Laphroaig Select

70cl / 40%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Laphroaig Select
Web Exclusive Price £30.95 £25.79 ex VAT (£44.21 per litre)
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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.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Colouring
Yes

Character

  • Nutmeg Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Iodine (tcp) Iodine (tcp)
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Oak Oak
  • Dried Fruit Dried Fruit

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.

76 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    6 days ago

    Yup. I think maybe they've adjusted it in 2018. Cant understand the bad reviews at all. Really up there. Bought it on special today with two glasses. going in tomorrow to clear the lot.

  • 4
    31 October

    Not as flavoursome as the Quarter Cask but still very tasty.

  • 1
    14 October

    Have tried several single malts to which this, in comparison, is something quite different to say the least. I enjoy Balvenie, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich... this is so unpleasant to my pallet I don't know how to respond other than saying I'm seriously considering there's something wrong with this bottle. Medicinal, iodine, poor smokey notes, and the odor is putrid. I literally need to read up on this to find if it's me, this particular bottle, or what? God bless you if you enjoy this, God help me if I'm off my rocker, and forgive the soul who put this particular batch in this bottle... marching straight back to the store tomorrow to learn more.

  • 4
    8 October

    Much lighter on the smoke, a damp peat and more rounded that the 10 year old. Interesting, decent value for money but I prefer the original, I would give it 3.5/5 if I could.

  • 4
    3 October

    Lighter peat than the 10yr, but still as smooth. Very good for the price.

  • 1
    27 September

    I have tried it – it smells like pipe sealer and tastes worse. Added to the fact the company is very reluctant to give answers, it is the worst whisky I have ever tasted. I will make sure that I will stick to the Glens from now on.

  • 2
    23 September

    A friend purchased this for me by mistake instead of the 10 year. Expected something similar to Lagavulin 16, the only other Islay I've tried and I was quite desappointed. It tastes quite watered down to me. What little taste there is however is good, but its weak and disappears quickly.

  • 3
    22 August

    Smells delicious, tastes like cow dung.

  • 1
    7 August

    absolutely dreadful. needs to be mixed with cola to make it palatable. :-/

  • 3
    4 August

    The 10 yr is my standard go-to comfort. Tried other Islays including Lagavulin 18 yr, but found that nothing can replace the Laphroig 10 yr. Tried the Select, paid more for it, slightly underwhelmed. Tastes timid and tentative for a Laphroig, like it is an apology for the 10 yr. Watered down. Proves nothing can replace the 10 yr.

  • 5
    15 June

    I wanted a good intro to peat without being immediately turned off by the difference from my "normal" choices. I was pleasantly surprised, I think this has me hooked on peat I will try the normal 10yr.

  • 4
    14 June

    Slightly cheaper than the classing 10 y/o, it is however much softer and mild. Smoky but not peaty. Still a good whisky

  • 1
    13 June

    Never tried this Malt before today and found the taste and smell very unexpected, It smells and tastes like TCP, is this normal . I like Malts very much , but this is very peculiar . Is this normal ?

  • 3
    5 June

    It’s middle of the road Laphroaig to my taste. It’s smooth with some nice mild sweetness and oak. Good, not great.

  • 4
    10 May

    A much softer and subtler alternative to the classic 10y/o Delicate smoke, no burn, a gentle peatiness with a lingering sweetness

  • 5
    29 April

    Well balanced, sweet, hints of smoke..not your classic Laphroaig, but a well balanced expression! Great value for the $$

  • 4
    22 April

    Interesting and subtle taste. Smooth as Laphroaig is known to be

  • 5
    26 January

    I thought the select is a very nice addition to the 10, I don't like to judge a whiskey by the number on the bottle, rather my taste and if it has a complete profile of all the good characters I like. The "select" is my kind of Islay, as simple as that!

  • 4
    8 January

    Being a Laphroaig all the hallmarks are there. Medicinal and smoky/peaty but a lot more subtle and gentle. I personally prefer the bigger punch of the 10 year old but I still find this a very drinkable malt.

  • 3
    6 January

    Had my first try of this today. Was a very smooth whisky, but quite an acquired taste. Not sure it could become a dldaily dram though

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