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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015


This year, I'll be going back to Islay for the first time in 4 years... and I'm looking very much forward to it :-)
2015 is also the Bicentennial for 2 of Islay's most prominent distilleries, Ardbeg and Laphroaig but we must not forget the distillery located in between the two... Lagavulin!

For some die-hard Islay-fans, Lagavulin has become their new go-to distillery when they discovered a noticeable change in the make-up of their usual tipple - now, this may be a coincidence... or maybe not, as we've seen quite a few distilleries come up with new product ranges and discontinuing old ones.

Now, Lagavulin distillery seems to be a rock solid distillery with only a few different bottlings available and one of them is the annual release of their 12yo expression. It's an ex-bourbon matured version, praised highly over the past years and the 2013 edition is no exception.

Lagavulin Distillery, August 12th 2009 © The Malt Desk

Lagavulin 12yo (2013) 55,1%, refill ex-bourbon casks, Distillery bottling

Colour is pale straw

Sweet peat and citrus immediately hits the nose along with a burnt leaves, ozone, a nipping salty feeling, tar and dried seaweed, damp earth and chimney soot. After a while the citrus notes stands out more, leaving you with a feeling of fresh lemon/lime and heavily smoked salmon and mineral note like hot sand.

A lovely sweet and creamy arrival before a peat and spice blast sets in followed by salted apple, vanilla, ash and blood oranges and some mineral and vegetal notes. The finish gets dry at first, then goes all creamy and peaty barley-lishious (that a word? well, it is now) with peppery spices running along the edges of your tongue.

This is really good whisky and goes to show that Lagavulin is truly one of Islay's best distilleries.


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