Lagavulin 8 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
(750 mL) [USC 95]
Regular price $89.99 Sale price $61.97 Save $28.02
Released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Lagavulin distillery by John Johnston in 1816, this eight-year-old is big and smoky, with sweet spice that becomes apparent with a drop of water. Inspired by the visit of Alfred Barnard to the distillery in the 1880s when he tried an 'exceptionally fine' eight-year-old from the distillery, this is a fitting tribute for the milestone.
Appearance: Light gold.
Nose: Immediately quite soft with clean, fresh notes, faint hints of milk chocolate and lemon, developing fragrant, tea-scented smoke alongside nose-drying, maritime aromas.
Body: Light, growing pleasantly oily.
Palate: A magnificently full on Lagavulin taste that's somehow even bigger than you expect, and charred, with minty, dark chocolate.
Finish: A clean, long and smoky finish, subtle, minted smoke, chocolate tannins and finally warming, leaving the palate dry as sweet smoke lingers on the breath.
Best Single Malt Scotch (up to 12 Years) - Ascot Awards 2023
Platinum - LA Spirits Awards 2023
Double Gold - SF World Spirits Competition 2021
95 Points, Finalist, Tried & True - Ultimate Spirits Competition 2021
"A youthful, energetic Islay dram, it showcases elevated aromas of green apple, salted cantaloupe, cured meats, iodine, and heather honey with whispers of smoke. Smoke emerges on the palate, but does not dominate, with hints of graham cracker and pink peppercorn enduring on an everlasting finish."
90 Points, Top 100 Of 2017 - Wine Enthusiast
"Look for a straw hue and unmistakably peaty, smoky scent. On the palate, fruity sweetness leads at first, quickly morphing into a billow of pungent peat smoke. Quite drying, and finishes fiery. Water tamps down the alcohol heat and brings more orchard fruit forward. Released in 2016 to honor Alfred Barnard, considered to be the first whiskey writer, as part of the 200th anniversary of Lagavulin."
"Light in color it may be, but this is no wimp. The nose goes straight to the shore with mineral and salt, but it’s also sweet, which allows it to be fresh, lively, yet balanced. The palate delivers some menthol, bay laurel, more brininess, a hint of malt, and Parma violet. Everything remains very breezy, with peat smoke being blown from a kiln into salt-laden air. I prefer it to the 12 year old and the price is fantastic." - Whisky Advocate