Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
08 years old
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
30 Nov 2017 9:20 am by salam15

Average value

€ 57.64

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 08-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.05 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior


    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. 

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat smoke, salty, medicinal, kippers, vanilla, light fruits, citrussy
    • Taste
      84 84
      Full bodied, fat and earthy smoke, vanilla, light fruitiness, wood spices, black pepper
    • Finish
      83 83
      Very long: mild sweetness, liquorice, peppers, ashy

  3. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    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
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Svjatogor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    n: aggresive pleasant smoke, peat, citrus, pepper, pears
    t: peat and sweet
    a: peat, oak, spisy, nuts, vanilla

  5. Collegiate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I’ve always found the the 8 year to be a lighter, more accessible version of the 12 year old cask strength annual release. However, it is still a very punchy dram. The peat attack is razor sharp, crystalline - don’t expect any funkiness or barnyard notes. Really oily and acidic. A surprisingly long finish for something bottled at 48%. Not really all that complex, but a good way of getting a sense of a clear cut Lagavulin without spending a ridiculous amount on the 12yo.

  6. DennisV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. InbhirNis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Milroy's virtual tasting with Colin Dunn, 8 July 2020.

    Notably sweeter than the 16, and thus preferable for me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rubbery, smokey Islay peat.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pleasantly sweet, with a balancing bitter edge. Avoids the dryness which has turned me off several better-regarded expressions.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Spicy, with lots of cigarette smoke on the retro-olfaction.

  8. wbarchive_81991 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Very good all-round. Why not more than 80 points? The alcohol bites somewhat, it penetrates the nose. Slightly agressive...
    • Taste
      All-round good whisky for any occasion.
    • Finish
      The alcohol rises up into the nose and bites somewhat.

  9. Max70 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Peat, sea and medicinal. Some citrus.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A big peat explosion, with a suprisingly sweet cake cream body.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and warm

  10. Pyromann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky - similar in style to the older 16-year-old sister, this one is a bit more distinctive, brazen and unshackled.
    • Nose
      A lot of salty, smoked, smoke
    • Taste
      Sweeter after sherry and chocolate. Smoke of smoke. Smoked salinity. Good whisky.
    • Finish
      Sweet woody, smoky.


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