Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 57.3%
Always one of the most anticipated and welcome of Diageo's Special Releases, 2022's Lagavulin 12-year-old clocks in at an impressive 57.3% cask strength.
The first of these cask strength modern iterations of Lagavulin 12-year-old appeared in 2002 and they've been deservedly popular ever since. 2022's Lagavulin 12-year-old was matured in refill American oak before a finishing period in virgin oak casks and, because everything has to have a name nowadays, this Special Releases Lagavulin has been subtitled The Flames of the Phoenix.
Special Releases 2022
|Cask Type||Heavily peated American Oak refill and virgin oak casks.|
Official Tasting Notes
Appearance: Gleaming, iridescent gold.
Nose: Dry, with an immediate powerful smokiness; much more so than is usual with Lagavulin, with charcoal and fragrant peat massively to the fore, backed by a clean fresh base-note that suggests sea air and mineral scents. Much reduced, aromatically, with even a little water, it remains essentially unaltered.
Palate: The smooth lightly oily texture shines with sweet richness; the taste is sweet to start, then takes off with a soaring lemony acidity and a sprinkling of sea salt to add freshness. Mid-palate the fire dries the taste, which flies still higher now in its salty-smoky intensity. A dash of water rounds and sweetens but it’s the smoke that dominates.
Finish: Long, with great waves of peat-smoke, and new- fired heights of spiced and smoky intensity that last wonderfully in the aftertaste.