Recently, we have many round anniversaries on Islay, there was Laphroaig, Ardbeg and now 200 anniversary of Lagavulin. The distillery does not offer many official editions. We can choose from delicious 16 years old, more rare 12 years old and annual special editions. All gain consumer recognition. On the occasion of the 200th birtday, Lagavulin decided to present 8 years old whisky. At first glance, it sounds modest, for such a large and round anniversary. Of course, the distillery has added the story of Alfred Barnard, who in 1886 on the site tried Lagavulin 8 years old and described it as “exceptionally fine”. On the other hand, melting stocks of whisky are obvious, and the younger products must be sold for increasingly higher prices. In this case, when it comes to presentation, probably only 48% ABV saves us, color of white wine can also be natural, but the distillery does not boast about that. I will not complain that they indicated the age – 8 years, which deserves to be approved while we are under the omnipresent flood of NAS (no age statement).
It is true that I am not Alfred Barnard, and this is not 1886, but let’s see if Lagavulin 8 years old is “exceptionally fine”.
N: still in the bottle, quite soft, slightly peaty, at times even fresh, in a glass similar, quite fresh, relatively young and rather not intense, peat somewhere has evaporated, only a distant haze has remained, from time to time I have traces of smoked fish, grilled oysters and other seafood, maybe fishing nets, perhaps the sea salt air, after a while, I also sense a bit of lemon and lime, then ash, it seems that you have to give it time to breathe, just now the smell intensifies, a drop of water can affect positively too, it slightly releases and strengthens the smell, there is the sweetness of vanilla and more tones of citrus, later even something like wax and soap;
S: here it is definitely more intense and rich, in gives sparks on the tongue and warms up, relatively young alcohol manifests itself, peat, traces of orange, grapefruit, it is much better when a few drops of water are added, it gets sweet with vanilla, biscuits and buttered biscuits, traces of lemon, ash, smoke and even teriyaki beef jerky, pleasant;
F: medium length with peat and traces of lemon.
Lagavulin 8 years old is a very good young single malt. If I tried it in the bosom of the distillery, straight from the barrel, in a unique atmosphere of Islay I could even use the phrase “exceptionnaly fine.”
In the case of this whisky it is definitely worth to wait a while, then to add a few drops of water, which emphasize that smell and taste.
Happy Birthday Lagavulin! For the next 200 years!