"Peat and iodine are not all. There's got to be texture and complexity. And this one has got it all."Martine Nouet 2008, Whisky Magazine, Issue 69
Lagavulin Distiller's Edition reveals more of its intensity with a drop of water.
The distinguished brother from Islay’s coast.
Intense peat and vanilla. A raisin sweetness checks the smoke. Iodine-edged peat and crisp, roasty malt. Satisfying and enticing.
Full bodied and rich in texture.
A clear, grassy malt, then the peat lands – smoke filling the mouth. A very salty tang, the middle offers coffee, vanilla and fruit.
Incredibly long, even by Islay standards. Fruit, peat and long-lasting oak. Very chewable.
Strength: 43% ABV
Place of Origin: Islay
in brief… Powerful, peat-rich, sweet and very more-ish.
in a sentence… A really distinctive and distinguished dram, full of peat and brine, while the sherry wood naturally has a big say. A more mellow Lagavulin, not quite as deep or intense as the 16 year old.
An absorbing intensity of peat-reek plus considerable vanilla. A raisiny sweetness keeps the smoke in check. The peat has the gentlest of iodine edges and the malt is crisp and roasty. A satisfying aroma - significantly rich and enticing.
Sweet and fat on the mouth with very clear, almost grassy, malt showing for a second or two before the peat launches into a no-holds-barred attack, smoke filling every crevice of the mouth There is a very salty tang at one point and the middle offers coffee and vanilla plus just an outline of fruit.
2008 - 2010
2007 - 2009
2008 - 2009
"The pedro ximinez cask finish certainly gives as much as it takes away when compared to the benchmark 16 year old. An array of complex ripe fruit, interwoven with notes of pot still rum, toffee, tar, seaweed, and brine on the finish. It seems logical to marry this big, smoky Islay whisky with an equally big, sweet, fruity sherry. In this case, the marriage works wonderfully."
John Hansell, The Whisky Advocate Summer 2008
"What it loses in character it gains in a different dimension of distinctiveness."
Michael Jackson 2000, Whisky Magazine, Issue 8