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Overall rating
84.06/100
votes
410
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

€ 58.36

47 × in wishlist

410 × member ratings

72 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 08-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.06 points

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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