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Lagavulin 1991 Distillers Edition

Perfect for an evening in an armchair in front of a fire with your favourite book

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

7th Mar 2010


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After tasting four Lark Distillery drams, it was time to jump into something completely different, so we tried the Lagavulin 1991 Distillers Edition.

The first thing that hit me was just how smooth and civilised this was - much less in your face than the Lagavulin 16 year old. The nose had all the same ingredients, smoke, peat and sea salt, but was balanced by vanilla sweetness, toasted oak and a delicate fruitiness. It was also quite gentle for such typically powerful smells - really subtle and not room overwhelming like the more traditional Lagavulin character.

The taste started with silky sweet corn and vanilla, which was then melded with a wave of gentle warm peat and smoke into a lovely complex and syrupy swirl. Subtle notes of sea salt and pears. Oh my!

The finish starts out with the syrupy mix of peat, smoke and vanilla sweetness and slowly fades bringing out more of the sea salt, but never losing the sweetness. Long and warm, and very civilised! Perfect for an evening in an armchair in front of a fire with your favourite book.

If Ardbeg and Lagavulin had a child this would be it. Wow. This has gone right to the top of my wishlist!

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jeanluc commented

I've recently got into Lagavulin 16 year old which I really like, this sounds like the next logical progression though.

Great review @jdcook

13 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Hear, hear!

13 years ago 0

jdcook commented

This will disappoint some though - it is a lot less punchy than your traditional Lagavulin - and that is why some people look for when they drink Lagavulin bottlings. If on the other hand you want a mellow and civilised peat drink, you will love this.

13 years ago 0

jwise commented

How would you compare it with Ardbeg Uigeadail? Can I assume the Uigeadail is still a lot more powerful than the DE Laga 16?

I recently discovered the DE expressions in the form of a Talisker 1992 DE, and will now be looking for other DE expressions like this Laga 16 DE.

13 years ago 0

jdcook commented

This is a lot gentler than the Uigeadail. Almost dangerously easy to drink - very pleasant! I prefer the Uigeadail, but it is a bit of a monster, and very complex whereas the Lagavulin 16 DE is simpler and more comfortable!

13 years ago 0

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