Lagg New Make Spirit

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Distillery Bottling
63.5 % Vol.
200 ml
Added on
21 apr 2019 3:33 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 21.83

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Whisky reviews for Lagg New Make Spirit

21 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.23 points.

  1. THoekstra scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Really liking this new make from lagg. Looks promising.
    It has mezcalesque qualities to it. Let's see how it'll age.
    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, ash, pear fruittella, smell maritime/briny, barley, agave, rubber, hay, nail polish
    • Taste
      Strong smoke, savory, rubber, milk chocolate, sweet, it also has a sharp fishy ginger spike sometimes I cannot place.
    • Finish
      Smoke, spicy (warming), chocolate and ginger. Medium length.

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  3. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. HrvojeV scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior


  5. notesofmalt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Lagg New Make, Peated Spirit Drink, 63.5% alc. Original bottling

    Nose: Overripe fruit aromas, plus peat smoke and lignite, some compost and salt-rimmed cheese. Caramel and nougat remain in the background.

    Palate: Intense, smoky and slightly spicy. Badly burned toast, wood ash, pork neck steak fallen into the coals. Also a very slightly fruity sweetness.

    Finish: Short to medium length, smoky and with a spicy note, some ginger and chili.

    Conclusion: Something really good can come out of it, but as a new make it's still difficult. I'm looking forward to the first bottlings. No points as no whiskey.

  6. qube_6262 scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    I love that taste.

  7. Luigisim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Robust peat at nose, more earthy and less intense than Islay ones. Charcoal.
    Sweet barley at mouth.
    Spicy finish.
    Very promising new make.
    Rub the spirit among your hands, wait ten seconds and you will get a wonderful sweet peat sensation. Plus clean hands.

  8. Gareth74 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Buttered smoked popcorn

    Arran has really hit its stride in the last few years. Their early output was very good 'for a new boy' but you could literally see and taste the increase in swagger and confidence they had in their blossoming product line with the glorious, deftly handled rebrand (it really is a benchmark on how to rebrand in my book) and the upward swing in quality of their core range over the last few years. The Arran 10 is up there with Deanston's 12 as products that delivery truckloads of quality at a legitimately excellent price. These are the hallmarks of a quality brand... But there was always one thing amiss at Lochranza, the peated offering. Machrie Moor, Arran's peated malt, always felt like a the square peg and after the recent rebrand it was left out in the cold like a smoky vestigial tail. Thankfully whiskevolution was at work behind the scenes and Arran spawned a true, peated heir in the form of LAGG.

    It's a little too early to know what this dedicated peated spirit will ultimately taste like (it only went into wood in October 2019), but the new make does give some tantalizing glimpses.

    On the nose. Smoky. Heaps of smoke, and stewed fruit and buttered popcorn. It's not sweet like, say the tropical lychee-bomb and guava-bomb that Kavalan new make is. No, this is dense and ashy but there's fruit gum and grain mashed into it. It has a herbal and saline tinge, gone out bonfire ash, smoked meats. It's very round and rich it begs you to imagine what 10 years in either the inaugural sherry or bourbon casks will do to it. In short it smells really good.

    In the mouth and it has muscle to spare, huge smoky arrival but it doesn't become overwhelming or acrid. It's got a similar muscular smoke to Ardbeg, it's not a farmyard peat, this is bonfires, chimneys, coal hearths, earthy, burnt butter and grist and dusty milk chocolate. There's a creaminess that rubs up against a prickle of ginger and then you realise that the whole thing is actually rather sweeter than you thought it was. The sweetness builds across the palate. It's very good for something that hasn't had any helping hands from a cask. For something so basic it actually covers a lot of ground and with a good, viscous mouth feel.

    This bodes well. At the local whisky club, this went down surprisingly well with everyone who tried it (about 10 people). Obviously, its no guarantee that the end product will be stellar but I just can't help but feel that the first barrels out the door are going to be rather good. Let's hope they handle the pricing as deftly as the new make, it could be another whisky (and distiller) that drinkers take to their hearts for all the right reasons.

  9. PRV scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Recommended for mezcal fans.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Izzino scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    So this is one of those gems when I think that new make is nothing to me. Tasted at the Whiskey Festival in Budapest.

  12. eselsim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Pickles, mash potatoes, peat, char, bonfires, sweet in taste, clean, delicate spiciness, wonder what's the ppm content in the newmake

  13. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely transparent. Very oily.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Clearly peaty. Sweet peat. Herbs. Gentleness. Feel no power. Caramel. Light saltiness.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Lots of peat, sweet. Lots of herbs. Fruit, smoked grapes. A lot of sweets. Then a little seasoning. Ginger.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Sweet peat. Caramel. Salt. Salty caramel. A pinch of herbs. A little spice. A little yeast. Grapes in the background.

  14. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Smoke / peat for me close to the limit
    I didn't like the spirit, but that wasn't the smoke
    • Nose
      salty (like brine), ham becomes more, noticeably smoke (dry), minimal chemical note, grassy notes, slightly fruity, slightly algae, wood ash, cigarette ashtray

      with water: brine, chocolate ~ 50%, earthy, acorns
    • Taste
      full and vigorous
      Burned wood, black rubber, burned wood, fish? - a note that I cannot name

      with water: dusty, earthy, berries
    • Finish
      Ham, rubber, minimal fruit, tart, minimal oak, a note that I cannot name

      with water: tart and chemical notes, grain, leather

  15. InbhirNis did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sampled at the distillery.

    It's wonderfully evocative stuff - close your eyes and you're transported back in time to a smoke-filled bothy at the South End.

  16. Official tasting note

    Lagg Distillery began production in March 2019, distilling a rich, heavily peated spirit which will become the staple for Lagg Single Malt in years to come.

    Lagg New Make Heavily Peated Spirit Drink offers insight into the flavour profiles of the future Lagg Single Malt, a warm and mouth coating dram, lively with a slight sweetness that lingers.
    • Nose
      Fresh pear notes, clean & crisp with an undertone of sweet peated malt.
    • Taste
      Light fruit and sweet notes of heather, well- balanced with a hot chilli spiciness. Undertones of rice pudding complimented with a rich campfire smoke
    • Finish
      Sweetness, Smoke, Peat, Long lasting , Mouth-watering , Warm

  17. TechnOBY scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      72 72

  18. Archer did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very promising new make. Concise smoky note that will develop and grind down well in the barrel and with the years of maturation. Even undiluted, at 63.5%, not too hot. This definitely increases the excitement and anticipation of the first whiskey.
    My point system is designed for whiskey, so that I generally refrain from scoring in the whiskey system at new make. On my new make scale, it gets 8/10.
    • Nose
      Intense smoke note with a mixture of burnt rubber, charcoal and peat smoke. Subtle Williams pear. Lychee, kiwi, milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Strong smoky note, which, although on the tongue with burnt rubber on the way, is very tasty and suggests good things for later. Smoked ham. Less pear than on the nose. Lychee, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Short, smoky, light pear note, fresh apple. Still the smoked ham.

  19. detachedblue scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      If you let me tasted it blindly I would guess a young Islay, surprisingly match to an Ardbeg or Octomore, how immatured are those young malt whiskies!
    • Taste
      Very very smooth, shoe polish, sooty, not as peaty as the nose suggested, more sour pears, mouth-watering.
    • Finish
      More peated barley, sweet peat, medicinal.

  20. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    You can look forward to the first whiskey. The New Make has typical peat notes with very floral notes. The New Make is also very suitable for summer cocktails with lemon / lime juice and 7Up.

  21. toklian scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F20 B21

  22. markjedi1 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Cube of Sugar

    The construction of the hypermodern Lagg Distillery started in 2017. She opened her doors to the public in July 2019. Production is led by the new manager Graham Omand, assisted by James McTaggart – who has 40 years of experience. All 22 employees of Lagg live on the island. Obviously we still have to wait for three years at least before the first whisky is ready, but you can already try the new make which is offered in 20cl bottles. Thanks to my buddy Anthony, I was able to try it. He knows – like most of do as well – that I have a soft spot for new make.

    From the moment I pour my glass, I notice this is heavily peated stuff. Research learns it is 50ppm. That makes for a nose full of stable scents, cooked ham and wonderful notes of barley. Completely devoid of fruit, however. Green beans galore. Hay. Pig stye. Spicy. Good new make on the nose.

    Sturdy arrival, but that is no surprise. This is cut to 63.5% ABV, the strength at which the spirit is put in cask for maturation. The peat is unmistakable, but this new make suddenly turns surprisingly sweet. That must be the barley sugars, but it feels as if someone dropped a cube of sugar in my glass. Pleasant surprise.

    The finish is piquant, warm and very sweet.

    It is very different from the peated new make from Arran that is used for the Machrie Moor expression. This one is better in my opinion. Cleaner, sweeter, promising. A good measure of this new make with a cube of ice is no punishment, believe me.


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