Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Lagavulin Select Cask Aged 20 Years (Cask No. 0002)

[56.3%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 0002・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles]

Nose:

Mothballs and band-aid plasters, seaweed and diesel coming across as a tad muddy.  White fruits unfold in time with some smoked bacon getting baked in the background.

Palate & Finish:

Soft fruits poached in molasses, a nice dose of mushed pineapple chutney and thereafter it turns rather vegetal and leathery with the coastal influence setting in, pepper and iodine being carried by the sea breeze.

An earthy, peaty finish of copper coins and ashes, salty and herbal.

Thoughts:

This is a Cask of Distinction bottled for China, a rawer and dirtier take on the distillery, pretty darn good overall but perhaps not really an unique take, or am I being really picky right now? Anyhow, the world is a better place with this being released as a single cask than it going into a blue label..

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas