Laphroaig Lore Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Laphroaig Lore

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  • Distiller:

    Laphroaig

  • Bottler:

    Laphroaig

  • ABV:

    48%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: There is a lot going on here. The nose, palate, and finish are very deeply layered. I felt the need to sit down with a knife and fork and really dig into this. There is a complexity which walks just up to the border of “busy” without actually crossing into hostile territory.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste starts off light and thin, followed by a blast of smoke, creosote, cinnamon, and tar with underlying vanilla and oak notes in the background. The finish is long and smoky with lingering spices.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: 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.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: A smoke bomb that’s a little boring and that may lack ‘polishing’. Feels a little engineered.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The flavors stay generously long on the palate, finishing with a smoky-salty, warm heat. This is a perfect cool weather whisky that begs for fireside sipping.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Lore doesn’t reinvent the wheel (Laphroaig would likely argue that it merely rediscovers it), but it’s not one that was in need of reinvention in the first place.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall, this is disappointing and a shame that they think $120 for this bottle is reasonable or justified. What notes there were, I enjoyed but there was a lack of complexity and boldness which is disappointing, especially for a product marketed to represent the "Lore" of the distillery.
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  • Nose:

    Evergreen, vanilla, pound cake, tropical fruits,thin cocoa, definitely laphroaig smokey. Dead sea things, bandaids, some brine.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel, feels like the 10yr. Sweet bubblegum, smoke, char, and not much else. I feel like theres a lot of character here but no real intensity.

  • Finish:

    Medium, hot and not complex. Smokey vanilla with sweet honey. The smoke is even short lived and doesnt carry like Laphroaig smoke usually does.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this is disappointing and a shame that they think $120 for this bottle is reasonable or justified. What notes there were, I enjoyed but there was a lack of complexity and boldness which is disappointing , especially for a product marketed to represent the "Lore" of the distillery. Im going to rank this a 5 - its good and fine but no better than the 10 to me. Id take the QC or the Cask Strength any day with no hesitation whatsoever.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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