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Laphroaig Lore

(70cl, 48%)

Laphroaig Lore

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Laphroaig Lore Bottling Note

Created by Distillery Manager John Campbell, Laphroaig Lore is said to be the richest ever Laphroaig! Named after the skills passed down over the generations, this permanent addition to the range is matured in a combination of casks including first fill Sherry butts and quarter casks and is said to contain some of their "most precious stock".

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Producer's Tasting Note:
Nose: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals with a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops. Vanilla follows with oily unroasted chestnuts and a hint of fudge with a malty sweetness. A drop of water adds a creamy clotted cream note with fruit appearing in the form of unripe citrus in a flan glaze.
Palate: Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.
Finish: Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.

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Laphroaig Lore Reviews

Simply A Lovely Laphroaig

This is an amazing whisky with great depth. Yes it I still expensive when compared to some other similar whiskies of similar quality from Islay. Yes it replaced the wonderful Laphroaig 18 and is non-age specific. However, do not mistake this for simply a young whisky. It evidently contains a large proportion of older malts, otherwise it would not have such an amazing array of flavours. Lose your non-age specific bias, your sense of loss for the 18 and simply savour this amazing malt.

11th August 2020

Chilli, ash and smoke=GREAT

Totally agree with mr Murray in his whisky bible: This is - a long side Ardbeg Uigadail - the best NAS you can buy. A lot of flavor: chilli, ash, smoke and a long sweet aftertaste.

2nd May 2020

Great simple peated whisky

Tuath glass showing chestnut. The nose shows moderately intense notes of moss, peated malt, and hints of nuts and caramel. The palate shows moderately intense notes of peat and light notes of charred wood followed by moderately intense notes of savory umami and smoked bacon on the finish.

After 2 drops of water, the peat on the nose seems to grow weaker. Palate weakens significantly as the peat largely fades away and leaves more umami and saltiness. Prefer this one straight.

24th April 2020

Laphroaig refined.

I personally prefer this to Lagavulin 16. That being said, there are several bottles $20-30 cheaper that I enjoy just as much. Not disappointed I splurged on the one bottle, but probably won't be purchasing again anytime soon.

14th December 2019

An oily, sweet , phenolic super combi

Sorry to see a few negative comments which I can not follow at all. For me this is the best Laphroig yet ( up to now it was Brodir ) . Oily, sweet, phenols, sea side brime....all I love in one fantastic dram.

6th November 2019

Sadly overall with the price it's a 3 from me !!!

Now this is my third bottle, I loved the first one bought around 2 years ago it was rich and didnt taste young , I liked the second one not as much as first but this one is not the same at all very dissapointed the 2019 bottle is more young and slightly harsher in my opinion but then the next barrel etc could be lovely . So its 5 star for first 4 for second and 2.5 for most recent .Please write a similar article is you had the same experience...

11th May 2019


As an Islay fan i should rejoice loudly, but... It is somehow sharp-angled and not so well balanced (too much burnt wood) to my taste. Luckily there is Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

14th February 2019


Watered down weak young peated whisky...Why would people buy this at 2x the price of the 10yo. Can someone please explain this to me

9th February 2019

Like Lagavulin 16 or Laphroaig 15? Try this.

Well, Im comparing Lore immediately following a bottle of their 15-year old and as a regular Lagavulin 16 drinker; pick up a bottle of Lore if either the Laphroaig 15 or Lagavulin 16 appeals to you. It's an exquisite smoke and peat fest; complex, smooth, super smokey, with a great finish and aftertaste.

5th February 2019

An eye opener and a palate pleaser

This is wonderful. I usually drink 10 yr old or the Quarter Cask, even the Lagavulin 16, but this is arguably the best whisky I've ever tasted. Smoother on the tongue than either of the other two Laphroaig mentioned, but still knows it's name and is nice and peaty on the palate.

11th January 2019

Three Stars (such a shame)

I have a theory regarding this Lore bottling. There’s people who have tried Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength and those who have not. Those who have not may think this is a good Islay and worthy of 4/5 stars. For those who have tried the 10 year cask strength, they will be aware of how poor this version is. Dare I say, half hearted effort from this majestic distillery. It completely lacks the wow factor and is rather dull. Do yourself a favour, avoid. I honestly believe the Quarter Cask is better than this at half the cost. If you disagree with me, try the 10 year cask strength as a marker for what this distillery is capable of and then try this. Three stars is the most I could give.

9th January 2019

Confused and confusing!

Laphroaig is my favourite malt whisky, but the sherrying here is a big mistake and completely confuses and destroys the unique characteristics of the original whisky - seems like a half-baked attempt to create Lagavulin from Laphroaig! I'm horrified to read that it is 'said to contain some of [Laphroaig's] "most precious stock" ... '! What a waste :-(
Please get back to what you do best.

6th January 2019

Love it.

Since my name is Lore, I'd like to thank you for naming MY Scotch..................... Now, where's my free sample?

31st December 2018

For people who dislike whisky if it's too peaty

We got this at £14 discount, and loved it. My partner is more of a Lagavullin person, but really liked Laphroaig Lore. For myself, I do not enjoy strongly peaty whiskies generally, but this one hit the right spot, because the flavour dominates the smokiness. A definite success.

25th December 2018

I like! Like...alot!!

Peat and smoke but not over the top. Spicy up front...lots going on almost hot at times. Expecting a burn later but nothing...replaced by smooth complexity. What a great whiskey...will definitely buy again.

18th December 2018

Amazed.. instant order required!

I had a 3cl sample within my Whiskey advent calendar. It went down beautifully ! So much in fact that I came online immediately order a full bottle. Even at near 50% no water required.

My usual ‘go to’ whisky for context f my taste - Lagavulin 16. Ardbeg Uigeadail. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte heavily peated.

17th December 2018

Good but better options for the money

I like Laphroaig Lore however I find it a little dull (dare I say bland) for the money. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive fan of Laphroaig in general. For £70-£75, I’d much rather buy a bottle of Longrow 18, Talisker 18 or even pay a little extra for the Lagavulin 12. It’s a very competitive price point for the mid range peat head.

4th December 2018

Fair at best

Not worth the price of entry $99. For me Lagavulin 16 is simply the best!

15th September 2018

Very Impressive

Compared this with Laga 16 and Ardbeg Ugie (distinguished company for sure) and for me this trumps them both, sure it's a tad more expensive but the

25th August 2018

Rich snd deep

Incredible well rounded, with long lingering aftertastes. It is not really pungent, but will appeal to those who appreciate depth, and wish to sip slowly with just a touch of water.

28th July 2018


Just finished my bottle of Lore with my nephew, and we decided to throw it up against the Laphroaig Quartercask, and Glenmorangie. No sense comparing it to the Highland, but I expected the Quartercask to put up a good fight. I still like the Quartercask, but it's similarity to the 10yo is much more obvious when you compare it to Lore. Lore is just so much smoother, but then still has that deep rich peety punch without the iodine after taste. This is a winner.

24th July 2018

Would rather have two of the 10 YO, even one.

As a devotee of the 10 YO since 1983, I was expecting something really special from the bottle my son brought back from America. But not so; not too bad on the nose, but the palate just didn't live up to the promise of the label. Maybe my palate is jaded with age at 78.

30th May 2018

Give me More of the Lore

Those who can afford this bottle will be treated to Laphraoig's complex sweet and savory notes that are far more mellow than the offerings found in the Ten Year and Quarter Cask. Velvet on the
tongue and Laphraoig in the heart.

18th March 2018

Very Solid

Smoother and more refined than the 1815 but still a nice crashing wave of peat and ash. A drop of water expresses the citrousy undertones. Not as blown away as I’ve been with the Ardbeg Correvreckan or Kelpie, but hell of a dram nonetheless

15th March 2018


Best Laph I had so far...

10th September 2017

Love it

Love it

14th July 2017

One of the best Laphroaigs!

With five components ranging from seven to twenty one years old and barrels ranging from quarter-casks to oloroso, this is a complex and rich experience! Fruit, cinnamon, Meyer lemons, custard, creosote and leather. The young whiskies keep it bright, the old whiskies keep it mellow and give it the leather.

Lovely stuff! I just hope they keep the 21yo in there for future bottlings!

24th February 2017

Lovely Laphroaig

I enjoyed Quarter Cask, Triple Wood, PX Cask and An Cuan Mór. This just adds to an already impressive NAS range. Lots of peat, thick, sweet with roasted elements to it. Lovely dram 90/100.

15th January 2017

Very Good Islay Whisky

with drops of water to smooth taste but I prefer more for example An Cuan Mòr or 25 year old in same distillery or Ardbeg Uigeadail or Lagavulin 18 year old in same price category. I prefer Islay products; Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Caol Ila.

30th December 2016

Close to Perfection

If you like peaty whisky that is balanced by an ever growing sweet aftertaste this one is for you. I've had my share of drams in the past (NAS, seasoned old whisky, independent bottlers etc.). This one is right in the top five ever for me. Great combination of casks and ages by John Campbell. And I'm not even an Islay enthusiast, usually prefer Speyside...

10th December 2016


It is great, i must say the best Laph I ever had. It's smooth, it's Islay, it's rich in taste and complexity. If you like peaty but mellow - this is the one. The aftertaste keeps on lingering. It's great in every way... Drink this after a good meal.

9th December 2016


Absolutely epic!

23rd July 2016

NAS Lore

A little sceptical about a $200 cnd NAS from Laphroaig, but I do like it. It's def. Laphroaig on the nose, lots of ash and smoke, the sherry comes through big on the palate. The mouth feel is a little like Uigidail.....but the finish is swift and dry......Good at 60 pounds but not sure at $200 Canadian

15th July 2016


I have over 150 scotches in my collection and I was happy to find this one. If you love Laphroaig and chili, then this is going to be your best friend. It is a chili pepper explosion with the nice Laphroaig peat. The bad reviews are only from those who don't like Laphroaig in the first place. If you're an Islay fan, then you will love this.

10th July 2016

Love it.

A total surprise! I had never heard of it until I tried it at a friends house. Wonderful. 5 stars for sure.

2nd July 2016

It's fast turning into a favourite

Having just come back from a trip to Islay, I have to say this was one of my favourites of the trip. It wasn't even on my list of bottles to buy, but after tasting, quite a few times I was straight in for the buy. It is characteristic of many older laphroaigs, being a mixture of a variety of older ages of the managers picking.

Defiantly worth a try

31st May 2016

Wow that's good

Having actually visited islay been to most of the distilleries, my friend and I concluded this to be the star and frankly blow the socks off Ardbeg and Bowmore and others at the £80 price bracket

8th May 2016

Toronto Tim (Canada) - I pity new single malt drinkers

Another 'Froig NAS for a hefty price. I will be patient and try one, but I doubt it be twice as good as Laph (NAS) Quarter Cask. For the price, new drinkers will abit less in their wee pocket to try others....TT

29th March 2016

Complex & Mellow

Despite it's hefty price tag I can't say I'm unhappy with my purchase via FoL. It's very mellow, indicating it's not full of 'young' whiskies, with a beautifully complex finish that develops the longer you let it linger and sip more of course!

16th March 2016

Tell us what´s inside...

Or do you fear that no one will buy after you have shown us......
Hopefully a very good Whisky, for this price it should be. If it is, i will buy.
But I do not think it´s twice as good as Ardbeg Uigeadail.

10th March 2016

Not for me

I am simply fed up with this these overpriced NAS whiskies which will be good but unlikely to be better than the standard bottlings at less than a half of the cost.

9th March 2016

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