Lagavulin 8YO 200th Anniversary Edition, 2016
Lagavulin turning 200 in 2016 and this whisky is a tribute and special edition to celebrate this anniversary. 8 year old – young or maybe I should say, to let a young whisky for 10 years and pushing the age on the label is not something we are used to in these times of NAS releases, especially from such a heavy distillery like Lagavulin. With an alcohol content of 48% ABV its ‘stronger’ than the standard edition of 16 years, it feels like it could be a little more flavour and gunpowder in this bottle.
A clear salty with a hint of seaweed from the ocean, with strong tones of ash, coal-fired and ground, but also pears and pineapple, all accompanied by a young and lively character.
The flavour seems to mature than the scents with hints of a slight smokiness. May also be some hidden notes of freshly baked cookies and a nice sweetness.
Light, long and smoky with warming spices and merges with a dry flavor and smoke / ash so persists for several minutes.
It’s always fun to see the age of the bottle, whether it is young or very old. This is a young and lively Lagavulin, which is also noticeable. It is well balanced in the mixture with a moderate smokiness together with a pleasant sweetness. Some will certainly discouraged by the number on the package, but there is no reason for it. I could easily buy another bottle.