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Laphroaig Lore vs Laphroaig Quarter Cask: Which Wins?

Discover the differences between Laphroaig Lore vs Laphroaig Quarter Cask in this in-depth review and decide which Whisky is better for You!

Laphroaig Lore

  • 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: Laphroaig 10

According to Laphroaig this is the “richest single malt” they have created using “200 years of knowledge and traditions“.


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.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

  • Nose: Smoke, ash, malt
  • Palate: Smoke, oak, coal, bacon, chocolate
  • Finish: Long, caramel, smoke
  • Alcohol content: 96 proof (48% ABV)
  • How to drink: Add water
  • Similar to: Talisker Storm


The nose welcomes you with smoke and ash followed by a malty aroma.

On the palate, the higher proof provides a better mouthfeel as it feels fully textured.

First sip is a blast of smoke and peat, but once you get past the smoke the palate is full of oak and vanilla and chocolate striking a great balance of sweetness and smokiness.

The finish is long and incredibly rewarding and it almost feels like you can chew it.

It’s also remarkably smooth for a malt bottled at 96 proof (48% ABV) making it quite good.

Is it good?

Overall, the Laphroaig Quarter Cask has a lot of peatiness but it’s also sweet and flavorful with nice tasting notes and quite robust.

This is a whisky that drinks beautifully neat but a dash of water makes it even better as it becomes sweeter and a somewhat less smoky.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask facts:

  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask does not have an age statement; this whisky is a blend of 5 and 11 year single malts.
  • This whisky is aged twice, first using bourbon barrels and the second aging takes place in small casks ”quarter casks” allowing the whisky to enter in more contact with wood; hence, the strong oak note.

Laphroaig Lore vs Quarter Cask: Which is more smoky?

In a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being the highest, the Quarter Cask will hit you with a 5 while the Lore sits at a 3 making it more palatable.

In fact, the Quarter Cask is like smoking peat through a bong.

Laphroaig Lore vs Quarter Cask: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Laphroaig Lore$135
Laphroaig Quarter Cask$75

Laphroaig Lore vs Quarter Cask: Which is better?

WhiskeyLoreQuarter Cask
  • The Quarter Cask is a delicious smoke bomb yet incredibly balanced making the better choice for those who like a powerful smoky whisky.
  • You will get a solid hit of smoke and heat and will later reward you with beautiful sweetness providing an experience not for the faint at heart.
  • Laphroaig Lore is more approachable, more similar to Lagavulin 16 or the Talisker.
  • Smooth yet incredibly tasty although a little too pricey but well worth it as the the flavor profile makes up for it entirely.

Consider further by reading my post: Discover the Best Laphroaig Whisky where I review and rank every release.