Lagavulin 12 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2009), 57.9%

Price: $75 Issue: Spring 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

The aromas are tightly bound, but a little water releases them nicely. A powerful dram, with tarry, leafy, coal ash, caramel apple, and driftwood notes; even a little soapy (not necessarily a negative). More subtle floral notes (heather, violet), Earl Grey tea, and smoked fish. Long, damp peat smoke and charcoal finish.