This is a 24 year Lagavulin that was bottled for Feis Ile 2015. It was triple matured in bourbon casks, PX sherry butts, and finally in old puncheons. It was bottled at 59.9% ABV.
Nose: Lots of oak tannins with vanilla, caramel, blackberry coulis, mild peat, and stewed fruits. Peat has mellowed enough with age to let those delicate fruit notes really shine alongside it.
Palate: Apricot and blackberry notes tucked beneath folds of mild peat, oak is much more striking here and turns into a bit of butterscotch.
Finish: Buttery malt with caramel, and perfect balance of peat.
Rating: 92/100 – One of the best Lagavulins I’ve had – truly enjoyable.
Value for the money: These have been going around €500 or so at auction, and I’m not sure I’d buy one at that price. If this were available at retail, I’d be comfortable paying $300-400.