Not decided on that special Christmas gift? In this All I Want For Christmas installment we examine and suggest our 2016 choice for The Single Malt. Single malts are the cornerstone of any whisky collection with many to choose from. Sometimes a whisky comes along that deviates from what appreciators comes to expect of a distillery. This is one of those whiskies.
Through the year Dramnation has explored some fantastic single malt whiskies in our public tastings. Many attendees have expressed their likes and dislikes, best and worst drams. For us there was some absolute stand outs at the consumer level for single malt whisky while taking note of the ones guest have responded to with glee. One of those special whiskies is this years release of the edition Lagavulin 8 years Old.
Encountered for the first time at the official Sydney launch on August 8th 2016, this dram blew us away with just how good and exciting it really is. Not only is it bottled at a very respectable 48% ABV but it deviates enough from the more common Lagavulin 16yo in flavour and texture for real excitement. If you are keen to discover our experience at the launch, then skip over to our facebook album detailing the night.
Currently released as a limited edition for the Lagavulin Distillery’s 200th Anniversary celebrations we will not be surprised if it makes it to regular release. Price well at $90, expect to pick this up through most regular retailers including Dan Murphy’s.
Lagavulin 8 Years Old Limited Edition
Distillery: Lagavulin Distillery
Region: Islay, Scotland
Age: 8 Years Old
Wood: Ex-Bourbon & European Oak
Nose: Both cereal, sweet, sour, salty & smoky all at once. A jaffle iron raspberry jam toasted sandwich over a hot wood fire.
Taste: A clean whisky sitting very high in the palate with sweet overtones. Some dark chocolate, almonds & cranberries appear later.
Finish: Long & lingering building a taste of cigar leaves as dry smoke breeze builds while getting nutty in the mouth.
This is a whisky that will change your perception on the classic bush fire that is Lagavulin. If you know someone that likes a good Islay but does not want to go heavy peat then this will make a brilliant single malt Christmas gift.
If you are keen to know what last years The Single Malt 2015 was check it out here. Also Be sure to check out out other All I Want For Christmas posts: The Blend; The Bourbon; The Glass.