In 1988 United Distillers (predecessor of Diageo) launched Classic Malts series, which included six most representative Scottish single malts from six regions.
Surely, the contenders were the distilleries owned at that time by UD. Ten years later a Distillers Edition followed up, it contained the same six single malts but finished in different types of wood. Lagavulin, the most popular expression of the original series, after spending 16 years in traditional oak barrels was transferred into ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks for additional several months. The 2000 Vintage was part of the 2016 Distillers Edition release.
Nose: pleasantly smoky, with strong sherry statement, seaweed, sea shells, prunes, bitter orange marmalade, raisins, toffee, touch of cinnamon and hint of pencil shavings.
Palate: moderately peaty, caramel, honey, bitter chocolate, prunes, raisins, dried figs, roasted almonds, dashes of salt and pepper and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of dark chocolate, bitter almonds, oak and peat smoke in the background.