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Lagavulin 12 Year Old 2007 Diageo Special Releases 2020


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

15th Oct 2020


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The Lagavulin 12 is a mainstay in the Special Releases. This one is a vatting of refill American oak.

Ka-boom! I’ve only just poured this baby and already know it’s going to be grand. A chiseled nose on brackish water with linseed oil and a sweet touch of honey and grapefruit. The smoke keeps you waiting for a bit, but then kicks in with a vengeance.

Contrary to last year’s expression, peat is not the lead actor in this flick, but the indispensable supporting actor that eventually scoops up the Oscar. Some cow pat, but not an off note!

What a flavour bomb! I taste nougat, citrus, almond milk (!) and a truckload of fresh Tunisian olives. Really peppery, maritime and just sublime.

The finish is full of ashes.

You cannot go wrong with Lagavulin, I guess.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

Your last sentence really sums it up for me. In all my years drinking whisky, I've only had one disappointing Lagavulin and it was a pour of the 16 Year Old at a Keg Restaurant in Toronto. Who knows how long that bottle had been open, or if it had been turned into a makeshift "infinity bottle". I've got two bottles of the 2017 Lag 12 CS and I'm always on the lookout for more. This one sounds as great as the others.

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Nozinan commented

@markjedi1 It's irresponsible comments like that that put my bank account at greater risk.

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Wierdo commented

I adore the Lagavulin 12. It's probably hands down my favourite Islay whisky. It's just so damned expensive recently. The only drawback with it really.

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Wierdo commented

@BlueNote I've got the 2019 release and the bottle isn't as fugly in the flesh as it looks in photos. I do prefer the classic Lagavulin bottle though.

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