Kategoriarkiv: Lagavulin

Lagavulin 12 YO Special Release 2020

ABV: 56.4 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. A big hit of ashy and vegetal peat, with the ashy notes on the outside and the vegetal notes in the center, is the first thing to come through. There’s a vanilla and oak sweetness in the center which contrasts the rowdy exterior. There is a coastal side to it as well with notes of the ocean and just a hint of seaweed. It feels young but settles nicely in the glass. There isn’t much of a journey to talk about in this one, it stays nearly the same throughout. The maltiness do move forward a bit and a tiny hint of lemon breaks through now and again. This is a solid nose but it could offer a broader variety in sensations.

Mouth: It starts out with a a sour lemon note in the the back and a black pepper spicyness up front. In between, the peat and the vanilla are joined by a beer-like maltiness. It almost feels like an IPA with an ashy peat layer surrounding it. All the flavours seem to move forward and increase in intensity as a whole. It’s not as vegetal and coastal in taste as on the nose. The lemon note in the back sort of shift towards other cirtus fruits like grapes and oranges, but never as much as needed to keep the notes in focus.

Finish: The spicyness sort of rolls through the palate as the citrus notes fills the background. It takes a few seconds before the beery maltiness returns in the middle. The vanilla is still in there but it’s less detectable in the finish. The peat is now a top note and it’s once again more of a vegetal peatiness. The oak arrives at this point, mostly because the other flavours start to subside. It’s a so-and-so oakiness which neither impresses or deminishes the overall journey. This is a very good whisky. It’s a lot more interesting in taste than on the nose though.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2007 and aged in refill ex-bourbon barrels for the whole maturation period.

Lagavulin 9 YO – Game of Thrones Limited Edition: House Lannister

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is savory peat and honey sweetness. At first, the peat shines through with savory honey-glazed meat and ashes from a burnt out campfire. There’s a fruitiness coming through from behind. It’s a mix of green apples and ripe green grapes. There’s an overlay of vanilla which makes it feel very desserty even though the peaty flavours are present. The vanilla grows more intense as time passes in the glass. The contrast works and it feels quite balanced.

Mouth: The vanilla and the fruitiness are the first things to come through, but they are soon replaced by spicy notes and ashy peatiness. It’s less savory and sweet in taste than on the nose. It’s a little bit dry even though the oakiness is hidden behind the peat at this point. It’s a touch bitter and a touch dusty, but the main features are intact.

Finish: A dusty start goes by and then it goes back to the savory peatiness. There are vanilla, honey and black liquorice sitting in the back and the finish is not fruity at all. The oakiness is maintaining and adding to the dry mouthfeel. It’s a very nice oakiness which is intertwined with the peatiness all the way to the end. It steers towards a leathery note in the finish. This is a very good whisky and the tie-in to the GoT series was worrying, but they executed it in a good way.

Additional information
This Lagavulin 9 YO is a limited edition from the Game of Thrones whisky range. It’s been aged in first fill american ex-bourbon barrels.

Lagavulin 16 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: The fruity and sweet notes from the sherry is well balanced with a very refined yet thick vegetable peat smoke. There’s an array of dark fruits with ripe plums and raisins up front combined with vanilla. The smoke is ashy with a touch of rubber, tobacco and leather. There’s also notes of seashore, salt and a whiff of smoked salmon coming through.

Mouth: Fresh red berries, raspberries and strawberries, is first in line in this crowded space. A speck of dust is detected just before the big burst of peat smoke takes over with ash, tobacco and leather. There’s vanilla, chili fruits, rubber and salt and an astringent oakiness. It’s a complex and very very interresting mouthful.

Finish: Sweet chili fruits mixed with both ripe and fresh red fruits. They stand up very well to the thick, ashy leather and tobacco smoke. The oak comes off as very astringent and somewhere in the middle there’s a hint of hazelnuts, but the peaty and ashy flavours cover the mouth. The sweetness from the sherry, vanilla and the complexity follows through all the way to the end.

Additional information
This is a part of Diageo’s ”The classic malts of Scotland” series. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and finished in european ex-sherry casks. The peat level sits around 40 ppm.

Lagavulin 8 YO – 200th Anniversary Edition

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Very ashy, warm and sweet. There are big honey, vanilla and butterscotch flavours and the oak is surrounding its sweet heart. There’s a salty, seaweed, ocean note coming through from the distillate. A hint of lemon is the only fruity contribution. There’s also a fresh minty breeze. It has some fresh youthness to it, but not in a harsh way. It complements the ashy notes and makes it pop from the glass.

Mouth: It’s honey sweet and spicy. The peat still shows up as ashes, but not as dry as on the nose. The lemon finds a friend in some green apples. It’s still salty. There’s some vanilla cream in the background. It’s very viscous and oily.

Finish: First comes a big spicy burst before it switches to ashy and sweet again. There’s a savory bacon note coming along with the salty notes. The cask influence is strong but the oak is laid back, It’s not dry nor astringent. The honey, vanilla and butterscotch show up, stay a while and then fade away to give room to the ashy peat, which stays long after everything else. It’s a very pleasant finish.

Additional information
This was a special release in 2016. It has since then been added to the core range. It’s aged in refill american ex-bourbon oak barrels. The release is an homage to a statement from journalist Alfred Barnard in the 1880’s, referring to an 8 YO Lagavulin as ”exceptionally fine”.

Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition 1999/2015

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
No taste notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
All the expressions in Diageo’s ”The classic malts of Scotland” series have their own distiller’s edition. This is aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished (with a double maturation) in european ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.