"Exceptionally fine" was how illustrious whisky chronicler, Alfred Barnard, described the Lagavulin 8 year he sampled during an 1886 visit to the distillery.
In homage to Lagavulin's timeless ability to produce exceptional malts, and in celebration of the distillery's 200th year anniversary, this is a reinterpretation of the 8 year old from Barnard's era: available to one year only.
The nose is immediately soft with clean, fresh notes partnering faint hints of milk chocolate and lemon, then develops fragrant tea-scented smoke alongside nose-drying, maritime aromas, with subtle cereal.
The palate is light in texture, with a magnificently full-on Lagavulin taste that's even bigger than you may expect; sweet, smoky, and warming, with a growing pungency, then dry, with more smoke.
The finish is lovely: clean, very long, and smoky. This is a polished and exquisitely crafted celebration of Lagavulin with smoky-clean aromas and a mighty taste. Made to mark our bicentenary, it's a whisky to celebrate, in every sense.