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.