Lagavulin announces the launch of a limited-edition 13 Year Oldcask strength single malt Scotch whisky to celebrate the annual Islay Jazz Festival, exclusively available to purchase at the Islay distillery from 18th November and available to pre-order on malts.com. Customers can sign up to malts.com emails to get notified when pre-order goes live.
Lagavulin Jazz 2021 is the first ever Lagavulin release finished in ex-Mezcal casks. On the nose unusual smoky-meaty aromas lead familiar Lagavulin linseed oil and fragrant smoke. At cask strength, the texture is smooth and rich, the taste sweet-savoury then warming, as waves of smoke sweep over the palate carrying hints of spicy wood and smoke- dried Jalapeno pepper. New-found heat lingers with the smoke in a long finish. It can be savoured at natural strength or with a drop of water.
Pierrick Guillaume, Distillery Manager at Lagavulin, says: ‘The Lagavulin Jazz Festival bottling has been much adored since its launch in 2011 and the annual release of the exclusive bottling for the festival has become a key moment in the whisky calendar. This year’s 13 year old bottle is a fantastic Lagavulin expression, selected to make every whisky aficionado experience the unexpected from Lagavulin. The first Lagavulin to be finished in Mezcal casks with a distinctive and unusual flavour profileis sure to intrigue and excite Lagavulin fans and beyond.’
Lagavulin Jazz 2021 will retail at £160 per 70cl, bottled at 54.8% ABV with just 3000 bottles available.
No. of bottles: 3000
Available from: Available to purchase at Lagavulin Distillery and malts.com
Age: 13 years old
In brief…Matured in refill American Oak and finished in ex-Mezcal American Standard Barrels. Unusually smoky-meaty on the nose, followed by distinctive Lagavulin character, a sweet-savoury, pleasing and fiercely warming finish
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About Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival
The Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival will return for its 23rdedition in an online celebration between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 November. The crème de la crème of the Scottish jazz music scene will travel to Islay to record a number of one-off concerts in the unique setting of Lagavulin’s Malt Mill which will be broadcast online throughout the festival weekend.
This year, the Festival continues its uncompromisingly high-quality artistic programme – a showcase of new and exciting artists in the Scottish jazz scene;saxophonist, and Masterchef finalist, Laura MacDonald (also known as Laura Michaels) joins Lagavulin Distillery Manager Pierrick Guillaume, and Diageo Global Scotch Whisky Ambassadors, Ewan Gunn and Ervin Trykowski to celebrate the launch of the 2021 Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival Special Bottling live on Saturday 20 November at 7pm, broadcast on Malts.com.
Cara Baillie, Lagavulin Brand Home Manager, says “The Jazz Festival is always a fantastic event and is a great showcase of Islay. We at Lagavulin are proud to be the headline sponsor once again and celebrate some of the best of Scotland’s musicians, direct from our distillery. Our approach to whisky making is about strong personality, rich heritage and plenty of intensity which aligns with many of the featured jazz musicians’ approach to their craft.
The remote, windswept island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland instills a certain strength of character in everything from the people who live there to the whiskies it produces. And it’s here, nestled in a small bay guarded by treacherous rocks and the knowing ruins of a medieval castle, that Lagavulin, one of the world’s most intense, smoky and rich single malt whiskies has been made since 1816. Named after a Gaelic word meaning ‘the hollow where the mill is’, this sheltered site boasted ten illicit stills, until in 1816 a local farmer founded one of the oldest official distilleries on the island. Fame arrived under the guidance of ‘Restless Peter’ Mackie, who believed ‘nothing is impossible’, and then went on to prove it by turning an unassuming distillery on a tiny Scottish island into a worldwide phenomenon.
For many Lagavulin has become the definitive Islay malt and a true taste of the island, with its elegant, smooth and smoky maritime flavours complemented by a delicious dried fruit sweetness.