Ultimate Beverage Challenge 97
"The nose reveals notes of toasted rye bread, prune and tobacco. The palate is really savory and develops in waves of flavors. Butterscotch, burnt sugar and toffee come through in the finish. 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge (Great Value)(Chairman’s Trophy) (Apr 2018)
Wine Enthusiast 90 - TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017
"Look for a straw hue and unmistakably peaty, smoky scent. On the palate, fruity sweetness leads at first, quickly morphing into a billow of pungent peat smoke. Quite drying, and finishes fiery. Water tamps down the alcohol heat and brings more orchard fruit forward. Released in 2016 to honor Alfred Barnard, considered to be the first whiskey writer, as part of the 200th anniversary of Lagavulin."
" Lagavulin 8 is a delicate light gold that almost appears clear from certain angles. But anyone fearing a watered-down Lagavulin experience should be reassured by the robust punch of salt, brine and smoke on the nose, conjuring fresh oysters. The initial taste at the front of the palate is light and less restrained than its older counterparts—it feels as close to “refreshing” as any whisky could be.
But then notes of spice begin to build at the middle of the palate, and those familiar Lagavulin flavors of smoke and salt make themselves known with a heavy dose of spice. The flavors linger, then build onto the back of the palate, where a final savory note blooms and ends with oak. " ~ Distillery notes
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Pot stills at Lagavulin Distillery
The distillery of Lagavulin officially dates from 1816, when John Jonston and Archibald Campbell constructed two distilleries on the site. One of them became Lagavulin, taking over the other--which one is not exactly known. Records show illicit distillation in at least ten illegal distilleries on the site as far back as 1742, however. In the 19th century, several legal battles ensued with their neighbour Laphroaig, brought about after the distiller at Lagavulin, Sir Peter Mackie, leased the Laphroaig distillery. It is said that Mackie attempted to copy Laphroaig's style. Since the water and peat at Lagavulin's premises was different from that at Laphroaig's, the result was different. The Lagavulin distillery is located in the village of the same name.
Lagavulin is known for its producer's use of a slow distillation speed and pear shaped pot stills. The two wash stills have a capacity of 11,000 Litres and the two spirit stills of 12,500 Litres each.