The first of its kind from a small experimental batch matured entirely on Islay in freshly charred American Oak hogsheads, this is a very rare Lagavulin. Time has mellowed the smoky nature of this spirit making it elegantly rounded and smooth in texture.
Bottled: 20.01.2021 | 5 Freshly Charred American Oak Hogsheads
Number Bottled: 1,081 | Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
“This is a very rare Lagavulin, the first of its kind, from a small experimental batch matured entirely on Islay in freshly charred American oak hogsheads. The idea came from a time when we were trying out different maturation techniques, and we anticipated that those active casks would mellow its smoky nature in time.
When we tasted the liquid some years ago it was clearly able to age for a long period, and like a good wine I felt it still needed extra time in cask to settle down. That would bring roundness to the palate as the spicy intensity of youth abated, and so allow the full elegance to come through.
I was able to reserve just five of these special casks, all filled on the same day. Mellow aromas of linseed oil and fragrant smoke introduce a smooth texture. The lightly sweet and smoky taste starts softly, with a pinch of salt mid-palate, then becomes oaky with vanilla spice and gently drying. It quietly builds in intensity and finishes long, leaving a sweet gingery warmth and light smoke in the aftertaste.
Lagavulin was the first single malt I tasted and it remains a favourite of mine. With its fine balance this expression is for me a fine white stallion of a malt, in which elegance and restrained smokiness are power enough. The enjoyment of connoisseurs will be ample reward for its long years in cask."
- Maureen Robinson, Master Blender