We are now in to the 17th annual release of cask strength, Lagavulin 12 year old. Aged in refill American oak hogshead casks for at least 12 years then released as a limited edition.
Bottled at 57.8% abv with limited availability worldwide.
Nose: Unmistakeable and immediate, with powerful smouldering peat smokiness on a base of oil and coal tar, and a smell of the sea in the background. Lighter notes full of casual complexity lie within, among them citrus zest, fresh mint, tropical fruits, grainy cereals, shaved wood and scrubbed pine. An appetising, sharper note appears. Late on, energetic and expressive with aromas of creamy toffee,
lemon zest, chopped mint and sweet young oak.
Palate: An exquisitely powerful taste at natural strength. Sweet and firm to start, with strong saltiness, then drying and vinegar-sharp. Utterly complex yet shamelessly simple: salt, vinegar and honey on fresh chips wrapped in paper; mints; wax; old lamps; fresh wood; old crates; cigar ash; crumbs of Black Forest gateaux.
Finish: Long, spicy and smoky. Dusty, sharp and intensely sweet, then deeply pungent and cleansing, with long lasting grainy tannins and a healing warmth.