Lagavulin 16 years old represented Islay in the original Classic Malts series launched by United Distillers in 1988.
Ten years later Classic Malts were supplemented with Distillers Edition featuring the same whiskies but finished in various types of wood. Lagavulin’s choice was ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, what created an interesting combination of smoky, peated malt with sweet sherry notes. Lagavulin 2002 Vintage was part of the 2018 Distillers Edition release. The brand currently (2017) sells 2.2 million bottles per annum what makes it the second most popular Islay malt behind Laphroaig.
Nose: good balance between peat smoke, sea breeze and sweet sherry, milk chocolate, vanilla, oranges, cherries, hints of hay, tobacco and cigar ash.
Palate: peat smoke and dried fruits, prunes, apricots, cherries, raisins, milk chocolate, mocha, vanilla, marzipan and hints of salt and pepper.
Finish: long and smoky, with notes of milk chocolate, tobacco, dried herbs, pepper and oak.