Review: Lagavulin 12 year old (2009 release)
Still continuing with these very nice Diageo Special Release whiskies for 2009…
Lagavulin, 12 year old, 57.9%, $75
The aroma is tightly bound, but a little water releases it nicely. A powerful dram, with tarry, leafy, coal ash, caramel apple, driftwood, and even a little soapy (not necessarily a negative). More subtle floral notes (heather, lavender, violet), Earl Grey tea, and smoked fish. Long, damp peat smoke, charcoal finish.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90