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Lagavullin 12 year old cask strength special release 2013. We did this parallel to the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 additions.
I will keep this short. It’s absolutely phenomenal. I mean truly. All of the various years are good but nothing comes near to the 2013. I’m totally with Serge from Whiskyfun with this (and I'm not always aligned with Serge).
As soon as you nose it, you just know it’s going to be great. Sweet vanilla and some kind of spicy fudge develops into the perfect pinpoint Lagavulin smell of peat, tcp (antiseptic), burnt seashells, flint, earth and lovely ginsengginger combination. So big and so good. The taste is stunning, led by the sweetness traveling through all the flavors on the nose and finishing on grapefruit. The grapefruit is really delightful especially as you never get it on the nose (sorry if I spoiled the surprise for anyone). Neat is great (55% abv) and so is a drop of water if required. We had 6 bottles at a small tasting and there wasn’t a drop left at the end of the night. One of the panel who has experience with the famous 37 year old said ‘The 37 is great, but considering I could buy a few bottles of the 2013 for the same price - it’s a no brainer’.
So would I recommend for the price. Totally. Of course it’s pricey for 12 year old, but in this case you get what you pay for (which sadly is not always the case).
Do you feel good after a few drams? For sure, we found there is a noticeable light euphoric effect. Puts a light bounce in your step. God it’s good (for both breakfast, lunch and dinner).
I would love to score this even higher than 94, but it is pricey for a 12 year old.