It’s really remarkable for any company, in any industry, to survive through the peaks and troughs of civilisation and last 200 years. The Laphroaig Distillery is one of such companies and in celebration of their bi-centenary, they have released the Laphroaig Lore.
The ‘lore’ in Laphroaig Lore is inspired by the whisky-making secrets that were passed down from founders Alexander and Donald Johnston to the generations of master distillers. The present ‘lore keeper’, John Campbell, is the distillery manager behind this bottling.
The Laphroaig Lore has whiskies drawn from a variety of cask types, include ex-bourbon and Oloroso Sherry hogsheads and quarter casks. It is an NAS and bottled at 48 per cent ABV. They market this expression ‘the richest of the rich’, so it should pack quite a punch.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals and 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.
The Laphroaig Lore retails at S$217.