Check out the Malts.com “Flavour Map” and look in the top right corner. Yep, that’s Lagavulin Distillers Edition, the whisky we’re drinking here, pegged to the limits of “smoky” and “rich.”
There’s nothing subtle in Lagavulin’s 16-year-old special bottling (released in 2008), which is finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to finish off the whisky. This is a huge, peaty and phenolic whisky. There are hints of sweetness that fade in and out, but they can’t stave off that big burst of salty seaweed and peat smoke, that overwhelms you with a ridiculously long finish.
If this style of whisky is your bag, check it out immediately. It’s just a little too much for me.
B / $90 / malts.com
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