One of the holy trinity from the Southern coast of Islay, we are delighted to welcome our first (official) Lagavulin to the WTC party. Like the Highland Park 18, this is one of the all-time greats. Lagavulin take their time, not just in the maturation but also in the fermentation and distillation processes to ensure the spirit retains its robust character. Very different from its near neighbours, Ardbeg and Laphroaig, this is a rich and powerful malt, oily and salty, peaty and iodine, with notes of coffee and gunpowder tea. Once drunk, never forgotten. A bit like Oliver Reed.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Rockpools. Peat. Iodine. Salty, Oily. Bitter orange. Coffee. Gunpowder tea. Soy sauce.
Palate: Dark and brooding. Enormously peaty yet light and minty, smoothed by the sherry influence and a almond cream. Light oaked. Chicory. Iím not sure I have a sufficient vocabulary to articulate this. Iíll let you do it.
Retails for around £45-55