(Tried & True Award)- Gorgeous orange/bronze appearance is bedazzling. Sports the emblematic Islay aromas of campfire, smoked fish, tobacco ash, toasted marshmallow, coffee bean. Taste profile highlights the peat smoke but doesn’t sacrifice elegance and harmony in the process. State-of-the-art Islay.
Lagavulin is a classic example of how smoke isn’t a blunt instrument that covers everything in a fog, but an element that works with all the flavors produced in distillation and maturation. Lagavulin isn’t ‘smoky,’ its peat moves into a weird territory of Lapsang Souchong tea and pipe tobacco, fishboxes and kippers. It smells of laurel and light cereal, but is always sweet. The palate shows more creosote, with hints of kelp and a little touch of iodine. Complex. - Dave Broom
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5 stars - no question! It's a very interesting piece!
It's my long time favorite. I'd highly recommend it to those who likes a peaty smoky taste. If you don't like such taste - don't buy it. But... When I first tried it, I thought it was garbage. A kind of dissolved rubber. My ex still thinks so. But after a few "forced" trials, I've got to love it. I may spend the whole evening sitting with a glass of it, swirling it and enjoying the aroma and sipping it little by little.
It's a funny thing: it's either loved or hated. But... My daughter used to claim: "Mam, it's impossible to drink it!" Oh, yes! After her last visit, a 1/3 of my Lagavulin had disappeared while there were many other options in my bar.
It's nearly addictive. And amazingly enjoyable if you develop a taste for it.
Very nice premium scotch. Just enough peat.
APPEARANCE :Deep amber gold.NOSE :Intense peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness.BODY :FullPALATE :A rich, dried fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong, barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of peppery smoke.FINISH :Huge, long, warming and peppery with a distinch appetising sweetness.
Lagavulin is produced by White Horse Distillers which is owned by United Distillers & Vinters which in turn is owned by Diageo plc. Lagavulin was chosen to represent Islay Single Malts in UDV's Classic Malts of Scotland. The distillery of Lagavulin officially dates from 1816, though records show illicit distillation on the site as far back as 1742. Originally there were two distilleries operating on this site, the first established in 1816 believed to be named "Kildalton" the second in 1817 and named Lagavulin. By 1837 there was only the one distillery "Lagavulin" occupied by Donald Johnston. The still house was rebuilt in 1962 and incorporated the stills of Malt Mill and in 1996 a new mashtun was installed, and automated controls put in place. The visitor centre dates back to 1998 and was established in the buildings that once were the maltings and kiln of Malt Mill.