Search Results: Lagavulin Distillers

Review: Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2020 – Distilled 2005

By Rob Theakston | February 15, 2021 |

It has been close to a decade since we last visited Lagavulin’s Distillers Edition, an annual fixture on Diageo’s extensive release calendar. Special editions within Lagavulin’s portfolio are nothing new: the 12-year old Special Release, Distillers Edition, and Feis Ile expressions annually lead this charge. Recently, Diageo has taken the liberty to expand on the…

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Review: Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2011 – Distilled 1995

By Christopher Null | May 20, 2012 |

This 16 year old Islay, matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, doesn’t come across as terribly different than other Lagavulin expressions I’ve tried. Moderately smoky with solid peat character, it’s tempered by the sherry finish, but not overwhelmingly so. The body is rich and silky — and I’ve never seen a Lagavulin this deeply amber…

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Review: Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2009 – Distilled 1993

By Christopher Null | November 20, 2009 |

Last year Lagavulin released a 16-year-old special edition whisky and this year (2009) it’s continuing the cycle, offering a single malt double-matured in Pedro Ximinez sherry wood casks. This is a smoother whisky than last year’s phenolic monster, more delicate while still carrying plenty of briny, peaty notes that Lagavulin is so well-known for. The…

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Review: Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2008 – Distilled 1992

By Christopher Null | February 20, 2009 |

Check out the “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…

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Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Distillers Editions 2023

By Christopher Null | June 4, 2023 |

Diageo’s six Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whiskies are back. We last reviewed this annually released collection in 2021, and if you’re experiencing deja vu, don’t be alarmed. These whiskies do not change every year save for the time of production: The ages and bottling proofs don’t change, and the use of special finishing casks…

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Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Distillers Editions 2021

By Christopher Null | January 6, 2022 |

Not to be confused with the far more expensive Diageo Special Edition Releases, Diageo’s Distillers Edition whiskies are more accessible (read: affordable) but also released on a (mostly) annual basis. While normally we see these a bit randomly, this year we were fortunate to receive the full collection of 2021 Distillers Editions, six whiskies in…

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Review: Lagavulin 11 Years Old Offerman Edition Finished in Guinness Casks 2021

By Christopher Null | June 4, 2021 |

Nick Offerman, a self-professed “theater actor from Illinois and woodworker” is unreserved in his admission that his work with Lagavulin is pure happenstance. The Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson was the entree to this famed Islay Scotch brand, and as Swanson’s love of Lagavulin grew, so did Offerman’s. Offerman isn’t a whisky expert, as he explained…

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Review: Lagavulin 12 Years Old Limited Edition 2012

By Christopher Null | January 21, 2013 |

Diageo’s Classic Malts Selection is an annual line of very rare and exotic single malt whiskys, all bottled at cask strength, and the 2013 releases are just now starting to arrive. Today we start our look at these releases — eight total, seven available in the U.S. — with one reviewed each day. First out…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest Washington DC 2019

By Drew Beard | May 9, 2019 |

For a city that seems to always be in need of a stiff drink, WhiskyFest D.C. was a little less crowded than in previous years. Once again, there was no sign of Pappy van Winkle, but the BTAC offerings lasted well into the evening. As with most DC WhiskyFests, the seminars offered the biggest bang for…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2016

By Christopher Null | April 30, 2016 |

The 17th annual Whiskies of the World event wrapped this March in San Francisco, and it was as fun and chaotic as ever to wander three stories of the San Francisco Belle paddleboat, moored in the San Francisco Bay. This year I focused my attention primarily on independent bottlers of Scotch whiskies, with Alexander Murray…

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