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Lagavulin 12yr Cask Strength, Limited Edition, 2009

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@yossiyitzakReview by @yossiyitzak

5th Dec 2009


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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The first whisky to ever hook me was the Lagavulin 16yr. Such a lovely dram. It reminded me of the first time I went camping with my father (25+ years ago, I was 11 or so) we had a warm campfire and were cooking baked beans in a can over it. This was the first night I ever saw the Milky-way without the obstruction of city/town lights - wondrous! We just hung out and watched the fire die to glowing embers & fell asleep. That's the feel of the Lagavulin 16 for me.

This 12yr is a little different, not as cozy and a little less natural. This is more like a lazer-light-show version of the Milky-way, sans Pink Floyd.

On the Nose - Lemon zest, oak, vanilla, and faint smoke. Salty & spicey, singed hair.

Palate - Bam!!! biting smoke, almost effervescent. A little melon perhaps and the smoke returns, oh, now oaky

Finish - Long, peaty, pleasing, seltzer type feel lasts for a while with lingering water doused fire flavor

Here's where it get's weird - I never do this but, I added a little water because, WTF, right?

BAD IDEA! - Changes:

Nose - spent rubber bands, burning rubber a little vanilla, mostly the rubber bands

Palate - Mouth feel got real oily, but bad oily. Think bad vegetable oil. The flavor is almost like artificial rubber (isn't rubber artificial? Imagine a fake version of that - odd!)

Finish - oiliness stays, so does the rubber but smoke comes to the rescue.

In the end, after water, I wanted to shave my tongue. Blech!

Without water - fabulous, with water - shaved tongue. I am scoring based on without water.

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jdcook commented

Just out of curiosity, how much water did you add? Mind you, if I ever try the 12 year old, I'll wait until near the very end of the dram before adding even a drop!

12 years ago 0

yossiyitzak commented

Not a whole heck of a lot. I think I tried to bring it down only by a few % points abv. It was spring water too. I am no expert when it comes to adding water. Either way, I was not expecting such an adverse effect.

12 years ago 0

galg commented

weird shit... i never had this happen when adding water (i dont like addint water, people say it brings out so many different flavours, but in my opinion: it just makes my dram duller) .

12 years ago 0

jeanluc commented

Fascinating review

12 years ago 0

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