Lagavulin 12 year old (Diageo Special Release 2014), 54.4%

Price: $130 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Typically pale and slightly broader than in previous years, with a little more fleshiness that rubs alongside squid ink and white pepper. Huge smoke mingles with the sharp tang of brine and a touch of bran. Water brings out lanolin. There's little oak getting in the way of the distillery character here and while water settles the waves, it just doesn't have the extra dimension that elevates the decent to the great. It does make a great highball tho'. (31,428 bottles)