Lagavulin

Lagavulin 9 Years Old 2008 Like A Villain (52%, The Spirit Still, Cotes du Rhone Butt, 100 bottles, 2018)

Whisky Review: The Spirit Still Like A Villain 9 Years Old 2008

  • Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Lagavulin distillery
  • Bottling: The Spirit Still
  • ABV: 52.0%
  • Cost: £100

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What they say

LIKE A VILLAIN is a whisky to drink whilst lagging behind in the slow lane. Perhaps on ‘Islay time’ as they say on the island. Set up your deckchair by the lagoon, hang back and hollow out the moment. Get your lips moving around this dram and all will be revealed.

Official tasting notes:

A smoked mojito. Stewed apples and apricots dusted with cinnamon. Smouldering lemon grass, crisp green apples and ginger. Mead laced with fizzy cola bottles. Hot metal poker covered in birch ash.

What I say

Distilled at Lagavulin distillery on Islay and matured for 9 years in a French Oak Cotes du Rhone Butt.

Bottled at cask strength 52% ABV.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance:  Light rose gold (3/20), rare medium tears leave long fine legs
  • Nose: Quite fragrant and light initially, tannic French oak and stewed peaches, soft smoke drifts in, gun oil and sweet dough/play dough lead to linseed oil and wintergreen rub
  • Taste: Softened and stewed fruits, peach, apple, pear, give way to a slowly building smoke and  cinnamon spice, hot peanut satay sauce, herbal and tannic French oak, lemongrass and lemon verbena, linseed oil and playdough, prickly ginger and wasabi, Thai spiced & bbq’d meats
  • Finish: Long, bittersweet and spiced, the herbality on the palate reminds me of Thai cookery, a dash of Nam Pla or is it briny Islay sea spray?

Overall

A remarkably mature tasting 9 year old Lagavulin, sweetened and oaked by its maturation in an ex Cote du Rhone French oak butt. The combination of Islay whisky and French oak and wine deliver a veritable Thai cookbook of flavours!

Score 88/100

Buy Like A Villain 9 Year Old (opens The Spirit Still)

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