Lagavulin 8

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Lagavulin 8, non-chill filtered, 48% ABV. 200th Anniversary Edition.

I just realized that it has been a year since I have posted a review here.  I really need to work on my priorities!

But, the good news is that I have not been avoiding single malt scotches in the meantime, I am just remiss in putting my tasting notes to paper – so to speak.

I have been keeping an eye out for the Lagavulin 8, having read about it, intrigued by the wide range of reviews.  Yesterday, I found a bottle at the local shop and quickly brought it home for a test drive.

I am very fond of the Lagavulin 16, and given the relatively small difference in price, I did not enter into this tasting expecting to drop it for the Lagavulin 8.  But, for the fun of it, I did pour a bit of both for a side-by-side comparison.

Lagavulin 8 is very light, golden yellow, a clear contrast to the amber of Lagavulin 16.  It has a subtle, but surprisingly rich nose.  The smoke is there, not over powering, but present in the way I would expect from an Islay whisky.  There is a hint of spice and fruit expressions under the smoky veil.

On the palate, it is not as aggressive as I sometimes find with younger aged whisky.  There is a vanilla dimension to the profile, honey, smoke, and a spicy pepper.  But what strikes me the most is the balance.  The smoke lingers after the spice and pepper subside.

I would characterize the finish as medium to short although the smoke stays with me for a time.

Fundamentally, it is a fun whisky.  It has more depth than I anticipated for a young whisky.  Overall, a satisfying dram.

Now, back to the comparison with Lagavulin 16?  I find the 16 superior in every comparison; richer nose, a sweeter palate with less pronounced role of smoke, and a longer, warmer, smooth finish.

But, I am happy to have the Lagavulin 8 in my collection of Islay single malts.  It is a fun dram, adding a smoky youthful, expression of the Lagavulin line of whisky.  Indeed, it may not have been fair to match it up side-by-side with one of my favorite whiskys.

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