Excerpt:  Lagavulin is not messing around. This year I did not notice the meaty taste to the whisky like I did in the 2019 Rare by Nature Special Release. You cannot go wrong with Lagavulin. It is a staple scotch for a reason.
Excerpt:  The Lagavulin 12 does seem to be a bit of a “hit or miss” whisky in regards to being between a B+ to an A- year over year, but it’s always a good whisky and a great option if you’re looking for a double digit cask strength Lagavulin.
Excerpt:  I think the Lagavulin 12 never stops improving, year after year. In a way, I'm considering it's the best 'simple' malt whisky money can buy, because it is simple whisky. To put in your cellar as a gift to the next generations.
Excerpt:  The Lagavulin 12-Year Old is a solid whisky, but when considering the cost of this versus other Lagavulin offerings we would be hard-pressed to put this at the top of the list in rating or value.
Excerpt:  Though bottled at cask strength, the body is surprisingly easygoing. The smoke and fruit are well integrated here, that light peat — more earth than seaside — quickly giving way to notes of fresh orange, banana, and surprising tropical notes of mango and pineapple. It’s nicely balanced but the experience fades away all too quickly due to a relatively short finish.
Excerpt:  This is Lagavulin at its very best: bold, yet complex and satisfying; full of character, with smoky, savory, maritime, sweet vanilla, and fruit notes all merging into a balanced and eminently drinkable whole.
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This is a 12yr old, cask strength, bottling from Lagavulin. This is the 2013 release. Each year's release varies slightly in proof.
Whew. Smoke, peat, acetone, some bandage funk but nothing like Ardbeg. There's a little vanilla, citrus and sherry sweetness. I like this a lot.
There's a lot more sweetness and a lot less smoke and peat. A couple drops of water really bring out the sherry and the cream which now balance the smoke very well. I like it, and a drop or two of water really helps tame the proof as well since 110pf here tastes a lot rougher than a good deal of the higher proof bourbons I own.
It's long and surprisingly less vicious than I expected. Less peat here and a very pleasant amount of smoke.
This is really a very impressive bottle. If only it weren't so hard to find / expensive. This really shows how good a peated dram can be and the blending is very well done.
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