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Lagavulin 12 Year Old bottled 2010 10th Release

Ron Swanson Steps Out A Little Bit

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

25th Jun 2012

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    91

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This is the first Lagavulin review I've written - and the first bottle of Lagavulin I've every purchased and opened! (I've tasted the 16 year old at bars, and the 1995 DE at Via Allegro - and I bought a couple of bottles to invest in - but never to drink!)

Lagavulin is one of the best selling single malts in Scotland (less than 15% of the malt is left for blends - the rest are sold as single malt). But it didn't really become a huge seller until it became a "Classic Malt" in 1988 and was marketed as such.

The 12 Year Old is a limited annual release - this bottle is the 10th release, bottled in 2010. It is cask strengh.

The colour is light hay with yellow highlights - I would presume it is not coloured but it doesn't say on the packaging. On the nose, dry hay, sweet malt, sawdust, light brown sugar, and light peat smoke. Water tames the alcohol and brings out the maltiness.

The palate is sweeter than the nose, light honey with a burst of peat, some caramel and lemon juice. Tangy and fuller bodied somehow than the 16 year old (which seems counter-intuitive, despite the cask strength bottling). Creamier and tangier with water. A very interesting and provocative combination of sweet and tart. Love it!

The finish is long, with lingering peat and a light hint of caramel. Long but light and not overpowering as you might expect. This is a fantastic whisky, quite different from the 16 year old - younger (in a good way), more robust but also wilder and less balanced. It's an explosion of flavour in your mouth, very exciting and vibrant. If, like Ron Swanson, you love your Lagavulin 16 - if you are getting a little tired of it, jazz it up once in a while with this one, then go back to the 16 you love. It's like having a fling with your wife's younger sister!

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5 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Thank you for a nice review, @talexander. Lagavulin 12 2010 Release is indeed fantastic whisky, especially for the big flavours lovers. I am a huge fan of it. When my current bottle of Lagavulin 16 seems a little too tame on the peat, I reach for the 12 to perk me up. Lagavulin 12 is like drinking double espresso first thing in the morning. It reminds you that a therapeutic dose of stimulus is at hand.

7 years ago 0

@olivier
olivier commented

@talexander After the last sentence of your review, I guess you'll have to start drinking this one hidden from your wife ;-)

7 years ago 0

stakenblocken commented

"Clear alcohol is for rich women on diets."

-Ron Swanson

7 years ago 0

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy commented

Unfortunately, the 12 year old isn't available in Washington state, but I was able to sample it at a whisky tasting this past fall. It was my favorite of the night!

My wife and I are going to San Francisco is a few weeks and my favorite whisky shop there has the Lagavulin 12 on their website. My wife has already offered to buy a bottle for me on that trip as a belated birthday present. If the whisky shop still has it, this is the bottle I plan to pick up!

6 years ago 0

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