At the end of last year I tasted the first release of the Lagavulin Offerman Edition, named after Nick Offerman, American actor and comedian who makes no secret of the fact that he loves to drink Lagavulin. He even had this included in the script by the screenwriters of the TV series Parks & Recreation, so that his character Ron Swanson also likes Lagavulin. It was inevitable that a Lagavulin Offerman Edition would appear, being an 11-year-old. Now let him also like to drink Guinness. It was then no art for this Islay distillery to give some of their 11-year-old whisky a finish on such casks. The Offerman 2nd Release was born. The bottle was given to me as a gift by John and his friend Mary-Angela when they visited me in February of this year. Happydance, anyone?
Beautiful nose on dried mango, orangettes, coffee, mocha, origin chocolate, dark honey and salted caramel. The smoke development is very delicate. Evolves into Café Frappé. Rather subdued for Lagavulin, but it works fine.
Nice and oily and mouth-filling and soft on arrival. But then it becomes a bit sharp and very expressive, although I barely detect the difference with the first Offerman. Dark sweet fruit, mango and citrus, walnuts with a considerable maritime edge, but the dark beer is hardly detectable.
Only in the finish, which is nice and warm and long, a bitter appears that I can associate with Guinness.
Very satisfying Lagavulin, which cannot be found in Belgium. In the States the release price was about $ 120, in Europe it’s a little more than double that (and it is not worth that). Big thanks, John! I am very happy with this!