Lagavulin , in the good ol’ days was always released as a 12yo before the classic malts came along , now the only way to get it this way is through the annual limited edition releases . This one was released in 2003 .
At an abv of 57.8% , The colour of ripening Barley , it smells quite young initially , very peaty , not a lot of the ‘older’ Lagavulin smoke , has a very familiar nose of one of it’s neighbours , creamy coffee , pine nuts and lemon . The Palate is Slightly creamy but fully loaded with peat , a touch of sweetness later on and a sprinkling of pepperiness . The finish is long peaty and peppery .
Not quite as elegant as the 16yo more of a peat monster , i actually prefer this to the 16yo , more bite and more interesting . Actually more akin to it’s neighbours in this guise , worth a punt if you are a peat monster loving dramster !