The Islay representative in the ‘Classic Malts’ series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers. Nose. Lapsang Souchong and fruity sherry. Palate. The dryness is at first offset by the sweetness of the sherry character. As the palate develops, oily, grassy and, in particular, salt emerges in a long, sustained, aggressive attack. Finish. A huge, powerful, bear-hug of peat. The driest of Islay malts, and an established classic.