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

Average value

€ 18.84

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Whisky Reviews for Lagg New Make Spirit

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.44 points

  1. 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.

  2. Archer did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very promising new make. Striking smoke note that will develop and grind well in the barrel and with the years of maturation in it. Not too spicy even undiluted with 63.5%. The tension and anticipation for the first whiskey definitely increases.
    My point system is designed for whiskey, so that I generally refrain from a rating at new make.
    • Nose
      Intense smoke note with a mixture of burnt rubber, charcoal and peat smoke. Subtle Williams pear. Lychee, kiwi, whole milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Strong smoke note, which, although on the tongue with burnt rubber, is very tasty and suggests good things for later. Smoked ham. Less pear than in the nose. Lychee, whole milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Short, smoky, light pear note, fresh apple. Still the smoked ham.

  3. 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.

  4. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. toklian scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F20 B21


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