Each Distillers Edition expression undergoes a second (or ‘double’) maturation in casks that have previously held a fortified wine.
A really distinctive and distinguished dram, full of peat while the Pedro Ximinez sherry wood naturally has a big say; A more mellow Lagavulin, not quite as deep or intense as the 16 year old.
Aroma :Immediately fills the space with that iconic and robust Lagavulin Islay nose. Peat smoke with a softening hint of lilac and soft grasses before it comes right back to the warm smoke.
BODY : Full and rich.
PALATE : Charred apple wood, like smelling a smoker as it starts getting going. Just delicate fruit smoke combined with red apples, sea salt, ocean air, char, and oak. There are complex earth tones but brightened by sweet cherries and dark molasses.
FINISH : The smoke comes back in full force but it’s nuanced on the tongue. You can find the subtle flavors from the palate but through a nice peat smoke. It’s clean and balanced while remaining robust and full bodied.