Laphroaig Select

70cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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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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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.

48 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    4 days ago

    Sherried Laphroaig? Why not? For Laphroaig snobs - sorry, I mean purists - this expression will surely cause their panties to bunch up. Although I readily admit to being a Laphroaig snob, there's something about this dram that draws me in. The smoky, peaty notes are there, but they are married with a sweetness, some citrus, and a touch of fruit and mint, all of which harmonizes to make this an interesting and engaging experience. It's by not means your typical Laphroaig, but I think that's the point. It's not supposed to be. I could see this being a great dram to introduce someone to Islay malts. To be fair, I wasn't impressed with this expression when I first tried it. But when I stopped comparing it to the age statement expressions and just enjoyed it for what it way, I started to "get it".

  • 4
    6 days ago

    Did anyone think this was a Laphroaig 10? Because it says "Select" right on the bottle. Evaluate a whisky for what it IS, not what it isn't. This is a very pleasant dram, smokey and peaty balanced out with lovely sweetness. Great mouthfeel and finish.

  • 2
    6 March

    Nice enough whisky but lacking something. I don't know why you would buy this when you can get a bottle of the standard 10 for around the same price. Won't be buying again but will be finishing the bottle! :)

  • 3
    11 February

    I wrote a previous review, which was fairly negative about the Select. After drinking more of the bottle, I think I was being harsh. The Select does not compare to the 10yo in its intensity, but it is delicate, sweet and has subtle layers of taste. Enjoy it for its individual character, I suppose and don't expect a version of the 10yo. I should have realized this before, but.......

  • 2
    10 February

    Laphroaig is with out doubt my favourite whisky- actually joint first with Lagavulin 16- and I can't help but be disappointed with this. I bought when I'd forgotten the reviews, but agree this is Laphroaig Lite. It tastes like somebody half filled the bottle, then topped up with water. I love Laphroaig's big taste and peat reek, so this is not desirable. However, if the 10 YO is a bit too heavy for you, this may be a good option.

  • 4
    5 February

    Well this took me by surprise! Sitting here after a gig evaluating the four single malts I Was given for my birthday, today. Look, let me be clear. I like The heavy hitters me! I had most of The 10 YO CS Laps that were Released. I had two bottles of The wonderful 2015 Cairdeas. I had a great single cask from Berry's and TWE's own signatory aged sherried version

  • 4
    22 January

    Lovely easy drinking whisky. A perfect starting point to Islay and laphroaig. A sweet taste coming through from the sherry cask and the usual smoky nose for an islay yet it's toned down some. A good quality drink for your money.

  • 2
    12 January

    Agree with many who are saying this Laphroaig is too sweet, won't be buying again, but will certainly drink the remainder of the bottle!

  • 2
    20 December 2016

    Nah, no. No finish... I'll stick to the 10y old. Hope they didnt come up with this one to discontunue the 10y. The 10y old is like an old friend that you keep coming back to , this is just a passer by. Not bad, not lasting either.

  • 1
    14 November 2016

    Rip off. Pale imitation of the real thing.

  • 5
    5 November 2016

    Agree with some previous reviews: perfect summer whisky from Islay. It has all the tantalising elements of the heavier drams, but quietly alluring and very pleasing indeed.

  • 4
    1 November 2016

    I really love this whisky. It is slightly subtle compared to other Laphroaigs, but very rewarding. It even carries some elements of the 18yo, which is one of my all time best whiskies ever. A higher ABV would have put it in a totally different class, but this is a great Isaly whiskt to start things off, before moving to hard hitters.

  • 2
    26 October 2016

    This whisky is from Islay, so it's good...this whisky is from Laphroaig, so it's good!...but. BUT. What's going on here? I have long been a fan of Laphroaig, and I can't think of any reason why I would want to drink this over the 10yo. This nose of this dram screams "wild camping on the west coast" - peaty boots and mussels on the fire, palate offers some soft grassy, herbal openings and a hint of seaweed. But, where is the finish? - this malt tastes rather American and I dare say would be pretty good on ice (there is a fair whack of vanilla here), I know better than do this with Laphroaig: stick to what you know!

  • 4
    29 August 2016

    Bought this instead of 10 year old out of curiosity, not bad in any way but a pale comparison to the 10 year old. feels like an introduction and the 10 year olds the main event. Its not bad but I spoiled myself by knowing what the 10 year old holds

  • 4
    6 July 2016

    Gently Peaty, peppery, creamy, bit of smoke.... Really very enjoyable blended whisky - if there was ever a case for blending I'd suggest this was it - not muddy in any real sense - in fact, a nice finely chiselled character of its own.

  • 2
    30 June 2016

    It's like a thinner version of the standard 10 yo. Disappointing. I will not SELECT again but I will finish the bottle!

  • 2
    2 June 2016

    Disappointing and won't be buying again. It's like the illegitimate child of a good Islay lass and some American she has met on Benidorm!!! Where is that classic umphh we look for in every Laphroaig, and too much vanilla! I, for one, am gagging for a bottle of the QC!

  • 4
    14 May 2016

    I like it. Its sweet and fruity almost like a sweet cofing candy, then The classic peat comes throgh and in The end oak oils linger almost like rancio...

  • 5
    13 May 2016

    I think this is a bang for bucks, nice summer dram.

  • 4
    13 May 2016

    I think this is a great masterpiece of whisky. I dont like the choire that owls that all Laphroaige should tastes the same.. Select is balanced, smooth and sweet but still has that punchy peat dna right in there in the finish. Spice, oils, peat, fruit, sweetnesss. Not the longest finish but the oak oils linger on for a long time.

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