed just on spec ( NAS, etc.) as soon as it was publicized, but this sounds pretty good.

I think I heard at least once that this is supposed to fill the role of the discontinued 18 YO. How do you think it fared on that score? And how about the price—also comparable to the old 18 YO?

I can see myself really enjoying this Laphroaig but at that price I'm not that interested in trying!

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