Lagavulin 8 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 47% ABV (50ml)
As Alfred Barnard (author of The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom) said of an 8 year old Lagavulin in the 1880s, this stuff is "exceptionally fine".
NOSE Salted popcorn, honey-roasted nuts, tarry ropes and light hints of freshly-chopped cedar. A touch of burnt sugar sweetness lingers.
PALATE Smokey peat appears first on the palate, followed by coriander seed, barley sugar, cumin powder, smoked kipper and marzipan.
FINISH Layers of apple crumble, toasted almond and ash. Another kick of cooking spices right at the end.