Saturday, 10 December 2016

Laphroaig Lore + 2001 First Editions: TWE Show Report

Hello again,

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%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium/Full
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.
75/100

Laphroaig 2001 Hunter Laing 1st Editions 59.8%
Colour: Gold
Body: Full
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.
87/100

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...

Reviews #211-#212

Network Average: 75.5
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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