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Lagavulin 12 Years Old
 54.4%    |    70cl

Thirteenth in a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distiller’s stocks, this essential Islay is a punchy introduction to the sheer excellence of Special Releases: expressive, energetic and self-assured with a direct, full-on Islay flavour.
Thirteenth in a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distiller’s stocks, this essential Islay is a punchy introduction to the sheer excellence of Special Releases: expressive, energetic and self-assured with a direct, full-on Islay flavour.

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Region

From the rocky south coast of Islay.

Appearance

Light gold. Moderate beading. Light body.

Nose

At first fresh cleaned, with soft malt, then rapidly developing maritime scents of sweet seaweed alongside a sharper, fruitier note, with grainy cereals.

Body

Light.

Palate

A smooth, oily mouthfeel; surprisingly sweet, with coating liquorice and a rising, smoky pungency, before the dryness of rich chocolate arrives with balancing salt and smoke.

Finish

Easy-going, sweet and powerfully smoky. Smoothly coating tannins meet salt and smoke; spent matches, clean slabs and charred embers – and a little orange oil.

Information:

Make: LagavulinTM

Age: 12 years old

Strength: 56.8% ABV

Place of Origin: Lagavulin

Region: Islay

Nose:

At first fresh cleaned, with soft malt, then rapidly developing maritime scents of sweet seaweed alongside a sharper, fruitier note, with grainy cereals. Quite starchy, like boiled basmati rice, then later vanilla-sweet, like a sponge cake dusted with icing sugar. With time, the aromas open up, releasing spent match and a little menthol balanced by sugary fruits, lemon zest, and gradually some distant smoke. Soft, fruity and minty with water: the sweetness now is of barley sugar and there’s fresh-baked sourdough or damp wool beneath the background smokiness.

Palate:

A smooth, oily mouthfeel; surprisingly sweet, with coating liquorice and a rising, smoky pungency, before the dryness of rich chocolate arrives with balancing salt and smoke. Water amplifies all these flavours, delivering more sweetness, saltiness, smoke and ash; dusty notes mingle with sulphury smoke and clean, pine-fresh menthol and eucalyptus, while the tongue finds the tannins well formed.

Finish:

Easy-going, sweet and powerfully smoky. First there are those smoothly coating tannins. Then, salt and smoke; spent matches, clean slabs and charred embers; and a little orange oil. It’s sweetly appetising, warming and intensely smoky with water; clean, with cool smoke and wood ash.

Expert Reviews
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Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that give the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker's smoke, which ain't as all-pervaiding as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.

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Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that give the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker's smoke, which ain't as all-pervaiding as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.

Name Surname, Title or Website2

Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that give the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker's smoke, which ain't as all-pervaiding as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.

Name Surname, Title or Website3

Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that give the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker's smoke, which ain't as all-pervaiding as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.

Name Surname, Title or Website4