This is a travel retail whisky from Laphroaig, matured in 3 types of casks despite the name. It first went through ex-Bourbon, then quarter-casks, and finally into PX Sherry casks. Bottled at 48% just like the Quarter cask, and Triple Wood.
Laphroaig PX Cask
Container: Glencairn Neat
Nose: Smells awfully similar to the Laphroaig 18, I notice the similar citrus notes, peat, sweet smoke, perfume, cherry soda, hint of pineapple?, malt, frosted cereal, hint of spice, sharp ethanol.
The nose isn’t influenced by the PX cask that much, just smells sweet without the red fruits.
Palate: Raspberry, peat, salt, citrus, oak, cranberry, caramel, pepper, smoke, mineral, not as red fruit forward as I thought.
Very oak dominant, didn’t notice much sherry fruits here, sweet peat transition into salted caramel and some mineral notes, again not a lot of sherry going on, feels more like an older Laphroaig’s sweetness rather than sherry sweetness.
Finish: medium-long finish, smoky, earthy peat, citrus, deep oaky flavor, turns bitter in the end.
Overall a nice sweet smoky dram, wouldn’t have guessed it’s PX finish if tasted blind, feels like a younger version of Laphroaig 18, with a bit more peat, more oak, and less mellow. I much prefer this to the Quarter-cask. The finish is a not too ideal, but didn’t kill the overall balance.
Current Laphroaig Tier List:
Laphroaig 18 (88)
Laphroaig 15 200th Anniversary 43% (Not Reviewed)
Laphroaig PX Cask (86)
Lphroaig 10 43%= QC (Not Reviewed)