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A triumphant entry for one of the annual Diageo Special Releases regulars – the Lagavulin 12 has only missed the very first edition in 2002. 2018's is sweeter than the past few years, with all of the smoke and seaside character that these bottlings are known for.Tasting Notes (1)
Diageo Special Releases 2018
Tasting note by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Singed leaves, sweet peat and damp earth – a mismanaged forest campfire after a rainstorm. Sweeter notes build, with pink shrimp sweets, joined by crashing waves and damp leather. Soft spicey notes develop, along with pine trees and a touch of lime.
Chocolate-covered pine needles and leafy undergrowth. The sweetness from the nose is here too, with icing sugar and barley sugar balanced by zesty lime.
Minerally and minty, with leathery smoke and sawdust touches.
Definitely sweeter than I expected, but still a raw but well-balanced display of Lagavulin’s ‘other side’.
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fantastic, got me absolutely mwi annd very tasty smokey but not too much
Just arrived today and so we built a fire in the backyard and sampled it. Excellent in all respects. Not too rough on the front end and a nice lingering fruit on the back. Just the right touch of smoke. The nose on opening the bottle was a nice foreshadowing of what was to come.
A wild whisky that feels very vibrant on the palate. The nose is not very different from the 2017 expression with several citrus fruits and mint dominating. The palate is a little sweeter but still very fresh. I can’t think of a whisky even remotely similar to this, maybe it’s just me but this is like heaven at sunset.
Oh my word! I was given a Christmas present of a sizeable sample from my Ain;'t no foolin' Lagavulin Ambassador friend. It's definitely a much sweeter Lag 12 - Almost the Distillers Edition, cask strength! Amplified fruit and farmyard on the nose along with what I misread Billy's notes for "Sweat peat" . That'll do! A little more surprise complexity on the palate than I remember. A wee bit richer. Tarry chocolate and...DAMN! My Sample is finished! Gone! A slightly short finish, though the slightly sweet ( and yes, Billy - minerally and mentholated ) hints linger on the Islay breeze! Well, I HAD to order a bottle from you....a Christmas after lunch treat. 5 1/2 points. OK, folks. That's a dram you owe Colin...
Another year another 12 another beautiful cask strength laga
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