LAPHROAIG ISLAY SINGLE MALT SELECT
Laphroaig select is aged in a combination of oloroso sherry butts, american white oak (we suspect some of this is virgin oak), hogsheads seasoned with pedro ximenez, quarter casks and first fill bourbon casks. This results in a restrained and toned down version of this islay classic.
Nose : punchy medicinal and mineral notes on the nose - muddy peat, rockpools and sea spray. Behind that there is sweetness, with chocolate milk and cornflake touches, as well as sherbert lemons and a gentle touch of wood smoke.
Palate : soft and surprisingly light on the palate, with gingery spice, vanilla, sour apple and char backed up by nutmeg, cinnamon and a little dried fruit. The peat from the nose is subdued, with a soft and syrupy pine note coming through.
Finish : spicy new oak, sour apple and a touch of damp wood. As that fades the traditional medicinal notes appear and linger for a short while.