The Offerman Series from Lagavulin

 In Occasional Musings

The trend of actors, musicians, and athletes lending their names to bottles of wine and all types of spirits has been long standing.  The results can be quite uneven.  Nick Offerman has been working on a series of whiskies with the Lagavulin Distillery since 1999 and these limited bottlings have received positive reviews.  The second edition of the Offerman series was aged in Guinness casks and was Whisky Advocates Whisky of the Year in 2021.  The third edition, released in 2022, was aged in heavily charred oak casts and was distilled especially to pair with steak (medium rare).

We’ve tasted the first edition with no special finish, and the fourth edition aged in Caribbean rum casks.  We found both to be peated as you would expect but not quite as robust as the 16 year old.  In the first edition, we found apples and other fruit flavors on the palette.  In the fourth edition, we found tropical fruits with a hint of banana. Both were delightful. We expect this relationship to continue and can’t wait for the next bottling.

See our Tasting Notes for more detailed impressions of these malts.

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