Part of the Diageo Special Releases Collection 2014.
A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt whisky from the essential Islay distillery, Lagavulin, on Islay’s rocky south coast. It is the thirteenth in a series of special 12 year old releases from the original distiller’s stocks.
Vatted from refill American Oak casks, each at least 12 years old, this is a perfect introduction to the Special Releases.
Very pale gold in colour and a surprisingly mild nose-feel, with initial egg custard or sour cream notes. These soon give way to more familiar Lagavulin scents of natural varnish, ash and smouldering bonfire, against a background of tart redcurrants. A thin texture and a surprisingly mild taste, but with big character: sweet, salty and sour (lime zest?) in the middle, and heaps of smoke in the back. A resinous aftertaste.