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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

Very tasty

Kind of a mix of caol Ila 12 and bowmore 12. Lots of peat, ash, sweetness but also more of a kipper taste. Tarry ropes, kind of see the spices side, long finish which isn’t overpowering. Nice and light Ila

8th April 2023

Not ace.

I love Islay whisky, but this just tastes of smoke and pepper and little else. It's not a patch on the 16 year old, or on Ardbeg 10yo, which is quite a bit cheaper. You could pick up a bottle of Uigeadail for the same price, or Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 a bit more, both of which are truly excellent Islays.

I enjoy the smoke, but it gets a bit boring when there's not a lot else going on. Disappointing.

4th March 2023

The Modern Gem of the Lagavulin distillery.

One for the true Islay enthusiast. Completely different to Lagavulin 16, thank goodness!

Diageo very much have their finger on the quality with this release. 👍🏻

15th February 2023

A classic Islay. Recommended.

I was once told by someone who knew more about Scotch than I ever will: If I like the strong, peaty whiskies, buy them in the 6 to 8 year range. Before they mellow.
Lagavulin 8 Year Old ticks all the boxes. Strong peatiness without being harsh, and an ABV that gives it a mild burn.

9th February 2023

Not worth it

Had a couple of bottle of original 16 yr old & they were superb. Tried this 8 yr old & it is no comparison. Not really nice. Much better Islay at a much lower cost.

26th January 2023

Give it a go if your looking for the peaty taste

Just opened a bottle for my birthday, been wanting to try an Islay dram for awhile now and I have not been disappointed. The nose was so pleasant and the aftertaste was not bad. I will enjoy this one on the dark nights. Don’t really have the experience to be giving out a rating but I liked it so a 4 it is.

11th January 2023

An open mind will not find disappointment.

First off, you have to know what you are getting yourself into with a young Islay. It will be a different experience, but it is a welcome change from an older vintage. This is similar to another young, peated-malt I have that is bottled at 55%. The 48% ABV on this dram works very well for the younger vintage: enhances the flavor, but surprisingly without the burn. The nose is remarkable - butter cream and vanilla. The pepper and smoke is definitely there, but subtle. Some citrus and berry fruit on the finish. The straw color is a visualization of how light and fresh this dram is.
For those struggling with the less-conventional experience this offers, stick with the 16 (or keep drinking Highland). For those looking for a nice departure from the smoky, salty Lagavulin we all love, give this dram a try.

19th December 2022

A handshake not a hug.

Not as rounded and loving as the 16 but a great peated whisky. If you don’t like peat, smoke and spice do not buy.

28th September 2022

Love it

Love it. Think the negative comments are from people who just do not like heavy smoky Scotch

13th September 2022

Run away.

I’ve just recently entered the world of whisky drinking and lashed out on the Lagavulin 8 year old drop. Wish I hadn’t. I opened the bottle and my eyes started watering. Smelled like a combo of battery acid, cat urine and draino. Letting it breathe for an hour did nothing to improve the smell. When I got the courage to taste it, I questioned my sanity. Might use it to clean mould. What a shame.

But will still try the 16 year old which is supposed to be amazing.

6th September 2022

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