The least expensive of the 2015 Diageo Special Releases (as the unpeated Caol Ila was a 17 year old), the 12 year old is now a staple and a firm whisky fan favourite, this being the thirteenth release in the series.
Lagavulin distillery is an Islay single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Lagavulin on the island of Islay. Lagavulin is produced by United Distillers & Vintners, which in turn is owned by Diageo plc. The name of Lagavulin is an anglicisation of the Gaelic lag a'mhuilin, meaning "hollow by the mill". The distillery of Lagavulin officially dates from 1816, when John Jonston and Archibald Campbell constructed two distilleries on the site.
One of them became Lagavulin, taking over the other. In the 19th century, several legal battles ensued with their neighbour Laphroaig, brought about after the distiller at Lagavulin, Sir Peter Mackie, leased the Laphroaig distillery. It is said that Mackie attempted to copy Laphroaig's style. Since the water and peat at Lagavulin's premises was different from that at Laphroaig's, the result was different. Lagavulin is known for its producer's use of a slow distillation speed and pear shaped pot stills.
|Bottling serie:||15th Release|
|Age:||12 years old|
|Strength:||56.8 % Vol.|
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|Cask Type:||Bourbon Oak Casks|
Nose: Very sooty, warm lemon rather than zestiness. Warming, rounded wood spice. Water livens up proceedings.
Palate: Plenty of peat smoke, oatcakes and salted caramel richness.
Finish: Dry and sooty.