Overall rating
85.64/100
votes
44
Whiskybase ID
WB175731
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Whisky Import Nederland (WIN)
Bottling serie
First Cask
Vintage
2008
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Number of bottles
278
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
WIN Dranken B.V.
Added on
31 jan 2021 2:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.95

2 × in wishlist

44 × member ratings

88 × in collection

Whisky reviews for An Islay Distillery 2008 WIN

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.64 points.

  1. rich_93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Mezcal from the west coast of Scotland? This is a pretty naked Lagavulin, not stellar but not messed about with either. Definitely worth the price of admission!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Right after pouring - if you gave this to me blind and said it was mezcal, I’d believe you. The mix of complex citrus notes with sour, sooty wood smoke will fool you. Very nice. As it settles for a few minutes, we’re brought back to whisky territory again. A somewhat buttery maltiness takes the lead, supported by citrus notes - but that mezcal sourness never quite disappears, and you wouldn’t want it to.

      There’s compound herbs: lavender, thyme and rosemary. Water reveals a chalkiness and then some tropical fruits emerge. Be careful when diluting, it’s a pretty light dram and doesn’t need a lot.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spotlessly clean and clear. Good balance. The sweetness of barley sugars mixes with a herbal sourness and light wood spice. The palate is quite a bit more conventional than the nose - I miss the citrus sourness and mezcal notes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Light but long enough. A soft smoke carries varied herbal notes and some marijuana ash. Very pleasant.

  2. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. WijtzeHein scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    Heavily overpriced. Though it has an age statement of 12 yo, it is very spirit driven and seems to have very little cask influence.
    A few bonus points for it being almost cask strength, non chill-filtered and natural coroured though.
    But I still feel my money would have been al lot better spent buying a regular Lagavulin 16.

  4. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is versatile, a lot of citrus fruits with some hints of peatsmoke.
    In taste more and more bitterness, making it a little less attractive than the nose promisses.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pretty some alcohol, very fruity, citrus, with some peaty notes, sweet smoke. Grassy, hay, ripe fruits, even some floral elements.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sal ammoniac, licorice, sweet smoke, peat, quite some pepper, fruity, orange. A whiff of bitterness. Also some caramel sweetness.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Now more bitter notes, orange zest, bitter smoke, middle long. Later on some caramel sweetness.

  6. Sander79 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. harriedv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A perfectly nice Islay (Lagavulin) experience. Less complex than the 12 yo CS special releases, but then again it's a lot cheaper as well.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fresh peat, not that heavy on pure smoke, salty and initially even a little floral. Quite sweet, vanilla, lemon, sweet oranges, salted liquorice and butter, mild wood spices and a little dusty.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Slightly fatter on the smoke and peat, clear liquorice, still sweet with citrus and creamy vanilla, quite some black pepper and a bitter charred wood note.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long with black liquorice, black pepper, some sweet citrus, ending with a drying note of charred wood and some ashiness.

  11. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. Petrovitski scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  13. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

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