Lagavulin 8 200th Anniversary Special Edition
Single Malt Scotch
Isle of Islay, Scotland
“An exceptionally fine whisky.” That’s not our observation, nor the invention of the Marketing Department at Diageo (Lagavulin’s owner). This was the judgement of the first ever whisky journalist, Alfred Bernard on Lagavulin’s 8-year-old single malt when he visited Islay back in 1887. Released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Lagavulin distillery by John Johnston in 1816, the Lagavulin 8 is a fitting tribute to this fine brand. Instead of just releasing a super-premium, unobtainable, uber-expensive commemorative expression exclusively for deep-pocketed connoisseurs, Lagavulin have released this special edition whisky for those just starting their whisky discovery journey and won a place in our hearts.
Tons of smoke and peat mixed with a fresh grainy sweetness, like multigrain bread toasted over a fire and slathered in honey. Notes of briny salt overlay a fundamental freshness, aromas of ripe pear and soft dried apricot.
Unflinchingly smoky in a heavy, extinguished campfire kind of way. Lots of kippered fish character sticks around from the nose, salty and iodine, without straying over into meatiness.
Long, dry, pleasantly ashy finish that hangs for a long time. So delightful that you will be loath to taste anything else.