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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

(70cl, 56.5%)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

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Lagavulin 12yo (SR 2019) Bottling Note

The yearly Diageo Special Release of Lagavulin 12 Year Old is always a treat, and 2019 does not disappoint. You've got the classic Islay smoke, you've got fruit, you've got a pinch of sea salt - and this year, you've got a bird of prey on the label! This isn't simply because birds of prey are cool (though they are), it's because the overarching theme of the Special Release 2019 series is 'Rare by Nature'.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Everything you would expect from the annual Lagavulin 12 Year Old. Sweet peat smoke like a recently extinguished bonfire accompanied by memories of sparklers on 5th November. Salty sea breeze, shellfish and seaweed. Tangy fruity aroma, like Bramley Apples ready for a homemade apple pie. Add a little water and you get freshly cut wet grass and autumn leaves after a downpour.

Palate: Citrusy, spicy and smoky. Like taking a drag on your Grandad’s cigar. Intense ashes to start, smooth in texture with a warm finish. Being at natural strength allows the water to not diminish the character.

Finish: A nice warming sweet smoke with lemony tones. A dash of salt through the smoke.

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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2019) Reviews

Smoky stunner

Nose: Immediately I get a buttery vanilla toffee sensation, quite nice. You return to it. On the nose the smoky peat is mellow, really nice. Palate: Sweet tar, peat and smoke. A lot more smoke and peat than the nose suggested. I get the ash reference. With a bit of water the nose becomes like visiting a distillery with its peaty malt, quite lovely. And a fruity sweetness tries to battle the lovely peatsmoke. Nice, really nice.

12th November 2019

Naff packaging.

Have to agree with the other comment, for such a classy brand, this packaging if pretty naff and does not say 'look at me, I'm a sophisticated Islay whisky'.

I've no doubt it taste's wonderful, just looks cheap like something Tesco or Aldi would wrap around a mass produced blend.

If it ain't broke Lagavulin, don't fix it.

28th October 2019

Disgusted

I am devastated. I had been collecting these 12y.o special editions for their amazing quality but also for this unchanged classy looks. This lagavulin-green cardboard boxes aligned in my cabinet looked great.
And now this???? An eagle? What the?

My collection is over.

24th October 2019

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