Lagavulin 8 200th anniversary edition

Lagavulin 8yo (200th Anniversary, 2016)

When Lagavulin first announced their 200th Anniversary bottling, a Lagavulin 8yo, I was a bit disappointed they chose to bottle such a young whisky. Yes, I was happy they at least mentioned the age on the packaging instead of going the NAS-route. But still. It’s in the same price range as the Lagavulin 16, and that doesn’t seem right to me.

But now that I’ve actually tasted it, all that skepticism¬†is gone. Because it is really good! To be honest with you, I actually like it better than Lagavulin 16. Please don’t shoot me ūüėČ

Lagavulin 8 (48%, OB, 30.000 bts.)

Nose: Lots of brine and sal ammoniac. Beeswax too. A nice sugary sweetness accompanied by yellow fruits (banana) and marzipan. Also campfire smoke and just a hint of rubber. The balance is superb.
Taste: The spirit is mouth-coating. And the peat now¬†takes over. Ash, rubber, tar and smoke. Some banana flavoured candy. Very rich in flavour. Not the most complex, but I really don’t care, because it’s just so good.
Finish: Long. And more of the same. Which is a good thing.

Rating: 89

I’m convinced. Lagavulin have come up with an absolute winner and a whisky worthy of celebrating their 200th anniversary.

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