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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.Tasting Notes (2)
- Black Pepper
Tasting Notes by Stuart P
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.
More woodsmoke, plus crunchy oatmeal and honeyed fruit. Rich mouthfeel, with notes of tobacco, bonfire embers and a peppery, spicy note.
The soft peat and characterful woodsmoke lingers for a long time.
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
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.
Light, growing pleasantly oily.
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.
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.
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The trouble was it went too quickly!
First purchase through The Whisky Exchange – the items are competitively priced, the checkout process is easy to use, very secure and safely packaged and everything was delivered on time. Recommend using, 5 star quality.
I think is a fantastic whisky, a lite and long finishing, just peaty enough and it still keep the Lagavulin style. Just excellent
I just Love Lagavulin. I find the 16yo Distiller Edition to be one of the best whisky on earth, really. But what the hell is this 8 y/o? I hope I had a bad batch, because my bottle is close to undrinkable. It taste like 100 ppm peat mixed with some engine oil. Absolutly disgusting! It is a shame because I love peaty whisky, I have about 20 different Islay single Malt on my shelf and none of them are so bad.
Personal taste really matters with this one, but you should never depreciate it just because you're not used to scotch from this region. It's sweeter and more mild than the standard 16yo (compare Laphroiag's main market offering to Laphroiag Select Cask, but not quite as sweet and blunt). Extremely approachable even for newcomers to Islay Scotch, there's a gentleness and fresh herbal taste reminiscent of Japanese styles. Finishes long with a smoky but still very clean mint influence, a lot of herbal and fruity flavors for an Islay. This might be the best dram I've ever tasted, let alone secured its place among the best whisky I've ever tried. Dangerously good and infuriating rare, I can't think of anything I've ever had that is measurably better. Give this a try.
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