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Lagavulin 1989 12 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Lagavulin 1989 12 Years Old

Brand
Lagavulin
Expression
1989 12 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
12 years old
Abv
56.50%
Vintage
1989
Produced at
Lagavulin Distillery
Region
Islay
Availability
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Dave Broom

90
Nose
It may be pale in hue, but this is immense on the nose. Masses of peat smoke, seashells, rock pools, spent kiln, salt spray, wet kelp, miso soup with fresh clams. Considerable complexity for a dozen years in cask.
Palate
Hugely smoky but also with earthy and salty notes. Elemental. With water develops violet and gentian and some pepper. The mid palate is sweet.
Finish
Long and powerful. Salty.
Comment
Pent up power and energy. Lagavulin at its best. A must-buy.

Martine Nouet

78
Nose
Phenolic. A big whiff of smoke and briny air. Scallops. Oyster shells. Sweet meadow flowers. Orange zest.
Palate
Fresh, clean. Sweet maltiness. The smoke hovers constantly. A thick kiln smoke. Tastes young. Hint of pear. Teases the tongue.
Finish
Sweet and smoky.
Comment
A clean cut frisky hearty Ileach. For a damp and foggy day.
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