Lagavulin 8
Added on Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 09:52 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 8 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $60 Availability: Specialty Stores
Limited Edition released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Lagavulin distillery by John Johnston in 1816.
Member Ratings and Notes

N: Peat, Potting soil, Mint, Oreos, Pears. I like it.


P: Butter Cake. Dry & Astringent, a bit Paint chippy..


F: Light Peat, Smoke, & some Candy Cane. Not enough going on. This is quite dry and fades very quick. Too one dimensional. Not close to the 16.




Tasted this in a flight with Lag 12 2015 and Lag 16 and even added a Laphroaig 10 for good measure.  


First of all, the color is the pretty typical light gold you'd see in a young whisky. So there's that. Big surprise. 


N: I found this very buttery, which I love. Love love that buttery note. What is that? It's one of the reasons I tend to adore young Scotch. Of course you get a little peat as well. There is also a bit of sweetness that comes through. All in all, it's pretty light and subtle. 


P: Lots of peat here. A bit harsh. (Water helps, but makes it that much more one-dimensional.) This is not the nicely balanced Lag 12/16 you'd expect. Buuuuuut, I can't help but be struck by how this tastes like a nice youthful Lag. It retains so much of the character, it's kind of mindblowing that it's half the age of the 16 year. 


F: Can't say much here. Falls off quickly and leaves a little burn (no election reference intended). Some earthy afternotes, I suppose. 


I am impressed by how much this 8 year old whisky retains the character (a bit of elegance?) of it's older sibling, the Lag 16. It's one dimensionality and finish really pull it down though. 



I just don’t really like this and I have trouble finishing a glass of it. But judging from the tasting I first had this at — filled with many novices — it has serious appeal for many. It just hits me with lots of very young qualities, full of new make-y scents and flavors. Those are attributes that I associate with distillery visits (lots of fun) and vomiting (not lots of fun). 
The nose is sweet and peaty with floral notes; surprisingly, the peat doesn't blow you away. The peat comes on strong on the palate, with some light sweet notes, and it fades into a peaty finish.


This tastes exactly how you think it will taste, like a younger Lagavulin, and it's pretty good, because it's Lagavulin.

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