“I have traveled the world and sampled many attempts at pleasing nectars, but it is solely this distillation of Islay; a tiny, charismatic Scottish isle, that has claimed my palate.” – Nick Offerman
Ron Swanson's Favourite
In the TV series ‘Parks and Recreation’, Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman), made it no secret of his love for Lagavulin - so much so that Lagavulin introduced this 11 Year Old Offerman Edition. He really is living the dream!
Matured in casks selected by the distillery manager Colin Gordon and Offerman himself, this Single Malt is matured in refill and American bourbon casks, then bottled at 46% ABV.
Mild overall, with light prickle. The top notes are unusually ashy for Lagavulin, but familiar hints of linseed oil soon reassure. Gradually fruity notes of hard candy (boiled sweets) emerge, as does a clean, fresh suggestion of the sea, like sniffing the sea air in a fishing harbour. With water, the aromas reduce and the more pungent, smoky notes come slightly forward.
At natural strength, soft and smooth in texture with a big taste that is sweeter than expected. Smoky too, with a little salt. A clean, fresh Lagavulin that is very lightly drying mid-palate. The sweetness is more prominent with water when the tastes are reduced yet broadly unchanged.
Long and very smoky, as the smokiness comes through much more strongly. Lightly drying, with an appetising salty aftertaste. With water, sweeter, though the smokiness still reasserts itself in the aftertaste.