A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt whisky.
From the essential Islay distillery, Lagavulin, on Islayís rocky south coast.
Eleventh in a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distillerís stocks.
Vatted from refill American Oak casks, each at least 12 years old.
Description - Another stunning lagavulin 12 year old, this is sweet rather than savoury, as if from a slightly more stable branch of the family! smoother and more elegant than recent 12 year old expressions; slightly simpler in style, yet long on lagavulin distillery character, and full of appetising smoky sweetness.
Appearence - Notably pale green-gold. Delicate beading.
Nose - Soft and beguiling. Farmyard smells Ė like soft goats cheese on a bed of straw. Soon strengthened by the reassuring arrival of carbolic soap and wood smoke, echoed in notes of spent match and wood ash, with a splash of malt vinegar on fresh sourdough bread. The smoky sharpness is soon softened by smooth, sweet, vanilla custard with a fruity, cleansing tang. Water brings up seaside summer smells, with a trace of lemon - imagine drifting close to shore on a plastic water-bed, holding a home-made lemonade. The sea-air is salty, thereís a distant thread of smoke on the horizon, and the hot, sandy beach is dusty and dry.
Body - Light. Medium
Palate - Bitter-sweet, smooth and vibrant, with lemon or lime zest. Distinctly herbal, with smooth, dark chocolate; then drying, with ash and coal tar: masses of aromatic smoke, cleansing lemon and a piercing pine resin freshness. Better mannered with water; still sweet and zesty, but now fuller, smoother and richer, and just slightly salty. Itís as though simple mixed dried fruit has become rich fruitcake baked in a wood- fired oven.
Finish - Lengthy and warming, with notes of smoky tar.