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Lagavulin 12 Year Old, Special Release, Distillery Bottled

Lagavulin 12 Year Old, Special Release, Distillery Bottled

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Description:
Sweet fresh and smoky. Very peaded finish with warning spice.
Origin:
Islay
Vintage:
2017/8
Alcohol %:
56.5
Colour:
Single Malt Whisky
Country:
Scotland
Group:
Scotch Whisky
Bottle Size:
70cl
Closure:
Cork
Wine Code:
2323
Other Info:
Until 1987, Lagavulin was usually bottled as a 12-year-old, but was subsequently offered in its Classic Malts guise at 16. This cask strength 2010 Special Release, 12-year-old Lagavulin has become something of a feature of the Special Release programme, as have unpeated Caol Ilas, and the standard never fails to impress. This version has been matured in refill former Bourbon barrels and offers a classic nose of sweet peat, fresh earth, brine and seaweed. Beautifully soft and balanced on the palate, with heathery peat, vanilla, citrus fruit, reticent spices and hospital bandages. Fruity in the medium-length, bonfire smoke finish, with persistent lemon and antiseptic notes to the end. This is far from being a subtle malt, but it possesses an engaging and refreshing exuberance. It hits you like an Islay cosh, assaulting the nose in intense fashion with massive, comparatively sweet peat, sharp fruit and medicinal notes. Explosive in the mouth, too. Initially sweet and malty, getting progressively bolder, and building to a crescendo of hot peat and salt. The finish is long and biscuity, with burnt fish boxes. More of an American ‘muscle car’ than a classic limousine.

Sweet and fresh, then very smoky. Marshmallow, digestive biscuit, Assam tea. Finish: Billows of smoke and peatiness. Slight fruit. Warming and long.

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