Lagavulin 12 2008
Third of a very limited series of special releases from the essential Islay distillery. Delightfully subtle differences compared to previous 12 year old releases. This is the 2008 edition, a cask strength whisky matured in refill bourbon casks.
The nose is fresh and crisp and excellent clarity. Notes of oily phenols and a rich coastal character. Hints of smoke and wood creep in with peat and a touch iodine. The palate is smoky and nutty with peppery spice and a touch of sweetness. The finish is long and tarry and quite acrid with notes of smoky oak.
This has got to one of the finest bottlings, I had the good fortune to lay hands on one this week and it has lived up to and beyond its expectations! The smoothest and silkiest of Islay malts.
30th June 2010