Amaro di Angostura Release

The House that brought us the legendary Angostura bitters have come back with a winner!

We have already reviewed the range of rums provided by the House of Angostura, so it’s time we look at their latest release that people won’t stop talking about.

Amaro Angostura launch london cocktails

The Amaro di Angostura is a bitter liqueur in honour of their bitters, and in keeping with the trends in bitter aperitivos and digestivos from Italy this year.

Both spicier and sweeter than your usual amaro, the Amaro di Angostura is directly inspired by their own rums and bitters.

A deep red-brown, the liqueur has a nose strong with cola and licorice, and filled with spices like cinnamon, clove, pepper and cardamom – even notes of chocolate.

On the first sip, the mouthfeel is syrupy and coating, the palate is dry and bitter-sweet, with the same spiciness (particularly cinnamon) and cola of the nose, with a bit of honey and even chilli. The deep rooty flavours extend into the length, and end with bright, uplifting chilli notes.

A superb tipple after dinner.



Amaro Angostura launch london cocktails

Amaro Angostura launch london cocktails

Released at the London Cocktail Club, Islington, the bar served up a few cocktails for the Amaro di Angostura, including the wonderful Tamarind Sour, a flavour perfectly complimenting the Amaro.

I casually through in a little bit of Ancho Reyes because the spiciness of the chilli is wonderful with the tangy tamarind and spice.


A superb drink, the Hoodooist highly recommend for your next casual digestivo or nightcap.


New Release! : The Laphroaig Lore

“The Laphroaig Lore is the story of Laphroaig itself. 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. It’s our story, bottled, the richest of the rich”.

Distillery manager, John Campbell, whose brainchild the Lore is, explains how each manager over 200 years has provided something new to the Laphroaig legacy, and how each’s culminates into the latest Lore expression.

New Release Laphroaig Lore Islay Scotch Whisky John Campbell

The Goring, London’s last family owned luxury hotel, hosted the launch the day before the 48% abv single malt went onto the market as one of the latest of one of the best-selling Islay distilleries, and one of the most expensive NAS whiskies out there.

Now Laphroaig can state there is a list of whiskies ages 7 to 21 that make up the Lore, but not in what amounts, so buyer skepticism is understandable and encouraged for a bottle hitting nearly 80 GBP. So let’s get down to business.


The nose has a lot going on. On one hand, sweet, and oily. Chestnuts, baked fruit, vanilla. On the other, classic Laphroaig notes of smoke, peat, TCP and some ash – a grassy and salty hint.

New Release Laphroaig Lore Islay Scotch Whisky

The palate confirms what Laphroaig is selling – the Lore is a wonderfully rich whisky. Rich in depth, and range of flavour – a procession of them. Initially floral, spicy, light – before the peat muscles in, with a cape of smoke, charcoal, leather, ash, a flourish of stewed fruit in toffee and dark chocolate – then suddenly, a burst of chilli and salty minerality. A brine breeze before the finish.

The finish is twofold. First, very short, and very dry. Settling onto a mellow, sweet and earthy length. Over time, the flavours mellow and calm, customary of younger whiskies.

Similarly, (the bourbon refill barrels included), this whisky has one hell of a bite. Water is needed. The burn is one feature the Hoodooist could’ve done without, especially in such an enjoyable whisky.

New Release Laphroaig Lore Islay Scotch Whisky

Honestly? I enjoyed this whisky, and if you enjoy the An Cuan Mor, I suspect you’ll enjoy the Laphroaig Lore. Both have hefty pricetags, so it’s up to you to decide – if you’re willing to shell out on one, chances are you are for the other.

Time to set the controversy aside now that it’s here.

New Release Laphroaig Lore Islay Scotch Whisky John Campbell

Campbell comments: “Over the generations, distillery managers like me have made their own contributions to the quality and character of Laphroaig. From the founding of Laphroaig, these custodians have each made their own mark, whether it was drying the malting barley at lower temperatures than most, using two sizes of spirit still, pioneering the use of ex-Bourbon barrels, or reintroducing the quarter cask to Scotch whisky-making. Each of these decisions have made Laphroaig the unique, premium whisky it is today. We make the whisky we make because of what has been passed on down to us”.