#475 • Game of Thrones House Lannister Lagavulin 9

48% alc./vol.
Lagavulin Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

Grand finale of the series of single malts of the series Game of Thrones, which stages a concept where each big house of the series of books is associated with a distillery of the giant of the drink Diageo.

Thanks to the alliance between Québec Whisky et Scotch Whiskey Central, which made it possible to live this epic tasting to our members well before the release in SAQ from this collection!

Like what one of the great tips of life is to always keep the best for last, the family Lannister had no choice but to be represented by the great Lagavulin. We often indulge the 16 years of age of the distillery, and although this expression has only 9, but do not worry, this traffic jam is worthy of all these complex and perfidious characters.

The official family words are "Hear me Roar", but much more is known about the following words which are proudly propagated by all Lannisters:

To Lannister always pays his debts.

Nose:
Peat in a casket of sherry, iron hand in a velvet glove, just like the house Lannister. Tundra, caramel, sea peat and berries. Apple-grape juice. Intoxicating smoke.

Taste:
Silky and sensual texture, fruity peat, oak wood, spices, sherry and orange. Very vinous, tannins, leather and caramel. Raspberry jams. Delicious.

Finish:
Sweet and full-bodied at a time, on a long and bewitching period. Oak saturated with sherry and spices, discrete and salty smoke at the same time.

Balance:
The big winner of the series. In almost every work of fiction, the villain is always more complex. Here we are entitled to a great Lagavulin, its only weak point being that just like the Lannisters, we knew what to expect. Tywin must have casks and barrels under the foundations of Casterly Rock.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#446 • Lagavulin 8 200e Anniversary

48% alc./vol.
Lagavulin Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

200 years of history for one of the largest, if not the largest, distilleries of Islay, it is not nothing.

Indeed, in 2016 Lagavulin have put on the market a few commemorative jams, including today's one, an 8 aged from both American and European oak, and bottled at an electrifying rate of 48% alcohol!

On a lighter historical note, Lagavulin comes from Gaelic lag a'mhuilinwhich means "valley near the mill".

As the singer and songwriter of American heavy metal said so well Ronnie James Dio, real name Ronald James Padavona (1942-2010):

People demand freedom of speech to compensate for the freedom of thought they prefer to avoid.

Off white, almost transparent.

Nose:
Tea, honey and brown sugar. Washed stone, salt peat, Fisherman's Friend lighthouse. Racy and robust. Sherry.

Taste:
Inflamed peat, seaweed and salt, honey and vanilla. Dry wood and spices, all covered with unsuspected sweetness. Crème brûlée, hazelnuts and green peat.

Finish:
Hot spices and sherried wood. With its long length, the iodized smoke acts as a backdrop for spices, cantaloupe and white grapes.

Balance:
At the height of expectations and the reputation of the distillery. Very unique compared to other Lagavulins on the market. A great shot to celebrate the bicentennial of the distillery. A little young, but with a level of alcohol that weighs heavily.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★