Lagavulin 12 Year Old Third Release 2003
The 3rd release of Lagavulin 12 Year Old, released annually as part of Diageo’s Special Releases collection. Younger and therefore slightly fresher and more fiery than the 16 Year Old.
“Since 1816, Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky has been made in a picturesque huddle of buildings on Lagavulin Bay. Perhaps the most beautifully situated of distilleries, Lagavulin makes arguably the most intense, smoky and rich whisky of all. For many, this is the definitive Islay malt”
Of the great homes of malt whisky the greatest is surely Islay, home even today to seven active malt distilleries. And first among the Islay malts is Lagavulin – the definitive Islay malt.
Nose: Very smoky with bonfire toffee, cold wood ash, smoked game and treacle.
Palate: This is very tangy and takes me right back to my first visit to the distillery on a freezing cold day with the weather ferociously setting in. Oily and smoky, like a log fire in winter. Hints of cocoa develop.
Finish: Long and oily, ending on signature Lagavulin smokiness, Ovaltine, Cocoa and pear.