Having gone a bit soft for the first two editions of WOTM, it’s time to talk about a real bollock-busting dram. The standard Lagavulin is a 16 year old malt, a real beauty of a whisky packed with peaty intensity. Just before Christmas I got hold of the Distiller’s Edition. This is a bit like a regular 16 Y/O, except that it’s been double matured, which means that at least part of its maturation has been inside Spanish sherry casks.
I reckon this version is absolutely superb. It has the firey yet smooth explosion of flavour seen with the regular 16 Y/O, with a little hint of sweetness from the sherry cask maturation. Towards the end you get the most fantastic warm, slightly salty afterglow. There’s a good bucket-full of peat throughtout. It’s certainly a full-blooded Islay, but with a satisfying complexity that goes beyond the sensory napalming of the Laphroaigs.
What a wonderful colour… deep amber and delicious. This is truly a whisky to be a savoured slowly. I plan on stretching mine out for as long as possible, sharing it with as few lucky people as I can get away with… It’s a whisky to inspire selfishness.
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