Bought with 5 mates - bottle almost dead already
Ok tried the Lagavulin 21yo last night. Did not write notes at the time, but could still smell it and taste it in the morning.
Got the bottle out the boot of my car and it was very cold - maybe 6 centigrade and when we opened it, it was very muted, so after a good 10 minutes hand warming:
N: Perfect almost everything is there if you look for it but first came, creme brulee, caramel , dried figs dates with roasted almonds, light spice, the Lagavulin peat taste - a kind of inky, Lapsang Souchong, sweet peat, freshly opened Elastoplast.
T: Ay ? Does this actually contain alcohol ? The mouth feel is pure velvet, 'gloopy' All the flavours from the nose are there, but that nutty oil - pecans ? is just amazing. The cleanest sherry possible - integrated so perfectly with seductive Lagavulin peat. The fruity esters come more to the fore and are elusive to describe - black cherry ?, but definitely sticky dried dates, with roasted almonds Smile brown sugar ....
F: Not drying just long and moreish, with the wood coming out a little more.
One of the guys drinking it commented that he did not think it was the most complex whisky he'd ever tasted - just the tastiest. Probably my all time favourite whisky:
First impression: 97/100