The Lagavulin 25 Year Old 200th Anniversary Release 2016 is amazing dram to savour and an amazing bottle to have in your collection.
2016 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Lagavulin, and this bottle has been released in honour of the managers who have made the distillery what it is today. Aged for 25 years in sherry casks, it’s a big and rich dram, with layers of smoke and dried fruit, all wrapped up in a bottle listing the name of each of the distillery managers.
This is a worldwide production of just 8,000 bottles with each bottle having an individual number and matching box. This bottle would make a very memorable gift for a very special whisky fan.
Tasting Notes for Lagavulin 25 Year Old 200th Anniversary Release 2016
Nose: Profound, complex and dry overall. Rich yet elusive, it really takes time to open up, first offering liquid dried fruits; figs, dates or prunes and a trace of treacle toffee.
Palate: A voluptuous, oily texture, with a bitter-sweet and gingery, slightly drying start. Intense, with masses of charred wood, oak-smoked meats, honey, burnt treacle tart and ash.
Finish: Long, smooth, sweetly honeyed and elegant, with slowly rising fragrant wood smoke, ash, salt and a subtle, chilli like heat; followed by cooling eucalyptus.
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.
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