Laphroaig Select

70cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Laphroaig Select
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Laphroaig Select is aged in a combination of Oloroso sherry butts, American white oak (we suspect some of this is virgin oak), hogsheads seasoned with Pedro Ximenez, quarter casks and first fill bourbon casks. This results in a restrained and toned down version of this Islay classic.

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Scotland
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Islay

Laphroaig Select Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    Nose: Punchy medicinal and mineral notes on the nose - muddy peat, rockpools and sea spray. Behind that there is sweetness, with chocolate milk and cornflake touches, as well as sherbert lemons and a gentle touch of wood smoke.

    Palate: Soft and surprisingly light on the palate, with gingery spice, vanilla, sour apple and char backed up by nutmeg, cinnamon and a little dried fruit. The peat from the nose is subdued, with a soft and syrupy pine note coming through.

    Finish: Spicy new oak, sour apple and a touch of damp wood. As that fades the traditional medicinal notes appear and linger for a short while.

    Comment: An introductory Laphroaig, offering a big hit on the nose and a softer palate to lure in the unsuspecting.

  • Producer's Notes

    Colour: A Fully Natural colour with no caramel added, it is sparkling gold with layers of colour – arising from different maturations and oils mixing together.

    Nose: Peat first, then ripe red fruits from the PX and Olorosso casks. A hint of dryness next from the American oak with a long lingering florally finish - Marzipan and even limes at the end.

    Palate: This full bodied whisky is initially sweet up front- matching the nose, then the classic dry, peaty, ashy flavours come bounding in followed by a lovely rich finish arising from the rich fruits of the European casks.

10 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    9 January

    this whiskey got smashed over at ''the other blog''. glad to see its gone over a bit better here. but really, disliking something because its not something else - why the dichotomy? its whiskey - made by laphroaig - the same people who made the 10 you so reverently adore. bigger, badder, meaner doesn''t mean better. and if you think it does than stay away from wine! really, it''s all about expectation and laphroaig does carry expectation - now its expanded. while its certainly lighter and without the aggressive medicinal personality of the 10 its really laphraiog''s more delicate side - the mint, citrus, and honey get a nod here via the sherry butts which is a nice change up from the sea spray iodine smoke char of the others. sure if you were to try them side by side this would look ''puny'' but thats not what its about. i think some people just want smacked in the face with a smoldering stick tbh. for me, this is a nice bottle and i''m thankful for the opportunity to try something else from these guys. 3.5

  • 3
    23 December 2014

    This is a nice whisky! however it is not in the same class as the ten year old I feel it is an inferior product for this distillery I have been given two bottles by people who bought it thinking ok it''s Laphroaig thats what he drinks I will enjoy but a bit dissapointed.

  • 3
    1 December 2014

    Dissapointing, far to young in my opinion. Stick with the 10 year old.

  • 3
    25 November 2014

    Murf, you are right. The colour is natural. I''m surprised, because all regular range Laphroaigs seem to be caramel coloured. I hope they will get rid of caramel for good. However, I still think that overall quality of Laphroaig distillery bottlings are heading down because of high demand and higher production volume. I prefer indy bottlings.

  • 4
    24 October 2014

    I think some people (Mikko) are a bit confused here. The bottling and Laphroaig website clearly state that this is ''no caramel'' natural colour. I found it much lighter than a 10 but non the worse for it, the very clean smokey nose was also welcome. perhaps a bit thinner and more spirity than the standard 10 but nice. Like the 10 takes a little water very well, seems to open out the palate and lengthen the finish

  • 19 June 2014

    I can see why there have been quite a few naysayers - this is without doubt a mutant hybrid of a whisky. But I actually think it's pretty good. Maybe it lacks body, but it does fairly much what it sets out to do; that is, combining that peaty medicinal house aroma and initial smokiness with a sweeter, sherry aftertaste. Not for everyone, certainly, but definitely not a dud either.

  • 12 June 2014

    What is going on? First QA then this. 40%, caramel colored, chill-filtered. That is totally wrong direction. Obviously they are increasing production volume and than can only mean lower quality. No thanks Laphroaig, this is a big mistake.

  • 25 May 2014

    Very good whisky. I opened this with some trepidation after all the bad reviews but was very pleased with the nose and lighter smokey aftertaste. This one is going very quickly will need another soon.

  • 23 May 2014

    Lovely stuff, the multiple barrel types give it a lot of complexity. If you love Laphroaig, this will strike you as a different beast altogether so try it with an open mind.

  • 21 May 2014

    Laphroaig Light - it should be called. Something in this Froid died , but the vanilla-fresh nose is appealling - very sad. Not sure 35UKP (70$US/CAD) is worth it, i would prefer Quarter Cask anyday.