Age: 12 years old
Cask: Bourbon Cask
Nose: Wet rocks, fresh peat, sea air – a hint of seaweed and brine. Varnish and lacquer.
Palate: Viscous and oily, zesty and savoury smoke. Woody tobacco flavours.
Finish: Smooth and oaky with a touch of black pepper.
I do love a Lagavulin 12. The 16 is sublime but I like the unsherried character of the younger brother – that lack of sweet edge reveals some very tasty savoury elements. And a cask-strength Islay is always a winner in my book.
Sample came from the lovely chaps at Master of Malt for just £7.72.