Lagavulin 08-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition - 200th Anniversary
Stated Age
08 years old
Refill American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
23 Feb 2016 10:15 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 70.85

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 08-year-old

247 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.55 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 83 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 (£50) : 5/10
    • 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.

  4. 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

  5. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [Notes from 04/16/2016] Pale straw

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  6. LordIslay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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


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