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Lagavulin’s Latest Whisky Celebrates 25 Years Of Islay Jazz Festival

Lagavulin is celebrating 25 years of the annual Islay Jazz Festival with an exclusive bottling, the Lagavulin Jazz 2023 15 Year Old, only available at the distillery.  

 The festival, presented by Jazz Scotland and Islay Arts Association, runs from the 15th – 17th September and features performances from some of Scotland’s most exciting and creative musicians. 

The Islay Jazz Festival is always a very exciting time for everyone on the island,” said Jordan Paisley, Distillery Manager at Lagavulin, in a prepared statement. “This year, to celebrate the festival, we’ve created a unique expression of Lagavulin that’s been influenced by the thriving Spanish jazz scene, finishing our whisky in Oloroso Sherry casks.

Lagavulin Jazz 2023 15 Year Old
Lagavulin is celebrating 25 years of the annual Islay Jazz Festival with an exclusive bottling, the Lagavulin Jazz 2023 15 Year Old, only available at the distillery. (image via Lagavulin)

“The result is an exceptional bottling that introduces sweet, red-fruity notes, which are beautifully matched to Lagavulin’s signature smoke.”

 Official tasting notes for Lagavulin Jazz 2023 15 Year Old indicate it carries “elegant, smooth dried fruit and walnut flavours. New depth of character and complexity comes to life as Lagavulin’s intense smoke meets the rich fruitiness from the sherry casks, delivering a twist on the classically smoky flavours of the iconic Islay distillery.” 

 The Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2023 exclusive bottling will only be available for purchase at the Lagavulin Distillery, with a retail price of £250 per 70cl, bottled at 53.9% ABV with 3,000 bottles available. 

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Here are my recommendations for those of you who want something sweet and luscious, but a little different in your glass this year. 

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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