I was really excited when the Press Release came through for this new
Laphroaig Select, a new NAS Laphroaig, i've been very happy with all the other recent releases so I was excited to try this.
Then started the backlash in the blogger community as it got slated over and over and that worried me. I tried this first at Whisky Stramash and thought then that it was a perfectly acceptable dram and I still think that. The nose isn't as overpowering as some Laphroaigs and that allows more of the underlying subtltities to come through.
The palate is weak compared to other Laphroaigs but is that a bad thing, sometimes you want to not be knocked off your feet by a dram, the finish i have to agree is poor though it just disappears.
For me this isnt a bad dram, its one for a different occasion, it's a summer Laphroaig, one that is lighter and doesn't produce the same level of warming that would normally but attributed to a Laphroaig, and I actually quite like that, it's easy to drink, i like that too. If i had to criticise it's all to do with that finish, it's needs something, maybe just being over 40%, to bring it back in the game.
So if you are in the mood for trying a summer Laphroaig why not pop over to The Whisky Exchange and pick one up now.
Thanks to Adrian from Laphroaig for the official sample.
This is quite light really, although after a minute or two theres some BBQ pulled pork and some chalkiness along with subtle hints of that antiseptic peat that we expect with laphroaig, hints of fresh citrus in there on the end of the nose too.
very soft and subtle, doesn't quite match the nose here, it's got a hint of antiseptic smoke, and a touch of sweet citrus.
disappears quickly, very soft, a bit too soft
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