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    Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    Merry Christmas (later this month) everyone! In the true Holiday spirit I have given everyone an opportunity to find that bottle of Lagavulin 21 year old from 2007 and send me a sample! I know, you're all too kind and I greatly appreciate it.

    Let's hear what everyone's favorite Lagavulin is, and what interesting bottles get opened this month in the name of Christmas, giving, sharing, loving and drinking. Slainte!
    C

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    I do love Lagavulin, it's the malt that made me love malts. I'll go ahead and kick things off with a shot of a 1991/2012 Lagavulin 21:


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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    My first appreciation for smokey scotchs came from Laphroaig in the Penicillin cocktail. That feeling was cemented when I was gifted a bottle of Lagavulin 16 earlier this year. I usually prefer bourbon to most scotches, but something about the smokey ones calls to me sometimes. The 16 is the only variant I have had to date. I was also recommended the 12yo cask strength. Any others I should keep my eyes open for?

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    JKLS, the Distiller's Edition is worth picking up. It is basically the 16 that is finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. While the sweet sherry kills a bit of the complexity, it is never overwhelming or cloying and it adds a different twist that I find compliments the phenolic properties of the malt. I usually reach for it when I want a tamer and sweeter version of the standard 16.

    Lagavulin is firing on all cylinders and this distillery is producing some of the best stuff to hit the market in recent years. This means there are some other killer expressions, but things like the Feis Ile and Jazz bottlings are a bit exotic and get spendy.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    To be honest, I am very disappointed in the recent 16 I opened. It seems watery and thin, nothing like the last one I recall from about 2 years ago. Anyone else notice anything similar in recent the recent 16 year old?
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    Quote Originally Posted by Virus_Of_Life View Post
    To be honest, I am very disappointed in the recent 16 I opened. It seems watery and thin, nothing like the last one I recall from about 2 years ago. Anyone else notice anything similar in recent the recent 16 year old?
    I had the opposite. I've opened two bottles in the past 6 months and both are gone. I just can't stay out of it once I crack a bottle open. It instantly becomes my goto pour on my bar.

    Honestly, I've noticed very little change in Lag 16 over the past 3 years. Been very consistent IMHO. I notice a lot more variation in the 12yr CS's.
    Josh

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    I've always loved Lagavulin. I prefer the 12 year old cask strength but, the 16 is a fine pour. Having said that, I haven't had it in a while. Unfortunately, finances don't allow for much whisk(e)y these days.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    Way back in the olden days,
    before the malts of current rage,
    the one we had to soothe our ways,
    was called the leaping frog.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    I love Lag 16... That said, The price has increased here, and I can't even bring myself to reup. No other expressions are available here.
    Jim

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 12/2013: Lagavulin

    Lagavulin is the dram that launched my whisky journey. I'll dip into what I have available tonight, 16, 2011 CS, 2012 CS, and 2012 DE.

 

 

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