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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.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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Pendant les fêtes de fin d'année j'ai ouvert une bouteille de Lagavulin que j'avais achetée il y a quelques mois dans un supermarché français. Certes, ce n'est pas un mauvais whisky, mais il n'est plus que l'ombre du colosse qu'il était encore il y a dix ou vingt ans. Lagavulin n'est d'ailleurs pas un cas isolé. Des whiskies tels que Talisker, Highland Park ou Macallan, qui étaient de pures merveilles, ont perdu aussi une grande partie de leur caractère. La qualité baisse tandis que la production explose, sans parler du prix... Pour revenir à Lagavulin, il est devenu assez fin et léger, sans doute pour plaire à un plus large public. La richesse gustative s'est estompée. Le rapport qualité-prix est moyen, voire médiocre. Mieux vaut se tourner vers Ardbeg, Caol Ila ou Laphroaig, qui ont conservé une certaine authenticité et sont moins chers.
If you like smoke and peat as the leading character in your whiskey then you will enjoy this. It’s so smooth as advertised, but plenty of warmth. Think bonfires, caramel flavors with a variation of iodine and dark chocolate depending on how close you bring your nose to the glass. It’s not cheap but if savored and looked after it should be cherished with every last drop. Enjoy.
Really enjoy the 16 y/o Lagavulin. Not surprising that I also enjoy Lapsang Souchong tea - the taste and nose are well suited to a night of camping with friends!
I love a good single malt scotch, and this one is excellent. Just tried it for the first time today and I'm very pleased. This might very well end up becoming one of my favourites. The smokiness of this one is strong, one sip and and a breath out with the nose makes me feel like a dragon. But it's not all smoke, many wonderful notes to enjoy here. And it's very smooth, one if the best in my opinion, and I've tried quite a lot.
The smoke flavor is overwhelming I will not buy it again
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