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Lagavulin 12 Years Old Special Release Tasting notes and reviews

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Lagavulin 12 Years Old Special Release

Brand
Lagavulin
Expression
12 Years Old Special Release
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
12 years old
Abv
56.50%
Region
Islay
Availability
Worldwide

Mark Newton

76
Nose
Face-melting ashy peat. Vegetative, even slightly brackish, but honey and hay barns follow. Light wood smoke, seaweed. Hemp. Damp rope. Lemonade.
Palate
This is not subtle – that ashy peat continues, with notes of tobacco. But water skewers the peat and brings out some nice velvety toffee notes, with lemon curd and custard.
Finish
Medium-length, with the ashiness and jam tarts.
Comment
A weird whisky, and a bit unbalanced, but it mostly works.

Rob Allanson

86
Nose
Hello Islay, peat smoke to the front, with good elements of hot smoked salmon, smoked cod and the sweetness of big, fat barbequed prawns with lemon mayo.
Palate
Positively maritime, lobster pots, fishing nets, tarred rope and telegraph poles. A hint of salt cod, but also a gentle sweetness of melon and Parma ham.
Finish
Sweetness hits here but is tempered with a spiced note and that lovely smoke.
Comment
A wonderful Autumnal dram, one for the hip ask and a walk along the beach.
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