Laphroaig Select

Ian Hunter, the last of the founding family, visited the Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky around 70 years ago to learn their maturing techniques. Until that time, all barrels came from Europe, which resulted in a much sweeter Laphroaig. Hunter shipped a selection of ex-bourbon barrels to Scotland to test these barrels for his whiskey. This is the beginning of the Laphroaig as we know it.
The Select contains proportions of all known Laphroaig bottlings (10 years, PX Cask, Quarter Cask and Triple Wood). The combination of different barrels and bottlings creates a harmonious balance between peat smoke, vanilla, honey and slightly earthy aromas.

Ian Hunter, the last of the founding family, visited the Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky around 70 years ago to learn their maturing techniques. Until that time, all barrels came from Europe, which resulted in a much sweeter Laphroaig. Hunter shipped a selection of ex-bourbon barrels to Scotland to test these barrels for his whiskey. This is the beginning of the Laphroaig as we know it.
The Select contains proportions of all known Laphroaig bottlings (10 years, PX Cask, Quarter Cask and Triple Wood). The combination of different barrels and bottlings creates a harmonious balance between peat smoke, vanilla, honey and slightly earthy aromas.

Details about this bottle Edit
8430
Laphroaig
Scotland, Islay
Single Malt Whisky
40%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Sherry - Oloroso, Sherry - Oloroso, Virgin, Virgin, Sherry - Pedro Ximenez, Sherry - Pedro Ximenez, Quarter Casks, Quarter Casks, Bourbon First Fill, Bourbon First Fill
Chill filtration - Without Artifical colouring - Without
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Nosing
Sweet:
Peat Smoke:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Maritime Notes:
Medicinal Smoke:
Salt:
Seaweed:
Sherry:
Spices:
Alcohol:
Fruit:
Iodine:
Orange:
Zitrus:
Anise:
Apple:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cinnamon:
Fig:
Floral:
Ham:
Lemon:
Malt:
Oak:
Peach:
Herbs:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Vanilla:
Maritime Notes:
Salt:
Honey:
Spices:
Oak:
Malt:
Medicinal Smoke:
Fruit:
Pepper:
Seaweed:
Sherry:
Herbs:
Banana:
Caramel:
Chili:
Ginger:
Mint:
Zitrus:
Alcohol:
Bonfire Smoke:
Chocolate:
Clove:
Dried Fruit:
Heather:
Iodine:
Lemon:
Nuts:
Oil:
Orange:
Peach:
Pear:
Raisin:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Vanilla:
Herbs:
Apple:
Dark Chocolate:
Hay:
Pear:
Sherry:
Maritime Notes:
Herb:
Banana:
Bonfire Smoke:
Caramel:
Chili:
Chocolate:
Ham:
Heather:
Honey:
Lemon:
Medicinal Smoke:
Peach:
Pepper:
Plum:
Raisin:
Salt:
Seaweed:
Zitrus:

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Tasting Notes 8

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13. May 2015
Nosing:
Very sweet with vanilla and honey
Taste:
Smoky as with all the Laphroaig. But it is definitely sweet with honey and a hint of sea aromas
Finish:
Well balanced with sweetness and peat smoke
Nosing:
Sweet vanilla, a hint of honey and a slight smokiness
Taste:
Slightly earthy with sweet honey and vanilla and salt
Finish:
Complex, balanced and sweet with a light peat smoke
27. Nov 2017

It's an interesting example. A non-age-statement Single Malt Whisky which is bottled at purely natural color and it matured in FIVE different types of casks: Ex-Oloroso Sherry Cask, ex-Pedro Ximenes Sherry Cask, New American Oak Cask (not ex-Bourbon), Quarter Cask and the first fill ex-Bourbon Cask. It's chill-filtered and bottled at 40% ABV. You can find numbers of different descriptions of that Whisky in the Net, which surprises me a little bit, because it's quite easy to check the infos.
Color: this is what makes me happy - beautiful, natural… pure gold
Nose: FANTASTIC! What a richness of beautiful aromas. That surprises me the most! It's absolutely not that what I suspected. I said to myself: “If it's going to be a typical Laphroaig… there will be SMOKE - first of all… then smoke… and after a while… maybe something more”. But definitely not in this particular case. There's plenty of different aromas. 5 types of casks did their job perfectly.
Marzipan, sherry, vanilla, peach, raisins, pears, bananas, sea breeze, forest air, bonfires, butterscotch. Here, the smokiness is rather untypical for Laphroaig - it's really sweet and aromatic! 24/25
Palate: bitter chocolate, smoke, caramel, ripe bananas, vanilla, maple syrup. Pleasant, very mild, a bit watery 21/25
Finish: cocoa, smoke, prunes, stewed apples, Sherry, yeasts, hay, rosemary. Rather short 19/25
Balance: right next to the nose, this is the best part of this Malt. Five great value casks. That certainly works! Very complex, light and delicate Whisky. Great value for the price (I bought it for 25€ in Netto, Germany). If it would be un-chill filtered, the finish would be definitely longer… but the natural color is certainly the strong point of this Whisky.
Recommended. Overall: 87/100

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Ein interessantes Beispiel. Ein Whisky ohne bestimmte Reifungszeit, der eine perfekte natürliche Farbe hat (ohne Zuckerkolör). Er lagert auch in 5 verschiedenen Fässern: Ex-Sherry Oloroso, Ex-Sherry PX, Neuen amerikanischen Eichenfaß, kleiner Quartercask und der Ex-Bourbon die erste Füllung. Der Whisky ist kühl gefiltert und hat 40% Alkoholgehalt. Mann kann viele unterschiedliche Informationen über den Whisky in Internet lesen, was ich ein bisschen merkwürdig finde, weil es ziemlich einfach ist, diesen falschen Informationen zu korrigieren.
Farbe: Das macht mich glücklich - wunderschöne, natürliche Farbe… reines Gold
Nase: FANTASTISCH! So viel schönen Aromen. Das überrascht mich am meisten! Es ist absolut nicht das, was ich erwartet habe. Ich sagte mir: "Wenn er ein typischer Laphroaig wird ... wird es RAUCH sein... dann immer noch Rauch ... und nach einer Weile ... vielleicht etwas mehr". Aber definitiv nicht in diesem Fall. Es gibt viele verschiedene Aromen. 5 Sorten von Fässern haben ihre Arbeit perfekt gemacht.
Marzipan, Sherry, Vanille, Pfirsich, Rosinen, Birnen, Bananen, Meeresbrise, Waldluft, Lagerfeuer, Karamell-Sahnesoße. Die Rauchigkeit hier ist eher untypisch für Laphroaig- es ist wirklich süß und aromatisch! 24/25
Körper: Bitterschokolade, Rauch, Karamell, reife Bananen, Vanille, Ahornsirup. Angenehm, sehr mild, jedoch etwas wässrig 21/25
Finish: Kakao, Rauch, Pflaumen, gebackene Äpfel, Sherry, Hefe, Heu, Rosmarin. Eher kurz 19/25
Balance: gleich neben der Nase, das ist der beste Teil dieses Malt. Fünf großartige Fässer. Das funktioniert auf jeden Fall! Sehr komplexer, leichter und delikater Whisky. Gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis (ich habe es für 25€ in Netto in Deutschland gekauft). Wenn er noch nicht-kalt gefiltert wäre, wäre der Nachgeschmack länger sein. Aber dieser Whisky hat keinen Zuckerkolör drin und das ist schon Klasse. Ich empfehle ihn.
Insgesamt: 87/100
javis1213
01. Jun 2016
Nosing: Peat Smoke Medicinal Smoke Vanilla Malt Salt Alcohol Sweet Spices

Taste: Peat Smoke Medicinal Smoke Salt Seaweed Spices Lemon Sweet

Finish: Peat Smoke Medicinal Smoke Malt Hay Honey Spices Sweet

Comment: Very peaty and medicinal aromas when it first comes to nosing, then there were some fruitiness and sweetness behind, with faint vanilla and malt notes. The palate was quite strong an thick, I would have thought it was more likely a 50% than a 43%. Intense peat and medicinal smokiness carried through and the aftertaste was long and wonderful.
21. Dec 2016
Nosing: Peat Smoke Medicinal Smoke Seaweed Fig Spices Anise Floral Vanilla Ham

Taste: Chili Spices Dried Fruit Salt

Finish: Peat Smoke Spices Chili Malt Oak Vanilla

Comment:
smokeybourbon
21. May 2019
Nosing: Peat Smoke Medicinal Smoke Vanilla Maritime Notes

Taste: Medicinal Smoke Sweet Vanilla Oak Spices

Finish:

Comment:
05. Apr 2015
Taste: Medicinal Smoke

Finish: Peat Smoke
smnaa
31. May 2016
Nosing:
Peat Smoke Salt Honey Alcohol
Taste:
Peat Smoke Sweet
Finish:
Medium/long - Peat Smoke, smokey again with a finishing sweetness
Comment:
HerrThorsen
09. Jan 2018
01. Jun 2017