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Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Administrator » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:38 pm

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Ryguy » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:49 pm

Thanks Admin for setting this up! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I'll be tasting my samples Saturday night, approx. 9pm EST for those in the US who want to join in. I have samples of the following at home: 16yo, 12 yo and 21yo. I look forward to reading everyones notes, and I'm curious to see how many IB's will pop up. :D :D
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Mr Fjeld » Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:10 pm

I'll drop by too for a short visit. A good opportunity to open my DE :)
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:18 pm

Ryguy wrote:.......I'm curious to see how many IB's will pop up.


And Alleged Lagavulins Ryans !
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:11 am

Spirit of Islay wrote:
Ryguy wrote:.......I'm curious to see how many IB's will pop up.


And Alleged Lagavulins Ryans !


I would suggest that most are not. (You started it). :lol: More than likely they are CIs.
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:55 am

Gee, am I early for once?

Okay, I'll wait until 1 pm CST.

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby matthew2512 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:26 am

I only have one Lagavulin in my collection, the 12 year old 2004 release 58.2%

Nose: grass, wet hay, manure, very peaty
Palate: big oily mouthfeel, huge peat and dry ash
Finish: dry peat and very long

Comment: this is a lot more complex than my notes suggest. It is also a little less refined and has more unruley peat than other bottlings i have had.

Score: 8.75/10
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby matthew2512 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:28 am

I wish i had another bottling of Lagavulin so i could do another tasting... think i might pick up a 16 year old after christmas
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:34 pm

Ganga wrote: More than likely they are CIs.


I Know that......
You know that......
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:52 pm

A guest, C57 and I are sniffin' around the periphery here. Still early although I notice tasting notes have already appeared from the Southern Cross hemisphere.

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Mr Fjeld » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:07 pm

I'll be with you sometime in the next half hour. Dog walking etc.......
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:11 pm

Thought i might be a bit short of bottles for Tonight but after a rummage around have found the following......
1979 Mission 2 Lagavulin
16yo "White Horse"
16yo "Port Ellen" from Islay Collection
1984 Distillers Edition
12yo 2002 Release
12yo 2003 Release
12yo 2005 Release from Islay Collection

Will be back later.....
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:25 pm

Anybody here?
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[Gasp!]

I only have one Lagavulin left! The 16 yo Classic malts. Seems my DE was drained a while back and not replaced. There's also a DUN BHEAGAN (aka Lagavulin) 8 yo in my stash but I'll not be opening that one just yet.

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:33 pm

C'mon everybody! 45 guests?
You guys hiding in the bushes for a reason?

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:35 pm

Hello Musky, here's I_SPEY

How are you today?

Nice seeing you :)
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:37 pm

I_Spey
Nice to see you here, I'm just rummaging around for a whisky glass and may try out my new Canadian whisky glass - the ones that can't tip over.

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:40 pm

Hi Guys ,
First one of the night........
Expression - Murray McDavid Mission 2
Year - 1979
Age - 24yo
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - First Fill Bourbon / 135 of 600
Colour - Honey gold
Nose - First off like walking along an Islay Seashore , iodine and ozone , Then the peat fire kicks in , touch of smoke along with the peat .
Palate - Sweet at first with Vanilla , a honeyed sweetness , dry peatiness at first then progresses to iodine .
Finish - Not as long as i was hoping for at first but as you drink more of it , it seems to hang around longer , again sweet with iodine .
Comments - A decent enough dram but it could have been a great dram if done at CS (sure we had it at CS at the 2003 Masterclass....) , very relaxed but still recognisable as a South Shore Islay .
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:47 pm

I'm using my normal tulip-glass. And I start with my favourite, Lagavulin 16 yo. :P

N: Overwhelming, smoke and heavy, peaty aroma.
T: Peaty, extremely round and full. Iodine, pleasantly dry, salty.
F: Extremely long, fruity, dry, iodine and lots of peat

A realy great dram.
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:49 pm

Hi Soi,

Nice to see you here too!
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:54 pm

Hi Gordon, I_Spey, Musky.

I am just going to get my first of the night.
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:59 pm

Expression - 16yo (White Horse)
Year -
Age - 16yo
ABV - 43%
Cask / Bottle No. -
Colour - Light Amber
Nose - Smoke at first , then peat , then sherry ? Not as big as i remember....
Palate - A burning fire in the mouth , loads of smoke , more iodine than peat .
Finish - really , really long with sweet Smoke , seems to go on for ever.....
Comments - Don't know if they used more sherry casks in the past but this seems sweeter than what i remembered and a lot more smokier.....
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:00 pm

Good evening. I only have a couple here, a 16yo and this year's 12.
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:01 pm

Hello, Collector57, I_SPEY, LagaDrinker, Muskrat Portage, Spirit of Islay, TreacleSponge
A warm welcome to this tasting :P

May I have your votes, eh I mean posts please :wink:
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Mr Fjeld » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:03 pm

I'm going to bed as I'm not feeling too well but I hope you'll enjoy the tasting! Cheers!
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:07 pm

Oh poor you Christian, I hope you recover soon.
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:12 pm

OK I am starting with the 12 YO European Oak. Really want to thank I_spey for this sample. :thumbsup:

What is the ABV of this I_spey?

Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Deep amber

N: Fresh wet mud, smoke, peaty, slightly briney

T: Immediate smoke, heavy peat, slightly sweet, faintly woody.

F: Rich, oily, spreads thickly over the mouth, very long smoky finish. Smoke just keeps coming then finally leaves a slightly bitter peat taste which contrasts the earlier sweetness perfectly.

A really superb dram this one. I found it fairly complex especially in the finish. I ilike the oily texture, it isn't too oily though. A must have dram.

9/10
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:12 pm

I took with me:
Lagavulin 16 yo
Lagavulin 12 yo Europ.oak
Lagavulin 12 yo Special Release (56.4%, OB, 2007)
Lagavulin 21 yo 42% Murray McDavid Mission (thanks Stuart!)
Lagavulin 21 yo 1985/2007 56.5%, OB (thanks Stuart!)
Lagavulin 25 yo D. '77 B. '02 57,2% (thanks Stuart!)
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Re: Lagavulin 16 yo

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:14 pm

Well, here's the only one I have:

Lagavulin 16 yo
Acquired Feb 1998
Colour: Medium reddish gold
Nose: Obviously hints of smoke but also a honeyed backgrounder scent with a hint of heather playing in the distance. Sort of a smokey marzipan to my nose.
Palate: Sweet at the start, then the smoke swirls into the fore and overwhelms all until the sweet honey notes emerge from out of the fray. The tongue begins to sizzle with the alcohol prickle and the lips tingle in response.
Finish: The tongue picks up and carries the sizzle of the smoke and sweetness which migrates to the middle of the mouth while remaining on the tongue tip. Which signals the sweetness of the dram as well as the smokiness' progression to the nether reaches of the mouth. There is also a spiciness there which is a delight to experience.
Musky comment: My, the case states: "Takes out the fire but leaves the warmth" I find the fire is still there and yes it is warming as well. Methinks Musky will need to revisit this dram again later in the evening. it's wonderful!

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:15 pm

Starting with the 16...

Lagavulin 16yo

Lagavulin
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Very robust and appealing. Enormous peat-smoke, bonfires on a beach.
Sweet then almost smokey bacon, or maybe it's seaweed, and now elastoplast. Ridiculous flavours to put together in theory but they work perfectly.
That stunning balance of slightly liquoricey, powerful leathery, salty, fruity sweetness eventually fades.
This is like one of those big blustery friends with no apologies for their lack of etiquette, they just crash in without an invite, and they're always welcome to do so.
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16 Years Old
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43%%
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Single Malt
Scotland
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Please do not reproduce or copy this tasting note without permission.

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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:16 pm

LagaDrinker wrote:OK I am starting with the 12 YO European Oak. Really want to thank I_spey for this sample. :thumbsup:

What is the ABV of this I_spey?

Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Deep amber

N: Fresh wet mud, smoke, peaty, slightly briney

T: Immediate smoke, heavy peat, slightly sweet, faintly woody.

F: Rich, oily, spreads thickly over the mouth, very long smoky finish. Smoke just keeps coming then finally leaves a slightly bitter peat taste which contrasts the earlier sweetness perfectly.

A really superb dram this one. I found it fairly complex especially in the finish. I ilike the oily texture, it isn't too oily though. A must have dram.

9/10


The ABV is 48% Lagadrinker.
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby mr_fox » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:16 pm

Greetings from Mr & Mrs Fox here on a joint tasting. First timers though so dont expect anything too wordy! We have Laga 16yo L5(only 1" left in the bottom), 1988 DE (opened for todays tasting) and 1990 DE. Yum...
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:19 pm

Expression - 16yo (Port Ellen)
Year - 1989 ? from the 1st Islay Collection from 2005 .
Age - 16yo
ABV - 43%
Cask / Bottle No. -
Colour - Light Amber
Nose - seems more peaty than the White Horse one , more Islay Seashore , smoke comes later on.....
Palate - slightly flat at first but if you hold it on your tongue for 10 seconds the fire ignites , really smoky but not very peaty or iodiney .
Finish - Slightly disappointing finish at first , doesn't last long at all with just a touch of iodine .It does improve with more tasting but not much .
Comments - Seems tame compared to Lagavulin of old but i would say it seems more balanced on the whole .
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:19 pm

Welcome Mr Fox, and hi to Mrs Fox too :thumbsup: There are no rules on how much or what you write, just whatever pops into your head :)
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:21 pm

Welcome Mr & Mrs Fox, hope you enjoy tonight. Have a pleasant Evening Nick.
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Re: Lagavulin - 20th December - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:22 pm

Double post oopsy :oops:
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