Deep amber gold.
Intense peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness.
A rich, dried fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong, barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of peppery smoke.
Huge, long, warming and peppery with a distinch appetising sweetness.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - Rustic and earthy peat and roasted grain aromas are smoky and lively. Flavor profile is leathery with intense smoke and dark roasted coffee and tobacco notes. Smooth texture is silky and pillow like in the mouth. (Mar 2012)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Soy sauce, olive brine, peat, honey, oloroso Sherry, brewer’s yeast, bread dough, barley malt and cigar smoke in the bouquet. The flavor that magically includes the innate intense peatiness of Islay malts and the masterly employment of oak barrels phase defines "classy Islay.” Concludes sweetly, without sacrificing the tangy, astringent peatiness that is inherent. Gorgeous.
— P.P. (4/1/2004) — 90-95 (Jun 2006)
With the strongest peat flavour of all the Islay malts, Lagavulin has a dry and complex strength of character and characteristic notes of sea spray. It is perfectly matched with the sweet accents of sun-dried grapes of Pedro-Ximinex cask wood.