Rating: Wonderfully maritime and wild. Still somehow "elegant". In the sense that no "dirty" notes resonate here. For me, together with the 10 Laphi Cask Strength, the Islay flagship among the standard bottlings. Always great and an absolute pleasure. 92 points
Basic flavors: peat, smoke, maritime, sweetness, malt, citrus fruits, herbs
Description: As expected, dense and intense peat smoke flows into the nose right away. Together with sweet malt and a wild maritime touch, it forms the usual Laga12 "raw material". The smell of algae and sea spray evokes memories of the wild, angry North Sea. This filling is very powerful. The first impression of the alcohol stands a bit in the nose. After the first sip this "bite" disappears. Accompanying beautiful notes of fudge and shortbread swing in and behind it there are a few oranges. Somehow, there is something pleasantly fresh in all of this. Like a light touch of mint.
Basic flavors: Rorf, Rauch, Maritim, spices, malt, earth, nut, oak
Description: Undiluted so much that it is almost too much of a good thing. Peat and smoke flood the mouth and almost simultaneously it becomes spicy. Ginger literally bites into the tongue and rich malt, peat and smoke make for an enormously dense and delicious top layer. In between, a somewhat earthy note comes through. Over time, the oak develops in the background. It provides a lot of almonds and intense roasted aromas for a nice excitement.
Basic flavors: peat smoke, malt, maritime, oak
Description: The finish is very intense and long. The taste sounds intense and harmonious. Much peat smoke, algae and malt, along with the oak, contribute to the increasingly dry finish. A pleasant, dull ash feeling remains on the teeth long after the last sip. For many a stereotype for long uncomfortable winter evenings. I love this kind of finishes year-round.