Lagavulin™ 21 year old single malt Scotch whisky, from Islay, has been proclaimed top single malt in this year's Malt Maniacs awards, announced on 1 December. It emerged as the top Gold Medal winner and the overall top scoring 'Ultra Premium' whisky out of all 2008 Malt Maniacs Awards entries.
And in the Malt Maniacs ‘Premium’ category, Lagavulin Distillers Edition (released in 2007) won the Best Peated Malt Award 2008
The Malt Maniacs, founded in 1997, are an international, maverick collective of serious independent malt whisky lovers (including professional independent whisky writers and commentators) who sample and assess hundreds of single malt whiskies each year.
Their highly-rated annual awards - appreciated by single malt whisky connoisseurs around the globe for their total independence from distillers and from conventional drinks competitions - come after many rounds of blind tastings.
Marks are awarded by an 11-person jury of independent international experts, whose individual scores are amalgamated into an overall score. Lagavulin 21 year old attracted the extraordinary score of 91 points.
Speaking on WhiskyCast on 30 November, leading Malt Maniac Serge Valentin described Lagavulin 21 year old simply as “one of the great whiskies”.
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