The most peated Laphroaig. But not in a "prove a point" kind of way.
Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and is located in Port Ellen on Islay. For a long while there’s been frenzy for Laphroaig’s Scotch. Rumor has it that Prince Charles of Wales himself is a big fan of the brand. But no matter what, Laphroaig is the Islay Single Malt by which all others are judged. They are the standard-bearers for the hearty, smoky style that Islay is famous for. Their core line up has no fewer than a dozen Single Malt drams plus a host of special releases and travel retail specialty editions.
The folks at Laphroaig call Lore "The Richest of the Rich." And it's easy to see why. This is a classic Islay-styled Single Malt Whisky to be sure, but they go a little beyond the normal. The name Lore comes from the very old-school production methods.
The peat is hand cut. The malt is hand turned and cold-smoked. All if this harkens back to how they did it decades ago. The results are impressive. If you like your Whisky smoky, you will find Laphroaig Lore to be their most heavily peated dram. It won Double Gold medal at San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2017.
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The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Laphroaig Lore and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
This is an incredible offering from Laproaig. If you're a peat head like me, it's worth trying. Very mild and gentle, but still loaded with great flavor. It actually had a slight bourbon sweetness for me. I will be sad when my bottle is empty...
One of the smoothest and flavorful scotches I have had
It was delicious. Only negative was the body. It has great notes, smooth, and great on the nose. The body is a little light for my liking, but overall it is a great bottle.
It took me half the bottle to say that this is a great sipping scotch. I’ve had many different laphroaigs now and I think this is the richest one.
Traditional Laphroaig elements with the initial nose, iodine, brine and smoke. Got some subtle vanilla sweetness as I continued. Nice blend of campfire smoke and sweetness on the initial tasting. Finish had some nice lingering spicy notes. My favorite Laphroaig
I Liked it. It has a more delicate peaty flavor that the 10 year old.
This wasn't as good as I remember it. Perhaps either my tastes have changed, or different years have changed. That said, I've never met a Scotch I thought was bad! :-)
This one is such a treat, not as aggressive as the 10 or Corryvreckan for instance. It's part of my regular stock. | Nose: Sherry, smoke, wood, candy sugar, vanilla, some peat, sawdust |
Palate: Deep dark fruits, smoke and oak |
Finish: Warm and long, lingering ashes, sweet
Love letter to Islay!
I don't enjoy the peaty scotches much
Smooth, smokey, with a tinge of something different... a fantastic dram that seems to be trying to tell a story of where it came from.
The epitome of an Islay. Pure smoke and peat.
Smooth and smokey, exceptional offering from Laphroaig!
It’s like Laphroaig 10 graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Law and made partner at 35. Exceptional.
Haven’t had whiskeys in this price range before but based on this I need to do so again.
A smooth smoke!
Very tasty and rich, but not worth the price for a NAS whisky in my opinion. You get aromatic sweet peat smoke on the nose which gets carried over into the taste, along with those oceany notes. Little hints of cigar smoke as well.
This is my favorite Laphroaig from their regular lineup (not counting travel retail). It's smoky, woody, astringent, very well rounded and punchy. Wonderful release!
The smoky smell, and full flavor you’d expect from an Islay scotch. A bit harsher than the 10yr, with a lasting burn at the back of your mouth.
Love Laphroaig... newest was Lore. Love the Pete...this needed two little drops of water and then amazing! Love all of the Laphroig!
Wow, in one pour, this has become my of my absolute favorite scotches. I'm going to savor this one.
One of the smoothest scotches I’ve ever tasted
Absolutely delicious Scotch. The flavor profile and aroma of this spirit is something to be admired. Meant to be sipped straight, this spirit will have you reminiscing on old times you were never really a part of. Couples very kindly with a nice cigar. You'll want your silk robes on while drinking this.
Top Laphroaig in my opinion, it takes the similar 10 year flavors any Islay fan knows to another level of depth. Smooth at 48% ABV, complex flavors that aren't a major struggle.
delicious - ran out a month ago, so this is to remind me to pick up more
Peaty, smoky, with lesser hints of brine. Followed with sweet, oily, tannic finish that lingers in the mouth for a good bit of time. Well balanced, and full bodied. Something different every time you pour a glass. Love it!
Too earthy for my tastes
Loved it perfect amount of peat and super smooth!
Aroma is inviting, with some sweetness but also smoke that would be expected from Laphroaig. I'm sure if I had tasted this when I was first getting into Scotch Whiskies I probably wouldn't have liked it - lots going on here. You get a bit of spice and sweetness initially before the smoke, ash, tar and other flavors come in, and then you get some bitterness. Overall quite interesting and enjoyable. I see this as a one drink and done type Scotch - I wouldn't want several pours of this in an evening. Good, not great.
I was hooked on Laphroaig from the first taste many years ago. Flavor is important and LORE does not disappoint.
Rich and full-bodied. I’ve always been a fan of Laphroaig’s selections, but this one is by far the best!
I love it. Deep and raw taste with strong and real character. The real thing.
Smoky, medicinal, best whiskey I ever had.
Oh, Laphroaig how much I love you. Will you marry me?
Smoky and peaty. Beautiful mix.
Oily Bliss. My favourite Laphroaig on offer. I was walking to Kilchoman on Islay with a bottle of this in my bag. My feet hurt so my friend and I sat down on the side of a hill and poured ourselves a dram. The sheep were bleating, the sky was blue, not a single car passed by. Time slowed to a crawl. It was just us, the countryside, and the Lore.
I rarely ever give 10 stars. This will change your mind about a NAS scotch. It's expensive, but worth it. I can't afford to drink it daily, but I wish that I could.
Woody but that’s it
I like the Lore. This is my first lephroaig so I can't compare with other batches.
Peaty . Way too peaty.
Nose: peaty smoke with some sweetness-vanilla
Taste: full bodied campfire smoke, some heat, slightly salty, strong full, nutty, aftertaste, very complex, lingers nicely
Clearly, Laphroaig has learned from some recent mistakes and is going back to the flavor powerhouse profile that sets them apart.
Over this, I'd still take a Lagavulin 16 or an Ardbeg Corryvrecken. However, this stands above the standard 10-year Laphroaig, which many of the offerings in recent years could not say.
For the price, I label this an occasional buy. Something I'll keep on hand for special occasions. Like Saturdays.
Easily scored in the 90s.
Amazing! Smooth and easy to drink, almost too easy. Love the peat and oak to the nose. One of my new favorites!
All the smokiness taken to a new height of deliciousness with caramel, vanilla, brine.
Delicious! Such a rich and savory smoky peaty flavor with a decadently long finish.
Maybe the best Whisky I have ever had. It bought a tear to my eye on my first tasting.
Peaty but with a Smokey undertone which really balances out the peat.
Harsh. I don't see how this is an international award winner. It's not characteristically Laphroaig IMHO.
Very good; my house scotch is the Laphroiag 10 yr, and the Lore was well worth the incremental cost.
Toby, the whining single malt scotch drinker, is kind of a douche. I also enjoy single malts, and it seems like you have a very good variety. I look forward to the rare finds. This Laphroaig Lore is wonderful..
I'm a single malt Scotch drinker, I didn't sign up as a Whiskey drinker. If you can't send me Single Malt Scotches, then cancel my membership today.
One of my favorite Laphroaig Whiskeys
If you love peat, this is exceptionally smoky and yet nicely balanced. A must for peat aficionados.
Classic laphroaig classic flavors, but just a little cleaner and smoother
Love love love the peat.
Gross. Too smokey
Fast shipping and great scotch. First time ordering. Just sent in second order for Kilchoman....
I was not expecting too much from this bottle. I was admittedly biased against another NAS offering at such a high price. I am glad that I bit the bullet and purchased it! It is wonderfully smiley and has the usual Laphroaig notes but is bolstered by the youthful blend in the mix. I wish it was offered at half the price. Try before you buy if you're on a budget.
Everything about a Laphroaig that people object to in one bottle. For the true Laphroaig fan.
Very peaty, great if you enjoy a leathery taste.
Very very smokey. If that's your taste, don't miss this bottle. Keep it in your mouth for a while to feel the extra smoke - if you drink it too fast tastes just like a regular Laphroaig. A must have for peated whisky lovers.