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Lagavulin Celebrates 200 Years with a Limited Edition 25 Year Old Whisky

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Lagavulin crowns its bicentennial year with the release of a limited edition 25 Year Old whisky.

The revered distillery from Islay, Scotland, had started its celebrations earlier this year with a limited edition 8 Year Old expression. But the highlight of this year-long celebration has to be its newly-released 25 Year Old 200th Anniversary Limited Edition bottling. Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach calls it “a sublime expression of Lagavulin”, one that pays homage to the distillery managers both past and present.

Only 96 bottles of a limited run of 8,000 bottles have been allocated for Singapore, and will only be available through Diageo’s Private Client service at the Johnnie Walker House Singapore at S$1,820.

Located within the Diageo office, the Johnnie Walker House Singapore is a by-invitation-only private suite that promises bespoke Scotch Whisky experiences, in-depth conversations and a treasure trove of the rarest Scotch Whisky ever produced by Diageo.

 

Official tasting notes

laga25Appearance Deep, red-hued chestnut. Slow, lingering.
Nose Profound, complex and dry overall. Rich yet elusive, it really takes time to open up, first offering liquid dried fruits; figs, dates or prunes, a trace of treacle toffee with almost no sweetness and a distant faintly medicinal note of wood polish, which takes on char and smoke, as with a fine old oak chest left too close to a roaring fire. Gradually you discover jammy notes with roasted meats and honey; even, a raspberry coulis. Finally, there are clean ripe red apples, mint and, in time, a whiff of sealing wax. Water brings up soft toffee and milk chocolate, sweet marzipan over sour cherries, cold smoke, burnt timbers and pine resin.
Body Medium-rich, coating.
Palate A voluptuous, oily texture, with a bitter-sweet and gingery, slightly drying start. Intense, with masses of charred wood, oak-smoked meats, honey, burnt treacle tart and ash. Then, refreshing spearmint. Salty, then sweet, with water; gentle peat and spearmint. Now it’s soft, comforting and relaxed.
Finish Long, smooth, sweetly honeyed and elegant, with slowly rising fragrant wood smoke, ash, salt and a subtle, chilli-like heat; followed by cooling eucalyptus. Finally, oily and bittersweet, with burnt orange peel, all of it lingering deliciously. Softer with water, which brings a late, quiet pungency.

 

For more information, enquiries and orders, please contact Diageo’s Private Client service: Privateclientsg@diageo.com

 

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