The 12 year old Lagavulin is the mainstay in the Diageo Special Releases and I have had the good fortune of trying quite a few. This is the Laga 12 from 2018, just before the Rare By Nature theme was introduced, meaning this is still the ‘classic’ packaging. So far all of these have been very good, so I’m fairly certain this is going to be another lovely tasting session.
Slices of lime, roofing, diesel fumes and sweet smoke… that’s the nose in a nutshell. When I put my nose in the glass again some maritime notes appear: seaweeds, salt, the scent of the bay in which the distillery can be found. I’m taken back to the remains of Dunyvaig Castle (which is currently being excavated with the support of Lagavulin, by the way).
The arrival is sturdy with that typical peat smoke, lots of citrus fruit, a hint of vanilla and apples, pepper like there is no tomorrow and lots of ashes giving it a drying effect. This is a wonderfully smoky peat monster with a salty twist. Lovely!
The finish is dry on ashes, liquorice, pepper and smoke and it lasts forever.
Yup, I knew this going in. Top dram, as usual. The only difference… this is the best I’ve had so far.