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The 18th annual release of Lagavulin 12 Year Cask Strenth has been matured in Refill American Oak Hogsheads and bottled at 57.8%.88pts Whisky Base.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: creosote, tar and Demerara sugar in warm English tea; bright orange citrus, Himalayan salt, fennel seed, seaweed wafers with wasabi; steamed mussels and langoustines; the bold, medicinal, maritime notes eventually make way for melons and pineapple.
Palate: big, firm and malty with loads of sugary malt, tarry peat and heavily salted caramel; oily with firm but elegant smoke; still seafood-y and medicinal with big salty tones and crisp spices: fennel seed, Dutch licorice and star anise, as well as chilli oil; the fruits emerge late over a base of honey and vanilla.
Finish: long, coating and medicinal with crisp spices and slowly fading firm elegant smoke.
Comment: this is a firm but elegant bottling of Lagavulin 12 Year Cask Strength; not as delicate and fruity as the bottlings from the early 2000s, but a complex young malt with a maturity beyond its years.”
'Iconic' doesn't even begin to describe this one. Ever since Lagavulin launched the cask strength 12 year old back in 2002, it has been one of the most consistent and coveted of the young peaters on the market. Factor in the limited edition batch release aspect and you have a malt that, year upon year, has peatheads salivating and chomping at the bit. The distillery's name is inextricably linked with the flagship 16 year old, but it's this bourbon barrel-matured young beast that maybe gives a little more insight into what the distillery is capable of. I'd argue it's not only more interesting, but usually better than the 16 as well.
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