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Lagavulin is one of the big three on the southern side of Islay known for their peaty/smokey character, the others being Laphroaig and Ardbeg. Founded in 1816 by John Johnston, it is now run by Georgie Crawford formerly of Talisker and she seems to be doing a great job with the whisky being bottled right now.
Review was done with 2oz of whisky in a Glencairn glass with 1 drop of unchlorinated spring water all at room temp
nose... big smoke! peat shines through to smoke an a wonderful earthy briny note. powerful sea breaze gives a great accent to the sherry notes that are hidden beneath.
palate... peat punches the tongue, with some more smoke. brine and earth. a fresh breeze off the Atlantic in the fall, with solid rich sherry notes present, raisins, hint of dark chocolate(maybe?). full in flavour still small hints of iodine push through it all.
finish... more peat and smoke. some ashy remnants of last nights fire. long and drawn out, burning warmth takes hold and feels great being January. there is a slight alcohol burn but it's a welcomed feeling.
This whisky is a classic. No question about it, it has lasted the test of time, tried and true to not only loyal fans of Islay but often times the perfect introduction whisky. I almost felt this review was sort of superfluous, but hey why not just add to the pile before me.
My final opinion of this whisky, amazing. There are no two ways about it, the 16yo is one of my "go to" bottles. Doesn't matter the day, time, mood or place I never turn down a dram of Lagavulin. I will warn any reader, if you are not into peat and smoke try at your own risk. It's worth trying but easily not for everyone.