Lagavulin 1994 Distillers Edition – 43% abv
Info: Lagavulin, finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Yum. Distilled 1994, bottled 2010. 43% abv.
Colour: Rusty gold, slightly orangey.
Nose: On the nose you’ve got those sassy Lagavulin notes; sweet peat, ozone, salty sea breeze, Lapsang… but it’s all held in check a little by beautiful rich fruitcake fruit notes from the secondary maturation in sweet PX sherry casks. Almost a drop of milk chocolate, hints of seville orange marmalade.
Palate: On the palate it’s fairly oily, it’s laid back and easy on your tongue, hints of spices. There’s sweet Christmas fruitcake flavours amongst gentle peat and moss notes, the two integrating perfectly together. A slight tar background with hints of salt.
Finish: The finish is long, warming, slightly costal (hints of seaweed) with a crack of pepper. You’re given an Islay hug as if to say you’re home and all your cares can go away.
Thoughts: One of my most favourite drams. It’s the royalty of Islay, and with the addition of some maturation in Sherry it’s a late night sipper to relax with and enjoy.
Available: The 1994 edition is probably not easily found, but there is a new release every year, and they’re always good, and always fairly similar! Master of Malt – £73.96 (Currently £55 on Amazon for Prime members).
Sample from my own stocks.
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