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A 200th Anniversary Bottling Of Lagavulin You Won’t Want To Miss - 04/12/2017 - Single Malt Scotch

The Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition is as about a picture perfect bottle of Scotch as you can find. Fresh, vibrant, and perfectly balanced it is a worthy holder of its illustrious 200th Anniversary designation. Made in homage to the famous imbibers tome "The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland" by Alfred Barnard, this single malt manages to offer a glimpse into the whiskies of a bygone era while still conveying a unique modern style. Every bit as good as, and according to many a palate even better than the coveted 16 year, this Limited Edition bottling can be had for a song when compared to malts of like quality and status. What’s more, it’s not often to find a bottle that has an engaging a history as it is delicious, but here you have it in the Lagavulin 8 Year Old. To learn more about this terrific bottling be sure to check out our recent Spirits Journal post.

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

Whisky Advocate: "Light in color it may be, but this is no wimp. The nose goes straight to the shore with mineral and salt, but its also sweet, which allows it to be fresh, lively, yet balanced. The palate delivers some menthol, bay laurel, more brininess, a hint of malt, and Parma violet. Everything remains very breezy, with peat smoke being blown from a kiln into salt-laden air. I prefer it to the 12 year old and the price is fantastic. (Summer 2016, Dave Broom)"

K&L Notes: The 200th anniversary bottling of Lagavulin is finally here! A limited edition eight year old single malt whisky that packs all the peat, smoke, salt, and classic Islay flavor of the beloved distillery into a younger, brighter, more assertive expression. Sure to sell fast and sure to be one of the more popular whiskies we sell this year! The special edition celebrates a visit to the distillery be Alfred Banard (author of the classic "The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland"), where he recollected tasting a delicious eight year expression.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

This 8 year version of Lagavulin is even more quintessentially Islay than the 16. It's fresher, livelier, peatier, and simply more dynamic on the palate. I also love that Lagavulin paid homage to the classic whisky travel book "The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland" by Alfred Barnard, a writer who visited all 150 active distilleries in the UK back in the late 19th century. He specifically mentions an "exceptionally fine" Lagavulin 8 year expression, and it's clear from tasting the modern rendition why he felt so strongly. It's a lovely whisky and it very much speaks to the strength of what may be Scotland's top producer.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 28, 2017

Absolute magic! I've always been a bigger fan of the out of control cask strength 12 year old over the (still wonderful) standard 16 year. To be able to get an affordable, if slightly tame version of that is an exceptional score! There's just SO much going on here. This is real deal stinky briny, sooty oily Lagavulin. I'm not even going to bother attempting to describe this further, but this is without a doubt one of the best peaty whiskies on the shelf at any price. Forget the age and focus on the flavor. $60? Laphroaig Cask Strength and Ardbeg Uiggy have another for contender here for best bang for your buck peater in the store and I'm leaning toward the man in the middle. Good old laggy, lag, we don't deserve you.