Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex Bourbon First Fill, ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex Quarter Cask
Additional coloring: No
Average price: € 110.00
Official website: www.laphroaig.com
Also as part of the distillery’s 200th birthday celebrations, in 2015 Laphroaig came up with this NAS whose name in Gaelic means ‘passage’, with just that vague hint of a sense of generational continuity in whisky production.
From the following year, Lore became part of Laphoraig’s core range, thus celebrating the anniversary for all the years to come.
This bottling is the result of the marriage of several casks, combined in the well-known Quarter Casks of the same name, aged between 7 and 21 years, with the idea of “creating the richest Laphroaig taste ever”.
The colour, all natural, is a beautiful dark amber.
A powerful, fleshy peat explodes in the nostrils, with a bursting load of burnt wood. Underneath this blanket of pungent smoke, liquorice, banana, nuts and disinfectant flood in. Splashes of marine salinity. An overwhelming and exciting nose, like standing in front of the fireplace chewing liquorice while disinfecting a wound with an aerosol of seawater (okay, maybe that’s not exactly the image I wanted to conjure up).
On the palate it’s meaty, intensely burnt, almost as if you were stuffing bacon wrapped around a burning log into your mouth (NOTE: no, don’t try it). But as on the nose, there is not only smoke but also sweeter notes of caramel, more liquorice (lots of it), salted butter, dried fruit (walnuts and even almonds) and dehydrated fruit (dates, apricots and even coconut). The medicinal note remains present but more in the background, while the marine salinity is a continuous flow that creeps in among the aromas. The whole is a harmonious and seductive music, with a hint of spice that titillates the senses.
The finish is long, very long, ashy and medicinal, with salt and spices that accompany you and you wish you would never say goodbye.
Compared to the other celebratory bottling, the 1815 Legacy Edition, there’s really no contest: this bottle truly embodies the heart of the distillery, with a passion rarely seen in other expressions of Laphroaig.
And at a price that makes it unmissable.