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Lagavulin 12 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2019


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Nov 2019


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This old faithful release is a fan favourite. Just look at the number of bottles released. With 60.762 bottles worldwide this is clearly a wanted one. No surprise. The Laga’s from the Special Releases have always been great and this will be no exception, I’m sure. The only downside – from a collector’s point of view – might be the packaging that is quite at odds with previous releases, because of the ‘Rare by Nature’ theme. Oh, well. I’m more interested in the liquid.

Bang! Bull’s eye from the get-go. Textbook Lagavulin, but with balls. Carbolic soap, mouthwash, pine cones, peat in a straightjacket. At the same time some wet moss, green peppers and ship’s rope. This is chiseled.

On the palate, it is fatty and immediately surprisingly sweet. Sure, the typical characteristics are there: lemon, salted caramel, a mackerel on the BBQ, charcoal; but I am pleasantly surprised by the sweet notes of apricots, banana, pears and lime juice. Tobacco leaves. Grand and warming.

The finish is very, very long, smoky and again surprisingly sweet.

The nay-sayers will be baffled with this surprisingly sweet Lagavulin – Sweetavulin! – once they have tried it. Recommended.

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Nozinan commented

If this ever makes it to theKGBO, I hope I have enough bottles to trade in for it...

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OdysseusUnbound commented

The 12 Year CS Lagavulin is my favourite Lagavulin ! Thanks for your review. Spot on!

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Wierdo commented

My favourite of the standard Lagavulin line up. Much better dram than the 16. Expensive for what it is though.

The new bottle design is hideous!

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