Distiller: Laphroaig. Region: Islay. ABV: 48%. No age statement. Price: $100-125.
As many of you know, I’m a sucker for the Islay malts. While Lagavulin remains my desert island whisky, I’ve long and deeply loved the various offerings from Laphroaig. So when I heard about the distillery’s newest release, I was deeply intrigued.
Billed as the richest expression yet, the Laphroaig Lore is the brainchild of Distillery Manager John Campbell, who oversaw the cask selection. The whisky is intended to honor the range of ways that Laphroaig has been made over its 200-year history. It consists of whiskies that have been aged in quarter, sherry, and reused peated casks, and which range in age from 7 to 21 years old. There’s some controversy over the price for what amounts to a 7+ year old whisky, but for me, it’s all about the taste. What would you pay for greatness?
And make no bones about it: for me, this is a great Laphroaig. I caught beach bonfire, peat funk, and sweet lemon on the nose. The palate was an explosion of melding flavors: peat, ash, green apples carmelized, and well-defined citrus. The finish has more sweetness than the rest, but it’s an Islay malt all the way. Peat is sustained throughout against a backdrop of citrus. The smoke lingers and carries you to your next dram.
Is it worth the price? For me, it all comes down to whether you love it, and for how long you’ll be able to find it. I loved it, and though it’s intended as a permanent addition to Laphroaig’s range, I’ll definitely be searching for another bottle.
Sláinte, friends! – TM
A company representative graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.