Laphroaig Lore 2021 Bottling 48%
Created using techniques that have been passed down for generations, this single malt Scotch is made from some of the most precious whiskies in our Atlantic storehouse. Our master distillers select spirits from five different cask types, including ex-Bourbon barrels, 19th Century-style quarter casks and large Oloroso sherry butts.
I really want to be harsher in my reviews, but I am a man who recognizes a work of art. Laphroaig makes a lot of them, and this "Lore" version is no exception. After tasting it, I needed to know more and I found that Lore is drawn from a variety of casks= first-fill bourbon barrels, quarter casks and Oloroso sherry hogsheads. Lore actually means "knowledge passed through generations". And trust me, they have delivered a perfect dram here. Bottled at 48%abv, with an amontillado sherry color.
On the nose is one of those Laphroaig wonders because of the obvious peatiness, sea weed, prunes, ashes, and a sense of seafood spiciness. Truly an interesting dram. On the palate it has only a handful of notes, but it was SUBLIME. It is an instant, but pleasant, spice bomb. Such a beautiful, mouth-watering taste. Chilli is very clear as a note here. Tangerines, spiciness, peanut butter cream, delicious. The after taste is medium-long with chilli and a dim hotness. super rewarding. I truly believe this is an out of this world whisky, that is very near perfection.
|Cask Description||1st Fill Sherry Casks & Qtr Casks||ABV||48%|
|Year Distilled||NAS||Shipping Weight||2 Kg|
|Year Bottled||2021||Description||Distillery Bottling|
Laphroaig is located on Islay’s south coast and was founded by farmers Donald and Alexander Johnston in 1815. Named after its position ‘broad hollow by the bay’ the distillery remained in family ownership for over a hundred and thirty years. Back in the early days word spread of this particularly delicious whisky with it’s soft, peaty water source and the farmers quickly realised distilling was a more lucrative proposition. Laphroaig is now owned by Beam Suntory and is the largest seller of single malt whisky on Islay. The distillery’s production capacity is 3.3 million litres of alcohol and with 34 mashes per week it has been running at full capacity for a number of years. The whisky is know for its smoky style which is individual and unique. Being so close to the coast the the peat used to smoke the barley has a higher moss content which adds to its distinctive character. Interestingly a great series of bottling’s named The Ian Hunter Story have been introduced which pay homage to the last of the Johnston family to own Laphroaig. In 2022 book four of the five Ian Hunter Story series was released.
Laphroaig Lore 2021 Bottling 48%
Official Tasting Notes
Aged anywhere from seven years to 21 years, each spirit brings its own element — and lore — to the blend.The result is the richest expression of our unforgettable peated whisky. Sparkling gold, this rich and smoky Scotch tastes of fall days by the ocean with hints of ash and bitter chocolate. A long, sweet finish and spicy chili tingle make this dram utterly unparalleled. Serve neat, or over ice.
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