Lagavulin 1994 Distillers Edition
Olympic Summer Storm
2nd Aug 2012
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Tasting Notes by Wills
I just watched the Olympic Games as I do regularly these days. Table tennis is always fun to watch and Germany got a bronze medal, which is really great and made me happy. Turning the TV off there comes a nice warm thunderstorm from a distance. I really love this mood so I am searching my shelf for a fitting dram. Has to be something powerful, definitely some peaty whisky. So my choice is on the Lagavulin DE 1994-2010.
It comes with a deep amber color and the thick fluid runs down the glass in wide slow paths. On the nose it's really sweet and smoky. There you get the sherry, which comes from the Pedro Ximenez casks. The nice sweetness reminds me of candied apples and caramel. The smell is really nice but not overwhelming. It is smoth. Maybe a little more punch would have made this even better, but I guess this is due to the relative low ABV with 43%. Nonetheless this is a great nose.
On the palate there is lots of smoke and peat. There are earthy muddy tones and there is leather. Also some fruity flavors, like dark berries.
The finish is sweet with spicy oak. It is really nicely warming the body and lingers very long. Wonderful.
When I finish my dram of this DE, the warm thunderstorm is over and the sun is shining again. Not so different from this nice whisky: warming and intense, but also lets your thoughts run free.