Discover the differences between Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Laphroaig Lore in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!
- Nose: Smoke, bacon, iodine
- Palate: Smoke, ash, ripe fruit, chocolate
- Finish: Caramel, smoke, menthol, pepper
- Alcohol content: 108 proof (54% ABV)
- How to drink: Add water
- Similar to: Ardbeg 10
The nose is a blast of smoke, with a heavy meaty note that smells like bacon. There’s also a iodine note typical of Islay whiskies.
On the palate, Uigeadail feels creamy providing a nice mouthfeel. Flavor brings heavy smoke and ash up-front, once you get that initial brick you get rewarded with ripe fruit, bitter chocolate and toasted barley.
The finish is long, bringing pleasing warmth, more smoke and pepper, along caramel and menthol.
Is it good?
This whisky is intense, full of smoke, with warm earthy notes, sherry sweetness and rich in minerality. The finish is long and pleasantly warm and peppery; it gets better with every sip.
If you want to tame it a bit and tune down the peaty notes add a few drops of water; that will allow sweetness to come forward.
Overall, Uigeadail is fantastic dram and the best Ardbeg Scotch reserved for experienced whisky aficionados that can handle the rich peaty notes, a pleasant bite and the high proof as it was bottled at cask strength, meaning from the barrel and completely unadulterated.
Uigeadail, pronounced “Oog-a-dal”, was named “Whisky of the Year” by the Whisky Bible in 2009, receiving 97.5 points out of 100. This is the highest grade ever given by Jim Murray; so you get an idea of how good it is.
If you are still a newbie there are better options for you or prefer overly smooth drams this in not for You!
Ardbeg Uigeadail facts:
- The Uigeadail has no age statement.
- Aged in ex-bourbon barrels and sherry butts.
- Free of artificial caramel-colouring.
- Non chill-filtered.
- The brand was established in 1815 and is regarded as one of the finest single malt distillers from Scotland.
- Nose: Smoke, mineral, vanilla
- Palate: Smoke, ash, brine, chocolate, coffee, vanilla
- Finish: Dried fruit, charred oak, brine
- Alcohol content: 96 proof (48% ABV)
- How to drink: Add water
- Similar to: Lagavulin 16
The nose reminds me a bit of the Talisker 10, with notes of smoke, vanilla, along a rich brine note to it.
On the palate, Lore provides a great mouthfeel as it feels full-bodied.
Flavors brings a good hit of smoke and cigar ash at first, that gives way to chocolate and coffee notes along bourbon-like vanilla sweetness coming behind.
The finish lingers with dried fruit, brine, charred oak and pleasing warmth on the way down.
Is it good?
Saying that Lore is good in an understatement as it’s incredibly good.
Sweet, smooth, rich in smoke but not overwhelming nd nicely balanced providing a great experience from nose to finish.
The price might seem a bit high for a pour with no age statement but it won’t matter after a round or two as the flavor makes up for it entirely making it worth of every penny.
The black bottle in which it is presented doesn’t make the whisky taste better but looks cool in the cabinet receiving additional points.
Laphroaig Lore facts:
- Lore is a NAS (no age statement) whisky.
- Crafted using some whiskies that date back to 1993 and types of casks ranging from first-fill sherry, first-fill bourbon, refill bourbon, and whisky finished in European ex-sherry hogshead casks.
- This is non-chill filtered whisky.
- According to Laphroaig this is the “richest single malt” they have created using “200 years of knowledge and traditions“.
- Laphroaig Distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston.
- It is named after the area of land at the head of Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of the island of Islay.
- Islay whiskies are renowned for their fiery smoky profile.
Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Laphroaig Lore: Which is more smoky?
In a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the highest, the Uigeadail is going to hit you with a 5 (almost 6!) while Lore with a 3, making the Uigeadail the smokier whisky.
Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Laphroaig Lore: Price comparison
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Ardbeg Uigeadail vs Laphroaig Lore: Which is better?
- The answer comes down to how much more smoke are you willing to take.
- The Uigeadail is heavy on smoke and ash, yet fruity and packed with great tasting notes and bottled at a high proof that doesn’t feel as such.
- Its price is attractive as it’s one of the best Single Malts under $100 in the United States making it a keeper.
- Laphroaig Lore is subtler on the smoke and more approachable.
- Delicious, layered, complex, providing a solid experience from nose to finish.
- Yet its price seems a bit too high, so you might consider the Lagavulin 16 which has notes in common but is way more affordable.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!