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19 Jan 2011

Lagavulin Lg1 (Elements of Islay)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Lagavulin

In the successful series Elements of Islay by The Whisky Exchange, there are two Lagavulins so far. This was the first one: Lagavulin Lg1. While it is still available, there also a newer Lg2 (sweeter I’m told).

None of the Elements of Islay have an age statement.


Lagavulin LG1 - elements of islayLagavulin Lg1 (56,8%, Specialty Drinks 2009, 50 cl)

Nose: gristy and earthy. All kinds of wet things: wet leaves, soaked cereals, rubber boots… Sooty with tar and some nice bread crust. Salted smoked fish. When you dig a little further, there’s also a sweet background note (ripe banana?). Mouth: big! Nice development from the initial peat blast and coal smoke towards berries and tropical fruits. The sweetness keeps growing. Still quite grainy. Also a medicinal side and farmy notes that seem bigger than in official Lagavulin. Finish: very long on earthy peat, liquorice and pepper.

Official Lagavulins are 12 or 16 years old – it’s easy to tell this one is younger. I don’t think that’s a downside, because the youngish fruity notes work well here. Around € 45.

Score: 88/100

Lagavulin Lg1 (Elements of Islay) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-01-19
  • http://maltakias.blogspot.com Pavlos

    Now,that’s a coincidence!

    I opened the same bottle just yesterday evening….

    I think the youngness shows very clear in this and also the smoke and salt is so big that all the others need a really experienced nose to understand.

  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il gal

    I want to try this one.
    i had a good time with the ‘classic of islay’ 9 years..
    young is good. (sometimes)

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