Lagavulin The Ink of Legends 12 Year Old (Special Release 2023) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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Lagavulin The Ink of Legends 12 Year Old (Special Release 2023) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

$189. 99
$2279.88 Dozen
ABV: 56.4%

Out of the ordinary is this Lagavulin finished in casks that previously held Don Julio Añejo tequila. The secondary maturation brings layers of bright, herbal smoke and dark plum fruit to the already notoriously smoky island dram. This year's artwork is inspired by the spirit of intensity that Lagavulin exemplifies while exploring the symbols of the ancient Mesoamerican art of tattoo. 56.4% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... Very pale and peaty, with lime zest, smoked lemon, green gooseberry, brine, and cooked agave aromas, the smoke and tequila cask notes are well-balanced, sharp, and invigorating. Lime, agave, caramel, and vanilla sweetness, with smoke on the back of the palate, cooked plum fruitiness, and a growing sense of minerality, green herbal notes, and zesty lime. Be generous with the water; this Lagavulin can take it. 93 points -

Notes from the producers... Nose: The immediate aromas are slightly more medicinal than smoky, showing hints of carbolic soap and soothing rub that soon mingle with aromatic wood smoke from a driftwood bonfire on the beach. As the intense, herbal smoke takes over, a savoury note drifts through it, suggesting barbecued pork. Taste:  At natural strength, the robust texture is creamy-smooth and mouth-filling, while with its ever-richer swirling​ flavours the taste is sweet at first and citrus-like, adds a good sprinkling of salt, then reveals notes of juicy plum in an increasingly smoky and lip-tingling finale. Finish: Long, with a salty tang and finishing very smoky, with just a hint of that light meatiness in a smoky aftertaste that is both lingering and mouth-cooling. It is drying, with a lovely warm-heartedness.