Laphroaig Select Review


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Type – Single Malt

Age – Blended

Location – Islay

Casks – American Oak

Price – £30.95

Taste Profile

Smokiness – 3.5/5

Fruitiness – 1/5

Oakiness – 4/5

Spiciness – 2/5

Boldness – 2/5

S&S Rating



Taste – 3.5/5

Nose – 3.5/5

Value – 3.5/5

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What do we think of this whisky?

You know the smell you get when you’re the cook standing over the BBQ? Laphroaig’s Select offering gives you the same sensations. As soon as you get a whiff of the peaty scotch it’s straight up coals under the grill. It’s not as powerful a smokey aroma as an Ardbeg or Lagavulin, it’s somewhat cleaner. The taste takes you to when you first taste that summer burger, hot off the flames. Somehow the taste is surprisingly light without letting you forget it’s a Laphroaig. It ends with a crisp apple flavour which is refreshing.

It’s a cheaper option than other Laphroaig’s but that’s no bad thing. The reason it is ‘Select’ is the distillers at Laphroaig take whisky from their Quarter Cask, PX Cask and TripleWood (Oloroso sherry) and 10 Year Old offerings to create this blend. Blends are usually more cost effective as they take smaller amounts of premium spirit and mix with larger volumes of lower quality products to speed up production and cater for demand. However, what Laphroaig also do with their Select product is do a final maturation of the blend in American Oak casks, not ex-bourbon as with a lot of scotches. This creates the really clean, crisp nose and taste and makes it stand out.

Overall, a solid option for those that don’t want to break the bank but still want Laphroaig’s signature peaty flavour.

Should I add ice or water?

You can go either way with this one. It’s crisp enough to leave it out but if enjoy milder smoke then a little water won’t harm this scotch.


What music genres pair well with this whisky?

Blues, Rock, Acoustic, Metal

What album have we chosen for this whisky?

Bernard Alison’s Chills & Thrills album has a little bit of everything. Funky riffs, gritty tones, rocky blues rhythm, catchy vocals and guitar solos. This reminds us of how Laphroaig have taken a little bit of each of their whiskies to create their Select scotch. It’s also the perfect album to have on in the background while firing up the BBQ and enjoying a dram (or two). Bernard Allison may not be one of the most well known artists but has been around for a while and a must listen to. Definitely a musician to sit back and enjoy with this smokey Laphroaig Select.


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