The last of the new scotch, the Lagavulin is also the last entry in the Classic Malts Strong Collection and it definitely lives up to its name.
Jono – Tanned, wooden & very sweet.
Vanni – leather & bacon.
Me – musty, leathery. Peaty & very potent.
Jono – mellows very nicely.
Vanni – less smokey, better straight.
Me – fruitiness comes out.
Try it? Definitely! Buy it? maybe a small one first.
Simon – Well, this is a first. We’ve had articles with later contributions being added before publication, but this is our post-publish update AND our first guest post! Take it away, Jeremy & Valérie:
Let’s open with the disclaimers. In terms of adjectives used to describe me, classy probably doesn’t rank in the top 30. Alcoholic might, but only if modified by highly functional, so I don’t know if it really counts. My experience of Scotch whiskeys, while fairly long, is also rather thin. I only recently learned that Peaty and Smoky were more than just good nicknames for pirates. In spite of this, Simon has asked me to provide a review of Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey aged 16 years.
Since I’m new to this, I’ll simply follow the format Simon et al. have set out. Since I lack a little confidence, I’ll drag my wife along with me.
A little context: I bought this particular bottle because I reached a milestone that required purchasing at least $150 worth of booze for my friends on a day when no one could get drunk. Buckabeer was out of the question. So I bought the most expensive bottle of Scotch Belleville had to offer (along with a fairly cheapish Châteauneuf-du-Pape) and hoped for the best. I wasn’t disappointed.
smell (just to be clear, we wrote down our notes before sharing to avoid bias)
Jeremy – mossy smoke, citrus, cherry
Valérie – my grandmother, wood, moss, orange blossom
Jeremy – silky, warm without burning, pepper, nutmeg, citrus, smoky aftertaste
Valérie – black licorice candy with an aftertaste of campfire
Jeremy – still silky, newish leather, some of that citrus and pepper from before
Valérie – same as before but sweeter and with attenuation of the smoky aftertaste
Try it? Yes. Buy it? If you’ve got a little extra burning a hole in your pocket, or if you’re looking to impress.