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Tasting Laphraoig PX Cask

12 July 2012 1,870 views Written by: Gal Granov

Laphroaig_DistilleryAfter the success of the Triple wood , and it’s migration to the general retail sector from travel retail, Laphraoig introduces another retail exclusive this time finished in PX sherry casks rather the Oloroso casks  (as in the triple wood). PX being a much thicker and sweeter sherry, is sure to impart sweeter notes to the liquid. The triple wood was nice, but i had higher expectations for this one, even more after meeting John Campbell , distillery manager at Heathrow airport, after we both landed from Glasgow coming from Islay earlier this month. He was flying to the US to make some whisky there, and I returning from a trip to Jura. I asked him about this new expression, and he said it was very different and that it was a cracker. On the way home I forgot to pick a bottle of this (I am forgetful, I know), and was very happy to have a friend and member of the Whisky Israel tasting society bring it to one of our club meetings, so we can all share it, and compare it to the triple wood, even when that session dealt with blended malts (We could not resist trying it).

Laphroaig PX Cask , 48% ABV , £56.99LAPHROAIG-PEDRO-XIMENEZ-CASK

Nose: Lots of sherry, On first sniff the peat is not too strong, but after a few minutes in the glass the peat aromas do get more noticeable. Sweet marmalade (prune,Sultana), BBQ, Anise some smoke and Balsamic.

Palate: Big on the peat, much more than the nose would suggest.Cough syrup, very sweet, thick, with prune jam, Aniseed, and smoky wood.

Finish :Ash, BBQued meat in sweet sauce and prunes.

A very good Laphraoig, excellent sherry finish to it, and that PX does the job. It’s what i was looking for in an OB sherried Laphraoig. Its a few levels better than its predecessor the triple wood. If you like Laphroaigs, and don’t mind the sherry (god knows i don’t!), you should get one. well priced, and at 48% it’s a lovely piece of Islay drammage.

Score: 89/100

Thanks to Raviv for sharing.

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  • http://www.jewishsinglemaltwhiskysociety.com/ Joshua (Yossi)

    Just goes to show how different palates can be.  I bought this at the DF shop at the Glasgow airport on my way back from Scotland.  Very excited to have a PX Laphroaig (and a full liter of it!).  

    After tasting this 3 times, I have to say that I found this to be one of the most disappointing Laphroaigs I’ve ever had.  Wow, that’s sounds harsh as I write it!!

    It seemed to be disorganized, immature and trying to be something it’s not.  I found the flavors to be a poorly integrated.  Perhaps a few more years of marriage in a PX cask would do this one right.  Sorry to sound so negative!!!

    • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

      sorry to hear that Josh. Until now everyone i spoke to about this one loved it. well, maybe next time ;) it’s personal!

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