The mythical creatures relate to the distilleries based on “the hidden gems that can be found in each corner of the Scottish terrain amongst the lochs and rugged highlands.” The Lion’s Jewel is the first 26-year-old whisky released from Lagavulin. With 7,542 bottles available, the limited-edition whisky is the most expensive in the 2021 Diageo Special Releases.
The Lion’s Jewel features a beautiful illustration of a fiery sky with a stoic lion guarding his ruby in a cave. Ken Taylor has captured haunting details of this legend with his masterful artwork. Diageo goes a step further with a QR code that unlocks an immersive tasting experience and gives life to Taylor’s illustration.
Nose: Faint smoke and oak start the nose off but dissipate to reveal sweet marzipan and amaretto. Chocolate notes on the side of creme de cacao grace the dram with orange oil.
Palate: Tar and oak touch my taste buds first. The whisky is nutty and sweet with honeycomb. Orange zest stays throughout the dram, however, ash is more abundant and somewhat overpowering.