As Jon told us in his post last Monday, he went to Feis Ile again this year for Port Ellen shenanigans. Thanks to that, and Diageo releasing a lot of bottles this year, he was able to procure a Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 for me.
When I got to Fiddler’s he had my bottle waiting for me, and a dram poured in the mixed-up line-up that I was to sort out. I’m very grateful for both the bottle and the fact that he let me taste it!
I have always wondered what his angle was when he wanted me to taste some great whiskies at his place without getting anything out of it. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to help him sell booze (or as Jon calls it, the finest craft ales and Scotch whiskies) during the night, but I hope to be able to make that up to him someday.
I am definetly hoping to bring a couple of friends over to Drumnadrochit next year when I am planning a short whisky trip. Fiddler’s might be a nice command center from which to do stuff. It would check accommodation, food, evenings spent drinking and great booze from the to-do list!
It’s surprisingly sweet with lots of dried apricots. I also get creme brulee and brown sugar. There’s quite a lot of peat and smoke here, and it’s a lot more ashy than I would have expected.
There’s some alcohol on the palate but not too much. I get a lot of astringency, with pepper, oak and peat. Gorgeous though!
Here the flavours take a turn for tobacco and cigar smoke. Some ash again too. Oak, and still drying but less so. Spices, but not too heavily focussed on the pepper.
This, dear friends, is stunning whisky. It’s absolutely gorgeous and does everything Lagavulin does well. Depth, peat, sweetness. It even adds a bit of an ashy layer that I normally associate with Ardbeg, but it’s far from misplaced here.
I was even more happy with the bottle I have of this after tasting it! I’m going to try it again soon at De Whiskykoning’s Islay Tasting. Already looking forward to that!
This seriously is one of the best whiskies I have tried this year. The coming drams (tomorrow and the day after) will be too. I feel blessed with friends like this!
Lagavulin 1995, Feis Ile 2013, 51%, over € 250 by now, in auctions.
Thanks a million, Jon!