Some Laphroaig's from the show today. One of my favourite distilleries, so always a pleasure to review some! Already reviewed the Masterpeices bottling, and these are the other two I had at The Whisky Exchange Show London 2016.
Been curious to try the Lore after some crazy good reviews.
Laphroaig Lore 48%
Nose: Typical, sea shore, Islay malting floor, some fruit, some plasters.
Taste: Soft, smoky, medicinal and mineral development, plasters, sea water, wet rocks.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Peat and malt.
It's hard to compete with the quarter cask really. This is nice whisky but disappointing for the high price.
Laphroaig 2001 Hunter Laing 1st Editions 59.8%
Nose: LAPHROAIG! It's a big, peaty brute. Mineral, sea shore, some medicinal notes with creamy biscuit. Everything I wanted from the Lore turned up to 10.
Taste: Bam! Medicinal, creamy, mineral sea shore notes, iodine, plasters. Really sings, was this matured in Laphroaig's no.1 warehouse?
Finish: Medium/Long length. Recedes, creamy and medicinal.
Everything I was looking for from a Laphroaig. Really think they peak at this age, 15-16. Unfortunately the price is high at £160 but the quality is high too...
Network Average: 75.5
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good