The 2003 Lagavulin Distillers Edition was bottled in 2019 after a decade and a half, and has been finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.
Tasting Notes for Lagavulin 2003 Distillers Edition
APPEARANCE – Rich, deep amber.
BODY – Full and rich.
NOSE – Satisfying and enticing; intense peat, vanilla. A raisiny sweetness checks the smoke. Crisp, roasty malt.
PALATE – Sweet and luscious; clear malt, smoke fills the mouth. Very salty tang; coffee, vanilla, a glimmer of fruit.
FINISH – Incredibly long, even for Islay. Fruit, peat, and long-lasting oak. Very engaging and enjoyable.
In 1742 there were at least ten illicit stills at Lagavulin, and it would be another 74 years until local farmer John Johnston founded the first legal distillery, in sight of Dunyvaig Castle. Its name may have changed over the years, but the quiet power of peat and smoke that pervades this masculine malt has not. The definitive Islay malt—intensely flavoured, smoky and rich. The windswept Isle of Islay instils a strength of character into everything it produces and its here, nestled in a small bay that our beloved Lagavulin whisky has been made for over 200 years.
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