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I love Islay, haven’t been there yet, it’s on the bucket list- a hiking tour in Scotland that includes distilleries. This Scottish Island is famous for its peaty single malts and in my humble opinion produces the best of scotch whiskies; Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroiag. Peat, is that heavenly smoky, boggy, earthy, sea spray flavor that makes the Scotches of Islay so unique.

Any how, my friends bought a house around the corner and I spent some of this past week helping them move. Last night we got around to having a drink at the new place, ok it wasn’t our first drink. We’d spent the week moving, beers were had, this was the first with us, the wives, and actual glassware. We are adults there was social distancing and responsible behavior. When I went shopping for the housewarming gift, I went right to the bottle shop and grabbed a Bottle of the Lagavulin 16.

Lagavulin 16 is the distillery’s flagship whisky, consistently hailed as one of the world’s best bottled single malt Scotches. While Lagavulin is definitely an Islay, peat forward, it is not as peaty as an Ardbeg or Laphroaig. You’ll find this to be a much more subtle and complex whisky, well worth the price.

You can check out much of what Lagavulin has to offer here. The Whisky Exchange

Tasting Notes

Appearance: A deep, amber, gold.

Nose: There’s peat, of course, it’s an Islay, a big, pungent dose, give it a second- get the driftwood and the salt of the sea spray. Just below that, hang in there, sweet, caramelized malt, fruity-sherry, baked apples and vanilla. Brilliant, make sure you have the right glass and let that whisky warm in the palm of your hand.

Palate: First, the char, powdery, smoky, remnants of a peat fire. Then the waves, the sea, the ocean spray rolls in. Not done yet, let it roll a little longer, the sweet malt, dried fruit, red cherry and sherry- yet the subtle (maybe not to some) peaty smokiness is always right there.

more than a 16

Lagavulin distillery is located in the village of Lagavulin on the south of the island of Islay, Scotland. Lagavulin has more than one card up its sleeve, the distillery has much to offer check them out on the Whisky Exchange. I’ve had the GOT House Lannister and the 9 year old- both excellent whiskies.

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