Strength: 57.9 %
This cask strength, non chill-filtered Lagavulin is one of the peatiest whiskies I've tried. The feisty nose gives (in order of importance) phenol, rubber, and smoke, and the mouth-feel is spectacularly oily. The oiliness is almost distracting and gives the impression of slimy algae or a scum coating on swamp water. The palate is a little hot but also peppery, and the finish has a pretty good kick.
It seems to me that for flat-out big peat, 10-12 years old is the sweet spot. Before that, the peat can be restrained by maltiness, and beyond that it mellows out. The 12-year-old Lagavulin is a great example of this sweet spot: dirty and peaty, with some good balance between malty sweetness and dry oak. 92 points (A-).
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