A headliner Lagavulin. This 12-year-old expression alludes to Lagavulin as the King of Islay. This single malt was matured in refill American oak casks and was distilled in 2008. Coming in at 56.5% abv, this cask strength expression is free from chill filtration and artificial colouring. Known as the ‘fiercest and smokiest’ scotch in the Diageo’s Special Releases, this is a dram with a big, peaty, hearty soul to it.
The nose is relatively mild, with a fresh sea breeze smell, accompanied by seaweed, sweetness, and a wisp of wood-smoke. The palate is smooth, with a sweet taste turning acidic as the flavour develops. Expect a grand finale of smoke, with big recurring waves of wood-smoke, chilli pepper, and sweetness.