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”.
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.
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!