Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 48%
Lagavulin 8 year old was Initially released in 2016 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Lagavulin distillery by John Johnston in 1816.
After the success of the original limited-edition expression, it was decided to make this a permanent addition to the Lagavulin range.
A fantastic dram.
Nose: Immediately quite soft with clean, fresh notes, faint hints of milk chocolate and lemon and then developing fragrant tea-scented smoke alongside nose-drying, maritime aromas, with subtle cereal. A prickliness seen earlier now develops, while the trademark Lagavulin dryness emerges as fresh newsprint. Softly sooty. Softer, fuller and more rounded with water: it’s not hugely fruity but there’s just a trace of red berry preserve, perhaps, beneath the smokiness, which comes sharply into focus.
Finish: Lovely; clean, very long and smoky. Smoothly, subtle minted smoke surrounds chocolate tannins, leaving a late drying note to emerge in time. It’s warming, soft and still smoky with water, not as long or intense now, yet still leaving the palate dry as sweet smoke lingers on the breath.
The whisky journey continues and this time to the 'Whisky Island' of Islay. Having purchased 'Peat, Smoke and Spirit' by Andrew Jefford, I needed a fine dram to accompany the reading of this book. An enquiry was made to the fine chaps at Whisky Online and one of Tim's recommendations was this. I was unsure whether this whisky was going to be heavily phenolic in taste, and poured my first dram with a little trepidation; which was soon abated as I discovered that the clever people at Lagavulin capture the peat characteristics in the form of a peat-smoke taste that makes this dram incredibly rich and smoky. A little water opened it up, revealing toffee/caramel notes and oak spices to complement the peat smoke tremendously. A heady, rich whisky indeed, which left my taste buds tingling and me reaching for the bottle to pour another. An absolutely cracking whisky at great value.