NOSE: Sweet and earthy peat smoke, sweet bourbon barrel notes (banana, vanilla, dried coconut, dried yellow fruits), fat and oily notes (partly vegetal, partly kerosene). Water opens the nose up further and makes it fruitier. (89p)
TASTE: The arrival is a bit sharp; nippy and has an almost slight sparkling effect. On the mid palate there’s a lot of soot, even cigarette ashes, some sweet and oily herbs and some pepper. Water doesn’t do much for it, either way. (85p)
FINISH: The finish is more peppery and wood influenced, without much of the good Lagavulin notes. Water may have made the finish a tad sweeter. Fairly simple. (83p)
This is a far cry from the lovely, original 8 YO launched for Lagavulin’s bi-centenary in 2016. TOTAL SCORE 85 points.