Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 12 Years Natural Cask Strength Bottled in 2017

[56.5%・12 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Tiger balm and spices, the sweet peat fares a touch dirtier this year, sooty and ashy. A hint of smoked oyster in there.

Palate & Finish:

Leads with vanilla first with lemon and pepper but it is then overcome by the powerful peat, a dirty oomph of masculinity really.  The dark chocolate mousse then surfaces as do hints of vanilla cream and buttery caramel around the ashy smokiness.

Extensive finish of the aforementioned.

Thoughts:

This is definitely one for the peat heads..

☆ [Recommended]

P.S. Thank you to Mr. Simon McGoram and the rest of the Diageo and Leo Burnett Sydney team for arranging the tasting experience. It is much appreciated.

Photo credit to Esmond.

-Nicholas