Excerpt: If Offerman/Lagavulin really did want to create their “smokiest whisky ever,” I think they’ve succeeded — though it’s not so powerful as to bowl you over the way, say, a glass of Octomore can. If you want to experience Lagavulin stripped down to its basics, this makes for an interesting experience, though I don’t think it will be anyone’s favorite version of the whisky.
Excerpt: This is a surprisingly pleasant spirit, the kind of whisky I’d imagine Burt Reynolds in the 70s sipping in front of a fire on that old bearskin rug. It’s classic, yet modern. A creative imagining of what can sometimes feel like a cloistered product.
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Distilled and bottled by Lagavulin, this 11-year single malt is the third release in the distillery's collaborative series with actor Nick Offerman, best known for his role as scotch-loving Ron Swanson in "Parks and Recreation." Released in October 2022 at a suggested retail price of $79.99, this whisky was aged 11 years in American and European oak casks that were shaved down and heavily re-charred.
Bold char and honey, bright lemon, lime and slate. The peat is inviting, and the nose is char-forward with a bit of salinity, charred wood, ash and charcoal.
Thin to moderate viscosity on the palate with plenty of honey, apple, pear and sweet vanilla. Peat is present but not overbearing, and there's a nice briny character that marries oak, a touch of barbecue and sweet lemon curd.
The short to medium finish is pleasant and inviting but ultimately doesn’t hang around too long.
Fans of bold Lagavulin peat need not apply on this pour, but it just might be the perfect introduction for Irish and Bourbon drinkers who are peat-curious. It’s enjoyable, if a little simple, but is easy to enjoy no matter whose office you’re standing in — Swanson’s or your own.
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