Happiness is enjoying a dram of Lagavulin while sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold winters night. Now I know it’s not winter yet, but when I came across a bottle of the 1997 Lagavulin Distillers Edition it was all I could think off.
The Lagavulin distillery was founded in 1816 by John Johnston, although word is there were some illicit stills that date back to 1742. This Islay single malt holds the slowest distilling process on the island. Five hours for the first and nine for the second.
Hands down, Lagavulin is one of my absolute favorite whiskies. Even though my small city studio apartment doesn’t have a fireplace the minute I take a sip of this whisky it certainly feels like there is a warm fire in my living room. So Spoiler Alert: This 1997 Distillers Edition is nothing short of AMAZING!
What I think sets this distillers edition apart is the maturing time in the Pedro Ximenez cask-wood. It gives it a slight sweetness at the end, for that sweet and salty effect but with that said, let’s get right to the tasting notes.
Nose: Iodine, peat smoke and the ocean
Palate: slight sweetness at the start but that is soon taken over by the peat smoke and salt ending with raisins. My exact words were, “Ooh, I really love this”.
Finish: Smooth, smoke ending with that warm burn in my throat. Give me a moment; I think I am in love!
The Pedro Ximenez cask makes a big presence in the distiller edition, however not to the point that it takes away from that classic Lagavulin taste. Both marry well beautifully giving it a uniquely distinct taste that just leaves you wanting more.
If you ever wanted the perfect balance between sweet and salty, this would that balance with an added bit of peat smoke, which to me, that is perfect. I highly, recommend this whisky. It truly is a must try.
PS: Huge day for Scotland as they vote YES or NO for independence. I am certain all whisky lovers will certainly be tuning in.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.