Lagavulin 2001 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, lgv.4/506, 2017)
- ABV: 43%
- Age: 16 Years Old
- Bottling: OB
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £74.50
- Origin: Lagavulin Distillery
- Vintage: 2001
What they say
Official tasting notes:
- Appearance Golden treacle.
- Nose Intense peat and vanilla. A raisin sweetness checks the smoke. Iodine-edged peat and crisp, roasty malt. Satisfying and enticing.
- Body Full bodied and rich in texture.
- Palate A clear, grassy malt, then the peat lands – smoke filling the mouth. A very salty tang, the middle offers coffee, vanilla and fruit.
- Finish Incredibly long, even by Islay standards. Fruit, peat and long-lasting oak. Very chewable.
What I say
The final in our trio of Lagavulin Distillers Editions spanning 1999-2001 vintages, Bottled 2015-2017 respectively.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance Ruby amber (14/20), medium tears leave medium-fine legs
- Nose Even more distant smoke, cleaner, vanilla, strawberry marshmallow, sugary vanilla fudge, almost perfumed heathery honey, wet bog/moss and earthen peat.
- Taste Sweet and nutty, nutella, maple and pecan plait, cherry lips sweeties, chocolate-dipped strawberries, vanilla, clove, a little peppery spice, crystal malt, charred oak, seaweed and smoked sea salt.
- Finish Long, salt and sweet, cask char, mint leaf and rum-soaked cherry, drier mentholic peat.
Despite overall revealing similar flavours this one seems different again, a little less well integrated, cracks are beginning to show here, the smoke is muted and also a little more menthol crystal accompaniment makes it less well suited to what is essentially less sweet, more dry nut and saltier – if any malt is present it is more in the Custard cream biscuit range than the thick, heavy malt extract I’m used to from Lagavulin.
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