Lagavulin launches exclusive Islay Jazz Festival whiskeys

2022 Lagavulin Jazz Festival Exclusives (Photo: Lagavulin)

The Islay Jazz Festival is back in action this weekend, and scotch whiskey distillery Lagavulin is celebrating with two limited-edition bottlings.

“The Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival has become a highlight of the calendar since its inception 24 years ago, and we are all delighted to welcome visitors back to Islay for the festival,” said Jordan Paisley, Distillery Manager. by Lagavulin. , according The whiskey spoon. “Designed to celebrate with our fans in Islay, the 14 Year Old Distillery Exclusive is surprisingly sweet, ready to excite everyone.”

The two expressions are Lagavulin Jazz Distillery Exclusive, a 14-year-old cask strength single malt, and Lagavulin Jazz Festival Exclusive, a 7-year-old bottling available beyond Islay. The 7 year old whiskey can be purchased from Malts.com.

“This year we wanted to reach all of our fans in a special way, even those who couldn’t attend the festival,” Paisley said. “That’s why the team has also, for the very first time, released 7 Year Old Festival Bottling, an honest and pure expression of Lagavulin – chosen to carry a piece of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival to every fan’s home.”

Bottled at 55.4% ABV, Lagavulin Jazz Distillery Exclusive 2022 will retail for £220 ($244) per 700 milliliter bottle, with 3,000 bottles available.

Bottled at 59.5% ABV, Lagavulin Jazz Festival Exclusive 2022 will retail for £95 ($105) per 700 milliliter bottle, with 2,490 bottles available.

Exclusive Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2022 Tasting Notes, Via Malts.com

Nose: A soft nose with a slight spiciness despite the power. The top notes are both maritime, suggesting a cool, brackish sea breeze with a trace of iodine, and citric, backed by a chalky mineral note on a slightly medicinal base, with little peat smoke so far…. although adding a drop of water soon brings this topic up!

To taste: With natural strength, a creamy and slightly greasy texture. The taste is slightly sweet, round and citrusy fruity, yet particularly salty, then smoky, more and more, as wisps of pungent wood smoke lead directly into the late white pepper heat. Water softens and calms the flow; the balance is now balanced between a smoother sweetness and an all-pervading smoke.

Finish: Quite long, smoky and drying, as more than a little of the spicy heat mingles with the smoke in a nice warm finish. Similar to water, when there is a mouth cooling aftertaste.

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Willie J. Johnson