Before I continue with more Scotland trip posts and more recent whiskies reviews, we shouldn’t forget those ‘archived’ tasting notes in the my notebook. It’s still weekend in Europe, it’s winter weather here (at least), so we’ll go for some treat of peat and sweet – the Lagavulin Distiller’s edition.
Lagavulin “Double Matured” Distiller’s Edition (1996-2012) (OB, 43%, buy for £64.03 here)
Nose: at first a wave of trademarked lagavulin peat and ashes, soon joined with sweet PX notes – raisins, red berries. After they merged together we get some spicy BBQ smoke with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very nice nose.
Palate: Starts with ashes and smoke and being overridden with thick sweet PX. Chewy, oily and mouth coating.
Finish: short-medium, some fruits, then lots of peaty sweet after-taste coupled with peppery oak notes (finally)
Conclusion: Well, It’s a decent whisky, combining peat and PX sherry sweetness but something just doesn’t click here, the peat and sweet aren’t working together very well here. I prefer the standard Lagavulin 16 to this one (or the Laphroaig PX which can be partially seen as equivalent for peat and sweet combo). If you buy a bottle of this, you’ll enjoy it, but at this price there are better drinks to spend your money on – like the Lagavulin 16 (and spare to buy another bottle)