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I just had a bottle of Laphroaig "Select" delivered and not only was it the same colour as the 10 year old (Normally "Select" is a pale straw colour, due to no caramel), but the nose, the taste, I'd swear it's a mislabeled bottle of 10 yr old.
I've been drinking the 10 year old for over 15 years, it's not like I don't know what it tastes like!
But my question is this: What do you think is more likely A: A mislabeled bottle of 10 year old or B: They've run low on stock for the latest batch of "Select" and put a ton more of the 10 yr into the mix.
Not complaining, as I acutally prefer the 10 yr old.
Okay, forget that....
I got a bottle of 10 yr old for comparison and it seems it was just a unusally pungent batch of select.
I feel a bit silly now.
@James_Jackson I've always found with Laphroaig that the differences in the releases become a lot more apparent once the bottle has been open for a couple of weeks (same applies to a lot of peat heavy whiskies). A bit of oxidation will probably change it enough that you'll see even more difference between them.
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