Lagavulin 1993 Islay Jazz Festival bottling (2011 Release), 55.4%

Price: $127 Issue: Spring 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

An extremely limited edition issued at last year's Islay Jazz Fest, this was chosen by warehouseman Iain McArthur as a prime example of a ‘bodega' sherry butt (see page XX for more on the ‘bodega' process). It is, simply, massive, with concentrated soy/balsamic notes combining with hot embers, burning rosemary, fig, coffee, and candied peels. The smokiness is unrestrained on the tongue; all soot, earth, and a rolling wave of deep, pimento-accented meatiness leading to a kippery finish. Magnificent. (Distillery only) £80