Lagavulin 08-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
08 years old
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Dec 2018 6:10 pm by hs305

Average value

€ 49.95

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 08-year-old

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.29 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] When the very first (small) batch of this 8-years old Lagavulin was released in March, 2016 I was completely flabbergasted by its quality (WB id 108552) and scored it 89 points ("Lagavulin as naked as a Lagavulin can be"). But the quickly following (large) second batch (bottled end of April, WB id 106844) was slightly weaker and so I lowered my score to 87 points. And now I am curious about the quality of this young Lagavulin that is released more than two years later...

    ...and this release is much weaker than the first two (that were bottled to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lagavulin). While the nose still is very good the tannins take their toll both on the palate and during the finish which turns this dram unpleasantly bitter-astringent. It seems to me as if they now use a share of virgin oak casks for these batches - hence this is no Traditional Scotch any longer but just another modern style whisky. Maybe I will do a head-to-head versus a bottle of the very first batch (that I stocked for my retirement), soon...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is pale straw and the nose still offers that powerful Lagavulin combo of both barley sugars and peat on full throttle. Later some spices and wooden notes join in without any off-note at all. It is not really complex but very impressive and clean. I think there is no difference to the first releases...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is two-dimensional on these barley sugars and peaty flavours with spices and a bitter herbal-tobacco note added. I remember this much better with the very first batch and a little better with the second one. To be honest, this release is too bitter for my taste - both the peats and the tannins drive it that way, unfortunately.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate but it shows a significant drying-astringent feeling too (heavy tannins, do they partly use virgin oak now?) that is not to my liking and that was not with the 2016 batches. The finish is long and adds more spices but it turns bitter-astringent again (the tannins do their nasty work). Water releases some more aromas in the nose (waxy-oily) but it increases the bitter-astringent moments too. I like this dram best just a little reduced to about 45% abv.

  2. thebonewolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is very good. There’s a satisfying aggression and balance for its age. Making this part of the core was a good idea.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Big meaty, smoky peat. Brine/smoked seafoodish. Butter.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Clean smokiness, warm peat. Drop in intensity from nose. Buttery malt behind.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium spice and smoke slowly fade after a sharp tick up leading into it.

  3. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A young, vibrant and spirit driven Lagavulin. Very different from the 16 year old.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh and clean. Obviously a young malt. Citrus, Apple and a hint of Banana. Quite sweet (milk chocolate and honey). Of course there's a lot of smoke. I get also herbs, hay, salt and chicken broth (!)
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and sour in the beginning. With smoke, tar and ash. Also pepper and ginger. There is not much oak influence. With water it's sweeter, more fruity and less smoky. But i prefer it neat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite long. There is smoke, ash and pepper and even some tannins.

  4. Wolf68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior


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