Islay Whisky Classics No.18 – Lagavulin Distillery Only

Both the Diageo Distilleries on Islay did a release that was only available over the counter at the distillery , both are Non-age statement (NAS) whiskies , Lagavulins was bottled in 2010 from the same spirit that goes into the Distillers Edition (Double matured in ex-Pedro Ximenez casks) but had been left to mature for extra years .

Lagavulin Distillery Only

This one’s bottled at 52.5% abv and it’s all the better for the extra strength and extra time in the cask . Polished Amber in colour , the nose is a beautifully smoked sweet sherry , the sweetness seems to dominate after a time , loads of confectioners sugar but luckily the smoky sherry keeps fighting back . The Palate is a lovely mixture of smoke , sherry and peat , another silky smooth dram with a kick at the end. The finish is long , spicy , smoky and really chewy . A nicely balanced and complex malt , definitely better than the Distillers Edition !

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