LAPHROAIG PX CASK, 10 Jan 2013

This was a travel retail exclusive that Brother Ski’s dad was able to get his hands on for us. It’s also the latest bottling to use Spanish Pedro Ximinez sherry casks for finishing, after aging in ex bourbon barrels and the Laphroaig standard quarter cask (125L), which speeds the maturation process somewhat.  Laphroaig Distillery is situated on the south coast of Islay, and has been turning out their brand of magic on and off for  two hundred years.

Some thoughts on Laphroaig PX Cask

Definitely Laphroaig. Full bodied, heavy and warm. Definetly smoky, with a tart finish. Some described it as burnt rubber and one called it leathery. No, not leathery librarian. Just leathery. Certainly salty, and one Brother thought he detected some escargot in there. Perhaps a late evening dram, when you can’t decide on a salty or sweet treat. Have both.

A lot of the Brothers liked the combination of peat and smoke with the sweet fruit finish, and the general consensus was that we would buy it again. Some (me) were not fans. Love PX finishes, love peaty, smoky malts: don’t think they work together.

About Al McColl

Co-Founder of The Pacific Whisky Society, and currently the Depository Archivist of PWS: Victoria.
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