While it might be seen as the younger sibling to Lagavulin's much-acclaimed 16-year-old classic, this expression carries its own maritime-infused charm with a sharp, smoky aura. As a rare find in today's whisky landscape, it offers enthusiasts a chance to indulge in a piece of Lagavulin's illustrious history. A gentle caress to the senses, its nose introduces a harmonious blend of salty smoked haddock, accompanied by evocative hints of coal, tar, charcoal, and a unique touch of soap. Delving deeper, the palate presents a sooty and minerally profile. Subtle wafts of smoke dance around, albeit less intensely than one might anticipate from its aromatic promise, offering a contrast that might leave some yearning for more. Concluding the experience, a dry finish graces the palate with a delicate wisp of cedar smoke. Cloaking this exquisite spirit is a pale gold hue, reminiscent of dawn's first light on Islay's shores.
This 2009 release is more than just a whisky; it's a rare gem from the iconic vaults of Lagavulin. A true collector's delight.