Celebrating heritage and tradition with Lagavulin.
When it comes to gifting this Chinese New Year, it is not just the thought that counts but what the gift symbolises too. Scottish whisky Lagavulin perfectly embodies the spirit of the age-old celebration through its own rich heritage that spans over 200 years. The unique single malt scotch whisky recently celebrated its two centuries of excellence with two limited edition releases – the 8 Year Old and the special 25 Year Old.
The Lagavulin 8 Year Old, which is a full-on Lagavulin taste that is clean, soothing and smoky with sweet spice, came into profound popularity in the 1800s and has been re-released to mark the 200th year since the formation of Lagavulin, as well as to honour Britain’s most famous Victorian whisky writer, Alfred Barnard, who sampled it during a visit to Islay and describing it as “exceptionally fine” and “held in high repute”.
Meanwhile, the release of the Lagavulin 25 Year Old serves as an ode to the 200 years of producing Lagavulin, its timeless quality and the wonderful whiskies still being made today through the passion and hard work of the Isle folks, from peat cutters to warehousemen. The bicentenary limited edition of the 100% sherry matured liquid, which is bottled at cask strength and limited to 8000 individually numbered bottles worldwide, is also one of the oldest liquids from the distillery that is magnificently full-on in flavour.
The award-winning variants of Lagavulin featuring the limited edition bottling in commemoration of the celebration also includes Lagavulin 12 Year Old, which is a staple and firm whisky fan favourite as it is wonderfully smoky with a soaring pine and pungent smoke flavours, oily and bitter-sweet with swirls of caramel on the palette, pure in style and beautifully balanced being lighter in aroma and texture. On the other hand, the Lagavulin 16 Year Old is elegant, intense and complex with a distinct peatiness that includes notes of sea salt, seaweed as well as a delicious dried fruit sweetness.
In conjunction with the bicentennial celebration of Lagavulin, invited guests were taken on a sensorial journey which transported them to the Islay, where the Lagavulin distillery is located, to truly understand its heritage and production. The rich story of the 200-year distillery was painted through different senses throughout the whisky tasting journey that also highlighted the special releases among other variants.
Discover more about Lagavulin and the tranquil Islay by taking a tour of the precious Scottish island. More information can be found here.