Distillers Edition Series was launched in 1998 as an extension to very popular Classic Malts range.
Each of six classic single malts was finished in different type of wood; Lagavulin’s choice was ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, in which whisky spent final months prior to bottling. The majority of reviews were excellent however some whisky drinkers claim that sweet Pedro Ximénez sherry has too much of the tempering effect on powerful Lagavulin’s palate. Lagavulin 2001 Vintage was part of the 2019 Distillers Edition series. The brand sells 2.2 million bottles per annum (2017) what makes it the second most popular Islay malt behind Laphroaig.
Nose: sweet and smoky, apples, plums, dried figs, hay, caramel, toffee, smoked ham, lemon peel, touch of marzipan, peat smoke and tarry ropes.
Palate: peat smoke and sherry, oranges, apples, banana bread, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, licorice, fresh herbs, hints of tobacco and leather.
Finish: fairly long and smoky with notes of oranges, raisins, chocolate, sea salt, dash of pepper and oak.