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The reviewed bottle has been open for 2 years. It was preserved with gas for the last 11 months.
Nose: strong, beautiful, sweet, soft, fragrant peat and smoke, high-pitched confectioner's sugar, grassy and citrusy high-pitched malt; wood only in the background. Fantastic quality, up there with Bruichladdich Octomore quality
Taste: the translation to the palate is excellent, with additional sweetness on the palate, especially with a long-open bottle. Superb malt
Finish: long and beautiful; every element holds up
Balance: Cask Strength allows the full power of a whisky to shine. Those who are not averse to the Big Flavours of the pure undiluted whisky welcome the full intensity of those flavours. I am one of those Big Flavours Club Guys. I've had excellent Lagavulin 16 YO, but not for 2 or 3 years now. If you want the High Test standard Lagavulin, this is it, the 12 YO Cask Strength. The 2010 Release Year was an excellent release year for the Lagavulin 12 YO. I highly recommend it