Getting it straight from the bottle’s mouth

Where do I start? … well hello Mr Select, it is good to meet you.  Please – tell me, where were you born?
: I am an Islay production, born and bred Islay, off Scotland’s west coast. My ancestors are also from Islay, I can trace them back to 1815.

Paul: Tell me a wee bit about yourself.
Select: I like to think I am special, even though a part of a big family. I have a large part of me that is Scottish, a part American; I have been left alone to contemplate for 6 months in a warm warehouse. I also have some European in me – I am sweet really with a powerful aroma.

Paul: You have that certain Islay colour about you. Have you been in the sun?
Select: No, mine is a natural colour, very complex in my taste. I do love giving pleasure to people, I am a FRIENDLY KIND!

Paul: What do you know of your ancestors?
Select: 80-90 years ago, Ian Hunter was one of the biggest influences in my life as he was one of the first distillers to travel to bourbon county in the USA. He later married this ‘new’ style with European (I have a hint of Spain in me also). I have a grand history!

Paul: How old are you?
Select: Ah, I cannot say, all I will say is that I am well matured. I am a blend of family members.

Paul: You obviously like meeting people. Where can they find you?
Select: At the moment I am on a world tour, starting in Australia and parts of Europe, and soon to be visiting the US later this month. I will be touring the world – give me time.

Paul: Many thanks for your time Mr Select, much appreciated.

Laphroaig Select whisky and glass an Islay dram

Paul wishes to thank Vicky at Laphroaig and all the team on Islay in the help of this interview. The “interview” ended with a dram, and grand it was, a dram for sharing and a dram to savour slowly looking out over the sea that surrounds Laphroaig distillery.  Select; Bottled at 40% ABV, Laphroaig tell me that the new single malt offers the trademark ‘peat reek’, an additional layer of complexity and depth brought about by the fusion of the maturation styles and different woods. Master Distiller John Campbell said; “Select is an exciting and unique expression that brings together the best of Laphroaig’s flavour profile”. Who are we to disagree?

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