Review: Laphroaig An Cuan Mor Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

First Fill Ex-American oak followed by European Oak
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Laphroaig (Port Ellen, Scotland)

It's interesting that Laphroaig states Ex-American oak rather than ex-bourbon, as they do for other they use ex-rye barrels? An Cuan Mor is matured in first fill American oak and then recasked into European oak, and bottled as a non-chill filtered product for travel retail. Generally, I find travel retail rather hit and miss unless you know what you are looking for - but Laphroaig is often a good choice, if you are into it...

Thanks to Mark Bylok for the sample (you can see his review here).

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Green pear, smoke, peat reek, rich cacao, vanilla, tar, rubber, brine, seaweed – that’s some good old islay at work here! The palate is pretty ashy with lemon, apple, pepper, and some caramel all feeding into the story. The finish is long, complex – lots of smoke, chocolate, minerality, golden delicious apples. For travel retail, this is a much firmer laphroaig character than the PX or QA cask.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $160.