So, finally these have become available in The Netherlands. The previous two batches weren’t and that annoyed me to no end.
And yes, I’m a bit of a Nick Offerman fan, and not just because of Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation. Based on his books, and some of the talks he did (see Youtube for that) he’s a champion and we should have more people like him being celebrities instead of socialites like The Kardashians.
Anyway, Lagavulin. Celebrity involvement. Let’s go!
Apart from the obvious rich, peaty smoke, there’s a bit of a roasty note. Dark grains on top of earthy smoke and coastal salinity. Some vanilla and charred wood in the background.
The palate brings a bit of bite, but is slightly more thin than I expected. Charred oak, roasted malt, beach bonfires. Quite earthy with a slightly sooty smoke.
The finish veers back to a more rich approach. Still dark, sooty and smoky, but with a hint of vanilla syrup. Quite long with a bit of black pepper on the back of your tongue.
I like that the charred oak gives a new dimension to the whisky without it diminishing the original character of Lagavulin. Especially since I tend to really like that character. And yes, in the final score there might be a point for Nick Offerman, but I think it’s a really good special edition of an already great single malt.