Laphroaig PX Cask Triple Matured
Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: Laphroaig Distillery (Beam Suntory)
Volume: 1000 ml (Travel Retail)
Bottling date: L1 019. 2020
Barrel type: Bourbon, Quarter Casks, Pedro Ximenez Sherry
Age: no indication
Nose. Smoke, scorched wood, iodine, medical bandages, leather, wool, shoe polish, bacon, baked pears, plums and cherries, raisins, blackberry jam, hot chocolate, red oranges, lingonberry syrup, vanilla, ginger, anise. The aromatics are generally similar to the Quarter Casks release, balanced and complex, but noticeably sweeter due to the influence of the sherry casks.
Taste. Burnt wood, bacon on a fire with lingonberry sauce, raisins, forest berries, chocolate, malt, citrus fruits, spices (pepper, ginger, anise), tablet shells. PX barrels significantly reduced phenolicity and iodineness in taste, which was felt more brightly in Quarter Casks, and chocolate-berry sweetness occupied the main space of taste sensations, leaving only a small place for lingonberry and citrus sourness and bitterness of spices. 48% is perfect for this whisky - it is easy to drink, while it is perceived as bright and rich.
Aftertaste. Long, persistent. Not too dry despite sherry aging. Burnt, berries, raisins, spices.
Outcome. A wonderful, bright release from Laphroaig, but for lovers of sweeter profiles. I prefer the Quarter Casks release. Despite the smaller number of barrels involved, it seems to me more balanced in taste.
Rating: 86 out of 100.