Ah, Lagavulin 12-year-old. One of my favorite Islay distilleries. This 2016 edition marks its 14th appearance in Diageo’s Special Releases series. It bottling has matured in refill American oak hogsheads for at least 12 years, and has been bottled at 57.7% abv. Lagavulin 12 year retails for about $135. The 2015 release of Lagavulin 12 year was big and powerful, and this one continues the trend.
This particular release finds lemon custard, freshly baked bread, and seaweed on the nose. Oh yeah, did I mention the signature Lagavulin campfire smoke? It’s here in spades. The palate closely follows the nose for the most part. The smoke builds as waves of toffee, vanilla pudding and lemon rind add a nice counterbalance. Hints of fresh basil and seaweed appear mid-palate. The finish is long and warming, with sweet smoke and oak spice.
A mighty Lagavulin! 8/10
Thanks to Diageo for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.