Lagavulin 12 Year Cask Strength (2017 Release)
Age: 12 Years
Recipe: 100% malted barley
Price Paid (MSRP): N/A ($130)
Nose: Coastal with brine and seaweed. Fresh oak, peat, lemon, damp earth and moss.
Palate: Medium to thick mouth feel, oily and really coats the palate. Rich honey, heavy peat, black pepper spice, slightly medicinal, more of those salty briny notes followed by orange peel and lemon frosting.
Finish: Long length, big spice crescendo, orange, more oak and earthiness with maritime peat.
Rating: 88/100 – Excellent | Really quite exceptional
Awesome bottle and the best Lagavulin I’ve tasted (8, 12, and 16 year releases). It’s a huge whisky that really pops with pepper spice. I find it significantly bolder than my Signatory Caol Ila 12, despite being almost exactly the same proof, and it also has more of a funky character to it. There’s this damp earthiness that provides a nice contrast to some of the other cleaner seaside notes. It’s all distinctly Lagavulin, but with the flavors dialed up to 11 for a dangerously tasty ride.