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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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Victim of demand. No sweet charcoal smoke anymore.
This is a bit like drinking a cigar! Needs a splash of spring water to release the flavour fully. Amazing product.
One of the best in the world. This single malt really is a joy in every category. The nose is filled with rich smoke but not the kind that's in your face. You can really feel the age of this one. The palate is briny with a tad bit of citrus. The finish, oh my god, absolutely out of this wold - it's very durable even to water. One of the top the line and this would truly be my whiskey of choice if I needed to pick just one to drink for the rest of my life. I appreciate that this exists really.
If you like Peat, you'll like this. If you don't, why did you buy it?! :-)
A magnificent whisky. I came to this through my father's bottles, which were typically a collection of things that supermarkets sold on discount on occasion: Glenmorangie Laphroaig, Talisker, and Penderyn. I bought this for his 65th birthday having done a little research, and we spent a week together drinking it every night on a throwback family holiday in the Lake District. We both agreed it was the best whisky either of us had ever tasted. You pour a glass, and you can smell it on the other side of the room almost immediately. It's so pungent even hardened whisky drinkers think they hate it. There isn't really anything more intensely peaty, with all the medicinal character that you'd expect from an Islay single malt. I can't pretend to be able to couch my experience of this whisky in relative terms. I'm not going to say it tastes of orange or heather or any of that nonsense. This is definitely special, though I don't know why. I have since bought repeat bottles and compared with other Islays such as Port Charlotte, and it really stands up as a classic, hardy, Big Leagues drop of heaven that I have to have some of on the shelf, just in case.
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