Whiskey Persona ™:

MODERN GENT

As a MODERN GENT, you have old-school class and modern-day charm. You are Bear Grylls and James Bond combined. You are the new breed—a “gent” redefined.

The whisk(e)ys1 that best fit your Whiskey Persona are: well-balanced, strong and full-bodied

 

LAGAVULIN 16

This whisky, like you, is complex.  The strong peaty and smoky flavors beckon you to go out into the wild and discover a world unknown.  Yet, its sweet and delicate notes bring you into a world of refinement and control.  It’s hard to be well-rounded, but when the balance is right, it’s just perfect.  Wouldn’t you say so yourself?


Style: Single Malt2 Scotch
Age: 16 Years
Alcohol: 43% abv.
Produced at: Lagavulin Distillery
Region: Scotland (Islay)
Distillery Master: Georgie (Georgette) Crawford
Cost: ~$60-$100


SOME FACTS:

  • The Lagavulin Distillery, founded in 1816, is currently owned by Diageo, which also owns other brands such as Cragganmore, Oban, and Talisker. See the full list here.
  • “Lagavulin” is an anglicization of the Gaelic lag a’mhuilin, meaning “hollow by the mill”
  • 12 men today craft the whisky at Lagavulin Distillery, which is situated in a still mainly Gaelic speaking community around Port Ellen, on the island’s south eastern shores in a town with the same name in Islay, Scotland. Islay has 8 active distilleries, which are known for its smoky characteristics derived from the peat3 as well as some “medicinal” notes like iodine and salt.
  • Lagavulin was the first legal distillery on the remote Scottish island of Islay, but before its founding in 1816, there were at least 10 illicit stills in operation in the area.
  • The distillery is also a sponsor of the Islay Jazz Festival
  • Lagavulin 16 is marketed under the “Classic Malts” brand
  • The 16-year-old bottle has won many awards from San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Wine Enthusiast and World Whiskies
  • This 16-year-old scotch is the preferred whisky of Ron Swanson, a character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation

SOME WHISK(E)Y TERMS DEFINED:
  1. Whisky vs. whiskey: Both spellings are correct. The difference is primarily due to geography. “Whisky” is primarily used in: Canada, Japan, Scotland, England, and Wales. “Whiskey” is primarily used in Ireland and the United States. For more info, click here.
  2. Single malt (type): Single malt whisky is a whisky made at one distillery from a mash that uses only malted grain, usually barley. Malting (process): The grains (e.g. barley) are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air. The resulting dried germinated cereal grains are called “malt.”
  3. Peat (flavor): Peat is basically turf made of partially decayed vegetation, e.g. moss and wood. In Scotland, particularly in Islay, peat is used as fuel to create fires that dry malted barley (one of the steps of making whisky).

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