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    Laphroaig Lore Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

    Islay, SCOTLAND
    $179. 99 Bottle
    $2159.88 Dozen
    ABV: 48%

    "Laphroaig how I've never quite seen it before."
    96 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021

    Matured in a combination of casks including x Bourbon, first fill Sherry butts and quarter casks, ‘Lore’ is a marriage of Laphroaig of many ages, with some liquid distilled back as far as 1993. Distillery Manager John Campbell, comments, "It’s a massive whisky, as bold as it is deep, and one that I sincerely hope does justice to the many generations of Laphroaig distillery managers".

    Tasting note: Pale gold. Opens with a strong lanolin accent and develops with hints of orange cake and dilute iodine but not the overpowering medicinal notes associated with younger distillery bottlings; second pass takes on an earthy aspect that's more like lucerne mulch / manure, then finally the sweet malt / rock lolly notes come to the fore. Medium dry, clean, fresh entry develops flavours of sweet smoke, dark chocolate, Fisherman's Friend and salted caramel fudge in the finish. Concludes delicately bitter (like fine dark chocolate) with a lingering lanolin / iodine / salt'n'pepper tang. Some PX sherry input here? Beautifully balanced at 48% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... Laphroaig how I've never quite seen it before - and we are talking some 40 years of intimately studying this malt; truly a lore unto itself.
    96 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021