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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2017) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 56.5%
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Tasting note: Matured in refill American oak hogsheads. Pale gold. Stunningly soft and beautifully fresh Laga; a heady mix of seashore, lanolin, pine and forest floor developing with smoked meats, cigar box, vanilla and edging towards mezcal in the later inhalations. Bracing, super-pure yet intense; a profound, spice infused 'cream-of-Islay' ; almost impossibly wound up with tremendous length and power; sea breeze and more coastal notes through the finish which turns salty, peppery, lipsmacking. Perfectly poised. Fisherman’s Friend lozenges late in the aftertaste. Hard to fault. A complete turnaround from last year's release, but equally superb. 56.5% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews… This is the 15th Special Releases bottling of Lagavulin 12 year old. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads. The nose is smoky, with kippers, charcuterie, and bonfire embers, offset by berry fruits. On the unctuous palate, smoke blends with vanilla, green apples, and licorice, plus pepper and sea salt. Peppery, ashy peat in the lengthy finish. 94 points- whiskyadvocate.com, Reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Winter 2017)
We’re having these every year, and every year that’s a joy. Colour: pale white wine. Nose: Lagavulin’s sweeter peat at first, then the expected sooty smoke, Islay mud, crushed barley, then perhaps a drop of sunflower or sesame oils, whiffs of hand cream, and the usual ocean breeze. Drops of mercurochrome as well, just in case. It’s the purity that’s really perfect here. With water: that wet old tweed jacket, back from Dunivaig’s ruins while it was raining cats and dogs over the bay. Mouth (neat): lemony, peppery, ashy, and smoky perfection. I find it even more precise and concise than earlier batches. Doesn’t do a lot, but does it with utter perfection. With water: gets ashier and sootier. That feeling of having eaten some cigar ash, while the usual orange drops start to appear in the background. Finish: rather long, clean, rather on smoked oranges. We’ll have to try that one day. Comments: perhaps a slightly simpler and sweeter one, but we keep flying very high with these little 12s.
90 points - Serge Valentin, www.whiskyfun.com