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Lagavulin 12 Year Old bottled 2012 12th Release

A Taste of Heaven

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RReview by @Rigmorole

5th Aug 2014


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Here are my tasting notes:

Color: Light copper

Nose: Smoked salmon on white oak, black truffles, melted liquefied Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream, chives, honey suckle, Tillamook smoked cheddar cheese, black strap rum, fresh summer morning air after a rain the night before with sunshine on the rooftops.

Palate: Fine dates, vanilla bean, Roman Candle "twinkies"; Rothschild Punch fermented cigar wrappers circa 2002, chocolate covered espresso beans, Willamette Valley pinot noir, red clay tilth, dried "old man's beard" lichen, smoked trout, alder smoked Salish salt.

Finish: Long, delightful, effortless. The meatiness of the palate smooths out into a sweet chocolatey confection, to be followed by smoke rings shooting out of Gandalf's pipe into a warm, Shire evening.

Final comments: The balance of this scotch is astonishing. I am in awe. What a privilege it has been to taste it. I only wish I had bought more bottles of this lovely. One is not enough.

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Ol_Jas commented

Pretty crazy tasting notes. Had you puffed a bit of old Olorin's pipe-weed between sips?

I like it.

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Dude, I really like this whisky. No, I wasn't high on any drug other than the Lag. It delivers the goods.

I'm a JRR Tolkien fan. Love his work. As a kid, I fantasized about visiting Middle Earth.

As an adult, I fantasize that Tolkien might have been privy to some covert historical information about a previous technological age, which, by today's standards, would still seem like magic.

As A. Clarke says, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Then again, Clarke, like Tolkien, might have possessed knowledge about hidden history and covert technologies that the rest of us do not know about.

HG Wells wrote two nonfiction books of merit (on the same subject). The first was called The Open Conspiracy and the second was called The New World Order. Gotta love it. Thanks for your comments, OIJas. Party on. And if you can get your hands on the 2012 Lag DE, do it.

8 years ago 1Who liked this?

Pandemonium commented

The distiller's edition was the first lagavulin that I tried and I absolutely adored it. But it has become hard to find a bottle of it these days

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

The 2012 is a charmer. I also have a bottle of the 2013. I don't think it's supposed to be as good. I'm really loving the 2012. It's a little on the gentle side, but the depth and range of flavors is just fantastic, as I've said. I can give up some ABV for complexity like this any time

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

This bottle just keeps getting better. I'm truly blown away.

8 years ago 0

Misty commented

Lovely review!

Is that the lgv4/500?

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

lgv. 4/500 special release imported edition double matured. bottling code 03586804

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I'm savoring this one. level just under the gold sailboat

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

if you can find it, buy it

8 years ago 0

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