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Lagavulin 18 Year Old Feis Ile 2018

Spring Fresh

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

5th Jul 2019


  • Nose
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  • Finish
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In 2018 Lagavulin launched for the third festival an a row and 18 Year Old (for Feis Ile 2019 it was a 19 years old and I presume that trend will continue). I had to admit that those Feis Ile release, the distillery exclusives and mostly the Jazz Festival bottlings are very much to my liking. I wonder if this 18 years old from 2018 is also a winner (when I poured it at my Feis Ile Masterclass in Ghent, it was the winner). It is a vatting of refill hogsheads and sherry butts. I pour from bottle 4.025 of 6.000.

The nose if spring fresh on vanilla, lime and mint, even some banana and pear. Some elderflower. Would that be from the sherry butts? It has a medicinal edge, but not overly much. Soft smoke. Some horse stable and rocky coast. Yes, I can imagine that. It is very good, to say the least, albeit somewhat restraint (for a Lagavulin).

The taste is very good! A touch sweet with a lovely smokiness. Citrus fruit takes charge. Orange liqueur with sugared lime peel. Reminds me somewhat of yoghurt with pieces of fruit, but wrapped in a smoky jacket with green garden herbs. Softer than the standard 16, despite the ABV. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. The sherry is present, but clearly plays second fiddle. Very good, like I said.

The finish is medium long (I would have loved for it to be longer), sooty and oily with lovely peat smoke until the very last moment.

A winner and then some.

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Wierdo commented

I'd give my right nut to get hold of one of the feis isle releases!

They're available at some whisky websites via flippers but they're asking £250 a bottle and I'm not paying that.

One day.

For now I have to content myself with stockpiling bottles of the 12.

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markjedi1 commented

@Wierdo shoot me your address via personal message and I'll have a little surprise for you in the mail.

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Wierdo commented

@markjedi1 wow mate. Will do. That's incredibly kind of you! Really appreciate it.

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Wierdo commented

@markjedi1 you just need to follow me for me to be able to private message you. Thanks

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