Bottle No. 1461, 1933 / 2772
Lagavulin is unquestionably one of the brightest stars in Diageo’s portfolio. The distillery has been working around the clock producing close to 2.5 million liters of spirit per annum.
While in the past Lagavulin malt played some role in Johnnie Walker and White Horse blends, in the 21st Century 98% of the output is bottled as single malt. The core range includes three expressions – 12 years old cask Strength, 16 years old and Distiller’s Edition. They are all special whiskies but from time to time Diageo releases something even more special. In 2012 Lagavulin 21 years old was included into annual Special Releases series. The whisky distilled in 1991 was aged exclusively in ex-sherry casks and bottled at natural strength of 52% abv with an outrun of 2772 bottles.
Nose: peaty and smoky with distinctive sherry notes, prunes, dried dates, raisins, traces of pepper and cardamom, leather, tobacco, hints of iodine and camphor.
Palate: pretty dry and spicy, pepper, ginger, licorice, oak, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, almonds, garden herbs, peat smoke, hints of tar and shy mineral notes.
Finish: long, nutty and spicy with notes of cocoa, tobacco and plenty of peat smoke.