Laphroaig Select takes its name from the special selection of American and European casks, chosen for their unique character that they give during maturation. Inspiration for this new global expression was taken from history – 70-80 years ago, the time of the last family member owner of the distillery, Ian Hunter. Ian was one of the biggest influences in the history of Laphroaig. Indeed he was one of the first distillers to travel to bourbon county in the USA to identify new sources of casks that would give him greater consistency as well as new flavours. He later married this ‘new’ style of Laphroaig with his traditionally matured (European cask) Laphroaig.
Inspired by his early work , the distillery used Oloroso sherry butts, straight American white oak (non-filled with bourbon), PX seasoned hogsheads, Quarter Casks and finally of course first fill Bourbon Casks. This varied cask maturation technique enabled them to create 6 new flavour combinations that were then tested with members of the Friends of Laphroaig to choose their favourite style and indeed name. This whisky is the result of that initiative.
Laphroaig Select Tasting Notes:
Color: A Fully Natural colour with no caramel added, it is sparkling gold with layers of colour – arising from different maturations and oils mixing together.
Aroma: Peat first, then ripe red fruits from the PX and Oloroso casks. A hint of dryness next from the American oak with a long lingering florally finish - Marzipan and even limes at the end.
Taste: This full bodied whisky is initially sweet up front- matching the nose, then the classic dry, peaty, ashy flavours come bounding
Finish: a lovely rich finish arising from the rich fruits of the European casks.