Brand
Lagavulin
Age
37 years old
Expression
1976/2013
Whisky type
Single Malt
Distillery
Lagavulin Distillery
Origin
Islay, Scotland
Year distilled
1976
Year launched/bottled
2013
Limited edition
1,868 bottles
ABV.
51.00%
Source
Diageo

Review by Lagavulin

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Colour

Rich amber with copper lights. Good beading.

Nose

Modestly low key, setting the tone for a maestro’s ‘less is more’ performance. Yet still the aroma could only be that of Lagavulin: rich and complex, an artist’s oils wreathed in scented smoke. The top notes are elusive: is that menthol or beef consommé? Further in, though, there’s honeyed toffee with hints of lime zest, and a cigar-box made of resin-rich sandalwood. With water the aroma is joyously sweet and lightly oily.

Palate

At natural strength, the taste is sensational, rounded and comforting. There’s a nice cooling mouthfeel, while the sweet-smoky start of charcoal and ripe tropical fruits is followed by gathering wood smoke leading to a palate-cleansing, black tea dryness. Along the way waves of honey, pine, treacle tart and roasting chestnuts interact. It’s really delicate with water, which pulls back the curtain of smoke to reveal a sweetly coating, softly warming and gingery character that

is honeyed yet still refreshing.

Finish

Initially sweet then drying, a little like a treacle tart made with burnt pastry, but it’s the lingering, all-pervading fragrant smoke that seeps into your very soul.

Source: Diageo