The nose has faint hints of some bourbon wood with sugar and spices along with some oceanic notes and that seaweed that grows on the Lagavulin side of Islay.
The mouth has the usual Lagavulin flavor with a bit of wood, peat, dark sugar, glazed ham, and some black pepper/chili. For me, the finish is just medium, not medium to long.
Most Lag 12's have what I would describe as a medium to long finish, and sometimes a long finish. I got a bunch of twelves in 2019 and then didn't care for that year's batch all that much. I gave some of those bottles away to be frank. To my sense of things, the reviews on WB for that 12 were too high, especially among reviewers that I had come to trust.
The tasting notes for this 11 sound well and fine, but I think it's not up to the depth and character of another seven years.
Where I live, the 16 is the same price as this Offerman edition. I like the 16 better and the 12 is much better, depending upon the year. 2016 was quite nice, and 2011 and 2012 were also fantastic. 2016 was the anniversary of Lag and it was just fabulous although the 2012 was a beast and so fun. Ever since Diageo took over with the different label, things have gone downhill for me. Call me a humbug if you like. The label design is fine, but the whisky inside doesn't seem as good to me. It has the usual calculated and forced kind of Diageo style instead of a rogue element that used to make Lag special in my estimation.
Did Diageo get rid of worm tubs, I wonder? I know Lag doesn't have them now, I seem to recall Lag used to have at least one and I seem to recall it was very old and even possibly made of wood. I could be wrong about that. Whatever the reason, Lag isn't as good as it used to be and that difference seems due to mechanization and computerization over the natural and untamed human spirit of intuitiveness. I'm guessing production was also increased and that rarely ever helps quality.
I took a point off because the name of this edition is offputting as packaging, especially with the stupid retro picture of Offerman. It's a gimmick that doesn't bode well. Offerman's reputation seems like a gimmick, as well. He's from a well-connected insider family like all the rest. His image in Hollywood was pre-planned and didn't come about because of his own personality or interests.
The yule log video of Offerman sitting by the fire and drinking whisky for three quarters of an hour was not funny or enjoyable. Neither was the commercial about driving to Lagavulin distillery from LA to ask if a glass Offerman was served in some LA bar was genuine. To me, Offerman is annoyingly fake. I don't believe his public persona is the real Nick.