These are the short tasting notes from the Laphroaig Select. September 2014 at Laphroaig Distillery.
Nose: fruitier than expected, notes of toffee, delicate scents of smoke and medicinal peat, a touch of vanilla, coastal notes return: seaweed and iodine.
Mouth: slightly floral, big round body, oily on the palate with notes of lemon, honey, earthy tones, black pepper, a touch of ginger, walnuts, but mainly big on the dark oak.
Finish: long and smooth.
|The Verdict: Age is not everything, that is not why I would say that the 18y is the obvious superior to the Select, it has more to do with the palate of displayed flavours. Though I prefer the 10yo and Quarter Cask over this particular whisky, as they more prominently exhibit the rough and raw nature of the Laphroaig malt..
|| < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house