Review: Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

16 yrs
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Lagavulin (Lagavulin, Scotland)

This is similar to the regular Lagavulin 16 years old, only it is finished in different casks - in this case PX sherry, and bottled in limited quantities as a special edition.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Distilled 1997; Bottled 2013

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Lots of grape here. Complex – with tar and smoke, and still lightened by fruity sweetness. It reminds me, surprisingly, of mezcal on the nose. Terrific fruitiness offsetting everything else that is going on. Peach, oranges, oak, apple seeds, lime, freeze dried vegetables – if you ever smelled them coming from a pack of instant ramen noodles. Dried apricot, salted smoked meat, The palate is sweet, balanced, contrasting dried fruits with smoke, and full of bonfire and terrific minerality. Dried, smoking leaves, maple syrup, grape, light oak, currants, clove, cinnamon, dried papaya… If the nose made you question the whisky whatsoever, the palate will not. Finishes with rich, thick, smoke, peaches, creaminess, almond oil, ash, and light oak. Oh Lagavulin…. Terrific. The finish, as usual, with Lagavulin is just unbelievable.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $160 (which means it’s good enough to offset the cost and still stay as an “average” value buy).