At Home Booze Review: Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition, 1995

OKAY, WHAT DO YOU GOT, YOU S.O.B.? Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition, 1995.

SAY WHAT? Lagavulin is a Scotch whiskey. From Scotland. Most years, they’ll do a special ‘distiller’s edition’ of their scotch, and then sell it. For people to buy.

DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE. You’re right. I’m sorry. Lagavulin is an Islay (pronounced ‘eye-lah’) scotch that is typically distilled and aged for sixteen years. Islay whiskeys (named for the region of Scotland (an island) in which they are produced) are typically more peaty and more smokey-flavored than other scotch varieties. This particular year’s ‘distiller’s edition’ of Lagavulin is finished in Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry casks.

THANK YOU. Does that make sense?

SURE. Good. Still friends?

YUP. Nailed it.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Well, Lagavulin is my personal favorite scotch, so it is tough to mess with perfection, but this stuff is pretty excellent. The sherry casks help to mellow out the smokey aspects of the whiskey. I happen to really enjoy how smokey Lagavulin can be, but I know that I am often in the minority in such respects.

WHAT DOES LILAH THINK? She likes it too. I abandoned my glass for a split second to run to the men’s room, and she dived right in–drank damn near an entire dram without making a face.

AND WHO THE HECK IS LILAH? She’s my daughter. She’s a dog. She’ll be five in two weeks.

GOD, YOU’RE STRANGE. Yup. And I shall not apologize. Kindly deal with it. Thank you.

DEEP THOUGHTS? This would be a super killer dessert whiskey. I think if you paired this juice up with a cherry chocolate cheese cake of sorts, you might just drop dead instantly and float blissfully into the ether on a cloud of whiskey fumes. Not a bad way to go.