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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.