Laphroaig An Cuan Mor

Laphroaig An Cuan Mor

(0.7l, 48%)


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Laphroaig An Cuan Mor single-malt tastes like it was made for the sea … to be sipped by fishermen who earned their daily dram fighting the demons of the deep.  

Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and is located in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. Although Laphroaig isn't allowed to put the prefix ‘Royal’ in its name (yet), rumour has it his royal princeness Charles of Wales is a fan of the ‘L’ Whisky. The 15-year-old is reportedly the prince's favourite Scotch. For a long while there’s been frenzy for Laphroaig’s Scotch, especially those less-available expressions.  
Laphroaig is the Islay malt that serves as the standard by which all others are judged. They are the standard-bearers for the hearty, smoky style that Islay is famous for. “An Cuan Mor” translates roughly as “Big Ocean” and that is exactly what you get. Laphroaig An Cuan Mor tastes like Poseidon himself started distilling single-malt Whisky. 
 
The effect is amazing. At every level—aroma, taste, finish—you “feel” the sea, sense the spray of the ocean, taste the captain’s pipe smoke, and breath the salty air. Laphroaig An Cuan Mor is aged in first-fill, ex-bourbon casks, then finished in French Oak, and that combo generates a full body and viscosity that completes the package, making it the perfect dram to drink and the end of the day by a cold Spring harbor. 
 
SmartAss Corner:
Want to own a piece of this historic isle?  Register to be a “Friend of Laphroaig” and you can obtain a lifetime lease of 1 square foot of the distillery grounds for the “rent” of 1 purchased dram of Whiskey per annum … payable at the distillery pub. 
 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    48%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    First-fill ex-Bourbon casks and finished in French oak casks

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smoky
oak
sweet
vanilla sweetness
black pepper
salty
orange peel
liquorice
figs
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First-class Whisky is taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden orange.   
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Sea salt and peat, walnuts and licorice, with a tad of sweet figs and vanilla.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Ginger, pepper, sweet, and char. 
 
Finish 
Long, sweet peat and oak.

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Ratings & Reviews
Chris
Chris,
Very smoking and complex, a lot of flavor. Really enjoyed it!
 
Sean
Sean,
OMG! Yuck! You know the smell of boat gas - that’s what it tastes like. Dirty boat gasoline mixed with burnt rubber. The flavor circle is totally inaccurate. The three main tastes are boat gas, burnt rubber, and peat! I honestly don’t know how ANYONE can like this.
 
Michael
Michael,
This is a damn good scotch. I'll blame my uneducated ("noob") scotch palette for what I'm about to say, but I couldn't tell the difference between this and Lagavulin 16 year. After reading Laphroaig's history a bit, I'm sure that is offensive and for that I apologize. For me, Lagavulin was my original favorite scotch and I'll always hold it in my heart as a reference that all others will be judged by. Therefor, in my eyes, this is about the best compliment I can give this scotch. Islay has many wonderful scotches and the variety of depth you can find (here's looking at you, Corryvreckan) are unbelievable. This is of the tamer variety, but still a lovely smokey drink with plenty of flavor and bite to make it enjoyable. The alcohol bite is not obnoxious by any means and while it warms the mouth, it does not produce the harsh reaction of a lower quality scotch (i.e. whiskey face...after all, this is whisky).
 
Robert
Robert,
Perfection
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, balanced, Single Malt Scotch Whisky with an oceanic birth; while a rich sailors life leads to a long & balanced death at sea with notes of peat & oak.
 
Richard
Richard,
Fantastic flavor and body.
 
Justin
Justin,
The depth of the smokiness and peatiness really hits the spot
 
Burt
Burt,
Obviously there is smoke and pepper, more subtle on the nose than the palate. The first sip causes the eyes to go wide in surprise at the hearty, savory, meaty cookout flavors. The 48% abv is apparent in the perception of alcohol burn. It is, however quite nice and not at all off putting. Allowing it to open up some minutes in the glass improves the balance of the rather distinct flavors. Very likeable!
 
Dan
Dan,
If you have ever been to a beach bonfire, it tastes like that. Huge oaky smoke tinged with sea salt. Some sweet on the finish as it fades. Smoky peat fans will rejoice.
 
David
David,
Not a bad taste but very smoky if you’re into that kind of taste and notes.
 
guest
guest,
Loved it. Different than some of standard Laphroaigs (10yr, 10yr CS, 15yr). Enjoyed the complexity of it. Definitely got the salt that others mentioned.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Sweet and smokey meaty flavor. Not overwhelming, but very smokey compared to my usual whiskey.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Tastes like a campfire... which is true to style for Islay. Personally I don’t prefer Scotches from that region. If you are drinking it with something equally smoky it might mellow the smoke a bit. It does have quite a bit of sweetness and some salt and pepper notes. It’s interesting but not my preference.
 
Scott
Scott,
Peat isn't usually my thing but the complexity of this is really something. Got this as part of a sampler but might have to pick up a bottle of this at some point. Highly recommend.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Smells like a peat bog and tastes like a campfire. I guess if you’re into that sort of thing you’ll love this.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Hated it
 
Deja
Deja,
It's ok.
 
Chris
Chris,
For super special occasions. Salt, smoke ad peat in glorious combination. Do want!
 
Arnaud
Arnaud,
For those who like peat and sea notes. Very good. Long finish. Very pleasant.
 
guest
guest,
Love this so much
 
Davi
Davi,
Peat and sea
 
guest
guest,
Amazing.
 
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