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Lagavulin 12 Year Old bottled 2010 10th Release

Better than the 16? I think so

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

11th Oct 2011


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Nose: Burning peat, cayenne pepper, sweet and spicy chipotle peppers, salted pork skins with the fat attached, charred lemons, a raging campfire, heavily smoked fish, buttered burnt toast. Water brings out more medicinal qualities.

Taste: Very peaty, smoke, green tea, olive oil, sea water, limes coated in sea salt, charred and smoking mesquite wood chips.

Finish: The peat remains at the front with salted pretzels and charcoal.

Wow, what a great 12 year old. I absolutely adore the sweet and spicy barbecue notes. It's not barbecue sauce, but rather the wood and spices of a barbecue (chipotle peppers, and mesquite wood). That with the peat makes for a great, complex whisky.

Personally, I think this is a lot better than the 16 year old. Let the yelling and throwing of vegetables begin.

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Victor commented

@Dellnola, @two-bit cowboy has been saying that the 12 beats the 16 for quite awhile now. I look forward to my first bottle of the Lagavulin 12.

8 years ago 0

Dellnola commented

It's not that easy to find, so snatch it when you see it. Of course, you may live in an area with a better selection. Oddly enough, I didn't find this in any of the specialist shops in my area, but in a small town wine shop with a bottle of Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12, Glenmorangie 10, and a random, lonely bottle of Lagavulin 12 year old 2010 as their entire single malt section.

8 years ago 0

PositBGH commented

Just picked up a bottle at Park Avenue Liquor - 292 Madison Avenue - NY, NY. Price was $55 and it seemed to good to pass up.

8 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Dellnola, I just tasted my first bottle of Lagavulin 12 (10th release) last night. It is quite excellent. It IS better than my current bottle of Lagavulin 16 by far, both much much stronger and more fragrant nose and nice intense non-diluted palatal flavours. I have had Lagavulin 16 samples from other bottles which approached this quality, though, which is in itself remarkable by virtue of the diluted ABV. They do vary from year to year, batch to batch, and even within a given run.

Hey PositBGH, can you pick me up a couple of bottles of this at $ 55 each? That is some deal.

8 years ago 0

PeatyZealot commented

Got it! @Victor, go get it if u did'nt yet! It's all worth it, it has power, delicacy, balance and its ridiculously complex :)

6 years ago 0

Victor commented

@PeatyZealot, oh, I have always been keeping 2 or 3 bottles of Lagavulin 12 yo on hand since I first tasted it 18 months ago. All of the releases seem to be excellent. Great whisky!

6 years ago 0

CanadianNinja commented

I'm saving my Lag 12 bottled in 2004 for a special occasion. I certainly didn't get it for as good a price as you did PositBGH! I wish I had!

6 years ago 0

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