Lagavulin 8 Year Old
200th Anniversary

70cl / 48%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Lagavulin 8 Year Old / 200th Anniversary
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Released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Lagavulin distillery by John Johnston in 1816, this eight-year-old is big and smoky, with sweet spice that becomes apparent with a drop of water. Inspired by the visit of Alfred Barnard to the distillery in the 1880s when he tried an 'exceptionally fine' eight-year-old from the distillery, this is a fitting tribute for the milestone.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
8 Year Old
Bottling Date
2016
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Black Pepper Black Pepper
  • Orange Orange
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Peach Peach
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Tobacco Tobacco

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Cracked black pepper and aromatic woodsmoke at first, then fresh notes of orange and lemon peel. Appealing aromas of bonfires, hot shells and a touch of smoked meat. A little water brings out aromas of peach and green apple.

    Palate: More woodsmoke, plus crunchy oatmeal and honeyed fruit. Rich mouthfeel, with notes of tobacco, bonfire embers and a peppery, spicy note.

    Finish: The soft peat and characterful woodsmoke lingers for a long time.

    Comment: Classy and complex, this has less fruit than the regular 16 Year Old, but adds a delicious extra layer of smoke and bite.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    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.

    Body: Light, growing pleasantly oily.

    Palate: A soothing light texture, with a magnificently full-on Lagavulin taste that’s somehow even bigger than you expect; sweet, smoky and warming, with a growing, smoky pungency, then dry, with more smoke. Charred, with minty, dark chocolate. Beautifully balanced mid-palate then salty, oven-charred baked potato skins and smoke. Water rounds things, the taste still mighty yet more succulent, sweeter, spicier and now tongue-tingling, mint-fresh and warming.

    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.

17 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    4 days ago

    Great stuff. Much better than expected. Tastes more mature than just 8yo. I would love to see this as a permanent part of the core range. Smoke and spice and vanilla in perfect harmony.

  • 5
    25 February

    Fantastic whisky. I actually like it better than the 16 (48% helps.) Not as good as the 12 year, but at half the price it's a must try for any islay scotch lover. Ardbeg take notice; how about an affordable special release with an age statement? Probs lagavulin.

  • 4
    13 December 2016

    If only Diageo would make all their releases craft offerings, no color or blasted chill-filtration, then I would buy them by the bottle and not just a single dram to see what they're about, and buying a signatory release.

  • 4
    14 November 2016

    a lot smoother than I thought it might be- I expected smoke, fire, and green grass- but its much rounder and smoother.

  • 5
    23 October 2016

    Sweet, citrus /acidic pear fruits, an increasing briney seaweed sensation, followed up with a great, deep smokey finish. Wonderfully balanced composure, with full throttle flavors the whole way. Wow!

  • 5
    23 September 2016

    Sweet citrusy smoky peated perfection. Almost gave up on Lagavulin after very disappointing bottles of the 16 and 2015 distillers edition, which I found to be flat tasting and a little rough around the edges. Just not what they used to be. But boy oh boy this is a mighty fine dram. It might not be as complex as some want but it sure does pack a punch This rowdy 8 year old brings all the classic lagavulin tastes to the plate. Sweet, citrus,smoky, peat. Hope to see more releases like this in the future Diageo.

  • 5
    10 September 2016

    I'm glad Lagavulin is back with full throttle. After unbelievable and devastating downhill of 16 yo I was almost ready to give up with Lagavulin. Only 12 yo CS was left. Well, this one is one of the great peaty and smoky Islay whiskies. Obviously, Lagulin team has realized their situation and decided to invest in quality. Sweet and sour in harmony , smoky, sea weedy, youngish but perfectly balanced. No color added, fantastic!

  • 5
    27 August 2016

    The 8 year old is a winner. This is a wonderful whisky with a real peaty character, peppery taste and sweetness. I wish the 16 y0 was realeased at 48%. Talisker should also take note and release a reasonably priced 8 yo.

  • 5
    10 August 2016

    Simply superb, yes it's a little more "raw" than the 16 year old but it is half the age. I do hope that this remains available for a long time. I keep buying a bottle with the intention of keeping it but I'm afraid it s simply to good for that.

  • 4
    21 July 2016

    Great peaty Laga. I enjoyed it. A lot.

  • 5
    21 July 2016

    Amazing combination of citrus and peaty aromas. Great dram!

  • 5
    12 July 2016

    I hope this turnes into a general release. It's nice to have a alternative to the 16 and the Sl 12 wonderful dram

  • 5
    25 April 2016

    What a lovely whisky not as peaty as I was expecting .but still good all the same.

  • 5
    19 April 2016

    What an excellent spirit driven Lagavulin this is, zesty, briny, oily, citrus fruits and pineapple with a dirty smoky finish. An instant classic!

  • 3
    9 April 2016

    This is (obviously) a totally different animal in comparison to the classic 16.I'm a big fan of young Islay whiskies but this is a little raw,almost new make in profile but softer,would be better at cask strength.Had high expectations of this bottling,disappointed.

  • 5
    31 March 2016

    just cracked my bottle A lagavulin maybe half the age of the 16 but its not lacking any flavor or depth lots of fruit and the traditional laga burn will be ordering a few more

  • 5
    25 March 2016

    Had a chance to taste this a few weeks ago at a Diageo tasting and it was fantastic and great value for money