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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  • 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.

59 Customer Reviews

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  • 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

  • 4
    23 December 2017

    Whilst I've had my fair share of Islays, the Lagavulin 16 being a favourite; I've never been a big Laphroaig fan; it being the polar opposite of my gravitation to sherried Speysides. So when I was bought this as a gift, I was simultaneously pleased and disappointed. How wrong I was! I can get why staunch Laphroaigans(?) could have reason to bemoan it's Lite approach, but I think it's a wonderful expression of the Laphroaig character and I'm grateful for this doorway back.

  • 3
    30 November 2017

    Initially medicinal (menthol maybe, or eucalyptus) on the nose, this gives way to sea spray and smoke on a rainy day. Smooth, almost syrupy in the mouth, not harsh. Sweet, I think of moss and pine trees. Peaty, naturally. Not a long finish, initially spicy but mellows into a sweet and woody aftertaste. I would say it is an agreeable introduction to Islay malt for newbies but it won't have the following that the 10 or the Uigedhal does. Don't be tempted to compare it to the 10 - it's not and never will be, but it's pleasant as a midweek dram.

  • 2
    11 September 2017

    tasted it recently after tasting ten year old; disappointed had a sharp burning spirit taste lacked the depth smoothness of the former. wont buy again

  • 4
    12 August 2017

    It's just a light 10 year old and I like it. I love the 10 year old and this bottle is a light version of it. Perfect dram for the day before switching to the original for a campfire by the ocean at night.

  • 4
    8 July 2017

    As a smoke lover, Select isn't the punchiest, peatiest or most peppery, but the light sweetness and green mossy edge make it a really enjoyable drink for the 'not a special occasion but a bit of a treat' weekend snifter.

  • 5
    19 June 2017

    Soft to the smell. Rich full flavor but not overpowering to the first timer. Easy on the swallow. Taste stays with you to enjoy the richness for a few minutes. Very enjoyable.

  • 4
    11 May 2017

    Its my first bottle from this distillery, and I like it. It's not a bad price point either. I'm still a noob by all standards, but this is not as bad as some say it is.

  • 2
    6 May 2017

    OK so after reading a lot of reviews (some good some bad) I thought I'd buy a bottle and try it out and I've gotta be honest .... it's NOT what I was expecting.. I thought it would be a mixture of peat and fruit and have some good qualities... But it honesty just tastes like Laphroaig 10 diluted with water! Thin and flavourless.. If your a PEAT LOVER then AVOID THIS and stick to then ten year old or the quarter cask (which is great) but don't waste your money on this. Trust me

  • 4
    19 April 2017

    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
    17 April 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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.

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