Lagavulin is one of Scotch whisky’s truly iconic brands, and is enjoyed the world over in its 16 year old form. So when the 200th Anniversary of this fine distillery came around, drinkers around the globe waiting anxiously to see what special release Lagavulin was going to offer up. Would it be something extra old and rare? Quite the opposite, Lagavulin took the bold choice of releasing an 8 year old. Yet, they did this with their history keenly in mind. In the 1880s, famed whisky writer Alfred Barnard visited the distillery whilst writing his seminal book The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom. During his tour he tasted an 8 year old whisky he described as “exceptionally fine”, and it is this whisky that Lagavulin is paying homage to. Matured in a mix of refill European and American oak casks, it is a dram that packs in a lot of flavour for its age. At first the drinker is greeted with typical, thick, peaty Lagavulin flavours, before the toasty, buttery toffee notes of the cask take hold. All these flavours have been given an extra kick with the higher strength of 48% ABV. Lagavulin’s bold decision has paid off, as the release has been greeted with great acclaim by drinkers. Definitely a fitting tribute to this fine old distillery.
Please note: this is not the 200th anniversary bottling. The Image is for illustration purposes only