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Lagavulin 08-year-old

Category Single Malt from Islay, Scotland
Details Details
Distillery
District Islay
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie Limited Edition - 200th Anniversary
Bottled 2016
Age 08 years old
Casktype Refill American Oak Casks
Strength 48.0 % Vol.
Number of bottles 20000
Size 700 ml
Bottle code L6075CM000 02499284
Barcode 5000281045146
Price 44.72$ 47.85£ 38.46
Colored
Added 23 Feb 2016 10:37 pm by maltaholic
hs305 Review note
about a week ago
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

Excellent cask selection by Pinky or whoever was responsible for that -  a fat, clean, absolutely flawless Lagavulin that represents the distillery profile to its best.

Yes, it is just 8 years old but by no means it is immature - despite its young age.  I had a lot of much, much older whiskies that were less mature than this one (and usually full of flaws).  If one wants to discover the original, unmasked Lagavulin profile this is the dram to start with.  Forget about the sherry drained 16 year old (a very nice dram, indeed) or the even more masked Distillers Edition (I like it very much too, but again, this is Lagavulin in disguise).

I am absolutely flabbergasted by this release - Lagavulin as naked as a Lagavulin can be.  The price is more than okayish, and looking at the quality of this dram I even would call this a bargain.  I will save some bottles for my retirement (you know, when you get older your senses will weaken and therefore you prefer strong, powerful and clean spirits then - just the way this Lagavulin is).  Not kidding....

Weighted Rate
90
Nose
88
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
92
Price
92
Presentation
86
domani Tasting note
about a week ago
domani gave this whisky 81 points
Color
White wine
Nose

Lagerfeuer, aber nicht so sehr ausgeprägt wie erwartet, etwas Barbecue im Hintergrund, nasses Holz, mineralisch, salzig-maritim, Zitrone, grüner Apfel, ein Anflug von Vanille 

Taste

Rauch, aber auch hier finde ich den Rauch nicht so dominant wie erwartet, Malzsüße, herb, erdig, salzig, trocken, etwas Vanille, Zitrone, Menthol, Lakritz

Finish

Mittellang

Comments

Ich finde ihn ganz gut gemacht. Ein junger, rauchiger von der Insel Islay. Klar ist er nicht mit dem 16-jährigen zu vergleichen aber halb so alt muss nicht zwangsläufig halb so gut bedeuten. Jung verbinde ich bei diesem 8-jährigen eher mit frisch, lebhaft und impulsiv - 11.02.2017 

Macerik Review note
less than a month ago
Macerik gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83
Nose
84
Initial taste
84
Body
85
Finish
82
Price
79
Presentation
84
[my-collection]
kaasklop Tasting note
less than a month ago
kaasklop gave this whisky 86 points
Color
White wine
Nose

Een lekkere boterachtige graslucht, fris, niet overdadig

Taste
Bij aanvang eerst citroenolie, jeneverbes en herfstbladeren.in tweede instantie komt de smokiness goed tot zijn recht. Ziltig en zoet zijn goed in balans.
Finish
Toch wat aan de korte kant. wel aangenaam en warm
Comments

Wijkt af van de traditionele lagavulin maar is daarom misschien ook wel een welkome afwisseling, zeker voor deze prijs

kaasklop Review note
less than a month ago
kaasklop gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
85
Initial taste
84
Body
87
Finish
84
Price
88
Presentation
87
Thermidor Note
less than a month ago
Thermidor gave this whisky 86 points

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".

BXpress Tasting note
about a month ago
BXpress gave this whisky 84 points
Color
White wine
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.

Comments

sample.

I wouldn't want to drink it every day, but it's a nice experience.

ovanpuyvelde Review note
about a month ago
ovanpuyvelde gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
83
Initial taste
86
Body
87
Finish
85
Price
88
Presentation
87
Pollenflug Tasting note
about a month ago
Pollenflug gave this whisky 87 points
Color
White wine
Nose

Weniger Rauch als erwartet, maritim-salzig, süß, ein Hauch Vanille, leicht floral, helle Früchte wie Äpfel, Birnen und Zitrone. Würzige Eichennoten sucht man vergebens. Der Brennereicharakter kommt bereits jetzt sehr gut zur Geltung.

Taste

Kraftvoller Antritt (48% Alkohol), trockener starker Lagerfeuerrauch, leicht pfeffrig, malzig, helle Fruchtnoten kommen nun zum Vorschein, verweilen jedoch angenehm im Hintergrund. Äpfel, Zitronen und die vanillige Süße bilden einen schönen Kontrast zur intensiven Rauchnote. Die maritime Salzigkeit rundet das durchaus komplexe Gesamtbild ab – für einen nur acht Jahre alten Whisky gefällt mir das ingesamt sehr gut!

Finish

Dominanter Rauch, trockener werdend mit ganz dezenten Holznoten, Malz, salzig, leicht süß mit einem Hauch Vanille. Mittellang.

Comments
helmutgw Review note
about a month ago
helmutgw gave this whisky 86 points

F: Weißwein

N: süß, geräucherte Banane / Geleebanane

G: wenig Alkohol, Fruchtparade, Rauch - aber nicht aufdringlich, süß

A: lang, süß, Rauch, etwas Alkohol

+H2O: wird runder, intensivere Früchte

Weighted Rate
86
Nose
88
Initial taste
86
Body
84
Finish
84
Price
87
Presentation
87
helmutgw
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Overall rating All versions
652 member votes
86.02
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
86.25
Nose - Aroma
86.21
Initial taste
86.37
Body
86.16
Finish
85.95
Price
86.06
Presentation
87.06
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