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Laphroaig Select

(70cl, 40%)

Laphroaig Select

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Laphroaig Select Bottling Note

For the Laphroaig Select, the Islay distillery has taken whisky from a number of different types of cask, including Oloroso Sherry butts, white American oak, Pedro Ximenez seasoned hoggies, Quarter casks and first fill bourbon casks. Quite a "selection", wouldn't you say? A laid-back addition to the Laphroaig core range of single malts.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Classic, medicinal peat notes up front, supported by citrus-y, chocolate-y sweet notes and soft barley.

Palate: The peat is there, but it's taking it easy and letting the bright notes of lemon, green apples and mint stand out. Darker baking spice notes develop further on.

Finish: Medium length, peat remaining in sight until it's over.

Overall: It doesn't pack a huge punch of peat, which might be just the ticket for introducing someone to the wonders of Islay's smoky expressions.

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Laphroaig Select Reviews

Must have a cult following to drink this. Sorry.

Never had Laphroaig before. Because of the cost I forced myself to drink it ! Horrible, tastes rough and unrefined. Thought something was tainted in the bottle until I read other reviews of it !

18th September 2021

No better than supermarket own-brands

At 40% all you can taste is the smoke and iodine, which is OK and drinkable. I've bought Aldi's own brand Islay single malt and it's tastes almost identical (probably Laphroaig distillery) but 2/3 of retail price of this.
Not a fan of NAS in general but as far as they go, this isn't bad and the price and quality is better that a lot of them.

9th July 2021

For $10 more buy the 10 Year

Here in Canada this select is $69 and the 10 year is $79. For the $10 more the 10 year is worth every penny. More Peat and more defined flavour. Bought both bottles to do a side by side comparison.
The select is not nearly as Smokey’s Peaty, it is very smooth. But I wouldnt buy again since it was almost as expensive as the 10 year bottle.

6th July 2021

Great value for money

Wow!! Great value for money for us mortals who cant regularly afford the top Islay malts. Laphroaig reminds me of just how special and how discerning the Laphroaig range of whisky is. Just a little peaty with robust rich rounding that makes it an easy and a fun dram to drink at any time of the day. ASCL

15th June 2021

A summer dram from Islay

Who’da thunk this was going to be like the 10? Eh? Did you not read about it? Did it not occur to you it might be a wee bit different? What it is is a bloody good dram for a summer’s evening. Oh and BTW it gets better down the bottle. Who’d have thought about that too? Never!

12th June 2021

Too smoky, mercurochrome in a large flask

I can accept some people may like this extra smokey and medicinal whisky, tasting like Mercurochrome, sorry but my palate doesn't go any further...
In a world: disgusting whisky

3rd May 2021

Poor example of the style

Stick to the 10yo... It’s infinitely better. Much more well-rounded and complex. Not really sure what they were going for here but they haven’t come close to nailing it. Tastes rough and ready (which isn’t always a bad thing) but doesn’t have the punch to pull it off. Will never buy this again.

2nd May 2021

Good peaty, oaky, smoky Islay if less medice like to suit us amateurs! I'll be buying again.

Very enjoyable dram. Still peaty but less medicinal than the standard job. Still smoky and oaky and a strong rich taste. After reading the review I really get the mint, citrus and sharp apple flavour. Always learning!

25th April 2021

Absolutely worth it for the price. Delicious

I think the low ratings are missing the point a bit with this one. This is not 10-year and it isn't intended to be so. At the price point, this is a phenomenal dram. Give it a try and actually work through the whole bottle, don't take one sip say it's not 10-year and throw it away..

27th March 2021

Not your typical Laphroaig

Not a typical Laphroaig at all. The diverse barrel aging strategy seems to have provided perhaps a little more smoothness mellowness, but it’s missing so much of the expected peat, medicinal, and other Laphroaig character that it’s overall a disappointment, especially at this price. This makes it taste like a highland with a little extra peat and smoke, but that’s not why one chooses Laphroaig. Talisker, Highland Park, Clynelish, all have more unique character than this. Why would you take a tiger and make a pussycat out of it. It’s not a bad dram, but at this price there’s much better for less money.

16th March 2021

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