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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 08-year-old
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.79 points
- This is almost a teardrop sample from Glenkinchie distillery. Real earthy stuff with citrus fruits notes mixed with some stewed vegetables. Quality as usual from Lag.
Nose: there’s a bit more youth in this version. Whereas the bicentenary version is fairly balanced, this one is slightly rougher, with more hints of peanut butter, popcorn and the scented (new-makeish) notes of candyfloss. Slightly more alcoholic punch as well. Smoked meat. Lemon and pickle brine. Tarry ropes, but less earthy and less balanced than it predecessor.
Mouth: more of a young, mezcal-y character again, it seems its profile has shifted a little towards the 12. White pepper, big peat – and quite some heat. Sweet vanilla toffee and smoky oak in a second wave. Even more distillate-driven? Sooty, ashy, coastal. Smoked kippers. Still a bit of this nutty side.
Finish: long, warmer now, on roasted nuts, hints of chocolate, warm ashes and black pepper.
Although the ABV is identical, this one seems more in-your-face than the limited edition, as well as coming across younger. There’s a small chance that it comes down to bottle airing (the limited edition has been open since 2016) but in any case the limited edition was clearly the better one for me.
N: A soft almost soapy resinousness [texturally speaking], with light summer fruits and light smoke.
T: Light and very simple compared to last night’s Caol Ila [blog].
F: Light barley smoke.
C: Not greatly fussed but I know many rave about it. Batches vary!
Smoke, maritime, malty sweetness
Spicy, sweet, the initial distinct smoke will quickly become detached from a strong sweetness, become dry
Long, malt hangs. When the smoke fades, a dryness spreads
- Aroma: Light smoke from the heads quenched by rain, seafood, sea notes, freshness, ozone, lemon, sweet fruits (apricots, peaches), mint, vanilla, some minerality, sawdust, very delicate.
Taste: peat, bitterness mixed with sweet, grilled sweet apricots and peaches, iodine, orange and grapefruit flesh.
Finish: peat is not very energetic, mineral, chalk, again echoes of citrus, oak tannin, warming, of medium length.
The bottom line: a well-made molt for eight years. Peat is well balanced with fruit and does not bulge. Degree is not felt at all! But from the excellent aroma everything goes on descending, taste and finish, though pleasant, but rustic
Light smoke, some medicine in the background, alcohol well integrated, citrus fruits, all very discreet but not good
Much better than the Nosing. Mild, light sweetness but also peppery, hardly any smoke
Medium finish with lots of smoke
spicy smoke, sulfur notes dominate