Laphroaig Select

Laphroaig Select

(0.75l, 40%)


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$56.99
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A terrific introduction to a superbly peated range. 


The Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and is located in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. Although Laphroaig isn't allowed to put the prefix ‘Royal’ in its name (yet!), rumour has it his royal princeness Charles of Wales is a fan of the ‘L’ Whisky. The 15-year-old is reportedly the prince's favourite Scotch. For a long while there’s been frenzy for Laphroaig’s Scotch, especially for the less available expressions.


Laphroaig Select is the latest permanent addition to the Laphroaig range. Select is aged in a combination of American white oak, Oloroso Sherry butts, hogsheads seasoned with Pedro Ximenez, quarter casks and first-fill Bourbon casks. Whoa, quite a lot going on!

It’s a little smoother than the Laphroaig 10 we are probably all used to and is a really interesting expression from one of the best distilleries in Scotland. 
 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Flavour Spiral™

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smoky
phenols
coal
tannic
caramel
peaty
vanilla
apple
dried fruit
What does Laphroaig Select taste like?

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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavour finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Natural caramel
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Medicinal, peat, maritime
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Vanilla, apple, strong peat, dried fruit
 
Finish
Spicy and medicinal

Flavour Spiral
smoky, phenols, peaty, vanilla, coal, caramel, dried fruit, apple, tannic

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Ratings & Reviews
Scott
Scott,
Very peaty as you’d expect it to be. Different profile than the 10 year, not as heavy. Definite sherry flavors and the usual iodine and seaweed, but all restrained. I prefer the the full wave power of the 10 year.
 
Cynthia
Cynthia,
Didn't lie the the past taste.
 
David
David,
TL;DR...Laphroaig 10 is better get it instead. I cannot express how much you should avoid this bottling from one of my favorite distillers. Everything that you come to expect from Laphroaig is “off.” I suspect that it has to do with how it was finished. The nose is very peaty, as it should be, but the initial flavors are between rawhide and green wood. The peat lingers and changes to a dusty chalky old leather finish. After adding some ice, the strong rawhide and wood taste changed just enough to make it palatable, but just enough to drink the bottle I have, not to buy another.
 
guest
guest,
Spannende Nase, haselnussiger und erdig/feuriger Geschmack, kaum Brand, nicht sehr rauchig Wien, 06/18
 
guest
guest,
Nice smoky smell
 
Eugene
Eugene,
Not as smoky as I expected!
 
Brita
Brita,
A good basic Isley. very peaty
 
WENDELL
WENDELL,
Classic Laphroaig in most ways, but made a bit different by the oak finishing! It's a bit hard to tell if it was priced a bit high or not, but...free shipping certainly helps!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Shows its NAS self, underwhelming
 
justin
justin,
Love the smoky taste. Very smooth
 
Bill
Bill,
Have ordered a couple of sample packs, and considering ordering "The Exceptional" Collection.. Love what I've had, it has expanded my whiskey experience and helped me get employed in the wine and spirits industry here in WA state!! Thank you!
 
Maxwell
Maxwell,
A good whisky, not as peaty as other Laphroaig expressions, well balanced and a good whisky to introduce someone to peat
 
Ty
Ty,
I love heavily peated scotch, but something is wrong with this expression. I think the new oak cask finish ruins this dram. I worked my way through an entire bottle trying to like it, but Select is just not enjoyable. Not balanced, some off-putting flavors, and even the signature Laphroaig peatiness is off. Sorry, just buy the 10 instead. Better yet, if you're looking for nuanced heavy peat at this price point, get some Ardbeg 10.
 
Robert
Robert,
Sorry. Way to much peat and smoke for me. I know it is the favorite for some and for them I highly recommend it. If you want a smother scotch I would say look to another.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Great
 
Greg
Greg,
Hux
 
guest
guest,
Fine
 
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