The Laphroaig Select is matured in Oloroso sherrybutts, straight American white oak, PX seasoned hogsheads, quarter casks and first fill bourbon casks. This process is inspired by the work of Ian Hunter, the last family member owner of the Laphroaig distillery. The "Select" name comes from the special selection of those barrels, each chosen for the unique character they are able to add to the whisky. Laphroaig Distillery was founded in 1815, and has been creating and sharing fine Islay single malt whiskies for over 200 years.
Nose - 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
Taste - Marzipan and even limes at the end. Palate - Initially sweet up front matching the nose, then the classic dry, peaty, ashy flavours come bounding in.
Finish - A lovely rich finish arising from the rich fruits of the European casks.