In the world of whisky, we often judge a dram by its age. The older it is the better it will be. An 18-year-old Macallan sherry cask is superior to its younger sibling. The Glenfiddich 18 is more refined when compared to the 12. To a point, it is a matter of prestige for some collectors to have the oldest whisky in their cabinet. Not so in the case of Lagavulin 8, a whisky James has expressed delight in multiple times on TVG’s social channels.
Lagavulin 8 is the younger sibling and half the age of the much vaunted Lagavulin 16. It is immaculately balanced with sweetness and restrained peat.
This gem was bottled to commemorate the 200th anniversary of this fine distillery. It is a limited edition. So do yourselves a favour and get onto this now. I am already seeing prices increasing and expect it to double in a years time.
So let us get into what matters most and that’s the liquid gold itself.
The Nose (Aromas)
There is slight medicinal notes which is dominated by the peat, smoke and leathery aromas. Here I will admit this where the Lagavulin 16 delivers a better complexity.
Right from the outset honey hits the palate and slowly introducing vanilla which clashes with the peat and peppery hint comes towards the end. The peat here is restrained. So if your palate isn’t quite ready for smoky whiskies this is a perfect place to start – there is amazing balance.
Finish (After Taste)
The finish is magnificent with charred smoke which lingers a long while with a touch of coastal saltiness and sweetness of oak charming in for good measure.
Overall, this dram shatters the myth that age is a key factor in determining the quality of whisky. There is no doubt I’ll be going for seconds on this one.
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