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Laphroaig PX Cask

Nice, but too "pleasant"...

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

26th Mar 2015


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I really enjoyed my last NAS Laphroaig, the Triple Wood. Maybe I’m on a roll here. This one’s called “Laphroaig PX.” It’s a travel retail release that has spent time in PX, bourbon, and quarter casks.

Nose: A particularly sweet Laphroaig profile. It’s on the smooth side, with red fruits, sherry, cherry tobacco, berries, oak, peat, and tarmac. Inviting.

Palate: Rich, with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Very woody. Big sherry, sweet berries, tarmac, salt, cherrywood, pickles.

Finish: Cherry tobacco, leather armchair, glazed ham, tarmac, peat, oysters, oak. Medium-long finish and sweet, with a decent interplay of flavours.

Thoughts: This may be the most approachable Laphroaig I’ve had. It’s balanced, sweet, and has loads of fruit. Good sherry/peat integration, too. But it’s not what I’d call “inspired.” With all the jumping between barrels this whisky did, the end result isn’t as characterful as I’d hoped. And the oak, while potent and enjoyable, isn’t as integrated as it should be. One could argue that this is more refined, but I like Laphroaig more when it’s got teeth. It’s not a bad dram at all, but it’s too “pleasant” for me, and it’s overpriced.

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Alexsweden commented

Nice review. I have this one unopened in my cabinet and I'm trying to hold of it, saving the tasting for a special occasion or guest. It sounds very inviting but I can relate to what you're thinking about the kick in it. I too like a whisky with lots of character.

6 years ago 0

Frost commented

@hunggar thank you for the review, I must agree with your points regarding the balance between Sherry and Peat. I think the peat "loses out" to the Sherry notes. It's a gentle Islay certainly.

6 years ago 0

hunggar commented

@Alexsweden, actually you and your guest may not be disappointed when you finally do open it. Like I said, it’s a nice whisky. Just not “big” by Laphroaig’s standards, that’s all.

@Frost, agreed. Hardly the best Laphroaig. Also, for its quality it’s well over-priced here in Taiwan.

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