Thursday, January 25, 2007

Malt Mission 2007 #19

Lagavulin 16yo
Islay Single Malt Whisky
43% abv

Lagavulin (Lagga-Voolin) means "hollow where the mill is" and has been there since 1816. Linked with White Horse whisky since James Logan Mackie & Co of Glasgow bought the distillery in 1867(Canada's birthday!), Lagavulin is one of the three Kildalton distilleries (with Ardbeg and Laphoraig) on the south-east shore of Islay. Since the 16yo was introduced as a part of a Classic Malts range as the representative of Islay it has been impressing drinkers everywhere. It is pretty incredible that 3 neighbouring distilleries can vary in character so much. It is said that their slow distillation is the secret of the soft, dry roundness of the whisky and while it is not a dram for everyone, everyone must try it if only to use it as a measuring stick.


Creamy, sweet peat smoke delivered in a buttery fudge fog. Holy crap that smells appetising. Unless I am just hungry, this gives the impression of the act of 'eating'; rich food, creamy mash potatoes, gravy, meat, pastry... steak pie without ale.

Thin feeling. Salty. Gentle. Warming. Whoa, peat! More than on nose. Sweetness of sherry with pleasant peat smoke hovering. Fades in flavour density and turns a bit sherry-ish, chocolate-y, almond-y, but really never goes away, "like long lost love"(LDLJ)


We like! The smell is richer and more dense than in the mouth making this a unique dram in its balance act of being rich and heavy while maintaining a certain light drinkability. It's lightly heavy (!?)
After thinking this might not suit the time of day as it is usually an after-dinner tipple, fireside dram, or late night last call, we were suprised to love every drop and only want more. This stuff is recognised worldwide as an example of quality whisky by novices, spirits journalists, and know-it-alls alike. This is a well-deserved notoriety. (see this guy's review for kicks)

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AlanLaz said...

Where are you getting these prices from? I've never paid more than $60 for the Lagavulin 16; yet $30 for a Bowmore 12 is a bit ambitious, don't you think?

Dr. Whisky said...

Americans... so much FrEedOm!!! The prices vary considerably in the US and I tend to use Park Avenue Liquors in NY as the example price when an American one is listed. See the post "Working for the weekend" for more disclaimers. Thanks for reading, and kvetching...

Anonymous said...

That video's hysterical!

Anonymous said...

I just paid £24, mainly because the new superintendant of the local supermarket does not know what pearl he is dealing with (the whisky, not me). I felt a wee bit blessed and a wee bit pissed by the first sip. Did I say it was like "long lost love"? It is like a full body romance right there.