This Lagavulin 1995 is one of the popular Distillers Edition series. All of the releases are very similar to the regular 16 year old, except that the Distillers Edition is finished in Pedro Ximenéz casks. These annual releases are quite popular and I quite enjoyed this one before. So let’s see if I still like it as much as I used to do.
This Lagavulin has matured in ex-bourbon casks, before being finished in PX casks. Bottled in 2011 at 43 % ABV.
Lagavulin 1995 Distillers Edition tasting notes:
Nose: Smoke and peat! Yup Lagavulin alright. A layer of sweet honey. Some dark fruits, like blackberries. But it is not really outspoken. Brine and mor coastal influences. Later a little bit of plastic.
Taste: Liquorice, and quite present too. Some peat on the background, but much less than on the nose. A bit of honey. A pinch of cinnamon. Citrus too and oranges. Dark and red fruits, like raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. But all quite subtle. It is getting sweeter and sweeter. But the liquorice always remains present.
Finish: The finish is quite short. A metallic note, just a little bit. Some citrus and peat. Also a little peppery.
Ok, when I opened this bottle I really liked this one. But it is quite watery, and I my opinion this would be better at a higher ABV. It’s still good, but it feels a bit too drinkable for me at this point.