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Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary

It's nae Lagavulin 16!

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@GentlemanGrimmReview by @GentlemanGrimm

20th Mar 2017

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Colour: Light white wine.

Nose: Smoke, peat, slightly medicinal with a touch of new make spirit about it making seem a bit younger than it is. It’s also sweet though, with a hint of milk chocolate and a touch of fruit with a slight citrus edge.

Palate: Smoke and peat, salty, touch of oats, sweet chocolate and some nuttiness followed by peppper.

Finish: Smoke, chocolate, salt/brine and some bitterness.

Overall: I love Lagavulin 16 – it’s my current go to whisky for a relaxing dram. The 8 year is a special release to celebrate the distillery being open (legally) for 200 years and costs a few pounds more than the 16 year. I enjoyed it, it was different from the 16 year and interesting to see what a younger expression from Lagavulin had to offer. However I don’t think it stands up to the 16 year – it’s a lot rougher and the extra 8 years in casks obviously rounds out off and makes it smoother. I also don’t think it’s worth the price – even as a special release.

Interesting and worth trying a sample of definitely but doesn’t stand up to the 16 year and isn’t worth the price in my opinion. I’ve got a sample of their Distillers Edition to try soon and it will be interesting to see how that stands up in comparison.

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11 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Nice review. Interesting. I haven't had a dram of this in almost a month so it's hard to remember all the details...I've been meaning to do my own review.

In terms of price, here in Ontario the 8 YO is about $100, whereas the 16 is $123. The distiller's edition and 12 YO cask strength are both $160. So you can see that price and age are not clearly linked. I think one of the confounding variables is ABV.

I bought a 200 cc bottle of the 16 a few years ago and enjoyed it, but my last taste of a 16 was disappointing. It may have been the batch, or maybe I've become more fond of CS stuff.

I like the bolder flavour of the 8YO, likely supported by the higher ABV.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@GentlemanGrimm
GentlemanGrimm commented

@Nozinan I've heard that the 16yo can be hit and miss depending on the cask. I've only ever had good bottles of it though.

Interesting the price difference for you over there. The 16yo is slightly cheaper than the 8yo here, while the Distillers Edition is more expensive as I believe is the 12yo.

I certainly enjoyed the 8yother and the higher abv is always nice to to have! However I just found it not as well rounded as the 16yo and for the price over here at least I'd buy the 16yo over the 8yo everytime. Although if I got a lesser cask version of the 16yo I might regret that decision.

2 months ago 0

@NNWhisky
NNWhisky commented

I really liked the 8 yr, which surprised me. With the cost of it and young age statement I was ready to hate it but they've done a grand job

2 months ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

"With the ... young age statement I was ready to hate it."

Not to pick on @NNWhisky, but this is why our shelves get flooded with NAS.

2 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Ol_Jas but in this case it proudly caries an age statement

2 months ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

@Nozinan , please help me see your point.

2 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Ol_Jas I'll try, but not sure I can, because I'm trying to figure it out myself.

I think the gist of it is that the Lagavulin 8 is bucking the NAS trend and admitting to a young age.

But I think that the increasing prices of NAS whiskies have allowed Lagavulin to sell the 8 at a price point that is higher than it would otherwise be worth.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

@Nozinan , so if we consider NAS bottles the "floor" of the whisky market, and we consider how their prices have been going up due to the ingenuity of their marketing with the atomic codes and the peat-breathing ghost-dogs and whatnot, then we see how an anomalous low-age-statement OB can "rise above" that floor to command a higher price than it would in the absence of all the NAS stuff?

I can dig it.

2 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Ol_Jas I think you've eloquently restated my comment.

Now, your statement "I can dig it", I assume you mean you understand it, not condone it.

2 months ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

@Nozinan , right: capiche.

I can't say I condone the whole phenomenon. As far as the Lag 8 goes, though, the price ($60-65 locally) seemed fair enough to try a bottle with my whisky club, and the quality it delivered at that price was good enough for me to buy another for myself. So I guess I condone the Lag 8 pricing, separate from the overall NAS pricing trends.

By the way, anyone especially interested in pricing trends should be reading the Diving for Pearls blog when he puts out his ~annual market analysis, which he just did. Here's part 1: divingforpearlsblog.com/2017/03/…

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@Ol_Jas, thanks much for posting the link. Excellent material, and extremely thought-provoking.

2 months ago 0

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