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Laphroaig PX takes it's name from the Pedro Ximenez sherry casks it is finished in.
The PX casks are the final of three different casks used.
The three types of barrels used in the maturation each impart a different character whilst still retaining that distinctive Laphroaig character.
First is American oak, followed by Quarter Cask and finally 12 months in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The last maturation in ex-PX Cask is a first for Laphroaig but hopefully not the last.
Nose. Big, salty, sweet vanilla, cherries, peat, smoke and dry sherried fruits.
Palate. Big smoke, peat, tangy sweet spiced vanilla. The sherry is there but not as much as on the nose. Sea salt still there.
Finish. The sherry comes back again, oily and sticky sweetness. The peat, salt and smoke compliment oak with a peppery bite. Long sherried finish.
Unmistakably Laphroaig. I really like it and consider it worthy of the hype. It's not quite a well mad east he Cuan An Mor but the sweet sherry and dryness are different and well balanced.