2001 Lagavulin "Distiller's Edition 2017" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $125)

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Fans of the 16-year will revel in the pure peated flavor and rejoice over the creamy, supple mouthfeel. Aged in sherry barrels for an extra-rich profile to balance out all the Islay peat.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2016 | Send Email
This stuff is so overtly awesome it's hard not recommend it even to people who adamantly hate peat smoke. Something about putting that sweet syrupy sherry note on top of Lagavulin's oily robust spirit is so satisfying. I see why every other distiller in the world is trying to emulate it. Of course, nothing is like Lagavulin so where others fail miserably, the Lagavulin Distillers Edition is a triumph. Massive, rich, all encompassing, yet balanced - this is whisky you'll need to savor slowly. The sweet nutty aromas of the sherry make it seem almost dessert like on the nose, but all that oil and smoke keeps it in range. As always, there is a limited supply of this whisky and once it's gone we'll have to wait for the new release.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
The 2014 is the softest and most restrained version of this whisky I've yet tasted. The initial flavors are rounded sherry notes and toffee, but the finish is all classic Lagavulin filtered through a velvet glove. The peat comes through, the bright phenolic notes are clean and vibrant, but they never explode or overpower the balance of the whisky. It's perfectly graceful from beginning to end, which isn't usually an adjective I use to describe Lagavulin. It's incredibly refined. I'm tired of in-your-face whiskies. I want subtlety. This 2014 DE is exactly what I want.

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