Lagavulin 08-year-old

Overall rating
84.33/100
votes
593
Whiskybase ID
WB104380
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
08 years old
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
LO297CM00300005045
Barcode
5000281050546
Added on
30 nov 2017 9:20 am by salam15
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 60.49

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 08-year-old

36 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.33 points.

  1. Opeth83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Still a very nice young islay peater. Young and sweet.

  2. Marequiers48 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      not bad, not bad...
      it is not a 16 y.o. release, it is more simple, but really delicious.
    • Taste
      85 85
      a quickie - biting, burning, cutting
    • Finish
      84 84
      too short, too nondescript - too young

  4. rjmfranssen scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  5. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. bankimate scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. JJKATED scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Jarne scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Tasting notes:
    Nose: The smell of smoked meat, lemon and brine is the first one I notice right away, later being supplemented with maritime tones and a slight alcoholic punch.

    Palate: The slight alcoholic punch of the nose is translated in the first sip. This combined with the 'fat' earthy peat makes for an explosion of taste in your mouth. Later sips add vanilla, light fruitiness and (smoked) oak.

    Finish: Medium long with a warm feeling. Hints of chocolate.

    Overall Rating: 83

    Final thoughts: As this was my first sip of Lagavulin in a long time, I was quite happy with the outcome. A solid whisky which that can stand on its own in the Lagavulin collection. Pairs perfectly with the Holger Danske Emerald Isle - Pipe tobacco. Bought it as a steal at Colruyt for €51.

  9. Dionysus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. MaroFF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very enjoyable and quite nice drinkable Single Malt from Islay. I like it ... Sweetness, smoke, salty breeze and fruit all in one, they do a good job, which translates into the quality of the drink. It may feel a bit of this "youth" and slightly shorter maturation, which is emphasized in the finish by a slightly spicy burr, but whisky is nice and fun as a proposition of a small sip for every day.
    • Nose
      84 84
      sea, quite pleasant, seaweed, slightly rubbery, in the background citrus, smoke
    • Taste
      85 85
      very sweet, vanilla, peat, chocolate smoke, grapefruit, red orange, slightly spicy, earthy
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, sweet, smoky, chocolate with ash from the fire, nice warming tip, grated lemon peel

  11. Kraddell scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    Pours super-light , nearly water, just a hint of yellow . Scent is rough, intense and 'fat' smoke, thick earthy peat. Very raw. Taste is full, sweet and some alcohol right up front. intense on the palate, but surprisingly gentle in the back. not weak, just not agressive. Peat is up front, but not overpowering. A balanced whisky. Earthy peat, loads of minerality. Bready, almost. Very interesting !

  12. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2020-09-11: more one-dimensional and rougher than the 16
    • Nose
      84 84
      maritime, smoky, citrus note, slightly like light fruits
    • Taste
      83 83
      sharp, smoky, angular
    • Finish
      84 84
      malzig rauchig

  16. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A prime example of the fact that smoky whiskys can also work extremely well with a younger, single-digit age and higher alcohol strength.

    Hardly has to hide behind the twice as old standard bottling, I find this 8 series almost as good. It's nice that it has been included in the standard range.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong smoke, fresher and "wetter" than the 16, reminds of Talisker with its salty and maritime notes. Tobacco, hay and tangy and sour lemon. Very bright.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nice and strong start, milk chocolate with hazelnut, but pleasantly dry.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long and fresh.

  17. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I like this one just as much as the 16 for its exiting personality. Less refined but bold, fresh, citrussy, smoky goodness. 8 years works well, but I admit that I like the 200th Anniversary Edition of the 8 a bit better, it seems a notch more mature, I guess comes down to the selection of casks that were fresher, more active. When Laga made it a standard bottling they slightly lowered the quality imho.

  18. hafssol scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    For a younger Lagavulin, the classic 16 y.o. is an obvious comparison, but in this case it can be also a quite deceptive one. Of course at first it reveals its young age, with some edges and a slightly raw, drying palate. Despite not being rounded as its older brother, it displays a nice complexity, with clear yellow fruits notes (pear, lemon) and an overall bittersweet feeling. The smoke is not overwhelming, but balanced with a bourbon vanilla flavour, ending up in pleasant coastal sensation, rather than in earthy peat. Overall easily drinkable and surely worth a try. Lagavulin can never be disappointing.

  19. Svjatogor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  20. 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.

  21. DennisV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  22. InbhirNis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  23. wbarchive_81991 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/feis-ile-2018-lagavulin/

    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!

  29. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, maritime, malty sweetness
    • Taste
      Spicy, sweet, the initial distinct smoke will quickly become detached from a strong sweetness, become dry
    • Finish
      Long, malt hangs. When the smoke fades, a dryness spreads

  30. diamond2000 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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.
    Rating: 86
    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

  31. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
      Light smoke, some medicine in the background, alcohol well integrated, citrus fruits, all very discreet but not good
    • Taste
      81 81
      Much better than the Nosing. Mild, light sweetness but also peppery, hardly any smoke
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium finish with lots of smoke

  33. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      spicy smoke, sulfur notes dominate
    • Taste
      oily
      sweet Sour

  34. 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

  35. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/lagavulin/lagavulin-8-years-2017/

    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. 

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