Lagavulin 12 Years Old Diageo Special Releases 2022 57.3% NV
€ 133,10 (in Vat)
|Serie||Diageo Special Releases 2022|
|Distilled date||Not Specified|
|Cask Type||Refill American & Virgin Oak Casks|
|Cask Number||Bottle code L2053CM017|
|Condition||In Original Container|
Color: Shiny, iridescent gold. Nose: Dry, with an immediate strong smokiness; much more than usual at Lagavulin, with charcoal and fragrant peat coming en masse, supported by a clean fresh base note suggesting sea air and mineral scents. Much reduced, aromatic, with even a little water, it remains essentially unchanged. Body: Medium. Taste: The round slightly oily texture shines with sweet richness; the taste is sweet to start, then absorbs a rising lemony acidity and a pinch of sea salt to add freshness. Midway through the palate, the fire dries up the flavour, which now flies even higher in its salty-smoky intensity. A splash of water rounds and sweetens, but it's the smoke that predominates. Finish: Long, with large waves of peat smoke and newly fired peaks of spiced and smoky intensity that linger in the finish.
Serge Valentin (89)
From refill American and virgin oak casks. They love their legends, last year it was a lion on fire, this time it is a phoenix. I just adored last's years 12 yo SR (WF 92). Colour: white wine. Nose: goodness gracious, this is a blend of seawater, sorb and holly eaux-de-vie, gentian and chlorine (pool water). Some white asparagus too, shoe polish, sauna oils, new rubber bands and tyres, kerosene… And perhaps a little more fatness than in earlier releases. With water: some fresh paint this time, and even more new tyres and inner tubes, leatherette, benzine, kerosene (airport runway after a busy day) ... Mouth (neat): two-stroke Lagavulin, with citrus liqueurs and with straight peat smoke. Some kind of smoky limoncello, perhaps a little binary, but water should help. With water: this is funny, we've found the 8 in this 12, now that water's been added, but the 8 was a tad more in high-res, so to speak. Finish: long, with a little fatness from the woods (I suppose) and even something very marginally syrupy. Classic aftertaste, on iodine, tar, lemon and pure peat. Comments: some extra-sweetness in this variant. Awesome, as always, but the 8 has been a little nasty. Bugger!
Words Of Whisky:
Refilled heavily peated American oak and virgin oak
Nose: Hints of briny oysters, vegetal peat smoke and ever so subtle sauerkraut. There’s some seaweed and iodine too, as well as asphalt, white pepper and bung cloth. Touches of mineral Riesling and mush banana round things off.
Taste: Fatty mouthfeel. More vegetal peat, charred lemon peel and lovely briny notes, as well as mineral touches. Spices such as ginger, pepper and cloves are present but well-regulated.
Finish: Charred oak, spices, ash and vegetal smoke. Long.
It’s one of the better entries in this year’s Special Releases. And I know everybody always raves about the Lagavulin 12 Years Cask Strength, but I’ve never thought they were hors catégorie. This year’s release included. However, it’s once again really good, that’s undeniable.