This is the 2017 edition of the cask strength Lagavulin 12-year old, a regular feature of Diageo’s yearly special releases.
The nose is malty, phenolic and lightly sooty. Notes of brine and cardboard come first, followed by lemon flavours, and that’s how far it goes with regard to fruity notes. Quite dry and a bit austere.
The palate is medium-bodied, a little bit spicy and rather smooth (belying the high ABV). Sooty, salty, phenolic, and the lemons are back too. Superbly balanced.
The finish is long, ashy and rather dry. Lemon flavours last to the very end.
Not a lot to say here - this is another brilliant 12-year old Lagavulin. They hardly ever disappoint. @Lagavulin 12 year-old, thou art beautiful!