Lagavulin 12 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2021), 56.5%

Price: $150 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

On the nose, this is pretty peaty, redolent of baked lemon, smoked fish, fragrant roasted spices, salt water-lashed boat decks, and scorched earth, with faint citrus and cream notes in the background. Spices and chile pepper combine with lemon curd on the palate, the citrus sweetness breaking through, with a late contribution of Oreo cookies. Adding water only makes this tempestuous dram even spicier.