More Scotch – Sipping Lagavulin


Coming off Nigel Manley's fascinating and tasty Scotch and Irish whiskey tasting at Max London's Restaurant last week that benefited a new project by Slow Food Saratoga Region aimed at teaching basic cooking skills to the general public, my interest in expanding my Scotch experience  was stoked.

With taste memories of the Auchentoshen, Glen Garioch, Knappogue Castle and especially the Laphroaig still fresh in my mind, I opened a bottle of 16 year old single malt Lagavulin from Islay. The cask strength Laphroaig was the smokiest of the bunch last Thursday, but it was just a tad harsh going down, especially without the addition of a couple of drops of taming water. The Lagavulin wasn't necessarily better than the Laphroaig, just a wee
bit different. They were not as different as each of the whiskeys from
the other night were from each other, though. There was still a family
resemblance from their Islay roots.The Lagavulin was even smokier with hints of salt and seaweed, but it was also smoother and not nearly as harsh as the unwatered Laphroaig.Unlike the Laphroaig, I did not drink it with food. Instead I drank it with good friends after dinner. It was a true pleasure to sit, sip, share and contemplate this complex golden elixir. I think I could get used to this Scotch stuff.

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8 Responses to More Scotch – Sipping Lagavulin

  1. BiskuitATL says:

    Love the Lagavulin 16, tried it for the first time just a few weeks ago, serious peat and smoke, but smooth and well balanced.

  2. TP says:

    Macallan 18 is my fav!

  3. John Sconzo says:

    I love the Macallan too.
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  4. TP says:

    55 yr old Macallan is $14,000.00. u wanna go in on it wit me? 😉

  5. John Sconzo says:

    Thanks, but no. 🙂

  6. I recently was introduced to my first sip of Lagavulin, the distillers addition, brought over from England this past holiday.
    My first impression was of smelly bandages, ozinol ointment, both sister’s thought so too, but not really, I found it a living testament to old world flavors, deep and smooth. A most worthy tipple.
    Lee Ann

  7. I enjoy Lag., Springbank 15 is great. My fave for peaty is Ardbeg 15. Like wine, good to have a variety on hand.

  8. John Sconzo says:

    I couldnt agree more, Joel.

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