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The Lagavulin 12 is a champion of many and a mystery to a few, although through the reviews related to the 2012 edition one feels that it is characterful of the hard times actual to the world outside your window. The last Lagavulin 12s have not been up to the standard, so i decided to give some very recent past nostalgia (if you can even call it that, as it is from 2011). This is known to being the last great year of the 12 year old.
Nose: Foggy, seaside towns morning, in october. Autumn leaves and spent matches. Classic Lagavulin with Lapsang-souchon smoky-tea note. Subtle peat, big but elegant. Grassy but nothing dominates, everything is in place. Slight and subtle iodine and seaspray. Delicate smoke surrounding the ensemble
Palate: Bonfire and Harbor peat with a complex barley sweetness. The peat is very crisp, but yet mellow, calm, collected and very sophisticated. Candy floss, lemon drops and sweet lemon juice, vanilla pods. The vegetal grassy note comes back from the nose alongside some mushrooms!
The peat comes back for a glorified encore. Grassy, bonfire and seaside/seashore peat. The lemon/vanilla combo comes back to balance out some vegetal bitter tones from the oak and the peat.
A Gentle Giant of a dram this, if the giant is of the more cultivated or educated type! Am going to enjoy every last drop of this if things do not improve soon for Lagavulin, or even if they do. Great Peat Legend. Monster would be too vulgar for this..