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Laphroaig PX Cask


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

6th Jan 2018


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This Laffie is triple cask matured, meaning that it matured on bourbon casks, quarter casks and PX casks. Why they call this simply PX Cask is beyond me, but there you have it. For a few years it was only available in the duty free (it is a one liter bottle), but nowadays you can simply order it online.

The nose is sweet on citrus, smoked ham, aspartaam, diesel oil and quite herbal (think camphor, thym and majoram). The ashes and smoke are quite discrete, to be honest. Red fruit appears, albeit in a stew. But the sweetness is somewhat chemical, which does not make me happy.

I would have loved some more body as well. It starts quite tannic on oak wood and bakery spices, before some peat, burnt wood and caramel enter into the fray, side by side with the sweet fruit like strawberry, grapefruit and blackberries. It is a bit like a basket of red fruit simmering on the BBQ with a good dose of BBQ sauce on top.

In the rather short finish, it quickly turns bitter and dry. I do get some red fruit and chocolate.

Not bad, but far from my favorite Laffie. I had rather spent that 65 EUR on something else.

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BlueNote commented

@markjedi1 Wildly differing views on this one. I've been tempted a few times but always passed it over after seeing too many luke warm reviews. Thanks for the review.

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