Produced at: Distillery Lagavulin
Description: The distillery was founded in 1816 on the South shore of Islay, also known as ‘Kildalton’. The Lagavulin distillery was built a year after neighbours Laphroaig and Ardbeg and almost a century before the Malt Mill distillery was erected on the grounds of Lagavulin. The Islands and Islay: Pronounced “eye-luh,” Islay is the most famous whisky-producing island in Scotland. Home to ten working distilleries today, Islay is known for its robust, smoky, and heavily peated whisky.
Type: Whisky/Whiskey, Single Malt Scotch Non chill-filtered
Expression: Limited Edition
Age: 8 Yrs
Colour: Medium amber, copper. I would not bet on caramel here however, medium bodied in the glass.
Nose: At first, thick cigarillo ashes, creamy peat, brine, light butter caramel, burnt toffee, more ashes, but not like white ashes… more like black ashes, cigarette smoke, touches of tar, sweetness.
Palate: Ashes, peat, pepper, creamy toffee, sour ashes, brine, plastic (not off putting), ether. A high contender for Islay considering the price. Some suggest it’s a 8 years old Lagavulin. Considering the ashes, I would disagree. However, the light peat-brine-caramel profile reminds me of the Lagavulin. Water brings more caramel and pepper to the front row. Focuses more on hot ashes and peat. Still, I guess neat is the best way to go here. Certainly a very enjoyable Islay.
Finish: smoke, peat, bring, salted water, calcium, eucalyptus, lingering peat, light ashes, yet not as strong as Ardbeg or Laphroaig for that matter.
90% of our Expression members in attendance loved this peated Scotch!