Laphroaig Select (OB)

Flash Review

These are the short tasting notes from the Laphroaig Select. September 2014 at Laphroaig Distillery. As the 10yo is no longer the introductory malt, we only got a taste of the now notorious Laphroaig Select, an NAS release that was designed to appeal to a wider crowd..

Nose: notes of oak, vanilla, hints of mint and citrus and a whiff of chocolate.

Mouth: coconut, strong layers of vanilla, vague remnants of medicinal smoke.

Finish: bitter and drying with notes of oak and strips of leather.


The Verdict: One thing is for sure, it did not appeal to me. Do not get me wrong good people of Laphroaig, I'm not going to whine about the good old days or the introduction of yet another NAS whisky. Even that it lacks the classic recipes that make Laphroaig work: the medicinal smoke and saltiness. My quarrel lies with the overabundance of vanilla flavours in this whisky. I don't mind a touch of vanilla here or there, but as more first-fill bourbon or even virgin casks of american oak are used for the production of this whisky (In my humble opinion), the prominence of these soft and creamy vanilla notes ruin it for me. Get me some older refill casks, or add some more oloroso or PX sherry casks to even it a bit out, thank you.
Score: 76
   < 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