Lagavulin 26yr Old Special Release 2021
The oldest, most exclusive single malt in the Special release 2021 is the Lagavulin 26-Year-Old, a 1994 vintage matured in first-fill sherry seasoned casks (both Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso). It has a nice, deep hue with brown and red hints.
Nose: plenty of sweet smoke, mixed with tarry ropes, dried meat, leather seats, rubber boots, and hints of wet canvas. Boat varnish, cloves, red berries, and juicy plums. Hints of linseed oil, camphor, and bandages. Lots of tiny notes, this keeps getting better in the glass. Really great, even with the slightly sharp woody edge and the vinous top notes.
Palate: starts with salty notes alongside sour berries, with some acrid scorched wood in the background, mint, brine, and pipe tobacco. A good flavour profile again, but I expected more depth and more velvety sweetness from the PX. Perhaps the low ABV makes it thinner too. Herbal tea, cold ashes, leathery notes.
Finish: long, warmer, with bonfire ashes, hints of cold coffee, ginger, and herbal tea.
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