** Digestive Biscuits **
Due to the corona crisis (which will undoubtedly be the word of the year) no Islay Music & Malt Festival this year, but fortunately a special release for Feis Ile 2020 was released. Only problem: Diageo offered them online, but only if you could provide an address in the UK. Just called in a comrade who took the bottles (including Caol Ila's) for me and had them delivered to my front door by courier. Of this Lagavulin - which has matured for no less than 20 years - the 6,000 bottles left outside in less than two days (I honestly thought it was still surprisingly long). The malt matured on a combination of refill hogsheads and both oloroso and PX sherry casks. He is inviting amber with very thick tears.
The nose is surprisingly soft on green herbs, linseed oil, hint of orange peel and a discrete dash of smoke. Hint of dried apricots at an extinguished campfire. But the smoke is really surprisingly soft. Suspiciously soft, even. Reminds me a lot of those typical Scottish Digestive Biscuits (delicious with tea, by the way). After a few minutes, eucalyptus and some red lace candy will appear. I can easily smell this glass for fifteen minutes, because it is delicious. But Lagavulin's DNA is well hidden.
Oh, my, what a body! Oily to almost viscous. And now it is immediately very sweet and very smoky. The nose had not prepared me for this, but on the tongue it really explodes and it is again a textbook example of Lagavulin with those typical shafts and slightly drying. Another sweet as of candied fruit. The smoke is now very big. It makes it nice and warm.
The aftertaste ... you cannot call this aftertaste or finish. This is a Finale with a capital F. Long, warm, dark sweet, light drying, spicy, smoky and everlasting. Absolutely fantastic.
A classic Lagavulin with a dark sweet twist. The nose was delayed, but taste became a bomb and the finish is out of this world. What a wonderful Lagavulin. I hide it in my closet until winter arrives.