Hailing from the isle of Islay and with a fairly impressive age statement, this malt will blow you away with its peat smoke and sweetness.
Perhaps not as well known as some of the big players on Islay, Lagavlin is often included in series such as the “Classics collection” alongside Talisker and Cardhu, or “Special Releases” series.
But their relative lack of fame compared to other Islay distilleries does not mean the malt is not as good. In fact Lagavulin is included in these series because of its quality.
This 37 Year Old is the oldest expression of Lagavulin to be bottled and is the perfect example of why the distillery’s malts are included in prestigious releases.
This dram was first distilled in 1976 and has been matured in refill American oak and European oak casks.
The nose opens with pecans and oak wood. There is a sweetness coming through, with a vanilla like note as well.
There is a hint of brine and iodine, with some wonderful tones of smoke. The peat is wet and earthy.
The palate is slightly drying, with a boom of smoke from the beginning. Sweet nuts and vanilla oak fill the mouth.
The texture is smooth and oily. The sea flavours appear from underneath the smoke and give it a lovely tang.
Some dried fruits also come out and give it a little hint of sweetness.
The finish brims with smoke and peat. It is earthy and round off with a lasting note of vanilla.
Lagavulin certainly impress with this malt and its big flavours do not disappoint. An excellent Islay malt that cannot be ignored.