Time for some Lagavulin 16 43% and some song writing. Finally off work for a stretch. ( 3 night shifts feels like 6 days lol). This Laga 16 is so delicious and something I wouldn't have enjoyed as much even just 6 months ago. It's funny how the palate evolves. Such a fun journey! Initial thoughts on this.
NOSE - I get hit first with bacon. Not how I usually cook it though, this is more like bacon being cooked on a charcoal grill. That falls back and a sweetness appears. Then a meat, like a steak. Then it's bacon again but this time it's like you're smelling it out of the package, raw, before cooking. After a taste and back to the nose the smoked aspect is more subtle and pinned behind a brown sugar , caramel sweetness with red apples , raisins and other dark fruits that are hard for me to pinpoint due to the complexity and layers of this nose. Then some massive smoked vanilla. A little cinnamon after half a dram . What a fkn beautiful nose.
PALATE - Oh fk yes. Sweet , bbq smoke , nice and mouth-coating. Bacon . Dark fruit's, I can definitely pick out plums and figs but it's covered with a sweet smoke. I'm getting apples now. Thick and chewy . Toffee. The whole time the smoke lingers and makes itself known but doesn't overwhelm. Salty, vanilla. Glorious stuff.
FINISH - Long, slightly drying. Smoked salmon remains, along with a sweetness. Some oak spice upon swallowing, salty.
What a beautiful whisky. Exceptional really. Added color and chill filtered , but it doesn't matter. It's an anomaly? Maybe. But if it was higher strength and non-chillfiltered, I wonder if I would notice it's subtleties. Complex, yet refined. Impactful , yet smooth. Rich but not to the point of only being able to pour a 1/2 oz and be full lol... I call this BALANCE.
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