Here are tasting notes from Charles Perry of the LA Times from an article he wrote on independent bottlings. (no idea who he is, someone else might)
Classic of Islay (Lagavulin), 12 years old, Vintage Malt Whisky Co., $44.95
Extremely distinctive, with a powerful, smoky nose of peat and iodine; rounded, mouth-filling and dry on the palate, with a long finish. 92 proof.
I am just hopping someone on here has tasted on of these bottlings, or heard something about them.
Jack Wiebers is a German independent bottle who has a malt called Classic of Islay which is said to be sherry cask matured Lagavulin.
I do not know about the whole range and have not yet tried one of them but I always hear that the young ones without age statements are very good.
Whether they actually are or not is something that can rarely be confirmed with certainty.
So there's more appeal in rumouring that the contents might be Lagavulin, because for fans of that distillery, there are so few different bottlings out there to explore.
Regarding un-named Ardbeg releases , i only know of 2 non-attributable Islay bottlings that have contained Ardbeg , there are rumours in America of another one (Ellenstown ?) but until tried i'm very wary of these because the "Odd" cask from one distillery can taste like something totally different in my experience .
I thought no casks of Lagavulin have ever been released. No independant bottlings of this distillery, or anything other than from the distillery itself. Is this true??
Gordon's already answered the question (with some great examples), but I think a more accurate statement today would be, "Lagavulin no longer sells its casks to the independents".
The SMWS, for example, have pretty much advised that they're unlikely to bottle it again any time soon.
Admiral wrote:The SMWS, for example, have pretty much advised that they're unlikely to bottle it again any time soon.
And for good measure must say.
I would have disagreed with the observation that Lagavulin is the most common Islay malt. In fact in these parts of the world it was tough to get hold of a bottle till 2nd half of last year. In the early part of this decade one had to be content with Laphroaig and surprisingly Ardbeg is easily available in duty free shops.
Curiously, while Laga availability has increased it is still not found on duty free shops across Asia (including Singapore). But at least one is able to sample a dram when one feels like it today. Thank God for some sanity.
I think it's a safe bet that LVMH will be raising prices....................
I know it's very tempting to think that, but personally, I'm not so sure. And I've picked up on a few industry comments here & there that suggest LVMH are treating their whisky portfolio with the respect it deserves.
Here's my full review with complete tasting notes:
http://www.whiskyrant.com/classic-of-is ... 15-review/
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