This 26-year-old Lagavulin has an exorbitantly high price. Moreover, it comes with a bottle count: 7,542, which is ridiculously excessive for a cask-strength scotch at this price point.
As is typical of extra-aged scotch whisky, it’s somewhat weak in comparison to its peers. This one took the sherry road, maturing in Pedro Ximénez and oloroso barrels. As a consequence, it has the rich, burnished amber hue that you’d anticipate. Its ABV is 44.2% and the region of production is Islay.
The Lion’s Jewel’s smoke notes have faded to a distant wood fire, while components of the barrel and the wine it previously housed have risen to the foreground. There’s candied almond, brown sugar cookie, a touch of butterscotch, and notes of dark, syrupy fruit. There’s no shortage of richness on the nose, with the nuanced woodiness you’d anticipate and the baked fruit of an extended aging period.
It tastes very interesting with the vinous top notes. Finally, the wood provides a touch of bitterness -notes of highly smoked oak are greeted by rich fruit and almond, with not nearly as much residual sugar as the aroma suggests. Also, it has a fairly woody and dry aftertaste with hints of ginger and herbal tea.
As one would expect from a $2,400 bottle, it’s complex and fascinating. If you are going to spend a few thousand dollars on a bottle of scotch, you may as well get one with a label like this. Here you can find more information on the item.