Lagavulin 8 yo Review

Lagavulin distillery has released Lagavulin 8 Year Old, a limited edition expression to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Lagavulin 8 yo Review

The expression was inspired from the time Alfred Barnard, a travelling expert visited the distillery in the 1880s and tasted an 8 yo whisky he deemed to be “exceptionally fine”. Lagavulin has recreated the character of the whisky for the milestone anniversary.

Lagavulin 8 yo is matured in refill European and American oak casks and bottled at 48% ABV. Although not yet officially launched in Australia, we had an early tasting at the launch of The Morrison Oyster Festival where the single malt was paired with freshly-shucked oysters.

Lagavulin 8 yo Tasting Notes

  • Country of Origin: Islay, Scotland
  • ABV: 48%
  • Colour: pale yellow/light gold
  • Nose: fresh notes of peat and wood smoke reminiscent of a bonfire, some citrus in the background
  • Palate: fresh and bright on the palate with dry and peated notes, a briny seaweed character develops, markedly not as sweet as the 16 yo, a little thin on the palate but carries the Lagavulin DNA well with smoke, citrus, bonfire ash and sweet spice on the back palate
  • Finish: the finish is lengthy and warming, leaving the palate dry and lingering with peat smoke

Although it’s a relatively young whisky, Lagavulin 8 yo delivers with a flavour that is bigger than what you’d expect from a single malt of that age. Naturally not as complex as Lagavulin 16 yo, but with its punchy smoke, less fruit forward and a maritime saltiness with a hint of spice, it is superbly balanced which makes up for the thinner palate.

If you’re a die hard fan of Lagavulin 16 yo, you would enjoy its younger and brighter sibling – an expression we hope Lagavulin turns into a permanent addition to the range.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.