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Lagavulin South Shore 8 Year Old 2008 Islay Malt

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

9th Jan 2018


Lagavulin South Shore 8 Year Old 2008 Islay Malt
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Valinch & Mallet, the young independent bottler with Italian roots, but founded in London, released this South Shore Islay Malt in 2016. It is a single bourbon cask of very young and pale Lagavulin. Davide Romano – the strong man behind this bottler – knows his stuff, that much is clear.

The nose starts fairly soft and introvert on autumn leaves, grasses, mushrooms and wet earth. Quite an atypical start is that regard. Add some anise, dill and parsley and you’ll realize this is a very herbal, spicy Lagavulin. The smoke is discrete, the maritime elements almost unrecognizable.

It is soft and farily sweet on the palate. I get some white wine, limoncello, vanilla, a small salty edge and some smoke. Midpalate – dare I say finally? – some ashes kick in, as does more smoke and some capers. Some smoked halibut, albeit in the background. It is mostly sweet though. Sugar candy sweet in fact. Some pear drops that emphasize the sweetness of the Lagavulin.

The finish is medium long, round and sweet with most of the attention going to pears and lemon with a bit of ashes.

A dared choice, if you ask me. Very atypical, while clean and round. A lot of fun.

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