Ah… the Lannisters… those bastards with the sexy queen Cersei; the funny, drunk dwarf Tyrion and the handsome, sword wielding prince Jamie. The Lannisters are top dog in Westeros and it comes as no surprise that Lagavulin is their chosen dram. And one with an age statement to boot! For me, this is my 25th Lagavulin expression. Party time!
The nose is quite interesting, to put it mildly. While the smokiness is there, it smells more like molded wood and rotting plant roots than real peat, but it works wonders. Woodsmoke and even a hint of burning plastic. Cow pat in the sun (I know, I know). Wet moss. It has a fruity side too. Think oranges, nectarine and banana, I kid you not! Hint of cinnamon. Tobacco leaves round out this wonderful nose. Good fun!
It is wonderfully oily. The sweet notes come first (caramel, marshmellows, red berries, nectarin, mandarin), followed by smoke and soot. Cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Chewing tobacco. Walnuts. Hint of Abroath Smokies. Powerful, even though only 46%. Well done!
Wonderfully long finish on sweet peat.
A Lannister always pays his debts. And this one too hits all the right spots. Nice Lagavulin! I’m getting me another bottle of this. For me – together with the Talisker – the highlight of this Game of Thrones series!