Lagavulin 8 Year Old is a single malt whisky from the island of Islay, Scotland. The distillery bottled it for the first time on its 200th anniversary in 2016. For this vintage, Georgie Crawford, the master distiller of the house, wanted to pay tribute to Alfred Barnard. This historian and journalist had the chance to taste an 8 year old Lagavulin at the beginning of the 20th century, and had a memorable experience. It is the style of that whisky that Lagavulin has tried to recreate here.
This "young" Lagavulin benefits from a much shorter maturation than the rest of the range, which allows it to keep a very peaty character, while retaining the elegance that characterises it. For those who like this type of whisky...
Nico's tasting note
The nose is immediately carried away by an intoxicating but mellow peat, like an oily, thick and greedy smoke. In the middle of this smoke is a lighter distillate, garnished with red fruits, pears and green bananas.
With aeration, the smoke takes on a more grey and ashy aspect. It becomes drier and more mineral, without the whisky losing its greediness. Indeed, the oak releases some vanilla aromas which balance the whole pleasantly.
On the palate, there is a greedy concentration of ripe fruit coated with peat smoke. Pear, apple, banana and a hint of lychee join the malted barley in a soft mid-palate with good body.
The finish is smoky and ashy, with roasted rosemary and some resinous tannins.
"A beautiful expression of peaty and gourmet whisky.
Very good value for money
The smokiness is very present, but balanced by elegant notes, both on the nose and on the palate.
Excellent Whisky ! Lots of character...
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