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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It has a raft of different flavours attacking not only your taste buds but also your nasal receptors. I found that it came across as quite strong for a 40%, but very moorish and you can definitely taste the different casks. I have two bottles, the first of which has a different taste every time i open it (the second one is yet to be opened ;). Flavours i found are: Citrus = 4/10, smoke = 7/10, peat = 6/10, hops = 6/10, spice = 5/10 and sweetness 4/10 (sporadic) and usually to the end of the note. Complete different whisky if you add a splash of water. Overall give it a go, there is no such thing is a bad whisky!
27th May 2015
This is not nice. It's very young and quite harsh. A bit like someone poured a dodgy sherry butt into a vat of young Laphroaig and tried to mix it together, with terrible results. £35 a bottle? No thanks Laphroaig. Please invest in the future of the 10 year old instead, at this price point.
7th May 2015
A chilly evening in Hong Kong (yes, we get cold weather) found me sampling the Laphroaig Select. I was surprised by its quality: the peat was there, but not too harsh and the citrus came through. I'd certainly get another bottle.
6th February 2015
I must say that I find this a very interesting dram. Having tried the 10yo Laphroaig and I find it too peaty. I find it overpowering. But this is a whole different story it has that peat smoke but not too much and it really does have other wonderful subtle flavours. For me one of the most delicate Islay malts I've tried.
10th January 2015
For my nose and palate I find a wee drop of water helps bring it out.
8th January 2015
I'm really not sure what they've tried to do with this but it definitely hasn't worked. Not even in the same universe as Laphroaig 10 or the Quarter Cask. It doesn't have anywhere near the body of flavour or mouthfeel. I was massively disappointed. Avoid!!
5th January 2015
Been a fan of the medicinal, peaty beauties that are the Quarter Cask and the Ten Year old for years so when I saw this one I leapt in without checking the reviews. Big Mistake. This one really needs to remove the tag line of 'the most richly flavoured of all Scottish Whiskies'. In my humble opinion this a poor offering. Lacking in peat it tastes young and unfulfilling on the palate. I can't believe I'm going to say this but its going to end up as a mixer with some Drambuie.
28th December 2014
My first impression on opening this was that it didn't have quite the same aroma of peat and smoke that I'd expect from a Laphroaig. Honestly my inner drunkard was slightly disappointed and thinking "Hmm. Not sure about this one".Having actually sampled it, it's really very nice.It's definitely lighter, more mainstream Whisky than your standard Laphroaig so not for purists but potentially an excellent gateway drug for anyone who's been scared off by the more hardcore smoky, peaty, burnt out campfire, "love it or hate it" singles.Despite my initial reservations this is very drinkable and more-ish. Put it this way, this bottle is unlikely to outlive the Festive season and I'm pretty sure I'd buy another one.
26th December 2014
Can there be anything better in life than to sit at ones fireside with my old dog Camilla a glass of Laphroaig in hand and talk to my plants. The nearest I will get to feeling like a King. Charles W.
6th December 2014
I have enjoyed Laphroaig for eight years, 10 year old, Quarter cask, and Signatory Vintage. This SELECT is a mixture of various casks, and first thought is the distillery is making the most of a bunch of left over casks. Next, I would expect a 46% or 48% bottling for a special, and at 40% I was expecting a standard boring product. Well, I have been pleasantly surprised as this is my favourite blend of Laphroaig single malts. To avoid disappointment in the future, I have a case and am thinking of getting another!
No age statement as it is far too young and you can taste it. Keep to the ten year old. Beware of no age statement malts like this.
1st December 2014
Absolutely marvelous drop of Laphroaig distillery.The classic peat nose is there immediately but a lot of different flavors and aroma. Citracal, maybe peaches and cherry all wrapped up in vanilla. Palate is sweet with domination of lemon and pancake, maybe cereal in smoke. Finish is lovely lemon peel again and long lasting smoke.I love this little beauty, MUST for all Laphroaig fans. :-))
25th November 2014
realy like it, a bit diffrent to the 10 year I use to drink.
5th November 2014
Picked a bottle of this up for a bargain £25 in my local supermarket. I've read the bad reviews which seem to amount to the fact that it isn't just the same old Laphroaig as always. Its definitely something different with the peaty backbone of a classic Laphroaig, the nose still has that pungent smokiness, i don't get sweetness as such, perhaps a bittersweetness. Its the palate where Select really differentiates itself, its much lighter and not overpowered by the heavy pettiness of a 10, a bit thinner but no less invigorating. Im pleased that its naturally coloured although a cask strength would have been even more welcome. I loved this and thought it was a bargain and something very different but with an unmistakable Laphroaig peatiness at its core. Wonderful
4th November 2014
I laughed out loud when i read "it certainly isn't a true Laphroaig" some people, eh?. I picked up a bottle of this with trepidation but I've really enjoyed some progressive drams that the old fuddy duddies seriously disliked, so i wasn't too worried. Some people hate change and it appears that to some people every Laphroaig has to be as gloomier and more peatily oppressive than the one before.I admire the bravery with this, la frog is such an established experience and maybe a little bit too serious for some. On opening the nose is very familiar peaty smokiness but maybe a little softer, the palate is more spirity smokey and clean and quite light, a real departure from a 10. It is reminiscent of some of the marvellous young bottlings i tried during Feis Isle and for some reason reminds me of the fantastic Kilchoman Machir Bay bottlings. more peaty but no less interesting. I really enjoyed this alongside a wonderful 21 year old Glendronach and it held its own in my household. Seems to be quite cheap in the stores as well so i may stock up on some. One mans trash is another mans treasure.
25th October 2014
Most Laphroaigs that I have had like the 10, QC and 18 all have an amazing peaty, iodine-y hospital like flavor. That is the beauty of laphroaig that makes me keep coming back for more. Certain people though like the smoother and slightly sweeter malts. They are put off by the heavy smoke the classic islays that most of us love. That’s where the select comes in. It’s a beginner malt for someone willing to try an Islay. The smoke is there but it’s hiding behind a bit of toffee. Add a drop of water and it bursts into a very honeyed sweetness with a hint of smoke right at the end. I wouldn’t recommend it for the Islay heads but it’s a good start if Laphroaig wants to make a malt without the heavy peat. All in all I'd say a decent 7/10
23rd October 2014
Another sad monument to the 'get it out there quick' brigade. It may be "pleasant and a nice gentle dram' but it certainly isn't a true Laphroaig. Why compromise a great product in the chase for quick profits? By the way MOM YOU really should be able to spell the word Laphroaig correctly - not as you show at the head of the bottling note!
20th August 2014
I was very lucky to try this at the distillery in May, shortly before it was officially released. Sitting out on the bay at the back of the visitor centre in the sunshine this went down very well indeed.It's lacking the peaty, earthy punch of the house-style that seasoned peat-heads will certainly see as a weakness. In its own right, it's very fruity and light and refreshing. I'd happily have this in the garden on a sunny day in place of a gin and keep the smoky, oily, hearty whisky in the cabinet until Wintertime.
16th August 2014
The nose is classic but then it's slightly downhill. Not as good as the 10 and far short if the QC this is a good intro to Laphroaig but ultimately a let down. Nice idea poorly executed. The only Laphroaig without a long finish! If I could I would swap a full bottle of select for half a bottle of QC.Worth trying but maybe wait for a friend to buy a bottle and have a glass of theirs, then you can buy a bottle of the kick ass cask strength instead.
14th July 2014
A shadow of a Laphroaig
5th July 2014
As a huge Laphroaig fan I was rather excited to see this new bottling arrive in the post. What I was expecting was something that is complex and would require time to open up due to the range of different cask influences. I am now half way down the bottle and unfortunately for me this release doesn't reflect the typical Laphroaig quality we fans are used to. Select has some of the Laphroaig peat reek but not the blast that the other bottlings provide. Select is another no age statement release alongside Quarter Cask, Triple Wood & Cairdeas. It is good to see Laphroaig cutting back on the caramel for this bottling which I would encourage for all of the range. Select in my opinion is let down with the strength at just 40%. To wrap this up this is a very young Laphroaig which was a bold experiment and good enough for entry level drinkers but for me their 10 year old is far superior and the cask strength even more so.
9th June 2014
I bought a bottle of this and was looking forward to spending an evening with the contents within. What a disappointment. Bland, insipid, weak, almost as if it had been watered down and then watered down some more. Buy the 10 year or Quater cask instead
6th June 2014