Lagavulin 8

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.


Light white wine.


Smoke, peat, slightly medicinal with a touch of new make spirit about it making seem a bit younger than it is. It’s also sweet though, with a hint of milk chocolate and a touch of fruit with a slight citrus edge.


Smoke and peat, salty, touch of oats, sweet chocolate and some nuttiness followed by peppper.


Smoke, chocolate, salt/brine and some bitterness.


I love Lagavulin 16 – it’s my current go to whisky for a relaxing dram. The 8 year is a special release to celebrate the distillery being open (legally) for 200 years and costs a few pounds more than the 16 year. I enjoyed it, it was different from the 16 year and interesting to see what a younger expression from Lagavulin had to offer. However I don’t think it stands up to the 16 year – it’s a lot rougher and the extra 8 years in casks obviously rounds it off and makes it smoother. I also don’t think it’s worth the price – even as a special release.

Interesting and worth trying a sample of definitely but doesn’t stand up to the 16 year and isn’t worth the price in my opinion. I’ve got a sample of their Distillers Edition to try soon and it will be interesting to see how that stands up in comparison.

If you want another opinion on this one then check out No Nonsense Whisky’s video review here.



Taken from Classic Malts Website.



Light gold.


Immediately quite soft with clean, fresh notes, faint hints of milk chocolate and lemon – developing fragrant, tea-scented smoke alongside nose-drying, maritime aromas.


Light, growing pleasantly oily.


A magnificently full on Lagavulin taste that’s somehow even bigger than you expect, and charred, with minty, dark chocolate.


A clean, long and smoky finish – subtle, minted smoke, chocolate tannins and finally warming, leaving the palate dry as sweet smoke lingers on the breath.

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