From the wind-lashed coast of Islay.
Very pale delicate gold. Long beading.
Gentle and slightly sweeter than expected. Damped-down peat smoke gains depth to find an acetic sharpness married to butterscotch. There’s toffee and fresh-baked baguette too.
Sweet and lively, pleasantly oily, with lime zest and a barley sugar sweetness soon wreathed in peat-smoke. Then, dry and aromatic wood cut by a salty, smoky sharpness in the mid palate.
Lengthy, warming and coating. Waxy, resinous and herbal with burnt dried mixed fruit: sweet on the tongue with wood smoke on the breath.
Age: 12 years old
Strength: 54.4% ABV
Place of Origin: Lagavulin
Gentle, and slightly sweeter than expected. At first it seems like you’re in an old-time dairy; scrubbed clean, with a background scent of damped-down peat smoke. Gaining depth, the aromas grow appetisingly with classic notes of spent firework and ash above grainy cereals, acetic sharpness married to butterscotch sweetness, and boiled sweets, apple sauce, spearmint and juicy fruit. There’s toffee and fresh-baked baguette or leather too, with spice in the finish. Softer with water, at first it’s purely cleansing, then there’s a subtle interplay of mint, white vinegar and fresh wood smoke. The overall impression is youthful and vibrant: a malt for those who want a full-on smoky!
Immediate and intense. Sweet and lively, pleasantly oily, with lime zest and a barley sugar sweetness soon wreathed in peat-smoke. Then, dry and aromatic wood cut by a salty, smoky sharpness in the mid palate. Better with water; lighter, still sweet and zesty, oily and fruity, slightly salty, the smoke more autumnal. Like a slice of rich fruitcake eaten near a wood-fired stove.
Lengthy, warming and coating. Waxy, resinous and herbal with burnt dried mixed fruit; sweet on the tongue with wood smoke on the breath. With water a delicate sweetness supports late, resinous pine and autumn smoke. Lagavulin with a lighter spring to its step; big on distillery character and full of life, with freshness, cereals, citrus and signature smoke. Sweeter notes of toffee and fruit are unusually to the fore, though the serious interplay of tannins, herbs, resin and smoke leaves no doubt as to its lineage.