CATEGORY: Single Malt.
BOTTLER: Distillery Bottling.
BOTTLING SERIE: Islay Jazz Festival 2015
CASK TYPE: Refill American and European Oak Bodega Casks.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 3500
STRENGTH: 55.4 % Vol.
No vintage or age that I can spot this time, jazz is timeless. Matured in both American and European ‘bodega’ oak casks. Bodega doesn’t obligatorily mean ‘Spanish’, in case you’re wondering. They have bagpipes in Spain, why couldn’t they have bodegas in Scotland?
COLOUR: white wine, which comes as a surprise.
NOSE: it is a very bright, clean, punchy young Lagavulin, rather in the style of the popular 12yo CS. Seawater, lime, lemon, hessian, cigar smoke, seaweed, oysters, whelks, razor clams, cockles, mussels, langoustines… I’m joking! With water: damp raw wool and Islay mud.
MOUTH (neat): exceptionally clean, crisp, lemony and smoky malt, one hundred percent spirit-driven as far as I can tell, pristine, salty, kippery… So, a blade. As often, it’s just a notch sweeter and fatter than its colleagues from the south shore, and we aren’t against that. With water: salt up, tar up, fish down. A little more austere now.
FINISH: long, with a perfect tarriness, and no sweetness whatsoever this time. Comments: there was more sherry in earlier ‘Jazz’ Lagavulins. Now, I’m a sucker for both styles.
TASTING NOTES: Serge at whiskyfun.com.