Part of the 2021 Diageo Special Releases; a cask strength 12-year-old Lagavulin matured in refill American oak casks and bottled at 56.5% abv.
The annual Diageo Special Releases have been a hotly anticipated part of the whisky calendar for the past 20 years. The series sees Diageo take full advantage of the dozens of Scotch whisky distilleries in their portfolio. The Special Releases series sees Diageo showcase rare, ghosted and workhorse distilleries, such as Brora, Royal Lochnagar, Teaninich and Benrinnes, that are otherwise never seen as single malt expressions. It also allows for experimentation with the maturation and delivery of some of their classic malts, such as Cragganmore, Lagavulin and Talisker.
For this year, each of the eight whiskies in the collection express an individual character, inspired by mythical Scottish creatures that, according to legend, inhabit the lands surrounding the distilleries. This is brought to life with stunning bottle art, that was designed by renowned, Australian, digital illustrator Ken Taylor.
Offical Tasting Notes
Nose: Mild, drying and soon, wonderfully aromatic; clean, fresh and maritime, with top notes of sea air and Himalayan salt, then fragrant smoke-dried tea and mineral salts. Beneath lie cocoa powder and dried seaweed, with a squeeze of lemon zest, the salty sweetness imbued with wood-smoke from a distant bonfire.
Palate: Smooth and attractively oily; the sweet taste that soon shows an intense lemon acidity, with sea-salt and persistent char. The overall salty-sweet taste is rounded and sweetened with water.
Finish: Long, with great waves of smoke, and roaring with chilli pepper warmth. Even better with a dash of water. Smoke lasts wonderfully in the aftertaste.
Lagavulin, on the southern shore of Islay, forms part of the Kildalton trio; in good company with Ardbeg and Laphroaig. It was founded in 1816, became part of the DCL (now Diageo) stable in 1926 and became one of their Classic Malts of Scotland in 1989. Since then Lagavulin has become one of the most beloved brands in the whisky world; captivating drinkers with its rich mix of pipe smoke, Lapsang Souchong, maritime notes, prominent iodine and rich dark fruits.
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