Lg1 was excellent so we have high expectations here.
Colour: white wine.
Nose: it’s a slightly drier and more vanilled version. More custard, more smoked tea as well, more farmy notes (horse saddle, leather, hay) and more smoked and salted fish. Maybe a little less ‘Lagavulin’ than the official Lagavulin, which would make sense. With water: certainly wilder than the OB, more animal, sootier as well. More tar, farm (hutch), new car (interior), plastics polish… It’s really something else now. Very expressive.
Mouth (neat): even sweeter than the OB now, but we’re very close globally. Extremely close. Same lemon, fructose, roots, smoke… A little cane sugar. With water: almost the same whisky as the 12. Some grapefruit juice.
Finish: long, young, sweet. Hints of white rum.
Comments: it’s a more austere version than Lg1 and I think I like it rather better than the latter despite its obvious youth. Slightly less ‘full’ or ‘wide’ than the OB. SGP:448 - 89 points
Nose: Oaty, with hints of honeycomb and white chocolate. Toasted corn on the cob. Some medicine cabinet aromas. Then gets very turfy, wet earth.
Palate: Sweeter than expected, then gets pretty fiery, with that damp earth from the nose reappearing. Pretty intense. Gets quite hot at full strength, with some bonfire smoke and wet wood. Water tames it, lifting some unexpected honeysuckle and mocha notes from the depths.
Finish: Quite full-on dry smoke and hot spices at full strength. With water, the phenols become much more dominant at the finish.