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.

69 Customer Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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.

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