This is the 2013 Lagavulin Feis Ile expression which was an 18 year sherry-matured expression bottled at 51% ABV.
Nose: Fairly closed off – delicate smoke with mild peat, dark chocolate, subtle figs and blackberries.
Palate: Sherry notes pull out front with plums and berries, mild peat and oak to back it up alongside a drop of vanilla. Still quite mild surprisingly.
Finish: Mostly sweet sherry notes lingering with a bit of oak and peat.
Rating: 82/100 – All the notes were there that I normally love in a sherried peated dram, but it’s like someone dialed the intensity knob down several notches. Not sure if it’s the low proof or what, but it’s a shame as I could tell there was a great foundation there.
Value for the money: These are spotty online, but looks like they’re going around €300 at auction in recent months, and I would pass at that price.