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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Lagavulin 8 yo Review was last modified: July 25th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

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