Deep amber gold.
Intense peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness.
A rich, dried fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong, barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of peppery smoke.
Huge, long, warming and peppery with a distinch appetising sweetness.
| OTH 92 points (Aug18 2012)
Lagavulin is a classic example of how smoke isn’t a blunt instrument that covers everything in a fog, but an element that works with all the flavors produced in distillation and maturation. Lagavulin isn’t ‘smoky,’ its peat moves into a weird territory of Lapsang Souchong tea and pipe tobacco, fishboxes and kippers. It smells of laurel and light cereal, but is always sweet. The palate shows more creosote, with hints of kelp and a little touch of iodine. Complex. - Dave Broom
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 97 points (Apr 2016)
(Tried & True Award)- Gorgeous orange/bronze appearance is bedazzling. Sports the emblematic Islay aromas of campfire, smoked fish, tobacco ash, toasted marshmallow, coffee bean. Taste profile highlights the peat smoke but doesn’t sacrifice elegance and harmony in the process. State-of-the-art Islay.
Wine Enthusiast 90 points (Jun 6/20)
Soy sauce, olive brine, peat, honey, oloroso Sherry, brewer’s yeast, bread dough, barley malt and cigar smoke in the bouquet. The flavor that magically includes the innate intense peatiness of Islay malts and the masterly employment of oak barrels phase defines "classy Islay.” Concludes sweetly, without sacrificing the tangy, astringent peatiness that is inherent. Gorgeous.
— P.P. (4/1/2004) — 90-95
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