Lagavulin is one of those classic Scottish single malts every true Whisky buff has to try. The story began in 1816 on the windy island of Islay, when John Jonston and Archibald Campbell first opened the distillery. They’re famous for their extra-long, “low and slow” distillation, which produces exceptionally smooth and flavorful Whisky.
The thing with Lagavulin is, you most probably either love it or you hate it. The strong peat flavor tends to divide opinion. But we can almost guarantee - if you like your malts smoky, you’re gonna adore Lagavulin. It’s Lagavulin’s 200th anniversary this year and they’re celebrating by spreading the love.
The Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary definitely possesses that full-on Lagavulin taste. We would even argue it’s even peatier and more intense than the classic 16 YO flagship.
Inspiration for the bottling came from Alfred Barnard, renowned historian and Whisky explorer, who tried a similar 8 YO Lagavulin back in 1880 and described it as “exceptionally fine.” We must say, we agree with Mr. Barnard. The Whisky is matured in ex-Bourbon casks and bottled at 48% alcohol. It’s a beautiful example of the amount of depth a relatively young Whisky can achieve with master distilling and casking. Last but not least – a limited edition Lagavulin at this price point? It’s a no-brainer, really.
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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary
Oddly enough I like this much more than the 16 year. Its my favorite peated dram right now.
This one is not nearly as good as the 16 year old. So if Love the 16 year old don't waste the $$$ or time for this one. :(
Huge fan. Strong peaty finish but smooth. Does Lagavulin make a bad whiskey?
Spicy, smokey, super long finish. A true pleasure. I wish this was not a limited edition.
The very peaty flavor was like making love to a campfire.
I like it. Strong and smokey. Good price. I still prefer the 16 year, but this is a solid choice.
It has a smooth flavor with a wonderful peaty aftertaste that flows up your throat and into your sinuses. Love it.
DO not send this to again!!!!!!
Peaty. I prefer peaty so I really enjoy this bottle.
Taste like poop
I tend to like Islay whisky, Laphroaig 10 year old is probably my favorite so far. I've also tasted and enjoyed the 16 year-old Lagavulin. Although I found this very interesting, it was hard to take without a little added water - and I don't usually add water to my drams. This just made my throat kind of seize up when I sipped it straight. With water it was pretty damn good, and with a great long finish.
Very flavorful not as smooth as the 16 but quite worth it.
If you like peaty and smoky, you will not be disappointed. Light in color, but bold on taste. I would have rated it a little higher, but then I tried the 16 Year. Wow, big difference. The 16 Year is much smoother, a little darker, with great flavor.
Better than the 16 year
Love the smoke x1000, amazing
SUPER peaty... A little more oaky than I like.
Not impressed. You can get 16 year for only $20 more at my local liquor store, but it's easily worth $60 more. This stuff tastes like diet Lagavulin. All of the flavors are muted and watered down and it leaves a bitter aftertaste.
Pretty good, not great. Flavor spiral is accurate. I'd go for the 16 year old instead for my next purchase.
Smell Is Great, Color is perfect, smokiness is perfect. Just a perfect Scotch
Admittedly I am a huge Lagavulin fan. The 8 year is no 16year, but it is half the price and very good. Still peaty and smokey , but a little less so.
It does have slight sweet/grain note on the back end.
Crisp and bright. You can really feel the sharper, flash-in-the-pan burn of this compared to its more aged counterparts. Nevertheless, it' doesn't overwhelm the palate, even as you drink more.
I like this. Of course, it's not exactly like the 16-year old, but it's still good. The ABV is decently high, and there's good smoke. The color is lighter than the 16. I would definitely buy this again.
Not the 16 year old but very good
Enjoyable peat with a nice finish
This single malt doesn't have the mouthfeel of an eight year old, perhaps even better than the 16 yr.. More complex than the 16 yr too as it has all the 16 yr's elements plus a wonderful red-fruit element that takes the palette of this in a totally new dimension.
Not as complex as Talisker, but wonderful nonetheless. The nose is light, and it doesn't hit hard at first, but the smoke and peatiness comes through. Definitely has vanilla notes and plenty of smoke. It's a little more subtle than other Islays. Recommend
Wonderful and smooth. Sweet with a strong vanilla taste and finishing long with peat and smoke. Love it!
I liked it better than the 16. People will hate that I said that. Doesn't matter. Just how I feel about it.
I want more
It was harsh and over priced for its age.
God, men lidt for røget
It's nice how I get the email yesterday, but it's been sold out for a while.
I am just beginning exploring Scotch Whiskey and I really enjoyed it. Smooth and lingering. Smoky and spicy. Good stuff.
Strong smoky/iodine flavours like the 16 but surprisingly different also. Has a more peaty flavour and a little less smooth. Interesting variation, highly recommended.
It's too young.... there's a good reason why the signiture dram is bottled at sixteen years, because it needs to be.
How much does it cost?
How much does it cost?
Looks, sounds great, I want a bottle....
This has been my all time favourite since I was introduced to it by an art dealer /artist friend in Glasgow some 30 odd years ago!