Lagavulin 25 years old, 200th Anniversary (Bottled 2016) /51,7% – In 2016 Lagavulin Distillery celebrated its 200th Anniversary. The distillery founded in 1816 is currently owned by Diageo and equipped with two pairs of stills can produce close to 2.5 million liters of spirit per annum. Lagavulin 16 years old often described as ‘the Aristocrat of Islay’ was the best seller of the original Classic Malts range. The first bicentenary edition, 8 years old was released in the early 2016, the 25 years old 200th Anniversary followed later that year and it is a recognition of the contribution the distillery managers have made in crafting Lagavulin throughout the years. The whisky was matured solely in ex-sherry casks and bottled at natural strength of 51.7% abv with an outrun of 8000 bottles. (Producer’s tasting notes.)
Nose: profound, complex and dry overall; rich yet elusive, it really takes time to open up, first offering liquid dried fruits; figs, dates or prunes and a trace of treacle toffee.
Palate: a voluptuous, oily texture, with a bitter-sweet and gingery, slightly drying start; intense, with masses of charred wood, oak-smoked meats, honey, burnt treacle tart and ash.
Finish: long, smooth, sweetly honeyed and elegant, with slowly rising fragrant wood smoke, ash, salt and a subtle, chili like heat followed by cooling eucalyptus.