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.