Lagavulin 12 Year Old Whisky - 2009 Bottling
From the 2009 Diageo Releases - A 2009 Limited Edition, natural cask strength single malt whisky.
The Eighth of a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distiller's stocks.
Vatted from refill American Oak Casks, each at least 12 years old.
An elegant classic, massive smoke and purity of flavour supported by complex aromas and delicious sweetness. Less rich and plummy than the 16 year old yet every bit as refined, with all the hallmarks and a fine, complex nose.
Appearance - Pale Gold, Good beading.
Nose - Huge, fine and complex. Intense, abundant smoke surges out of the glass, yet it's fragrant smoke that doesn't obliterate the softer mossy scents here. After a while carbolic soap, lightly smoked haddock and an intensely sweet and fruity tinned fruit salad. The onslaught continues with wasabi on fresh herring, or ozone in a gale on the pier. Lightly sooty, developing smoked cream cheese. Water surprisingly softens the gale to a breeze, easing back on the medicine and allowing mineral and woody notes to emerge, with some bath salts.
Body - Light but hugely smoky.
Palate - Starts dry and vibrant, with masses of intense smoke. Again smoked cheese, softer now, under that fresh young character. Sooty, yet so sweet. Uncompromising, yet ebullient and hugely fragrant. In time there's a hint of violets, before pipe smoke appears. Water allows the sweet centre to show. The taste now is even more youthful - surprisingly sweet, with nice acidity, it leaps all over your tongue. All this softens with further sips and an elegant balance shows through. A classic
Finish - Medium to long. Firm and dry, a final blast of Smoke.
Distilled, Matured and Bottled at Lagavulin Whisky Distillery
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