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Lagavulin 8 Year Old

(70cl, 48%)

Lagavulin 8 Year Old

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Bottling Note

After the wonderful reception that the Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary Edition received when it was released in 2016, the Islay-based distillers decided to add this delicious expression to their permanent core range! As Alfred Barnard (author of The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom) said of an 8 year old Lagavulin in the 1880s, this stuff is "exceptionally fine".

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Salted popcorn, honey-roasted nuts, tarry ropes and light hints of freshly-chopped cedar. A touch of burnt sugar sweetness lingers.

Palate: Smokey peat appears first on the palate, followed by coriander seed, barley sugar, cumin powder, smoked kipper and marzipan.

Finish: Layers of apple crumble, toasted almond and ash. Another kick of cooking spices right at the end.

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Reviews

a bit raw, but I lije it

Peaty for sure, spicy finish.

21st August 2020

Dumpster fire

This was my first time trying any of the varieties from Lagavulin. Never again. This scotch was by far the worst tasting spirit I have ever tried. I honestly felt bad for my garbage disposal when I poured an entire bottle down the drain.

2nd July 2020

Not on par with other islays

First dram out of the bottle felt peaty and bold but then the magic went off. The more I drank the more it felt young and immature. I let the bottle to settle up for a month hopping it will come to its senses but it didn’t. The smoke became less noticeable highlighting the spirit immaturity even more.
It priced very aggressively here in Canada, way over the usual suspects while losing to them in every possible category.

28th June 2020

Outstanding Scotch.

I am so happy with this scotch. Outstanding blend of smoke and spicy fruit. The color is intriguing and sparkles in the sunlight. I love the nose as it evolves with time in the glass. A splash of warm water opens up some citrus notes and some brine. This will be on my scotch shelf at all times.
With a name like Locklin Alexander Mc Donald...I have tried many fine whiskies and this is one.

24th June 2020

A waste of money

Awful never again after the first glass I got rid of the bottle.

9th June 2020

Great Lagavulin

Not the biggest Lagavulin fan to begin with, but I really like this one. Love the natural colour, very nice compared to the 16 year old.

Lots of smoke, but fresh and fragrant. Reminds me in style of Ardbeg 10 and Port Charlotte 10 rather than Laphroaig or even Lagavulin 16. Surprisingly sweet, and complex enough to keep me interested.

Will buy again, no doubt.

21st May 2020

Delicious Smokey Dram

Delicious smoke from nose to finish. Slightly sour arrival with undertones of fresh floral sweetness. The abv gives this whisky a good depth and breath of flavour. Very nice dram, if not a little bit expensive.

7th May 2020

Now I've Seen Lagavulin Play Live

This is non-chill filtered and bottled at a proper strength. The 16 is great, but it's like listening to music that's been very heavily produced and edited. The 8 year old is a live performance, and that authenticity is delicious.

22nd April 2020

Good to start a fire though or to clean my clock parts.

Very honestly the only note I get is that of Industrial Methylated spirit, I really question whoever wrote the notes on Nose, Palate and Finish.
This bottle was bought for me by by Son at the Singapore Airport before Christmas and it is undrinkable even when diluted.
I have been a connoisseur of fine Scotch sine the mid seventies and have tasted nothing like this, I mean as horrible as this.

10th March 2020


People are commenting on the price tag. In New Hampshire the 8 year old is 52 dollars and the 16 is 70. Same as the lagavulin 16 but a much less refined finish. I don’t know where some reviews here found the 8 to be more expensive than the 16. That’s based on your liquor store and not this whiskey. For a younger and 20 dollar cheaper whiskey, the 8 is a fine offering.

1st March 2020

My new favorite

really enjoy the combination of soft peat and milk chocolate. if you like milk chocolate and less peat, just try it.

19th February 2020

Buyer beware

I was extremely disappointed. I enjoy several single malt Scotch brands and decided to try the Laguvulin 8 year old. The peat smell was prominent, but the color was almost totally clear and it tasted like paint thinner. This is the first and only negative review I've ever submitted for a single malt Scotch. I would have thought that sacrilege until I tasted the Lagaluvin 8.

9th February 2020

Great scotch.

Excellent scotch bar none if your a peaty guy.

8th January 2020

NOT like Lagavulin 16

This is not a bady single malt, its definitely drinkable, it definitely has peat.
In no way is this anywhere near Lagavulin 16, and in no way does it deserve that price tag.

I have no idea what the people were smoking that give it a 4 or 5 star rating.

8th November 2019

My new daily

Here in bc, Canada the 8 is 79.99 and the 16 is 139.99 and I'm so happy that I actually like the 8 better. 48% ABV and lots of peat. Amazing whisky.

27th September 2019

Chickened out

After reading these reviewed on the 8 will buy next time to try. Got to favorite store 10 min before closing saw this on shelf for first time. Now I had to choose btw three: Highland Park 12, Talisker 10, and curve ball Lagavulin 8. Picked up the Lag...then put back for the Talisker. All same price point. Will be more brave and try this Lag 8 next time.

8th September 2019

Kick A** Whisky

This is my favourite Islay whisky at the moment. I actually prefer it to its 16 year old brother. The flavour is more intense because of the higher ABV and the distillery character from those wonderful Lagavulin pot stills is more clearly defined because of its youth. Instead of the leather and pipe smoke notes of the 16 year old, you get disinfectant and kerosene as well as more fresh lemon and green peppercorns. The brine and iodine are still there. This runs rings around Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10. Kudos to Diageo for bottling this at 48% ABV, putting an age statement on it and not adding too much colouring.

29th August 2019

Very very good

Very very good for the price. I drink Laphroaig 10 & Ardbeg 10 all the time. This is around the same price point, also peaty & smokey but very distinct & Lagavulin. Richer & creamier than Ardbeg. Sweeter than Laphroaig.

9th August 2019


WOW. I’m a huge fan of the 16 but this one is even better IMO. Still very much Lagavulin but brighter and sweeter with the most amazing bubblegum/ candy note. I absolutelu love it.

23rd July 2019

Money grab?

Tried this side by side with the Ardbeg 10, and it was a little embarrassing for Lagavulin. I can't help feeling they rushed this out to add to their range. It is not bad, but not particularly amazing either. Certainly not an Islay classic.

8th July 2019



19th June 2019

noo thank you

kinda tastes like strong peat and cheap spirits. tastes like it say outside in a cedar forest with the cap off then someone added rubbing alcohol

26th March 2019

Great point

The reviewer just below me makes a great point. I happen to love this. I’m not a fan of the 16. I also love Ardbeg 10. All styles of whisky are not for all people. If you don’t like a particular style it doesn’t make it bad. It’s just not for you. If you’re new to whisky, my advice as as an experienced whisky drinker is to try as many different whiskies in as many different styles as you can. The make up your own mind.

14th February 2019

Fantastic. One for the peated whisky aficionado

This lagavulin really splits opinion. Forget comparing it with the 16 year old. It’s an entirely different beast. This is young and fiery Islay Whisky. In my opinion the way Islay Whisky is best enjoyed. If you love Ardbeg 10, Laphroaig 10 you will love this. If you prefer your Islay more mature and subdued, this one isn’t for you. The negative reviews do make me laugh. Clearly missing the point/style of this bottle.

12th February 2019


I am real big fan of Lagavulin, but this one, nope! I may have a bad bottle, I actually hope so, cause it tastes like a mix between strong liquid herbal Peat and cheap alcohol... Almost undrinkable. I have about 30 peated whisky on my shelf and never had anything that bad before. I must try another one.

26th January 2019

The extra alcohol brings her ready today!

Very Good Job Lagavulin! I think the smell is significant lighter than the 16. Is it Lagavulin? Its not as deep and chunky with the punch I know. BUT, this 8 has an expectation in it,,, some vanilla, a clean start, youngness. You can see the whitenes in her colores. And with the extra help with higher alcohol level, it helps her to bring life and awakens the Lagavulin hearity she comes from. She becomes smooth, long and beautiful. If you want to age her in the cellar, go for it, but she wants to get out now. I want more.

26th January 2019

Lagavulin's take on Ardbeg 10

This is unmistakably a Lagavulin offering, but seems to be their own unique take on Ardbeg 10, intentionally or not. If you're a fan of Lagavulin and a fan of Ardbeg, this will amaze and delight you. I still think Lagavulin 16 is the most perfect substance ever created by man, but I happily drink this 8 year old often.

8th January 2019

My whisky of the year 2018

What a surprise. I hope I never run out.

4th January 2019

Do not but

It tastes absolutely disgusting, very disappointed, all l can taste is TCP !yes TCP! The antiseptic !

30th December 2018

Ardbeg 10 in a different way

Totally agree with "ardbeg 10-ish" comment. I feel exactly the same about it. Fortunatly, it is more complex and the Peat do not takes over to much. Despite everything, I do prefer the 16 yo version.

2nd December 2018

Thank you !

...for making this a permanent fixture in your range. My favorite Laggy! Different from the 16 year old but with the familiar hint of peat and smokey sweetness in the Laggy tradition.

11th November 2018

Ardberg 10-ish...

Very nice for a 8 yo. Peaty, dusty smoke, citrusy, salty fruitiness. Gets smoother and sweeter with water. Decently long finish. Pretty similar to Ardberg 10, if not as intense. Enough complexity and likes a lot.

16th September 2018

better than 16 yrs old

I tried both 16 yrs and 8 yrs old variant of Lagavulin. In my humble opinion this one has richer taste that every true whiskey lover will appreciate.

8th September 2018

cheap peat

Slept through this one. Ddn't know it existed. Locals weren't handling it. Enough. Got a bottle for a gift. Happy birthday. Happy days. Delicious. Not the 16yr but excellent. 16 yr costs $92.00 a bottle. this was $58.00ish. Could replace Laphroig as my go to everyday dram.

11th August 2018

One for the true Islay Enthusiast

Don’t listen to the Lagavulin 16 fan boys, this is an absolutely must for true Islay fans. Love the nose, reminiscent for a fine mescal. Palate, damp ash with fruity citrus overtones. Truly epic. Finish, medium length.

Honestly, this stuff is the epitome of what an Islay whisky should be. Completely different to the 16, however that’s a good thing.

10/10 for £50.

My new go to staple Islay, this and Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig QC.

22nd June 2018

Is this a joke?

Is this price a joke... This was the price when the bottling was limited, it's now a permanent expression and although it's spent half the time in cask it's more expensive than the 16... hmmm

13th June 2018

Laggy Magic in just 8 years

A delicious Lagavulin. A younger spirit at almost cask strength. Upon popping the cork you know it is the younger sister of the Classic 16. Fresh fruity notes with the familiar Islay smoke and all the fixings in this mouth watering youthful spirit. Bravo Lagavulin!

1st June 2018

Best of the Lagavulins

Lagavulin 16 is one of my go to whiskies. When I first tried the 8 I had low expectations. But what a surprise! The second time I hosted a tasting with 2 of my whisky-loving friends. We tasted the 8, 12 and 16. All three of us gave the 8 the highest score, filled by the 16.

18th February 2018

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