In 2014, Diageo started to release a new subset of whiskies within its Classic Malt series, exclusively for the “Friends of the Classic Malts”. Each of the expressions were to be “Triple Matured” and WU got its hands on the Lagavulin FOCM expression. There is no-age-statement associated with the expressions, but the suspicions amongst writers … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Lagavulin – Friends of Classic Malts (Triple Matured)
Since 2011 Lagavulin has been the proud sponsor of the annual Islay Jazz Festival. To mark these occasions Lagavulin has released a limited edition bottling that is only available from the distillery. The 2013 release is an 18 year old expression selected by local Lagavulin legend Iain MacArthur, which has been finished in sherry butts … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Lagavulin – Jazz Festival 2013
Lagavulin is widely recognised as one of the leading names in whisky throughout the globe and regularly falls within the same breath as its fellow southern Islay neighbours Laphroaig and Ardbeg. The 16 year old is the core expression of Lagavulin and has (deservedly) garnered cult status amongst whisky fans and peatheads worldwide. Each facet … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Lagavulin – 16 Years Old
After a brilliant day's musical and liquid entertainment on the Saturday, I managed to wake up without a single regret on the Sunday, and the weather was also as surprisingly clear as my head. There are few sights in this world that I've been lucky enough to witness that are as serene, calming and stunning … Continue reading Best Of The West Festival 2015 – Day 2
My trip to the 2015 Best Of The West Festival (or "Bowfest" as simply referred to) was a journey two years in the making and it did not disappoint! Pretty much two years ago to the day, WU embarked on their first Islay road trip. Having started out from the south of England, it took … Continue reading Best Of The West Festival 2015 – Day 1
You will sometimes hear whisky being referred to as ‘liquid gold’. This is mainly due to the value associated with it, but it also obviously refers to the various shades of golden beauty that the liquid can have. In spite of this however, when whisky is being made, the ‘new spirit’ that is created from … Continue reading Colour By Numbers – A Lagavulin Case Study
If you enjoy a smoky kick to your whisky then chances are that you'll already know your best friend's name is 'peat'. Peat itself is quite an interesting entity (if you're into that sort of thing) and represents something that is hundreds of years in the making. Personally, I was pretty blown away to find … Continue reading For Peat’s Sake!?