Lagavulin 8YO (Single Malt Scotch Whisky)
This is a bold expression from Lagavulin in more ways than one; highlighting that there are very little, if any bottlings released or designated under ten years of age in this market. Fortuitously, this falls under the "must buy" category for 2016
Matured exclusively in refill American oak casks, bottled at 48% ABV
The 8-year-old age statement draws its inspiration from whisky documentarian; Alfred Barnard who sampled an 'exceptionally fine' 8-year-old in his book 'The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom', during his visit in 1887.
"Nose: precision, that’s the first word that springs to mind. Bandages, cane juice, hay, and marzipan, then seaweed, oysters, and diesel oil, then ink, mezcal, grist, and wet wool. Plus one blueberry. Mouth: this is where it kills the IB. This is much better chiselled, purer, better focused, much more distillate-driven, and sharp. And it’s very ashy, sooty, smoky, you’d almost believe you just ate the ashtray. It surprises me a bit that they didn’t decide on a rounder and sweeter style, but for obvious reasons, I won’t complain. Love this style! It’s actually very dry. Also fresh walnuts. Salted fresh walnuts. Strength and body are perfect. Finish: long and austere, on pretty much the same flavours, but drops of orange juice are playing it a little sexier in the aftertaste. Perhaps a little ginger tonic? Comments: it’s really the words purity and precision that rule here, there’s no make-up, no Botox, no dye, and no silicone. Some pure, totally crystalline Lagavulinity (what?) that makes you want to take the next flight(s) to Islay and to go kiss the Distillery Manager on both cheeks. Huge quality/age ratio. Happy 200th, Lagavulin!"
90 Points - Serge Valentin (www.whiskyfun.com)
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