Lagavulin Distillery has announced their annual Islay Jazz Festival bottling for 2019. The limited-edition liquid is a new 21-year-old limited-edition single malt to celebrate 21 years of the annual festival.
The Islay Jazz Festival, which is promoted by Jazz Scotland and the Islay Arts Association will take place this year from today, Friday 13th September, to Sunday 15th September at venues across the island, including various distilleries. The Lagavulin Jazz Festival bottling has been a sell-out success since its launch in 2011 and the annual release of the exclusive liquid has since become a key moment in the whisky calendar.
Matured in a combination of refill American Oak Hogshead and freshly-charred hogsheads casks, Lagavulin Islay Jazz 2019 has an initial aroma of dried fruits, mingling with a maritime, almost briny smokiness. Creamy sandalwood and vanilla tempers the fire within and leads through to a wine-like, almost treacly sweetness. Final crisp notes of smoky bacon, eucalyptus and a hint of gunpowder dryness come through on the finish, stemming from the unique 21 years in the cask and Lagavulin’s classic peat distillery character.
To celebrate the release of the exclusive Islay Jazz Festival 2019 bottling, Colin Gordon, Lagavulin Distillery Manager will be hosting a morning of Jazz and Lagavulin alongside steel guitar player, singer, and raconteur, Toby Mottershead on Friday 13th at 11.00am. The distillery will also host Warehouse Demonstrations by Iain McArthur, Lagavulin’s Warehouse Manager and whisky expert who has spent over 45 years working in the industry.
Lagavulin Islay Jazz 2019 will retail at RSP £395 per 70cl bottle and is bottled at 50.9% ABV. The release will be a limited edition of only 2004 bottles.