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.

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.

87 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    14 August

    A light start, but a lingering woody finish.

  • 5
    17 July

    Great for the summer months.

  • 4
    6 July

    This is a very acceptable Islay single malt.

  • 5
    21 January

    Laphroaig is one of the my favorite whiskies.

  • 5
    23 December 2018

    I’m always suspicious when the age is not given, I think it may be a ruse to unload some cheaper, unaged product. It’s drinkable, but not to be bought again; 10 yr is better.

  • 3
    3 December 2018

    After drinking more I think I've decided to re-evaluate. I initially didn't like this whisky but it seems to have grown on me perhaps. It's sweet with very little nose and perhaps less bodied with less pronounced malt notes to balance out the peat, which itself is quite muted. Mostly a sort of lemon, cigarette ash flavor and something like the burnt bits on mince pies. The alcohol comes out most of all and its young. It's ultimately not that bad. Not a first choice Laphroaig but it's ok.

  • 2
    29 November 2018

    I'm drinking this as I type and just bought it because it costs next to nothing at the shops and wondered what it was like. So here goes in real time. Very little nose, faint peat and some faint lemon, overripe guava type background. It tastes weird, like limoncello mixed with peaty whisky. It has nearly no body just a little peaty after-fizz on the tongue and is astringent making me salivate. No sign of any kind of malt or indeed anything. It could be peaty vodka with some lemon cordial thrown in. It's too young. It's not great or even a Laphroaig at all. A bit of water helps. I think this is going into my blending experiment bottles.

  • 4
    28 November 2018

    Received this as a present. First sip was 'not too sure' but after that, lovely stuff. Can't wait to try a different bottle.

  • 2
    27 November 2018

    I bought this "Select" edition by mistake as I assumed it was a bottle of the 10-year and the packaging is very similar. As a whisky it is perfectly drinkable but if you are a fan of the peat and salt and the rainbow of flavours that is the most splendid 10-year old Laphroaig then I think you will be sadly disappointed by this Select. Not sure what market they are trying to attract by producing this. I also think it is misleading to call it “Select” as that implies some superior qualities, yet I have to report that I found none. Stick to the 10-year old.

  • 5
    17 November 2018

    Jesus, this is incredible stuff!

  • 1
    15 November 2018

    Select tastes like a superfund peat bog site burned by a wildfire, still warm, but now starting to be rained on. Absolutely awful. Pray for those who actually honestly enjoy this garbage. I'm not much one for the very smoky nor peaty scotches, but this isn't even those. This is something wholly different. I urge you to read the other 1 and 2 star reviews, as well. I cried in laughter of those in similar palate torture.

  • 5
    10 November 2018

    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 2018

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

  • 1
    14 October 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

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

  • 1
    27 September 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    Smells delicious, tastes like cow dung.

  • 1
    7 August 2018

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

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