Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review: Lagavulin 12

Lagavulin 12
Price: $65-$75
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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