This is an 8 year Lagavulin OB released as part of its 200th Anniversary and bottled at 48% ABV.
Nose: Bold peat with loads of smoke, a bit of turpentine, new leather, tar, and burnt hamburger bits.
Palate: Very pungent peat with vegetal notes alongside burnt bacon and tarry malt wrapped in a shroud of smoke.
Finish: Tobacco smoke and peat last on for some time.
Rating: 86/100 – The first Lagavulin I’ve had under 12 years old, and the balance wasn’t fully there for me. For some reason, it seems only some peated malts can do <10 year expressions well (primarily Ledaig in my experience).
Value for the money: These retail around $60 which is a surprisingly reasonable price. I could nitpick and say it should be closer to $45-$50, but close enough in my book.