Archive For The “Lagavulin” Category

Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

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Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

Independent bottlings of Lagavulin are not overly common (although there’s probably more of it out there in unnamed bottlings than is known), as Diageo is loath to part with casks of Lagavulin for independent bottlings and has been for quite a while. Everything the distillery produces, some 1.4 million liters a year, will go into…

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

Facebook is full of secret whisky associations, and the most secretive of those, with only 104 of the most discerning whisky nuts, is the WFFA. While I can’t say any more about the group, since one can’t ask to join it, and as two of the three rules the group has were taken out of Chuck Palahniuk’s…

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

It’s once again the first day of the Fèis Ìle festival, which makes it time to taste a Lagavulin in celebration. Last year, I tasted the 2014 Festival bottling, but have somehow missed the 2015 release. I’m sure a sample will turn up eventually, but this is a good opportunity to reach back to the 2010 edition of the…

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Lagavulin 8 – 200th Anniversary Special Edition (48%) – Whisky Review

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Lagavulin 8 – 200th Anniversary Special Edition (48%) – Whisky Review

Happy bicentennial, Lagavulin!! Lagavulin kicked off the 200th anniversary festivities with an edition fully matured in bourbon casks – not unlike the annual 12 year old, but dialed down to 48%. The idea for this expression comes from Alfred Barnard’s seminal piece journaling his visit to all active distilleries in the United Kingdom (which included Ireland at…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

Here we are just twelve days before Christmas (and it’s the first day of Hanukkah), and gift buying is at its height! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. The rules? Easy: It has…

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Lagavulin 12 – Cask Strength Feistiness

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Lagavulin 12 – Cask Strength Feistiness

Diageo is about to officially release details of the 15th Annual Special Releases. While Diageo tries to keep things under wraps, United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulations require that manufactures file labels in advance for approval for sale in the United States. My friend and fellow blogger Thijs Klaverstijn of the…

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Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day – Tasting the Lagavulin 1995 Sherry Bomb

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Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day – Tasting the Lagavulin 1995 Sherry Bomb

Last year’s Lagavulin festival bottling was probably the best of the Fèis Ìle crop last year. A sweet sherry bomb, this is a great sipper. As I mentioned in another post, Lagavulin has the most limited core range of all distilleries, holding a single expression: the 16 year old. Other regular bottlings include a yearly release of a 12…

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It IS Lagavulin!!! A Review of Lagavulin’s Entire Core Range…

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It IS Lagavulin!!! A Review of Lagavulin’s Entire Core Range…

I’m usually the guy poking fun at whisky PR and pricing and the crazy premiumization taking place in the world of whisky. And yet, Diageo’s work with Nick Offerman is just the type of commercials that were shot for the aficionado, and will leave even the most diehard malthead with a smile on his face (even…

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

The long anticipated 2014 Diageo releases has arrived, and I sadly stand vindicated. Just a few months ago I wrote a piece on the absurdity of Diageo’s Port Ellen pricing policy, claiming that whisky suppliers are as guilty as collectors for creating the bubble in whisky prices by setting prices that make the whisky so prohibitively…

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Celp – Everything But Seawater inside a bottle – Whisky Tasting Notes

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Celp – Everything But Seawater inside a bottle – Whisky Tasting Notes

Celp is a fun whisky. You can’t actually call it scotch whisky, because it has an branch of seaweed inside the bottle, and is aptly named “the seaweed experience” and thus holds the moniker “Single Malt Islay Spirit”. It’s thought to be either a young Laphroaig or a young Lagavulin, bottled by The Ultimate Whisky Company,…

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