One of the most renowned distilleries in Scotland, Lagavulin has released a commemorative whisky to mark its 200th anniversary. The 25 Year whisky is the first release to be matured exclusively in Sherry casks and is produced in a limited run of 8,000 bottles. Only 1,200 bottles are allocated for the United States.
The 25 Year Old is a sublime expression of Lagavulin, I couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to the distillery managers. This year our aim is to bring as many people to Islay and Islay to as many people from around the globe as possible to celebrate years of craft and passion. – Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach
Bottled at natural cask strength, the Lagavulin 25-year whisky is sophisticated and complex on the palate. It has 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. The rich aroma of the whisky takes time to open up, first offering liquid dried fruits; figs, dates or prunes and a trace of treacle toffee.
Lagavulin limited edition 25 Year Old calls for some special attention. The distillery invitesto enjoy neat in a whisky nosing glass, and even with a drop of water. The resulting taste is tremendous with sweetly honeyed and elegant finish that perfectly harmonizes with slowly rising fragrant wood smoke, ash, salt and a subtle, chilli like heat; followed by cooling eucalyptus.