A new single malt has been introduced by Laphroaig, with a selection of casks including a final maturation in new American oak casks.
Laphroaig Select uses spirit from casks of Laphroaig Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood in European Oak casks and a final addition of 10 Year Old.
Representing a subtle blending of peat, oak and sweetness, the heart of the spirit is drawn from the final maturation in new American oak casks – rarely used for scotch whisky.
It offers Laphroaig’s trademark “peat reek” matched by an additional layer of complexity and depth brought about by the fusion of the maturation styles and different oaks.
Distributed by Maxxium UK, it is bottled at natural colour at 40% ABV.
Master distiller John Campbell said: “Select is an exciting and unique expression that brings together the best of Laphroaig’s flavour profile.
“The inspiration for Laphroaig Select comes from perhaps our greatest family owner, Ian Hunter (1886-1954), one of the first distillers to experiment with both ‘new’ American and ‘traditional’ European oak maturation.
“As the world’s number-one Islay malt whisky, we continue to stay true to our long and illustrious heritage, and this expression sits perfectly amongst our award-winning portfolio.”
According to the tasting notes, the aroma evokes burning embers of peat in a crofter’s fireplace, with hints of coconut and banana aromas. On the palate, the full-bodied whisky is deep, complex and smoky but with a gentle sweetness. It has a really long, dry finish with smoke and spice.