Lagavulin Distiller's Edition
Strength: 43 %
Before I discovered the world of cask strength, non chill-filtered whisky, Lagavulin DE would have been a surefire A or A+. It has great complexity and balance between peat and sherry, a long finish, and an overall refinement from 17 years in the cask. However, I'm now used to the mouth-coating effect of most natural whiskies, and the result is that the DE, chill-filtered and bottled at a paltry 43 %, just doesn't feel that "big". The body is a little thin, and thewhisky tastes a little diluted, especially when compared with the monster 12-year-old.
Still, there is a lot to love. The peat is strongest on the nose, which also reveals sweet fruit notes. The sherry casks mute the peat on the palate a bit and contribute cherry cough syrup flavor. The peat and sherry actually balance pretty well though and produce a sort of caramel butteriness. The long, pleasant finish lingers and leaves salty ashes. 92 points (A-).
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