Nick Offerman is an American actor and comedian who makes no secret of the fact that he loves to drink Lagavulin. He even had this included in the script by the screenwriters of the TV series Parks & Recreation, so that his character Ron Swanson also likes Lagavulin. It was inevitable that a Lagavulin Offerman Edition would appear, being an 11-year-old.
The malt needs some hand warmth to show its potential. Dark honey, soft smoke and just a hint of the dirty side that Lagavulin can sometimes show. Orangettes and dried mango. Hint of origin chocolate and salted caramel. Surprisingly sweet and un-Islay (meaning just a little bit of peat smoke). Honest? Quite easy, but completely flawless.
Good body. Immediately spicy and even a bit sharp. But once it has settled on your tongue it explodes and it becomes a very expressive and tasty Lagavulin. Sweet smoke, dark sweet fruit, mango and orange again, hint of banana and a little bit of walnuts. And a few drops of brackish water. Delicious.
The finish is very balanced, smoky sweet and spicy with chili and paprika.
Excellent, despite the rather closed nose. There is now a second release available – also only in the US – but with a finish on Guinness Stout Casks. The hunt is on.