The laid back approach on this Island is very much reflected in this fine single malt. A long fermentation and 16 year maturation develops this rich, fruity but smoky character. This dram really reflects the place of its birth. Dramatic, robust and feisty just like the land and seascape of Lagavulin itself. Intense peat smoke backed up with rich cereal under-note that rounds the whole experience off. The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers. Lagavulin is a classic example of how smoke isn't a blunt instrument that covers everything in a fog, but an element that works with all the flavours produced in distillation and maturation. Lagavulin isn't 'smokey,' its peat moves into a weird territory of Lapsang Souchong tea and pipe tobacco, fishboxes and kippers. It smells of laurel and light cereal, but is always sweet. The palate shows more creosote, with hints of kelp and a little touch of iodine. Complex.
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