I would love to say just like Johannes v/d Heuvel from maltmadness.com, that the Lagavulin 16 was my first encounter with single malt, that just blew my mind and was the start of a long and fascinating journey.
Well unfortunately I can’t even recall when I had my first 16yo, it was probably one of the first ten bottles that I tried. My first single malt was an ultra cheap Glen Moray NAS that I bought in Jedburgh, the Glenkinchie 12yo came in second. The first Lagavulin expression I had was the 1996 Distillers edition.
The Lagavulin 16 is a classic and as more and more people come to love it, prices are on the rise and according to some the quality on the decline.
I remember buying my first bottle for only €32, now the local supermarket charges me about €56. So the whisky is slowly moving from, being a real bang for your buck, to the higher echelons of the whisky market.
But hey, so far I have not hesitated a single moment to replace an empty Lagavulin in my cabinet, it is a whisky we must all cherish. And hopefully Diageo will not step in at one point and replace this classic with a younger NAS version.
Mouth: Salty liquorice, rich on the smoke, peat, prominent oak from the cask, hints of walnuts, with something slightly vegetable in the background.
Finish: Here lies the true power of Lagavulin, that finish teleports you right to an armchair in a Scottish bothy with a smoldering peat hearth-fire. Long and salty, with strips of leather, and peat; fresh from the bog.
|This is simply divine, just sit back, relax, take another sip and all will be right with the world.Bow down for the queen, her angelic voice has put a spell on you. I hear the Isle calling me, time for a pildrammage.
Now, why do I adore this malt? It might not be a 8-course meal in a fancy restaurant (although if the prices keep rising it might well be), it’s more like a good old-fashioned succulent steak with all the classic ingredients: peat and sherry. (and we all know that most of the time, that’s all we need in life) It’s a piece of the soul of Islay, right there in your glass, a sip and the world around you disappears, it’s just you and the mysterious isle.
If you don’t have one in your cabinet by now, you will be forever lost