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Laphroaig PX Cask

Laphroaig at its best

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@PeatyZealotReview by @PeatyZealot

26th Sep 2014

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Picked this one up at Schiphol airport on my way to the wild city of Naples, Italy. I wrongly had low hopes to find a decent shop over there so I felt I had to visit the duty free area. This travel retail exclusive Laphroaig luckily was available at a 25% discount:) €70,- for a liter sounded great to me so I grabbed it immediately.

Nose: a wall of thick wet medicinal smoke, burning resin and enormous oak greet you at first, but with a bit of water and a few minutes I also get forest earth, sea breeze, winter spices(laurel, cloves), blackcurrants, strawberries and very buttery vanilla custard cake. This is a gargantuan and luscious nose. Unmistakably Laphroaig, but with added fruity and spicy notes.

Palate: It starts mellow and sweet, but soon builds up into an eruption of flavors arleady mentioned in the nose towards a drier finale. Dont be mistaken, its very peaty, but there is much more to discover behind the smoke curtains. Like those deliscious smoked hams, moccha coffee and fresh herbal notes. It all comes in a nice oily texture with rounded flavors in a big and full body. Great decicion to bottle it at 48% Its quite wild and stormy too, it keeps delivering different flavors but it also manages to stay pretty balanced. If you're familiar with Laphroaig, you can easily detect which flavors belong to which cask. And its sweet, but not overly. Less than expected for sure, which was a big relief.

Finish. Its endless... even after 20 minutes the flavors still dwell. big peat smoke, dry oak, roasted nuts and also a lot of the red fruit notes linger on.

Wow one of the best Laphroaig expressions I had so far. The fresh PX casks really deliver and give the already strong Laphroaig core profile a brilliant addition. Ofcourse its not as complex as the 18yr old, but the flavors are big and tasty. It shurely beats the crap out of some other expressions of late. Happy hunting!

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3 comments

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@PeatyZealot Yummy! Great review. I like my Laphroaig to be dirty, almost vulgar. When I am looking for an elegant Islay, I go to Lagavulin. I am not saying that one is better than the other, just that, for me, some roughness serve very well Laphroaig. So that leads to this question: how rough is this PX cask?

4 years ago 0

@cherylnifer
cherylnifer commented

ohhhhh . . . now I am really kicking myself. Came back from a cross-country airlines trip with three bottles packed. Landed in Detroit Metro Airport where a quick stop in the Duty Free shop found Laphroaig PX 750ml bottles available for $68.95 US. Tired and not looking foward to the four hour road trip ahead of me, I passed on purchasing a bottle or two. Now, regrets for not sucking up some stamina and following through on what I knew was an excellent opportunity.

4 years ago 0

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot commented

@Robert99 Thanx:) Well, its a NAS Laphroaig bottled at 48%, so it can't be all that gentle and mellow :) When you just open the bottle, the spirit is still a bit cranky and tart, but after a few weeks open the roughest edges subside and make way for huge beefy flavors. Its bigger and bolder than the 10, and deeper/more complex than the QC so in my opinion, Laphroaig fans and adventurers can't go wrong. For real roughness, try the Lagavulin 12, its quite brutal and not elegant at all.

@cherylnifer. It would have been a great roadtrip companion, promise me you learn from this mistake :p

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