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The Laffie Select jumps on the bandwagon of the NAS hype. The name Select points to the selection of casks that was used for the composition of this new release, being oloroso sherry butts, PX seasoned hogsheads, quarter casks and straight American white oak (probably virgin wood). According to the website, this enabled them to discover 6 new taste combinations. The final selection for bottling was done by their fanbase, the Friends of Laphroaig. Well, maybe that is what the Select refers to. Anyway, let us get to it.
On the nose it is only slightly medicinal and completely devoid of fruit (bar some coconut?) and offers only wood shavings, pepper and a twig of mint. Atypical is the least you can say about this. Some stable scent. Reminds me more of Glen Scotia than Laffie, to be honest.
On the palate, I get a lot more spice and loads of oak – a bit too much to be truly enjoyable. Loads of hay, tea that has been in the glass too long, mint and aspartame. Yes, this is fairly sweet. But where is the typical ashtray, asphalt or seaweed? The whole it fairly light, by the way.
The finish is rather short, with vanilla at the very end.
To be honest, I am totally underwhelmed with this new Laffie. Thanks anyway, Pat.