On her way home from a business trip in London, my beautiful wife stopped by the duty free store and picked me up an early Father's Day surprise:
The Laphroaig PX Cask replaces the old Triple Wood and is aged in its last 12 months in ex-Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry casks. It has the same great Laphroaig peaty taste with a nice sweet finish. Here are the tasting notes:
Nose: From the bottle there is a nice sherry aroma of sweet sultanas and raisins with a hint of sweet liquorice and only the slightest tang of peat. Adding a little water brings out the marzipan and almond aroma with a counterpoint of creamy nuts and lots of ripe fruits but again there’s only the slightest tang of peat smoke.
Body: An intense and profound deepness.
Palate: Without water a massive explosion of peat fills the mouth with huge amounts of oakiness only just moderated by the sweeter heavy sherry flavour. Adding a touch of water only slightly moderates the massive peat reek which very slowly fades and just allows a little of the sweeter sherried flavours to come through although there is always that burst of peat smoke that dries the mouth.
Finish: Concentrated peat and thick sherried oak with a deep dryness.