Islay distillery Lagavulin continued its 200th anniversary celebrations with a party for the drinks industry last night, where it unveiled a 25-year-old whisky.
Matured exclusively in sherry casks and bottled at cask strength, the company says that the liquid is a tribute to the contribution that the distillery managers have made over the years.
Georgie Crawford, the current distillery manager, said: 'For two centuries, Lagavulin has been crafted through the hands of hard working Islay residents; from peat cutters to warehousemen; the characters that make Lagavulin what it is today share a passion for producing an award winning Islay dram, and I am proud to say that I am part of this passionate group of people.'
The nose highlights that sherry influence, with a distinct sulphuric streak to it, meaty beef jerky and smoky bacon characters, and a touch of pencil shavings thrown in for good measure. It's a silky-smooth dram, with plenty of sweet sea-salted caramel and milk chocolate, fruity orange sauce, soft red fruits and physalis before some more green, saline characters strike up: sea grass in particular, sea salt and a distinctly chewy charcoal.
The release is a limited edition, with 8,000 bottles available at a not inconsiderable £799 price tag.
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