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The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers.
Runner Up in TWE's Whisky of the Year 2014.Tasting Notes (1)
Tasting Notes by David Broom for Whisky Advocate
Lagavulin is a classic example of how smoke isn't a blunt instrument that covers everything in a fog, but an element that works with all the flavours produced in distillation and maturation. Lagavulin isn't 'smokey,' its peat moves into a weird territory of Lapsang Souchong tea and pipe tobacco, fishboxes and kippers. It smells of laurel and light cereal, but is always sweet. The palate shows more creosote, with hints of kelp and a little touch of iodine. Complex.
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A classic dram that I always come back to. Very well balanced with notes of earthy peat, orange peal, smoked holiday ham, and sea spray. As close to perfect as you can get, and if you’re an Islay (or peat fan) this is a must!
It's just a supreme flavour pleasure! I'm obsessed by the complex and vibrant flavours of Lagavulin. Interestingly enough some of my friends, who dislike whisky are surprised about how that smoky peat plays so well that it brings it into a different flavour profile. ENJOY it, it makes life worth tasting. I drop it into my Vanilla Milkshake and that's a piece of heaven on earth. Also works wonder with smoked ribs and beetroot salad. I don;t think there's anything that doesn't benefit from a dash of Laga <3
Great peat taste from Port Ellen malting. Very smooth. It’s my favorite dram!
The first time I drank this whisky I was overwhelmed with the iodine taste and the peatiness of it. Personally this is one of my favorite whiskies so far. Very smoky, taste of caramel, wood, fruit and a long great stay at the palate. It's far more smooth and subtle than any Ardbeg of Laphroaig (although these have other qualities of course)
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