Lagavulin 08-year-old

Overall rating
85.55/100
votes
1625
Whiskybase ID
WB78627
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition - 200th Anniversary
Bottled
15.03.2016
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
20000
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6075CM000
Barcode
5000281045146
Added on
23 feb 2016 10:15 pm by maltaholic
Colored

Average value

€ 71.65

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 08-year-old

224 users have left 262 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.55 points.

  1. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Re-taste a year later. Same sample.

    If tasted blind I might have a hard time figuring out if it's Lagavulin or Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Ashy smoke, vanilla, pepper, hints of pears and grapefruit, citrus, charred oak, a little bacon. Quite sweet and smoky.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Vanilla, pepper, honey, sweet ashy peat, pepper, a little grapefruit.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Honey, kipper, sweet ashy peat again, vanilla cream, only a slight fruitiness at this point. A bit meaty on the tail-end.

  2. -sAxo- scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  3. joeynoreen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  4. Quincybeurskens3105 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Sample nr. 1 Proefolympics
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Blind sample for the trial Olympics 2022

    Smell: smoke, butter, lime, vanilla, salt.
    Taste: marzipan, peach, mango, peat, smoke, not very heavy. A bit watery even.
    Finish: Doesn't linger too long, especially the smoke and ashtray, vanilla, marzipan first and then smoke and ashtray.

  6. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    This 8 year old is a look behind the scenes and brings the distillery character of Lagavulin to the fore. They definitely succeeded, because the smoke and fruitiness of the Lagavulin spirit dominate here. Apart from that, there is unfortunately little to discover with this malt. It's definitely interesting to try. Everyone has to answer the question of whether he is preferable to the 16-year-old for regular enjoyment.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/lagavulin-8-years-200-anniversary/
    • Nose
      The strong smoke of Lagavulin is immediately present. There is also a slight alcoholic freshness, which is due to the increased alcohol content of 48%. Behind the dominant smoke are fruity-sweet notes that take some time to displace the smoke a bit. This fruitiness is reminiscent of citrus fruits. On the one hand of fresh lemons, on the other hand together with the light sweetness of ripe tangerines and oranges. In addition, there is a maritime character with an association of a salty sea breeze and smoked fish. After a while, a light grain note comes through, like dried malt.
    • Taste
      The smoke is also very dominant in the mouth at first. After that, a slight sweetness spreads. On the second try, the smoke goes back a little and the sweetness comes through a little more. The citrus fruits also come to the fore again. Together with a tingling on the tongue, this reminds me of orange soda.
    • Finish
      The smoke lasts for a very long time, while the other flavors and sweetness behind fade comparatively quickly.

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Icy peat, quite rocky. A steep peak in the winter mist. Lemon liqueur, quite harsh, not a gram of sweetness. Iodine whips the face. And at the same time it's quite fine, subtle, thin smoke, asphalt powder. Ashtray. Finally, a marshy side that is often found with this distillery. Palate a little young, rustic, on lychee. Crumbs of bread, cereals, slight acidity. Quite a nice finish, like a little slap, chalky, woody, with this mineral flavor that comes back. Wheat germ.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/04/lagavulin-8-yo-limited-edition-200th.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  9. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Obynapewno scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      thick smoke, iodine, lemon, wet coniferous forest, some nuts and sea
    • Taste
      a bit oily, smoky (reminds me of Laphroig), vanilla, toffee, forest litter, herbs
    • Finish
      short-medium, smoky, woody

  11. herdertje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      sweet and smoky, a bit sour in the background
    • Taste
      86 86
      smoke and earth, reminds me of pea soup with bacon
    • Finish
      87 87
      spicy and long

  12. Thatch scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Hmm tough nut! Somehow cool, but so flat compared to the 16 that it's difficult for me to rate it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      typical medicinal smoke, smoked cheese, not much else. Slight alcoholic note. Top
    • Taste
      82 82
      First brilliant, later somehow not "delicious". Sweet notes under the heavy smoke, peanuts and bacon - mega. Then it gives way... potatoes?! That doesn't really fit in, and is almost like a miss without actually being one. That leftover, overcooked lunch taste lingers and isn't as intoxicating.
    • Finish
      83 83
      after the potatoes have finally given way, the smoke lingers for a long time. Pleasant and yet not, somehow funny.

  13. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  15. kikist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    .
    • Nose
      83 83
      Citruses, some heavy notes in the background, medium smoke, not too strong, some bitter herbs, decomposing seaweed
    • Taste
      83 83
      sweet-sour, little bit soapy, some fruits and smoke
    • Finish
      80 80
      smoke (burning green vegetation), some bitter herbs

  16. andrea1200gs scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  19. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    An extremely smoky, harsh and bright whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Deep black smoke, vanilla and dry apricots, some citrus and salt.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Smoky, so greasy and rich smoke, soot, some citrus fruits, apples and salt.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Smoky, oily, industrial, with a hint of sour fruit.

  20. Don Cassi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Very light on the nose with banana, vanilla and the typical Laga smoke. Similar to the 9 year old GoT bottling, but even lighter, less intense and full.

    Very soft, creamy-sweet and somewhat ashy in the mouth. Unfortunately slightly watery after a while.

    Chocolate-spicy and slightly ashy finish. Behind it light sweetness. Overall much less complex and thinner than the 9 Series.
    Length: 6/10

    Uncomplicated malt, which seems very interchangeable, inferior to the 9er in all respects.

    Grade: 2

  21. Rody024 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blind sample.
    Well integrated peat with the flavour profile and also with the ABV. Lovely dram with a great harmony of flavours.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ash, forest floor, salted meat, wet gravel, leather, sweet popcorn and a whiff of peach.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Well integrated peat, honey, peach, campfire, burned marshmellows.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Peat, peanuts and sweet-fruity.

  22. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasting from March 7, 2017:
    A little jerky, young whisky, but not without cuteness. Slightly begged in the aroma, then noticeably better.
    Ps: it is interesting that I tasted it another time, the assessment is the same, and in the nuances of completely opposite impressions.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Assertive, ash, a piece of boiled meat, rubber, new leather shoes, rotten sulphurous (boiled egg), broken granite, a pleasant cool freshness, a glass of ice cream, sweet ash, cookies with nut filling, young sharpness, oak.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Round, bold, ash, sweet, juicy, oily, apple.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, smoke and ashes, a little sweet, apple, meat in sauce.

  23. Apikalov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Cute whisky, young, but frankly delicious.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Young and clean, youth is not kicking, on the contrary, everything is quite gentle. Light pleasant fuseliness, citrus, oatmeal cookies, green apple, mineral, soot, wet ash, head, smoke, prunes, water from watercolor paints, grapefruit, dust, herbal tincture, not alcoholic.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful smoke, pepper, sweet, fusel-fruit (nice), sweet carbonated water, raisins, overripe melon.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite long, warm, plays like a smoldering hearth, sweet, again pleasant fuselage, barberry.

  25. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Wet newspaper, ashy smoke, lemon with bacon, and the whole thing almost elegant - so you get a lot in the glass ...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. Saftkenner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A nice experiment for the anniversary. Of course, I would have liked a 16-year-old with 48% better ...
    For a young age, this bottling - as usual with Lagavulin - is also surprisingly oily and ultimately every Lagavulin bottling that is filled with more than the usual 43% is very welcome.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Clearly noticeable and elegant smoke, not as strong as one might expect at (only) eight years.
      Vanilla, lemon, orange, ginger, delicate oak spice, dry grass
    • Taste
      83 83
      Full body. Orange, vanilla, tannins, damp gauze bandage, dry leaves.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium-long finish. A slight lemony bitterness remains.

  27. yellowcake scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  28. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  29. sidqi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Mossy,medicinal,sooty,love it!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Medicinal and oily,mossy,herbal,soot,vanilla,sweet and smoky.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoky,sweet,herbal,soot,a little spicy,sea salt,lemon grass.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium,smoky and herbal.Oily and dusty,a little dryness and minty.

  30. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet drier smoke, pineapple, papaya, cheese spread, balsamic, paprika, fresh citrus, lemon pepper, green apple, after a while chicken steak, apricot yogurt, mineral
    • Taste
      full, oily, intense smoke, hot coals, malts, tropical fruits, mineral, tar,
    • Finish
      omelette, smoke, vanilla, potatoes, traces of tropical fruit, multivitamin juice, orange

  32. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Citrus, apple, less smoke than the 16. Great classic note of a bourbon aging.
      A note of milk chocolate throughout the center.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Amazingly light for the age and 48%. Tingles fruity on the tongue.
      Looks a little thinner than the 16.
      Light, relaxed and very rounded interplay between sweet, fruity and salty-smoky.
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium

  33. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this one Blind during the 17th BOL tasting "Islay Peat ... or not?"

    I guessed: Caol Ila, wrong!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Meaty and Peaty, perhaps a bit young. a whiff of cleaning detergent (Dreft, lemon scented), but not like a negatife soapy off note. clean peat and lichees with pear
    • Taste
      84 84
      classic peat body, quite clean with little offnotes, sweet tones of pear and melon. Additional on the side of the tongue some black sea rocks.
    • Finish
      83 83
      nicely balanced, sweet, liquirice root, oily, peaty, long

  34. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21.5)
    blind tasting. very pure whisky, as for this age (85)
    • Nose
      Sweet pastries, peat, lemon, salt, raw dough and vanilla (21)
    • Taste
      Ash, cream, smoke (21)
    • Finish
      Oily, spicy, salty fruit and lemon peel finish (21,5)

  35. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Strongly smoky, metallic, cowshed, slightly sweet, vanilla. In my opinion, neither the type of barrel (pure ex-bourbon) nor the age in which Lagavulin can shine.

  36. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Not a bad dram but also not something you can wake me up for in the middle of the night. It’s tasty but that’s nothing new with Lagavulins. The peat is quite dominant, there’s fruit and mild spices. What I miss in this one is a more mature body and/or depth. I would recommend the standard 16yo above this one. Especially considering the price...This does not add much in the Lagavulin range if you ask me. Not a dram to remember for a long time.

  38. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Solid Lagavulin, a bit young in character. Dry, mineral with smoked lemon.

    And EXTREMELY limited ;-)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  41. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Must commend Lagavulin for finally releasing a whisky at a higher strength and close to natural colour. Overall it is definitely worth a try if you are a Lagavulin fan. Value (£45) : 6/10
    • Nose
      Big big citrus hit. Classic Lagavulin peat, it's dark, rich and earthy with a note of iodine and rubber. A wave of salty sea breeze. Some hard cheese like parmesan. This develops into baked apples and lemons peels. Very savoury, some charred meats or smoked bacon. Dried salted fish. Very little oak influence, slight vanilla but it is definitely spirit forward.
    • Taste
      A touch of vanilla and toffee gives this malt a sweet base and the big maritime saltiness is very obvious here as well. Again, very meaty and savoury. Bitter lemon peels and limes. Earthy peat and some minerality. The mouthfeel is quite creamy as well.
    • Finish
      Salty again with more citrus notes and then leaves behind an ashy finish. A touch of bitter grapefruit as well.

  42. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 8,

    I hold you responsible and I thank you.
    Without you, those who have always refused to pay the price to claim the right to sip on a 12-year-old dram would never have been able to understand what the real taste of Lagavulin is.
    Without you, they would have persisted in buying the 16 year old for its beautiful caramel color and its harmless titration.
    At just 8 years old, you allow yourself to follow this elder who overshadows so many others. This whisky adored by all to whom I owe my passion for scotch.
    You are certainly not as refined but your flavors of mezcal and the carefree attitude of your young age play in your favor.

  43. keizerjos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Straw yellow whisky with controlled peat in the nose. That subtlety continues in the mouth; good balance of wood, fire and smoke with some tutti frutti and citrus, soft pepper and long, dry finish. Very good, young whisky can be quite complex, as this proves beautifully.

  44. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He's not bad, but he can't keep up with the 12. In comparison, the 8 simply looks younger and has less depth. For the money, however, he is fine.

  45. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dry smoke, vanilla, lemon, apples. Good nose, great palate, short finish. Young and powerful, nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dry smoke, light peat, vanilla, lemon, apples
    • Taste
      90 90
      Lemon custard, smoke, vanilla, light peat spice, bbq
    • Finish
      88 88
      Brine, peat heat, drying, icing sugar

  46. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, citrus - here more lemon, it's definitely maritime too, some apple
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, apple, lime, lemon, grapefruit, pepper, smoke, ash

  47. penumbra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, herbs, oily, ore, rock sugar.
    • Taste
      Slightly spicy, peat, smoke, some dried ginger and vanilla, a bit oily and a bit sweet (similar to apple slices or maltose).
    • Finish
      Medium, peat and malt.

  48. WhiskyReiner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The good price for a Lagavulin - for how long?

  49. WhiskyReiner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The good price for a Lagavulin - for how long?

  50. jbo100 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Gherkin in brine plus some ash. On the palate, the ash is more pronounced. Flawless spirit at perfect drinking strength, but pretty brutal. The current 16 yo tastes bland after you've had this. Bold selection for Lagavulin's 200th anniversary.

  51. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Citrus and smoke on the nose. Oily and breeze (not exactly minty) on the palate, with a lot of barbecue smoke in the background. Also hints of fresh lemon. Finish is impatiently short and prominent since this is a young dram. Nice and pleasant overall, especially taking into account the price

  52. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Finally the 8 year jubilee bottling. I've always liked the '16, so this one almost has a bonus in the glass. However, the straw-yellow color lets me lower my expectations.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Moist smoke, burnt rubber, maritime notes. Currants, lemon notes, iodine. Some floral impressions are also conveyed, lilac comes to my mind. There is still a certain sweetness behind everything.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong ham taste in the beginning, tingling mint on the palate, then a round sweetness with maritime notes. Herbs, lemon zest, willow honey .... Amazingly complex.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pleasant sweetness and medicinal notes on the palate. Some smoke and a few herbs give a medium-length finish.

  53. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Coastal peat, smoky, vanilla. berries, pear, chili oil, quite spiritual, some bandages, sweet coal?

    Less peat and smoke but sweeter than expected. Very Lagavulin, and love its finish, balance saltiness and sweetness.

  54. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 89 points Super Administrator

    I must commend Lagavulin for giving this 200th Anniversary bottling an honest age statement instead of opting for NAS! Fresh and vibrant notes of sea salt, smoked cheese and gentle, earthy peatiness greet the nose, followed by anise, sweet berries and traces of diesel oil. Tasting pure and entirely spirit-driven (8 years!), this Single Malt features a convincing simplicity: crisp apples, roasted peanuts and creamy honey are buried under a thick layer of dry ash. The lasting finish bids farewell with pickled ginger, salt sticks and a dash of sucrose. A true delight!

    RATING: 4.2/5.0 stars ≙ 89 pts → FIRST-CLASS [+]
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  56. LeChiffre scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A malt with two faces. On the one hand a nice smoky note with interesting citrus aromas and nice spice. Unfortunately, mineral / metallic notes are noticeable due to the young age. Overall good but a little more maturing would have probably done well.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Smoke (nicely integrated); maritime; spicy; fresh sweetness (citrus); metallic note perceptible
    • Taste
      80 80
      soft onset with a light sweetness (citrus flavors); spice (slightly spicy) comes on; in the background mineral notes (youth noticeable)
    • Finish
      79 79
      slightly dry and warming; hot and spicy; smoky; maritime (seaweed, salt, iodine)

  57. Toonarmy74 scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Expected more, bang average whisky not in the same league as the 16 in my opinion. Lacks body and depth of flavour which has been compensated for with higher abv. Very forgettable dram

  58. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful, powerful smoker, sewing machine oil, peat, citrus, spices. Like the Classic of Islay. But a touch too young, but nice and tasty.

  59. ConvalRen scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      78 78

  60. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  61. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The colour is light gold. The nose is peaty and straight: creosote, oak, grass, salt and white fruits notes. The palate starts with strong peat note with good dryness and notes of white fruits, salt and oak. The finish is long, peaty, salty, dry and spicy with vanilla and white fruits notes. Lagavulin 8YO is a good balanced, young and peaty whisky, but it’s too straight for me. And I gave only 85 points.

  62. Mr. D. scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  63. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  64. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  65. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not a fan of young Lagavulin per se (I find the smoke to be somewhat sickly-sour at an early age), but this is alright. Full frontal for sure, tarry and fresh with a strong smoked-peanut aroma. Improves mightily with some aeration. After it's opened up, boasts an impressive finish that combines ground coffee with freshly squeezed limes and sea salt.

  66. Snerik scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Good value, straight forward and all-in-all, this is just a really good peated whisky. If one compares it to the 16 yo, this is less elegant and more... Strong, bigger? Honest?
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, peat, lime juice, honey, toolbox, gas station. Stone, yes, a lot of wet stones. Some bread as well, and matches. It's really good!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Punchy, full-on and straight forward. Lime, peat, peat, and peat. It's a strong palate, and very honest. A characteristic one should admire.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Grand, bog, strong. More peat, more smoke. And more elegance!

  67. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: A sharp, smoky, smoky appearance will replace sweetened peat in the second wave. The aroma is sharp but slightly thin and water-diluted. (83 b)
    Taste: Fortunately, the taste is more interesting. At first, a peat, a sweet drizzle, but then a damp smoke from the smokehouse will get a dent. Citrus, green apple, sweet gummy. Dense flavor saves the overall impression. (86 b)
    Points: 85
    Summary: This is not bad whisky by itself, but ... from a distillery like Lagavulin, I would expect something more bombastic when it's the limit for the two-year anniversary. And for eight years, it can be done to make excellent whiskys. Especially when German distillers are able to produce better and they only need 3 years. So for me a total disappointment.

  68. KOQ24 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    malty,peache,brine,smoke,iodine,white pepper,caramel,
    lemon,green apple,alcohol,rubber,licorice,pear,hay

    Taste:
    banana,vanilla,ash,smoke,black pepper,iodine,tar,
    green apple,malty,licorice,gin

    Finish:
    Dry with a medium to strong Alcohol note

    Overall:
    A solid young smoker from Lagavulin.The Price is a bit steep for an 8 year old though.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      60 60

  69. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [Notes from 04/16/2016] Pale straw

    Nose
    Vigorous smoke is the first thing that hits the nose here. Fruity notes that play in the direction of lemons and limes soon appear. There is also a hint of pineapple. Sea salt resonates in the background. The nose quickly gets used to the smoke and hides it. The salt note becomes stronger, but at the same time the fruit increases in intensity. A little lilac is added. Medical peat shows up.

    button
    At the start there is a strong peat note, interspersed with lemon peel. Sea salt, damp earth. Cliffs where the surf hits. Powerfully warming, it completely covers the mouth. A campfire still smoldering, strips of bacon. All "hard" flavors such as peat, campfire and bacon are enveloped by the clear lemon note, so that a fruity sweetness lies on the lips, which carries a salt note in the background.

    finish
    Peat and smoke remain in the mouth in the noticeably dry finish, while the lemony / lime fruit sweetness makes itself comfortable on the tip of the tongue.

    Comments
    One could complain about the fact that a distillery like Lagavulin apparently couldn't think of anything better than to market a single 8-year-old single malt - which, due to its "limitation", is sold more expensive than the 16 -Year standard bottling, which is provided with a story that wants to bridge the legendary A. Barnard, who visited the distillery and who described an 8-year bottling as extraordinary. But you can also enjoy the fact that the distillery delights its friends and fans with a bottling that is affordable for the masses and that also ages in times when old barrels are becoming scarcer. For just 8 years this is a very mature and balanced malt, which, although it cannot hide its youthful bite, it does not have to. You get what you can and should expect from an 8-year-old Lagavulin filled with 48%: stormy youth with adult accents.

  70. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  71. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  72. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal notes, seaweed, oysters, salty, cane juice, hay, marzipan, ink, mezcal, grist
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, seaweed, oysters, salty, ashy, sooty, dry, nutty
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, dry, ashy, salty, oranges, ginger

  73. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  74. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    17th BOL tasting of the Pilot Olympics. "Islay Peat ... or not?
    • Nose
      Citrus, spirity as in very clean, meaty - gravy and white pepper. 
    • Taste
      Peaty, citrus - grape fruits and leather. Again very clean.
    • Finish
      Liquorice - zoethout, peat, pepper and bitter citrus notes.

  75. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=205 Color: Chardonnay Nose: Oh, Kilchoman in the glass? Green aromas, grapefruit, lime, salt and pepper and not a little bit. Honey, peaty smoke and hints of vanilla (creme brulee) and aromas of freshly peeled green apples develop in the glass. Taste: Creamy, quite thick and powerfully salty-sweet. Vanilla with lots of fruity lime and peat, dry leather, seaweed, iodine, marine dew and some eucalyptus. Finish: Medium length - with green aromas throughout and lots of vanilla! Smoke, peat, wet coal, sweet lime again here in the finish. Always getting drier but without any wood. Sweet peat and lime remain on the tongue. Remark: Overall good - for a 8yo a really successful bottling which in retrospect puts out a 15yo Laphroaig loosely. 88 points N: 88P / G: 89P / F: 88P

  76. Luigisim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A solid dram, with balanced peat and floreal notes. A bit of astringency maybe linked to relatively young age. 

    My impression is that bourbon casks do not match completely with Lagavulin distillate.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  77. Waykid scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is clearly heartier and better than the contamporary OB 16. I like it alot.
    • Nose
      Sweet and round, some pears, tarred rope. A clean and crisp smoke, some gasoline, chicory and celery. Bitterish, light apple like Golden Delicious. Plaster and old chimney.
    • Taste
      Really palatable soft sweetness, straightforward. Marinated fruits and a fresh tar-salmiak-lozenges like smokiness. Birch sap. Quite a punch but a really good integration.
    • Finish
      Light smoke, Sweet and malty.

  78. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    nothing i would buy again. boring.
    • Nose
      smoke, tar, pear, citrus, 
    • Taste
      bitter, smokey,

  79. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  80. Kumachan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is obviously clear that this 8-year-old places quality and gustantly above 16 years old and classic and 16 year old Distillers Edition. If it were necessary to sound a subjective note, it would be a 88.
    • Nose
      Dress or gray, cream. Tears regular, fine, numerous and fast. The drop on the palm offers a well smoked peat, ashes and very marine The nose is very concentrated on earth and burnt heather, grilled bacon, pear and cut wheat. Beyond this smoked, cereal and meaty side, find the white flowers, bourbon vanilla, and caramel. Goes quietly on candied lemon and iodine. A more complex nose, expressive and more concentrated than the 16 years old but also more peaty.
    • Taste
      Like the nose, the palate is very concentrated, peaty and ashy. Smoking cigar, candied citrus fruits bring and benevolent freshness. Spices around thyme and anise. Bourbon vanilla, iodine, salt and smoked are all on the list.
    • Finish
      The finish is extended on Iodine, sea water and liquorice. A sweet bitterness in me. The empty glass of roasted peat and smoked lemon.

  81. Kumachan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  82. Falnor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  83. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant and cheerful bolt from Lagavulin, young and slightly angular, but very rich and deep enough for his age, in comparison with the 16-year-old, naturally, more straightforward and simple, lags far behind in complexity and complexity, in general, respectively, with age and characteristics , the only thing I can not understand - what the heck is it worth more?
    • Nose
        Open, dry, burnt coals, peat briquettes, smoked chicken skin with a thick layer of fat, smoked wooden beams, coal, used frying oil, light lemon notes in the background.
    • Taste
      Thick, lemon-coal, charred branches, activated charcoal, smoked meat, peat, in the background, moonshine notes slip through.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, coal, peat, lemon peel, bitter light beer, oily.

  84. joep scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  85. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N- Unique animal fur smoke and zesty lemon up front with toasted plank and rock salt at the tail, amicably sandwiched the sweet notes of full vanilla butter and malt's wort in the middle, superbly well layered with fine body to go with it.  A wisp of rather modern (or deadly) caramel but well masked by the rich and complex bouquet.P- Heat of ginger extract, ashy smoke essence liquid, woody, inky with subtle sea notes. Well capped restrained sweetness, emphasize on boiled spices and may be a wee wood driven.

    F- Medium-long, dry, crisp and clean. Mesmerizing powerful spicy exhaust fume on retro-hale. No sluggish fruity sweetness to cheer the novice here, quite lovely.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  86. Feis_ile scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The Lagavulin 8 years old is a limited edition Lagavulin of 20000 bottles. Specially bottled in honor of the 200-year jubilee of the distillery in 2016. The reason for an 8-year-old bottling dates back to 1880. Then one of the best-known and highly regarded whisky journalists of that time decided to visit the island of Islay and decided on the spot. to sample an 8-year-old Lagavulin. The best man was so impressed that he described the single malt as "exceptionally fine" and confirmed the high reputation that Lagavulin already had at the time. We now find a copy of this. Matured in refill bourbon cask and bottled at 48%.

  87. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  88. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    It's hard to say why it is so drinkable and also enjoyable but it's kind of light and easy - Slàinte!
    • Nose
      Extremely salty and seaweedy but good, hints of vanilla, of course peat'n smoke
    • Taste
      Fresh, balanced peat and smoke, little bit fruity and citric
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, not drying

  89. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  90. Cast Olila scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  91. Luigisim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Robust but not heavy dram. Solid bourbin base but misses some picks in taste and flavour

    Blind tasting notes from homemade Advent 2017 calendar, gentle gift of friends
    • Nose
      Fine and smooth but a bit rare, as if not fully matured. White vinegar
    • Taste
      Mint bubble gum, to chew it over and over although it is not that intense
    • Finish
      Good intensity, salinity and peat

  92. Talisker_22 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  93. RichardMayston scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    It is good, just not really my thing 
    • Nose
      Medicinal marzipan 
    • Taste
      Spirit driven, very ashy, mineral 

  94. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The best was the nose, on the palate much weaker and the finish is disappointing.
    Because of the beautiful nose, there are still 85 points.
    • Nose
      Sweet, slightly perfumed smoke, cold smoke. Salty, lemon peel, green apple. Light sea breeze and a touch of youth.
    • Taste
      Alcoholic, sharp .... that gives way and a sweetness comes, but remains quite one-dimensional. Ashes, cold coals, bitterness. No more fruit.
    • Finish
      Medium long, unspectacular and dry.

  95. Lovegreen did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Face-biter Islay, with some sherry roundness (but less than its big brother). Amazingly complex for an 8-year old. Packs a peat-punch like a Laphroaig 10, but more mellow & sweet and slowly developing. Keeps giving.
    • Nose
      Seaweeds, thick tar, oiled leather, tangy sea salt with minerals, heather flowers. Vinegar/balsamico. Dried cereals/barley. 
    • Taste
      Peat, burnt toffee, prunes, dried apricot, sour mash, lemon pepper
    • Finish
      Rolling smoke, liquorice, bergamotte,  jellied candies.

  96. RandoLutz scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  97. chlinatele scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I was very happy about the whisky sample. The Lagavulin is very young and sparkling with a lot of smoke and only a little complex. A young 16 year old :-) I like the 16er and the 12er honestly much better. The color of the whisky is more reminiscent of white wine and on the bottle stands with Zuckercouleur ..... ;-)
    I still have the 12er 200Jahre Edition in the screed ...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  98. jhut scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Cafe de Toeter on 5 November 2017 with André
    • Nose
      Sharp, Laphroaig-like scenes. Much less wood than the 16
    • Taste
      Bit sharp, nice
    • Finish
      Wood, youth version of the 16. Well real Lagavulin character, beautiful peat. Smoke influence is stronger than medicinal flavors or vegetable peat. Quite complex and developed for its age, nice alcohol percentage.

  99. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me of the first dram that you get at Iain's warehouse tasting @ Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  100. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  101. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  102. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    the taste and finish does not do justice to the nose, sadly, it’s just a young peated whisky
    • Nose
      farmy, smoky peat, grain, neutral sweet, charred wood, dried ham, minerals, nuts, grass
    • Taste
      flat, light, cream, neutral spice, neutral sweet , smoke, nuts, light earthy bitter, citrus, light honey
    • Finish
      medium-long (but flat), lots of minerals, cream and pears, smoke, hint of citrus, light grass and nuts at the back followed by creamy minerals

  103. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  104. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  105. jhut scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    the horn July 23, 2017
    • Nose
      hmmm, quite a Lagavulin character but show less wood than the 16. More smoke than the 16, little tobacco, a lot of peat, but medicinal. Salty influence is certainly also present.
    • Taste
      also medicinal, nice extension.
    • Finish
      Lots of smoke, beautiful development and rich with flavors. Medicinal character is certainly present.

  106. jeoff scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  107. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  108. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    perhaps you need the right moment for these young peaters. this time it was much, much better than I had remembered it, up 3 points
    89/100
    • Nose
      the typical nose of a young peater. smoky, medicinal, ointments, linseed oil, hay, plastic, ozone.
      cannot get any fruit out of it. rather dry and straight as a laser.
    • Taste
      much better than I remembered it. sweet from the first second but never sticky or so, and becoming  dryer very soon with lots of smoked fish, crabs, brine. again I cannot find much fruit in it, perhaps red apples. fat, oily body with lots of muscles. really good!
    • Finish
      long, medium sweet

  109. theograph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Interesting malt.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke right at the beginning, malt and grain, a sea breeze, subtly salty and a bit medically with iodine, tar, wet wood, grass?
    • Taste
      Slightly peppery-tingling, clear smoke, ash, tar, very sweet, malty-sweet, light fruit, bread or whipped cream, fresh garden scent and a few herbs, sour towards the end;
    • Finish
      Slightly sour, dry, beautiful oak note and finally a hint of menthol!

  110. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  111. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Slim but pleasant Lagavulin. Is it colored? Really? I can't see it. :)
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, smoke, salty caramel, citruses, banana and phenol
    • Taste
      Sweet peat, citruses, vanilla, unripe banana, tobacco and ash
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, spicy

  112. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  113. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    on the one hand nice fresh spicy, rather light with nice cinnamon in the nose - on the other hand somehow thin. The sample is then enough for me too
    • Nose
      Cinnamon and sugar, light metallic note, acidity of oak and light tannins, light hint of salt, nice vanilla, hardly any smoke
    • Taste
      slightly sweet, fresh tingling, oak acid - slight bitterness, oak spiciness, floral, minty in the background, alcohol nicely integrated - I would rather estimate to 43%.
    • Finish
      Oak, iodine, bitterness, dry, at the end minty

  114. LordIslay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Despite the young age an excellent Lagavulin !!!

  115. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  116. LordIslay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  117. Jon Osterman scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Much more naked than the 16 year old...  Smoke, brine, a hint of sour vinegar, rubber, and a dash of cream soda.  Nice, ashy finish.  Cousins, perhaps, with the Ardbeg 10?  Good whisky, even if it isn't exactly my preferred style (I like this distillate better after it's been subdued for an additional 8 years).  I can enjoy these young peat-bazookas from time to time, but I would usually rather have a subtler, less coastal smoke.  Love the pale color and the higher strength.  Reasonably priced, I guess, but the 16 is only $8 more here.

  118. kimmosuo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  119. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  120. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Delicious whisky, you can do a lot more at strongly pitched / 8 years / refill Bourbon probably not get out, but to play in the 50 € league, I think clearly too self-conscious.
    • Nose
      If you can smell "oily", then it smells oily. Soft, sweet, white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, lots of cereals, a splash of lemon, white pepper, a light grassy note ... the smoke is very cozy.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, creamy, white chocolate, vanilla, lots of white pepper, with time in the mouth, the smoke is getting stronger, goes towards ash and grassy-bitter.
    • Finish
      medium long, peppery-warm, milk chocolate, ashes

  121. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  122. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This Lagavulin was a very nice surprise and completely different from the Lagavulins I had before.
    • Nose
      Fresh and inviting. Little smoke and hint of banana. Little spicy smell.
    • Taste
      Very soft and easy, sweet and sour the same time. The banana is coming trough now. You also get  the peat followed with a hint of vanilla. A very nice mix all together.
    • Finish
      Short but tasty and warming. A lot of sweet keeps hanging around followed by smoke at the end.

  123. fileosoph did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  124. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  125. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Vanilla with Kokusraspleln, neat Lagerfeuerrauch and Alkohlmenthol, quite one-dimensional
    Taste: strong onset with sweet vanilla then strong peat smoke flavors
    Departure is medium and smoldering

  126. pelle86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  127. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    In the smell of good, but tastier thinner and thinner than I imagined. I expected more, this is also with regard to the price of disappointment

  128. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very Lagavulin, with a frank peat and ash but we have a certain minerality that immediately distinguishes him from his big brother of 16 years. Grapefruit, sweet and salty lemon. Later, a little green malt. On the palate, lively and fine with a little white peach. It warms up in the final, intense, which is malted. With a little water, we now have a little coffee while vanilla emerges in parallel. In sweet it is softer and even greedy, with oranges, among others. Other sweet citrus in the finish. What variety! How well done! Successful bet for Lagavulin!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  129. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Young and good.
    • Nose
      Aroma's from black pepper,smokiness,campfire, wood, hay,oil, and fruity notes like lemon,orange skin, sweet fruit and honey.
    • Taste
      Rich round and sweet with impressions of herbs, tobacco , sea-weed, and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long and pure. Soft and complex smoky notes, Peat wood. Lovely.

  130. mothers_finest scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tastes okay for me but would always prefer the 16er ...

  131. Cast Olila scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  132. domani scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I think he's done quite well. A young, smoky from Islay Island. Of course, he can not be compared with the 16-year-old, but half the age does not necessarily mean half as well. Young I associate with this 8-year-old more with fresh, lively and impulsive - 11.02.2017
    • Nose
      Campfire, but not as pronounced as expected, some barbecue in the background, wet wood, mineral, salty maritime, lemon, green apple, a hint of vanilla
    • Taste
      Smoke, but again, I find the smoke is not as dominant as expected, malt sweet, tart, earthy, salty, dry, a little vanilla, lemon, menthol, licorice
    • Finish
      medium

  133. Macerik scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  134. kaasklop scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Departs from the traditional lagavulin but is therefore perhaps also a welcome change, especially for this price
    • Nose
      A nice buttery grass air, fresh, not excessive
    • Taste
      At first, lemon oil, juniper and autumn leaves. In the second instance smokiness comes into its own. Salty and sweet are well balanced.
    • Finish
      Still a bit on the short side. nice and warm

  135. kaasklop scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  136. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's exactly like you'd expect a young Lagavulin to be in every possible way, but it doesn't really have any exceptional traits and the bottling strength means it feels breezy and airy next to any stronger Lagas. I tasted this with Elements of Islay Lg5 (87), Lg6 (88) and 2016 official 12yo(89), and while this one held its ground well against the others, it did leave me thinking "marketing wants you to buy one more bottle of Lagavulin this year" rather than "something special to mark the distillery's 200th anniversary".

  137. BXpress scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    I wouldn't want to drink it every day, but it's a nice experience.
    • Nose
      Spirity youth right off the bat, but it is not harsh. Roots, salt, anise. Quite yeasty. Then it gets quite fruity. Mostly on Banana and a little bit of sugary sweetness.
    • Taste
      Begins fruity and sweet. Again the Banana + sugary water. Roots, salt, ashes. A little bit of vanilla, earth and slightly grassy. Again the youth is obvious but it works here. I wouldn't call it harsh. It's rather lively.
    • Finish
      Short and ashy. Nice sweetness in the after taste.

  138. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  139. Pollenflug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.blog/
    • Nose
      Less smoke than expected, maritime-salty, sweet, a hint of vanilla, slightly floral, bright fruits like apples, pears and lemon. Spicy oak notes are looked for in vain. The Brennereicharakter is already very good effect.
    • Taste
      Powerful onset (48% alcohol), dry strong camp fire smoke, slightly peppery, malty, bright fruit notes now appear, but stay pleasantly in the background. Apples, lemons and the vanilla sweetness are a nice contrast to the intense smoky notes. The maritime saltiness completes the quite complex overall picture - for a whisky that is only eight years old I like it very much overall!
    • Finish
      Dominant smoke, getting drier with subtle notes of wood, malt, salty, slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla. Medium.

  140. helmutgw scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    F: white wine N: sweet, smoked banana / jelly banana G: low alcohol, fruit parade, smoke - but not intrusive, sweet A: long, sweet, smoke, some alcohol + H2O: becomes rounder, more intense fruits
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  141. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Nope. I
    simply don’t like this one. I find that there are too many off notes of the
    spirit still in there, which gives it an unfinished feel to it. Simply not my
    kind of whisky. (But still, it is not a bad dram, just not as good as I am used
    to with Lagavulin)
    • Nose
      Immature.
      Spirit driven. Lavender, floral. Some baby vomit in there. Youngish peat. Yeah,
      I was right the first time...
    • Taste
      First
      thought: gasoline? A bit bitter. Still that spirity floral notes. Feels young.
      Peat certainly more present than with the 16.
    • Finish
      Quite
      long. A mixture of floral notes and peat.

  142. lukeboone scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  143. lukeboone scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      vegetable, light smoke peat, vegemite-ish, smoke meat
    • Taste
      raw rough peat, tobacco, sweet type of spicy and some spices. dryness
    • Finish
      sweet spice, lingering smoke with some sea salt. 

  144. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  145. Landryn scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  146. thanasist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Excellent for what it is, more powerfull and vibrant than the common 16 y.o. but surely less complicated than the 12 y.o. c\s. Certainly worths a try and a place on your self. A quality 8 y.o bottling

  147. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant peat-bomb, surprisingly full flavor already for a relatively young whisky. Beautiful in balance, also room for some sweet fruity. Reasonably long finish, too, in which peat and smoke get a bit more upper and less space for other flavors.
    All in all a good whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  148. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Characterful dram, surprisingly full flavor for this relatively young whisky. In addition to the considerable presence of peaty smokiness, there is also room for some sweet and fruity, both in smell and taste.
    • Nose
      peat, leather, salty, bacon and other roasted meat. Tab of tobacco. Also some fruity, citrus. And at some point also some cheese.
    • Taste
      Salmiak kick in the beginning, liquorice, licorice. And peat, smoky, ash. Full taste! Also some sweet and slightly fruity in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium, slightly peppery, peat, ash. Lightly sweet again.

  149. Segens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Continuation of the blind tasting sixth of 24 drams. A reasonable dram probably from Islay (my guess) maybe Laphroaig! I guess it is quite young (8 years) and it has roughly 58% alcohol strengthFunny... First I had this dram in the glass but I had a better score the last time (87 points) and would have given 84 now and second I am a bit surprised of the low level of alcohol... I love this blind tasting :-) At least with Islay and the 8 years I was correct ;-)
    • Nose
      Great peat nose with sea salt a bit of bacon in the back. The alcohol is implemented not perfectly but quite nice.
    • Taste
      a lot of herbs on the beginning. Quite interesting and also some decent sweet and fruitiness but difficult to identify only 2cl in the glass. Of course smoke and seasalt but much less than in the nose and the whisky is losing a bit of „magic“ in the mouth. The nose was better.
    • Finish
      A bit sour and also bitter which is surprising as the malt was quite balanced before

  150. rottendon scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    There are a few really extraordinary notes in the aroma and partly on the tongue. From this it behaves like a diluted on drink strength, medieval Laphroaig, which does not necessarily come from a single cask, although the unusual notes quite point out.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Yes, the Chameleon Laga. These are now the second notes that I save here, the first ones have already been edited several times. Today he also liked me, after all, he also arrived in Laphi disguise. Specifically, I had told him to be a highgrove bottling.

    Between 60 and 87 points soon everything was there, my rating here but I will not change. Sometimes it is just disgusting on the finish, today it was broccoli with lemon juice and potatoes, that was even reasonably tasty. Nevertheless, there will certainly be no replenishment from DEM! Addendum: I just see that there were at least two batches that could possibly explain the differences to some extent, with the first tastings definitely coming from the first batch, for today's Notes, it is unfortunately no longer understandable.
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke welcomes the nose, Laphroaig style, in the background is beef on the grill, campfire or Barbecuenoten are not to be found. After a few moments, the meat has disappeared. Instead, mineral notes now appear, wet lime, an idea of ​​citrus flavors is to be found, more like in broccoli with lemon juice. In addition a lot of iodine, traces of dark toffee and a small pinch of salt. The main notes are actually lime and broccoli. After another, much longer time, there is an acid note over everything that has a chemical effect. Moving the meat back, it is finished. When heating even more mineral and disinfectant, hand-warm again broccoli with potatoes.
    • Taste
      Also in the mouth it occurs with significant acidity, in addition to the often found dark caramel or liquid block malt. Again a mineral impression. He is not too strong, the mouthfeel somewhere between watery and oily.
    • Finish
      In the finish the acid hangs very long back on the palate while in the foreground the sweetness gives way slowly to an ashen occupancy of the mouth. Here again a little impression of potatoes. The finish is long, but not overly long.

  151. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    New Kid on the Block
    I confess, when I first heard that Lagavulin would release an 8 years old whisky for their 200th Anniversary, I was quite sceptic. Especially with Lagavulin 16 being such a classic… and cheaper than this new kid on the block. 20% more expensive, but only 50% of the age? And to call a release of 30.000 bottles a limited edition? Anyway… the whisky had better be very good. And I was happy to find out that it is.
    The nose is soft and sweet and reminds me at first of sugar candy, marshmallow and almonds, but soon the Laga character emerges: smoke, tar and oysters. Celp. Smoldering wood. Finger paint. Ecoline. Vanilla keeps it sweeter than I secretly hoped. Iodine, but only half of what you find in the Lagavulin 16. Nevertheless, a beautiful nose.
    Aha! It is a whole different ballgame on the palate! Still a lovely sweetness, but the smoke and ashes top that easily and become quite big. It comes very close to the 16 now. The walnuts and seasalt come free of charge. Well, not exactly. It’s just a turn of phrase.
    The finish is quite long, with a drying effect. Hint of caramelized orange peel. Where did that come from?
    It may only have matured half the time of the 16, but luckily it is not only half as good. Au contraire. A big thank you to Imanuel, who presented me with this bottle.

  152. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    one of the few distilleries to prefer "dare" to put a 8 that a NAS, commendable!
    • Nose
      strong sensation of alcohol, then lemon and peat iodine, feeling of fire of extinct wood
    • Taste
      fine spices, vanilla, fresh lemon peat, pear, a certain sweetness, it is more the sensation of smoke that emerges. It's less complex than the basic 16, but cooler too!
    • Finish
      monolithic average on these scents, rather restricted in fact sign of a real youth, very nice though.

  153. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  154. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Improves with time but a little boring profile wise for me
    • Nose
      Reminds me of a young Ardbeg because its a bit cheesy with sweaty socks. It smells very sweet on peat and smoke with some barley sugar, brine, liquorice.

      Leave it in the glass and the peat grows
    • Taste
      The peat is at the forefront on lemon and brine but it is noticeably flat on the palate, almost like its oxidised, I know it isn`t but that is how it tastes

      It does improve with time on bitter apple, bitter plum , liquorice and a few meaty notes,

      The sweetness seems to build slowly
    • Finish
      Medium length on a creamy peaty sweetness.

  155. yggr scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

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

  156. mullos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Unmistakably Lagavulin, but worlds away from the 12 year old. Ok it's another abv , age and price. A young fresh spring dram without wood influence.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  157. MrManners scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  158. HW74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Have already tasted a few vintages from the 12-year-old, all of which I taste great, especially the 2015er. The 8-year-old Lagavulin does not reach the complexity of the 12 CS, but I find the price-performance ratio better here. An excellent whisky, especially for lovers of young, wild smokers. Smoky, leathery, fruity, dry. Clear and pure, 100% Lagavulin. I personally like him better than the 16 Lagavulin or the DE, my favorite remains the 12er. Nice that tastes are different!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  159. sammy01 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  160. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  161. Famous scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  162. Blo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nice traffic jam, at a very good price. Thank you Laga for not having fallen into the fashion of the NAS doped with the barrel of port / wine and to propose to us constantly whiskys of quality!
    • Nose
      A sweet peat, a strong mineral and saline side, candied lemon, then notes a little more oily (olive?) And seaweed well melted overall. Although it is not of the greatest complexity, I love this style.
    • Taste
      Quite classic Lagavulin, very clean, mineral and algae, not as peaty as the nose suggests. End of mouth on the smoke ash.
    • Finish
      Long, with good salinity.

  163. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Yeah really like this one, but 50 euro (and sometimes 60) for an 8 year old is not cheap but I think I would prefer this one above the 16 because it is more peaty and not colored. 

    The 8 and 12 are the best Laga's if money is not an issue. The 16 is the best value for money. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  164. hans1971 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Known Lagavulin smoke in the nose, banana, something of rubber in the taste of vanilla notes and a sweetness of banana Nice smoky, dry aftertaste
    Very mature for an 8 year old.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  165. Islaywolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  166. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  167. Waternish scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    I was also restless. Laga 8, uih. And? It's a nice allday peated, miles away from the peculiarity of Standard 16. And the same costs. I'm drinking it with friends now .... you should do that as well. 2900 bottles in collection. What a hype. Fall in yourself.

  168. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Lagavulin does exactly what he should and surprised me. Shows great Brennereicharakter and contrary to my expectations harmonic smoke, which does not seem overwhelming. The clear-cut aromas make it very interesting and at the same time uncomplicated. Good whisky no question!
    • Nose
      Jelly banana (very dominant), green banana, quite typical Lagavulin smoke, but which is rather decently discreet but remains subliminally constant, Vamille, sea flavors, salt, kelp, campfire on the cold beach (this is my typical Laga association and I love she!), the Brennereicharakter is really wonderful captured, even if it is not very complex. I am very surprised!
    • Taste
      sweet, banana, oak, smoke, sea. Clearly defined structures. In the second sip here come the salted peanuts
    • Finish
      very smoky, dry, tobacco, leather, salted peanuts, quite long. I can not find much more of aromas today, but a successful finish.

  169. Paulski88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  170. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Now butter with the fish ... LAGAVULIN 8!
    ANTICIPATION: Granted, the starting point is quite sobering for the 200-year-old from Lagavulin. 8 years and a color reminiscent of white wine (colored or not, we'll never really experience it). And then the price for which some would have expected an 18-year-olds. But that should be right on time for the Feis Ile 2016 with an output of 6000 false and 125 pounds on the shelves of the still. The 8-year-old is different. Accurate numbers are not known here overall, but he is limited and probably he will disappear again, why, more on that later. That he now has 8 years and does not come as a NAS therefore, may have something to do with the background story, which was the marketing just right. It may also have to do with Diaego's "age matters" philosophy, if it is still current. However, in terms of transparency, Diaego is credited with having renounced NAS.
    NOSE: Warehouse Tasting in the yard of Lagavulin. Pinkie shakes the whisky in his decanter and the smell of young Lagavulin is sprayed into the air. An unmistakable Brennereichcharakter, which otherwise you may enjoy in this intensity only in the raw fire or at younger bassy Tastingrunden. Sweet smoke, the butter-soft and creamy slowly up the nose. The first impressions are immediately followed by some kelp with hints of hay. He does not hit you in the face in a different way than you would expect for his age, but he has a rather minty and citrusy note, which is constantly penetrated by the sweet smoke. Bacon and salt and combination with a clearer smoke (smoked trout) occur when the malt has been in the glass for a long time. The vanilla is relatively far in the background. This is mainly due to the barrel selection speculate. First fill ex-bourbon should be somewhat more intense (also with Lagavulin) as far as the vanilla flavor is concerned. Sherry is not visible to me, at most a teaspoon to 20,000 bottles. The fact that American and European refill oak barrels were used here speaks in particular of the soft combination in which the malt flows into the mouth and suppresses the alcohol in the nose.
    PALATE: Oily onset, which is relatively round. Teen yes, spritly no! Smoky, greasy and slightly smoked trout, maritime and salty, as the nose has already anticipated. A little more grass and honey join in, if you dilute the 48% a bit. Overall, however, the addition of water is more of a hindrance. Again, the vanilla can not prevail against the smoke. The refill oak barrels have given away the intense vanilla for a long time. But I would not miss her on this malt now. Somewhat dry it sounds like on the tongue, but then comes again the smoke and the sweetness (no sweetness of the sherry, the sweetness of the ashtray!).
    FINISH: The smoke is well above anything. In addition, which is typical of young Lagavulinabfüllungen, an ash note, which looks partially sweet. I'm reminded that someone wrote something about peanuts. However, for me, it's rather the peanut shells that are left over.
    CONCLUSION: Butter at the fish. A piece of butter in salted water and some smoked trout. That's the Lagavulin 8 for me. A warehouse tasting in the yard of Lagavulin, that's the Lagavulin 8 for me. A comparable Malt with the 16-year-olds, that's not the Lagavulin 8! Of course, it is legitimate and not altogether wrong to compare two malts of a still. However, it is actually apples and pears here. The 16-year-old is a pleasing malt, who is more intended for the broad mass of smoke lovers among the whisky drinkers. That's not the Lagavulin 8. The Lagavulin 8 is for the Lagavulin lovers, who has already tasted 15 DEs and also various 12-year-olds of this distillery. Of course, a 25-year-old would also set a counterpoint, but for this price in these times is probably no longer to be expected. Therefore, in my opinion, Lagavulin 8 can only be seen as what it is, a gift to lovers of this bottling, which places the character of the distillery far in the foreground. The 48% may interfere with something. 51% would have been the number one choice. But in the end I'm glad that so many bottles were bottled by such a direct malt. The sample just whispered to me, "Open the wrong guy!" In that sense, open the bottle and enjoy a piece of Islay.

  171. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Smoke complex fresh Islay whisky. Quite a local expression by Lagavulin. Very nice and very connected to the place it has been produced. Well done.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Sweet Smoke. Hay, seaweed, citrus, medicinal, salt, beacon, kippered trout.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Citrus, hay, kippered trout, medicinal, some honey.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoky and clean. Ashes and some nuts.

  172. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good but below the Laga 16 and 12
    85 + / 86 -
    • Nose
      Very fresh, on lemon, ashes, a hint of gentian and herbal candies. The set is extremely young, unconvincing ...
    • Taste
      Rather a good surprise, much better than nose: an oily mouth, oily, greedy, we find some similarities with the Laga 12 (much less good anyway). Fine texture, on ashes, peat, yellow fruits, iodized trace.
    • Finish
      Medium, on ashes, citrus fruits.

  173. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    There is both smoke and ash in the nose but unfortunately everything is drowned in young notes, vegetable and solvent. The mouth is much better, peaty, with good texture, ash and iodine, a bitterness is felt at the end of the mouth. Long finale on the ash. The nose is very disappointing and in the eyes of the latter I admit to having trouble understanding the craze that there was around this bottling, far from making the weight against his big brothers the 12 CS and 16 years.

  174. jankes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  175. Spirit of Delphi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Class whisky. Even at a young age complex and wonderful to drink. There are rumors that it will not stay with the limited anniversary edition, but could become a new standard bottling. If you like the quality, like. Only then please settle priced under the 16er.
    • Nose
      Typical Lagavulinnase, although undiluted slightly pungent. Surprisingly, the smoke is a little more restrained than the 16er. I would have thought the younger one smokier.
    • Taste
      Wonderful. First of all, complex for old age. Here comes the strong smoke that I did not have in my nose yet. Relatively dry and fresh. Drinkable undiluted but slightly alcoholic. Diluted slightly down, he loses the 'edge'.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long and interesting. Under the smoke, an interplay of flavors develops.

  176. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I'm convinced. Lagavulin have come up with an absolute winner and a whisky worthy of celebrating their 200th anniversary.
    • Nose
      Lots of brine and sal ammoniac. Beeswax too. A nice sugary sweetness accompanied by yellow fruits (banana) and marzipan. Also campfire smoke and just a hint of rubber. The balance is superb.
    • Taste
      The spirit is mouth-coating. And the peat now takes over. Ash, rubber, tar and smoke. Some banana flavoured candy. Very rich in flavour. Not the most complex, but I really don't care, because it's just so good.
    • Finish
      Long. And more of the same. Which is a good thing.

  177. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  178. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  179. Bosi scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    It's great that you can better understand the development of Lagavulin 16 with this bottling. Fresh, young and really delicious.
    • Nose
      Smells very young. Many fruity aromas, plum, apricot, mix with the smoke that smells like burned beech wood. Later it gets spicier with mint and coriander. Overall, the whisky is very fresh and a bit grassy.
    • Taste
      Although the taste can not hide the youth, the fruity sweetness and the smoke match very well. The fruits do not stay long in the background and blend in harmoniously.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length with pepper, passion fruit and the classic Lagavulin smoke.

  180. Bona scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    young smoker - unspectacular, little depth, weak barrels - absolute average. You could also say: it's an honest malt. 83P

  181. Alex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is awesome pure and precise Lagavulin with a good dose of salt, yellow fruits and peppermint on top. Proof that excellent spirit doesn't need wood and loge ageing to come up with something special

  182. Lucky28 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Creamy, soft and for the age a very mature whisky!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  183. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  184. Finlaggan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    https://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2016/07/lagavulin-8yo-200th-anniversary.html

  185. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  186. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  187. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 8 yo (200 yr anniversary)
    Tasted 2016-06 @ Tobi:
    N floral reserved
    g Wood, strong, spicy, campfire with wet wood
    80

  188. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting whisky, 87 points
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  189. Jaydee scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Not very impressive I 'm afraid. Bit of an everyday whisky, not much depth, bitter finish. To my opinion too expensive if compared to the 16 yo expression, which I prefer.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      75 75

  190. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Restrained, clean, fresh. Less smoke than expected. Lemon ice, yellow apples, grasses.
    • Taste
      Slight sharpness. Lemonade, a little honey. Paprika chips, leather, ashes. Dry.

  191. Feis_ile scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    De 200th anniversary bottle.          http://www.tonovermars.nl/whisky/whisky_h.html#whisky-L
    • Nose
      Bottle heeft aroma's van zwarte peper, een aantrekkelijke rokerigheid (kampvuur), hout, hooi, olie, vervolgens fris, fruit indrukken, citroen- en sinaasappelschillen, zoetig fruit en honing.
    • Taste
      De smaak is rijk, rond, zoet en rokerig met indrukken van kruiden, tabak, zeewier, en peper.
    • Finish
      De afdronk is zuiver, karaktervol en lange, zachte maar complexe rokerige indrukken. Turf, hout. Heerlijk.

  192. Dionysus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  193. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is a fresh and expressive whisky with a summery feel to it. The aromas are very clear and defined. Also it is quite powerful and almost sharp. On it’s own a nice and surprising Lagavulin. But, and there is a big but, for a 200th anniversary expresion I somehow expected something more, something special. This 8YO is fun (and a nice everyday dram) but not really a festive dram as one might expect from a 200th anniversary special release. One would expect something like a 20YO lagavuling matured in a special cask (like a Marsala, Port or Sauternes cask). Well at least something special worthy of a 200th birthday. In my opinion a missed opportunity.
    All in all a fun and quaffable Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      A clean, fresh and intense whisky with aromas of smoke, bandages, iodine, tar, railway sleepers, lemon oil, lemon zest, subtle tone of berries, smoked fish, marzipan, banana, hay, diesel, cereals, sea breeze, pineapple, white pepper, vanilla, acacia honey, green apples, faith caramel and is there oak?
    • Taste
      A powerful, sharp, clean and sweet whisky with aromas of smoke, subtle tar, tannins, burned lemons, pepper, ginger, acacia honey, vanilla, walnuts, marzipan, brine, cereal, fresh wood smoke, smoked ham, lemon oil, orange zest, toffee, hint of mint, camphor, tea, grape seeds, yeast, malt and oak.
    • Finish
      A long, warm and drying finish with aromas of tar, smoke, hint of chocolate, tannins, lemon, orange, old mint tea, cereals, oak and the peat smoke lingers long after.

  194. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  195. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  196. Avdboom scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    It's going between the 86-87 points for me.

    Good nose, twee and finish. Strength is good. In comparisson with the 12yo this one is more on ashes and smoke with a sweet touch, while the 12yo is much more fruity, and more powerfull because of the higher strength. I like the 12yo more but for the price this is not a bad buy.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  197. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  198. Unclimbability scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Colour: Light Straw

    Body: Light/Medium

    Nose: Very light for a Lagavulin, very bright too. Fruit, lime, lemon, oil, pineapple, lime juice.

    Taste: Light, some fruit, lime, building oily smoke, soot and lime.

    Finish: Medium length. Lime zest and olive oil.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  199. ScottFrench scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This Lagavulin 8 years has undeniable qualities. The aromas are precise, the profile is complex, and the length in the mouth is more than reasonable. At 80 € in France, the price / quality ratio is average. I greatly prefer his brother 8 years older, available for a lower price.
    • Nose
      young, fresh, chiselled with smells of vinegar and white wine, which fortunately are just passing by. The following is very vegetal and marine for a Lagavulin: algae, camphor, oysters, salt and even medicinal with antiseptic. Not very typical of the distillery! There are also some fruits like pear and lemon that gives pep to the whole. In the middle of all this, a fine smoke, not invasive, leaves notes of charcoal and ashes.
    • Taste
      powerful and rather bitter with dry notes of cereals, hay, hazelnut, smoke, ashes, salt but also mineral with gunflint and graphite. Below all this, there is a little sweetness with almond, a few apples and pears, lemon and plant / sweet aromas like stevia. It does not go much in the mouth.
    • Finish
      we thank the 48% to bring a good length and a beautiful persistence. On the aromatic level, we stay on the dry and mineral notes of smoke, ashes, gunflint, with some lemon and pear tips.

  200. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  201. Dieter_W scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yes, the whisky divorces at this Laga. Nothing with sherry or other ripening A thoroughly honest malt, with a great Brennereicharakter.
    I think he's very good
    • Nose
      Beautiful subtle nose of citrus, tangerines, smoky ham cubes with grated coconut and salt sprinkled.
    • Taste
      You have to give time in the glass, at the first try not so complex. But what he has is very good. The alcohol great involved soft, fruity, sweet, nothing stings Again, a very full flavor, creamy, the sweetness of the bright fruit, coconut macaroons. These were not exhausted barrels. Not thin or watered down.
    • Finish
      medium and dry

  202. hartist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A small 12 CS?
    • Nose
      Smoky smoke But, more discreetly than expected. It's more of a marine atmosphere that you have to talk about here: Embruns, crustaceans, seaweed and a touch of oil from the harbor. The following is more vegetable (hay, herbs) with fruits (some limes, oranges), some vanilla and caramel. Not bad for an 8 year old!
    • Taste
      Powerful body, supple texture and a well chiseled expression. Beautiful harmony of fruity notes, hardwoods, warm spices (ginger) wholesale On a carpet of ashes.
    • Finish
      Long and powerful, really on the ash with a bit of vegetal bitterness.

  203. irrerelevant did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy's Opinion on that one:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y17lGV45nnI89/100

  204. Glennie scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very fine. BUT it does taste Young. Not rough, but young in a rather pleasent way.

    Reminds of some Kilchomans and Port Askaig Cask Strength.

    It is to my liking, but I'm not blown away by it.

    Respect for the 8 yo age statement.

    I'm wondering if this really is a suitable 200 years anniversary bottling from this great distillery. I'm not sure. But it is a bold move. 
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  205. Shane_IL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky was balanced, tasty and quite complex for its age. I really liked the gentle peat profile on this and the wide range of smoky notes on it.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/05/21/lagavulin-8/
    • Nose
      Mix of mineral and earthy peat, not hugely dominant, but definitely the prime note here. Sea spray. Seaweed. Pears. Smoke from salty wood (like putting driftwood from the beach on the fire). Vanilla. Creme brulee. Olive oil.
    • Taste
      Salty, mineral peat. Cut slate. Ash. Old engine oil. Bitter wood. Vanilla. Bit of a young grainy note on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Salty. Bitter wood. A little iodine. Rubber. Slight note of cooked pears.

  206. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Tasted at Lagavulin Premium tasting.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  207. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    very well executed, and "cudos" for the age statement
    • Nose
      the nose is not far from the 16yo, but I find it to have more iodine and medicinal caracter
    • Taste
      the youth is noticable compared to the 16yo, but not in a bad way

      very good ballance between peat, salt and spice
    • Finish
      medium long, smooth peat, orange chocolate

  208. PowerTrader did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    My new youtube review of Lagavulin 8 year old.

    http://wp.me/p7tKaX-v

  209. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Unmistakably lagavulin and certainly not bad for 8 years. Not much depth in the taste. Just too expensive to buy a whole bottle of it.
    • Nose
      Smoke, ash with a clear lagavulin profile. Nuts, grass, clay, stone, lemon juice.
    • Taste
      Ash, smoke, pepper. Dust, wood and a little bit of vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      Starts sweet but ends quickly and dry. Citrus and especially campfire ash and smoke.

  210. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Not very smoky, rather fruity-spicy notes. Looks very interesting, a spicy Lagavulin, where there is still a lot to discover. Quite different from the standard 16 years.

  211. corbuso scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This Lagavulin is nicely made, smoky, clean and rather complex for its age, but it remains young and bitter. I prefer the older versions, that have more depth

  212. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  213. p4blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A faily complex young Lagavuling with excellent price tag and transparency that should be admired in the times of NAS whisky. +1 point for that.
    • Nose
      Clean, mineral smoke, barbecue, bonfire ash, rotten meat, freshly squeezed lemon juice, wet grass and stones. Rather typical Lagavulin profile.
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet initially, then tons of spices emerge with crushed white pepper and ginger. All this is covered by a layer of smoke.
    • Finish
      Quite long, but very spicy, drying and bitterish.

  214. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  215. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Young, fresh, uncomplicated, a successful affordable jubilee bottling
    • Nose
      Campfire, cold ashes, fresh lemon, sea salt
    • Taste
      Again campfire smoke and lemon, lots of sweetness
    • Finish
      Long and smoky

  216. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very strong, young salt bomb
    • Nose
      Typical Laga campfire, green apple, light grapes, malt, citrus, salt
    • Taste
      Quite a lot of salt & citrus, yeast, malt, grapes, salt, algae, pastries
    • Finish
      Medium through all the salt & citrus notes that stay

  217. Dede scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: it's young. Peaty and vegetable peat of course, lemon, but also lactic notes (pear yogurt). Plastic and cereal smoke.

    Palate: the attack is sweet and sweet, then comes a wave of peat, a lot of ash, lemon, and a very clear bitterness, evoking the gentian. The whole remains relatively round.

    Final: long and bitter, deep on the ashes.

    Conclusion: honest for 8 years, the 48% bringing the necessary density in the mouth. In the spirit of 12yo in less powerful and simpler. In another register, but less expensive, I prefer him this good old 16yo ...

  218. Murxus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A young Bourbon-cask based Laga as you might have acquaintance from some independant bottlers which were not allowed to name the distillery.
    Now in this case you know that you have a young Laga. That´s the good point, this way you might be able to identify  an independant young bottling more easily as Laga or not.
    The quality is as solid as it is expectable from Lagavulin, but I´d prefer the 16yo or the DE. But nice and revealing experience.

  219. rottendon scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    After two tastings, I'm not easier in the evaluation. Had he got a smooth 70 points the first time, then it is the second time 86 points. On average, that would be 78 points, but I do not know if that will do it justice. I therefore award two bonus points, which bring him at least to smooth 80 points, because in principle I think the idea to bring a boy with honest age as anniversary bottling on the market, good! That's just a philosophy question.
    When I visited Islay last fall, of course, Iain MacArthur tasted the upcoming 200-year activities in Warehouse Tasting and thus the anniversary bottling. He talked about the discussions that took place, including with the management, what to bring to the jubilee on the market, and he himself favored a young bottling, which then really everyone could afford.

    I think it's great that he was able to assert himself there, even if the 1815 von Ardbeg quality and representative of course more hermacht. Hardly a fan will ever be able to try it, here all fans can celebrate. Addendum: With a few weeks distance tried again, and there he was again, the unpleasant finish. Even after half a bar of chocolate, the soap sticks tightly to the palate. I'm sorry, because I still like the concept, but I'm going back to the original rating. Pity!
    • Nose
      Very fruity at the beginning and only slightly smoky, noticeable citrus notes, but very soft. Service life brings little change here. The smoky note becomes a little stronger, but remains quite mild overall. From time to time an indefinable, sweet Candynote to smell, always only very briefly, remains elusive. Heated, it shows up with higher density and approach of cake dough.
      The second tasting also shows camphor and the sweet notes are not tangible, but more definite, going towards the caramel. He also looks this time already in the nose clearly salty and a little ashier.
    • Taste
      Strong in onset, the mouthfeel is creamy, a dark, malty sweetness is the beginning, before it drifts towards salty menthols. He looks slightly metallic.
      At the second tasting even less sweet at the beginning, but with significantly more acid, already astringent in the mouth.
    • Finish
      In the finish, a very strangely musty note is formed, burning, salted cow dung is the spontaneous association, coffee, in which sugar is mixed with salt would also fit. This impression lasts much too long, it gives way only very slowly and leaves a soapy feeling on the tongue. Brrr, the departure is not mine. From the second sip, this feeling is not quite as strong, but it is now over. This impression of the first sip does not come back, but I suspect that this is due to the numbing of the mouth. I will do the days again a cross-check and then add the notes.
      After a counter-sample in the second tasting the impression could not be confirmed here. This time there was significantly less salt, but it was very dry, very astringent, but also completely soap-free. This time I also liked the finish extremely well.

  220. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    young and feisty. salt and smoke! malt sweetness and citrus also there. for this age a quite nice dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  221. EarlMobile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    This Lagavulin is only half the age of the standard 16-year-old. Accordingly, this is less complex and stormy, which reinforces the 48% Vol. The taste in my mouth is a lot of smoke, a lot of salt and a citrus note, which brings a little bitterness, hang. Tasty, but the 16er I prefer ...

  222. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    hmmm ... that's very nice, but again in the glass I do not need that now
    • Nose
      directly there is the typical Lagavulin smoke after campfire and smoke in the nose; in addition there are white grapes and bright apples; slight bitterness of citrus fruits; the alcohol is palpable; Over time, the malt becomes a little sweeter; I like the nose a bit better after the first sip, then it is a bit rounder overall and the smoke is not so prominent anymore
    • Taste
      creamy; first of all, bitterness and then sweetness; the smoke builds up gradually
    • Finish
      short to medium length; now the smoke is as present again as in the nose; hardly oak, slightly dry

  223. Delinquent scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  224. HW74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fine malt. For me it is, if I should rate it, right after the 12 CS Lagavulin and on the same with the 16 Lagavulin, the 16er taste is a little different. I love young smokers. Respect and a thank you for the age!

  225. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    No comparison to the 16-year-old! This is dominated by smoke, citrus fruits and a lot of salt. I miss the mild sweetness and fruit of the 16-year-old, but the 8-year-old has that certain something. The freshness and the smoke harmonize well, only the extremely salty aroma disturbs me a little. Not a bad malt, whereby I prefer the 16 for the almost same price.
    • Nose
      Fine smoke and a hint of sweet peat. The smoke is more intense and some citrus and malt are added. Slowly it starts to biter in the nose. The nose is reminiscent of phenolic and slightly salty.
    • Taste
      Intense and sweet smoke beats the first sip. In the taste there is hardly any fruit left, sweet malt dominates. Fresh yeast - I've never tasted such a taste with a whisky. Another salty aroma. Citrus fruits return, a layer of salt lays on the tongue. Still very fresh.
    • Finish
      The finish begins extremely salty before again dominated by intense smoke. Some sweetness and lemons return, light spice is created. Discreet notes of wood and vanilla are noticeable.

  226. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  227. Bloempin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  228. Harvey scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This has "textbook" Lagavulin profile from bourbon casks, as far as i´m concerned. Great malt and all the respect for it having an age statement.

  229. Albaron scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    I like it. Of course, does not have the complexity of the 16er or the DE, but is straightforward and easy, the Lagavulin character is clearly visible. The Lagavulin 'beer' can be found here again.
    • Nose
      light alcohol, delicate phenolic smoke, lemon, coconut, bread dough, oatmeal, yeast, some malt and slightly salty
    • Taste
      mild, lemon, malt, toffee, creamy, slightly oily, here clear smoke and some salt, malt
    • Finish
      The smoke remains, then the malt, the vanilla and very slightly oak

  230. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  231. Noface83 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Honest and simple Jubi whisky. Fresh but not biting smoke on the coast. Fresh lemon and some grassiness. Strong yeast and malt notes. Hardly any influence from the oak - therefore a very good impression of the Brennereicharakter.
    Like with its simplicity but that certain something (more oak) is missing.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  232. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  233. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  234. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Peat, Citrus fruit. Earthy. Feels young, but very balanced. Softer on the nose than I had expected of a young peater. Quite Fresh.

    Taste: Salty and Sour. Clean Peat, a Little Ash. Citrus Fruits. A bit of Oak, with some Vanilla and Bitterness. Again Soft and Balanced.

    Finish: Smooth but Long Finish. With Peat, a little Ash and some Peppers.

    Very Balanced and Clean. Not as Feisty as I expected.

  235. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Spices and smoke in the first place, then fruits but not too pronounced, on the side of the apple with crushed seeds and orange peel in the background.
    Honey, pepper, vanilla and peat come "only" after.
    Final succinct.

  236. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very nice, 87/88. It doesn't have the finesse and complexity of the 12YO though.
    • Nose
      Quite sweet with lime and orange. Vegetal peat. A bit of vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      Peat, pepper, lime, orange and toffee.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, lime and orange.

  237. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I like him quite well, so much in advance. But here is what I said last year about the respective Anniversary bottlings of the other two 'Golden Mile distilleries' Ardbeg and Laphroaig. For the anniversary IMHO may actually be something more. Eye / nose: optically very bright, almost clear. Somewhere between bright white wine and vodka. In the nose The malt itself is a typical young Laga in terms of taste. Maritime impression. Slight pepperiness in the nose, some honey sweetness ... Palate: first impression - a very pleasant consistency. Sofar a little oily. Then he shows his youth and wildness. Despite the drinking strength I feel it on the tongue but a bit sprittig, Not bad but not really inspiring. Fruit. Reminiscent of apple compote. The usual Laga smoke and a little honey form the frame. Finish / Conclusion: Here the Laga finally reaches its limits. The reverberation seems - for a Laga - quite thin and rather short. Light spiciness, a little bit of lemon and of course the inevitable smoke remain without having a lasting effect. All in all, no bad malt, no real mishaps. For my taste but also nothing special. Add some alcohol, halving the maturity and price a bit higher. Beautiful formula and from the point of view of the distillery, absolutely understandable. But from the point of view of the customer, the better is well known as the enemy of the good. Would I buy more? For about 50, - EUR you can buy it in isolation, there is nothing. I will not buy it anyway. Why? I really like the 12 Cask Strengths and especially the very complex, classic Laga 16. Also, I would prefer some of the drinking or barrel-strong UA Lagas like Còmhlan 1 and the Dun Naomhaig Water Batches from Reifferscheids. Now the 12er CS are much more expensive, okay. But the UAs that I have in mind and especially the good old 16er Laga, they are not.

  238. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  239. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  240. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2016/lagavulin-vertical-39555/ Color: Chardonnay
    Nose: Oh, Kilchoman in the glass? Green aromas, grapefruit, lime, salt and pepper - and not a little. Honey, peaty smoke and hints of vanilla (creme brulee), aromas of freshly peeled green apples develop in the glass.
    Taste: Creamy, quite thick and powerfully salty-sweet. Vanilla with lots of fruity lime and peat, dry leather, seaweed, iodine, marine dew and some eucalyptus.
    Finish: Medium length - with green aromas throughout and lots of vanilla! Again, smoke, peat, wet coal, sweet lime in the finish. Getting drier, but without any wood. Sweet peat and lime remain on the tongue.
    Remark: Overall good - for a 8yo a really successful bottling, which in retrospect puts out a 15yo Laphroaig loosely.
    88 points (nose: 88 / taste: 89 / finish: 88)

  241. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    so far my whisky of the year. a real belter despite its young age.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  242. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  243. tymiek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  244. steinrich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  245. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great Islay whisky. Smoky, (bit) dirty, greasy ... lovely !!
    He will be gone quickly ...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  246. Thriest scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  247. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  248. Othorion scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    a fresh, young Laga that convinces me tastily and I can imagine well in the spring for barbecues with friends. The higher alcohol content and the associated stronger aromas compensate for my personal feeling the higher complexity of the 16 year old, therefore the same rating for both of me. Whether the limitation justifies that it costs more even though it is only half that age, everyone has to decide for themselves. For me he is a nice addition to 16 yo and 12 yo cask strength
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke, then my favorite with Lagas smoked ham, after a while come through fresh fruit notes, lemon and sweet pineapple, salty breeze and removed some iodine
    • Taste
      strong, smoky, slightly black pepper, warmth floods the mouth while bacon, lemon, slightly sweet orange and campfire smoke flatter the palate
    • Finish
      medium long, warming, sweet, orange peel and still smoke and cold ashes

  249. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  250. erikz scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Very flat and bland Lagavulin expression. No depth, not that good at all. I rather stick with the 16yo or one of the superb 12yo CS releases from the last couple of years.

  251. XorLophaX scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 87/100 points - "nice summer dram". The Lagavulin 8 is a surprising 200th anniversary edition of mine, but follows the current trend of bringing younger whiskys (besides NAS) to the market - of course, the old ones are running low and a 20+ Lagavulin would be far too expensive to be sold in bulk. Overall, the Lagavulin 8 is a honest and summery whisky. Uncomplicated, refreshing and fruity at the same time. Whether the price of 50 € + is justified, everyone has to decide for themselves, then you get the very good 16-year-old ... Personally, I like both, because the 8er but shows other characteristics. Link to my blog with photos: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/460
    • Nose
      First you notice the smoky bacon flavor, coupled with a subtle saltiness. The alcohol is well integrated and hardly noticeable. Next comes fruity notes of lemon, orange peel and pineapple. In the background vanilla and some sweetness sees the light of day. Very nice, harmonious nose.
    • Taste
      Significantly peatier than you think. The fiery fire roasts the bacon while squeezing lemon over the sea-scented fish. Overall, very fresh and fruity with a clear citrus note and noticeable alcohol.
    • Finish
      Medium-length finish dominated by smoke, covered in lemon. The result is a dry mouthfeel, a smoky ash coating on the tongue and citrus on the palate.

  252. spezi1988 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me very strongly of a Finlaggan CS added with some water Confirmed in my opinion that is in this young Lagavulin. The 8yo is a bit more complex, if only a little bit more. For 40 € the bottle would be fine in my opinion. But since we have a special edition in front of us, the price of 50-55 € is okay.

  253. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ok, I am officially in love. This malt pushes all the right buttons: it's clean and crisp, basically the essence of what Lagavulin's distillate in capable of. Closing my eyes I feel taken back to my 2014 warehouse tour. The 8 has much in common with Laga's new make - and that's a really good thing!

    Compared to the 16 it's less complex, naturally less woody, less balanced but at the same time more fruity, more honest and a lot sexier, if you ask me.

    Maybe see the 16 as an elaborate, well-mannered and likewise -situated white collar worker, whereas the 8 is an honest, down-to-earth, hard-working blue collar craftsman with a bunch of tricks up his sleeves.

    Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but in this instance I say the 8 is just more exiting, complex and peaty enough yet easy to sip throughout the evening where the intensity of the 16 demands your attention a few times too often to fully relax.

    8 = nice evening with friends, 16 = theatre visit

    I sure love my Lagas with oak influence and the additional PX finish, but this here lays the foundation - and a bloody good one it is!

  254. Doctor B. scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  255. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  256. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    One might complain that a distillery like Lagavulin, on the occasion of its 200th birthday, seems to have come up with nothing better than to launch a single 8-year-old single malt - which, due to its "limitation", sells more expensive than the 16 - Yearly standard bottling, with a story to go to the legendary A. Barnard, who visited the distillery during its 200-year existence and described an 8-year-old bottling as extraordinary. But you can also enjoy the fact that the distillery delights its friends and fans with an affordable even for the masses filling, which also carries an age in times of dwindling old barrels. For just 8 years, this is already a very mature and balanced malt that can not hide its youthful ferocity - but it does not have to. You get what you can and should expect from an 8-year-old, 48% bottled Lagavulin: stormy youth with adult accents.
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke is the first thing that hits the nose here. Quite quickly fruity notes appear, which play towards lemons and limes. There is also a touch of pineapple. Sea salt resonates in the background. The nose quickly gets used to the smoke and fades it out. The salt note becomes stronger, but at the same time the fruit increases in intensity. Some lilac is added. Peat with medical impact shows up.
    • Taste
      In the beginning, there is a strong peat note, interspersed with lemon peel. Sea salt, damp soil. Cliffs hit by the surf. Powerfully warming, he dresses the mouth completely. A smoldering campfire, bacon strips. All "hard" flavors such as peat, campfire and bacon are enveloped by the clear lemon note, so that a fruity sweetness lays on the lips, which carries a salt note in the background.
    • Finish
      The peat and smoke in the mouth are left behind in the dry finish, while the lemony / lime fruit sweetness on the tip of the tongue makes it cozy.

  257. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: soft with beautiful notes of bacon, memories of the sea with some salt, seaweed and even some iodine salt, with white pepper, then the fruit is better with some orange and lemon, alcohol is well integrated Taste: soft, sweet and fruity, sometimes the orange is much clearer than in the nose, then comes the peat / smoke with campfire notes and some salt, plus some pepper and cloves Finish: short to medium, slightly sweetish smoke with bacon and caramel and vanilla, then some pepper and a very subtle oak note, getting dry Conclusion: delicious, very good drinkable, for the age a very high complexity, even if he can not completely hide his youthfulness ... 5 years more and that would be a top painter. Definitely no water required - 86 points

  258. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is classic Lagavulin! Clean smoky character in perfect balance with
    fruity sweetness and intense spiciness. Complex, mature and
    well-crafted, despite its youth. One for the hip flask for a seaside
    walk on the shore of Lagavulin Bay. Well chosen to celebrate the
    distillery's anniversary. An age statement limited edition without any
    exaggerated price tag. Much appreciated!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776/
    • Nose
      Fresh and intense on the nose. Seaweed, oysters and peat smoke at first,
      followed by lingering notes of lemons and orange peel. Slightly
      medicinal character, bandages and cereal notes emerge, lovely mixed with
      green banana, delicate peaty flavours and a whiff of wood smoke. Very
      appealing and refreshing. Yes - that's Lagavulin!
    • Taste
      Deliciously sweet start on the palate with yellow fruit - lemons,
      oranges - and subtle honey. This is immediately followed by an intense
      spicy punch of pepper, oak, cloves and allspice, lovely interwoven with
      crisp cereal, oatmeal and wood smoke. Becomes significantly drier
      towards the finish with peat, tender maritime flavours, allspice and a
      briny coastal edge. Lovely seductive!
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warm and lingering sweet. Austere and slightly
      astringent, with wood smoke, orange peel, cereal notes and peat
      lingering for a long time on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Fresh and clean
      on the nose with a wee drop of water. Sea breeze, vanilla, and citric
      fruits intermingle with cloves, peat and tender wood smoke in the back.
      Still intense on the palate. Sweet orange juice and honey are in perfect
      harmony with spiced oak, pepper, nutmeg and hints of caramelised
      ginger. The finish is still long, sweet and warm with a whiff of
      walnuts, peat, smoke and coastal flavours.

  259. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    After having the pleasure and privilege of doing the Lagavulin warehouse tasting tour again last week (worth making the trip to Islay for on its own!), I was simply hoping that this would come close to the quality of any of the drams I got to try in the depths of the hallowed warehouse. And I was not disappointed! This is a 'true' Lagavulin. Young, yes, but not immature, and showing all the trademark signatures of the Laga spirit I so love. The crystal-clean peat that dominates the nose is very reminiscent of the recent 12yo OB, but needed a drop of water to release the additional sweet and sharp (citrus) fruits. A touch of something oily and slightly metallic (in a good way) steals in too, with the salty sea air keeping things wonderfully fresh and alive. Very close to the 12yo profile then, but perhaps even more 'clean' and straight to the point. Great stuff! The palate carries on where the nose left off, but here it diverges slightly more from the 12yo profile in that the edginess of youth is more in evidence (again, not necessarily a bad thing as it brings a unique profile and experience), and with less fruity sweetness. A drop of water released some more fruits and also brought forward the sooty peat, which leads into a long, salty and smoky finish. Sea salt lingers on the tongue long after you've finished the dram. Great stuff. Younger profile than the 12yo, but clearly based on the same top-quality spirit. Fairly-priced too. If given the choice of the 12yo (2015 release I scored at 91), or this with £30 left in my pocket, I'd struggle to make a decision! Either way, this is a dram that everyone who loves Lagavulin should try.

  260. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: instantly soft on the nose, with clean, fresh notes, combined with light hints of milk chocolate and lemon; After that, pleasant, tea-smelling smoke develops along the nose - dry, maritime aromas with fine cereals Taste: light texture on the palate, with a wonderful Lagavulin flavor that surpasses expectations; sweet, smoky and warm, with an increasingly smoky pungency, then dryness and more smoke Finish: great finish: pure, very long and smoky. A sophisticated, excellently processed Lagavulin special bottling with pure, smoky aromas and an impressive taste Notes of the distillery

  261. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: Immediately quite soft with clean, fresh notes, faint hints of milk chocolate and lemon and then developing fragrant tea-scented smoke alongside nose-drying, maritime aromas, with subtle cereal. A prickliness seen earlier now develops, while the trademark Lagavulin dryness emerges as fresh newsprint. Softly sooty. Softer, fuller and more rounded with water: it’s not hugely fruity but there’s just a trace of red berry preserve, perhaps, beneath the smokiness, which comes sharply into focus.

    Palate: A soothing light texture, with a magnificently full on Lagavulin taste that’s somehow even bigger than you expect; sweet, smoky and warming, with a growing, smoky pungency, then dry, with more smoke. Charred, with minty, dark chocolate. Beautifully balanced midpalate then salty, oven-charred baked potato skins and smoke. Water rounds things, the taste still mighty yet more succulent, sweeter, spicier and now tongue-tingling, mint-fresh and warming.

    Finish: Lovely; clean, very long and smoky. Smoothly, subtle minted smoke surrounds chocolate tannins, leaving a late drying note to emerge in time. It’s warming, soft and still smoky with water, not as long or intense now, yet still leaving the palate dry as sweet smoke lingers on the breath.

  262. Gonathras did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Lagavulin 8 yo (48%, OB, 200th Anniversary, 2016) I think it’s very smart that whilst the whisky’s quite young, they have decided to disclose its age, and to go ‘transparent’. That’s true modern luxury if you ask me (relation plus story plus DETAILS), while other, ach, erm, brands are issuing innumerable new NAS bottlings with only stories these days, and are really starting to blur their image and reputation (which are tomorrow’s sales, remember). As always, my humble opinion, and after all, we’re here for the whisky. So… Colour: white wine. Nose: precision, that’s the first word that springs to mind. Bandages, cane juice, hay, and marzipan, then seaweed, oysters, and diesel oil, then ink, mezcal, grist, and wet wool. Plus one blueberry. Mouth: this is where it kills the IB. This is much better chiselled, purer, better focused, much more distillate-driven, and sharp. And it’s very ashy, sooty, smoky, you’d almost believe you just ate the ashtray. It surprises me a bit that they didn’t decide on a rounder and sweeter style, but for obvious reasons, I won’t complain. Love this style! It’s actually very dry. Also fresh walnuts. Salted fresh walnuts. Strength and body are perfect. Finish: long and austere, on pretty much the same flavours, but drops of orange juice are playing it a little sexier in the aftertaste. Perhaps a little ginger tonic? Comments: it’s really the words purity and precision that rule here, there’s no make-up, no Botox, no dye, and no silicone. Some pure, totally crystalline Lagavulinity (what?) that makes you want to take the next flight(s) to Islay and to go kiss the Distillery Manager on both cheeks. Huge quality/age ratio. Happy 200th, Lagavulin!SGP:358 - 90 points.

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