Pedro Ximenez, or PX, is one of the classic sherries. PX is made exclusively using Pedro Ximenez grapes which are grown in the Montilla-Moriles area, traditionally a part of Jerez. The grapes are harvested when they are overripe, after which they are dried in the sun and allowed to ‘half-ferment’ so that a significant amount of sugar remains. Pedro Ximenez is very sweet and strong and has a deep red, almost black colour. It is the sweetest of sherries. Whisky that is allowed to mature in PX casks is given a beautiful, deep, dark colour and a pleasant, rounded sweetness. Box PX was launched in December 2016 exclusively for the international market.
Recipe for PX
100% unpeated whisky which is first matured in 200-litre bourbon casks for 4.13 years before being finished in 55-litre casks of American oak which have contained PX sherry for a further 12 months.
Box PX is neither chill-filtered nor contains colouring.
Yeast: Fermentis Safwhisky M-1
Malt: Pilsner malt from Vikingmalt in Halmstad, Sweden
Ingoing barley: Tipple, Quench and Henley
Process water: From Lake Bålsjön, filtered through sand and coal filters
Cooling water: From the River Ångerman
Ingoing batches: 82B-88A
Batch size: 1.2 tons malt
Average yeasting time: 80 hours in stainless steel washbacks
Distilled between 22nd June 2011 and 5th July 2011
First cut of the run: 13 minutes head (foreshots)
Second cut of the run: 67% ABV (20°C)
200-liter bourbon casks originally contained Jack Daniels and Heaven Hill. 55-litre PX casks supplied by Miguel Martin, Spain.
Until October 2014 the cask was stored in a damp warehouse, losing some its alcohol strength. From October 2014 until August 2016, the cask was stored in a drier environment in Box warehouse number 3.
On the 9th of November 2016, the casks were emptied into a blending vat and the alcohol content adjusted to a pre-decided 56.7% at the time of bottling.
PX was bottled on the 10th of November 2016 in a series of 1507 bottles.
We recommend allowing Box PX to rest in the glass for a short while before drinking. Feel free to add a few drops of water to enhance the aromas in the glass.