Lagavulin 12 YO (Special Releases 2017), 56,5 %

Lagavulin 12 YO (Special Releases 2017)This is one of the reasonably priced annual special releases from Diageo. The Lagavulin 12 YO (Special Releases 2017) is the 17th release in the series.

Not a whole lot of details are known about this whisky. It has been matured in American hogsheads. That’s about all I know, except for the age, distillery and ABV. Still that is more than enough to enjoy a dram or two.

You can still buy the Lagavulin 12 YO (Special Releases 2017) in Norway at NOK 1100 (3406701).

Nose: Ooh, classic! Smoked sausages, barbecue on the beach, vanilla, freshly baked bread, and brine. A touch of iodine and camphor. Quite light on the nose, but still very distinct and smile inducing. Lighter and more pleasant by the minute.

Taste: Full-bodied, rich and very smooth. Much like the nose, which is appreciated. Added spiciness in the form of white pepper, sea salt and cinnamon sticks. A touch earthy – moist, black dirt (in a good way, a god way!). Quite peaty – ashes and wood smoke. Leather and soot.

Finish: Medium long finish. Dry-ish in character. A fine balancing act between dry notes of coffee, ashes, driftwood smoke, dark chocolate and barbecued meat on one side and spices in the form of smokiness, peppers and vanilla.

Comments: A very fine and complex dram indeed!

Score (91/100)

– Thomas