This is a Lagavulin bottled for the 2015 Jazz Festival. It’s NAS, matured in refill American and refill European oak, and bottled at 55.4% ABV.
Nose: Fresh peat takes over the nose right off the bat before a bright citrus/lemon juice note pierces through. As it sits, subtle banana, honey, golden raisins, and some vanilla emerge.
Palate: Very viscousy – young, powerful peat takes the lead as it turns a bit ashy. Some bitter cocoa, heavy smoke, and a hint of flowery notes develop.
Finish: Strong peat/smoke linger for a long time.
Rating: 89/100 – A semi-bruiser in terms of peat levels, but it still maintains a nice balance with some of those other notes – really enjoyed the subtle raisins/vanilla in the nose to break up some of the smoke.
Value for the money: These can be found for £200+ and at that price, it’s not too bad of a buy.