Whiskey Review: Lagavulin 12 Year — 2014 Edition
Lagavulin 12 year is the dram I keep coming back to. At least these older ones…
Lagavulin 12 Year — 2014 / 54.4% / $90?
Tasted with a bit of filtered water
I was pretty excited that I found an older bottling of Lagavulin 12 CS in Taiwan last December, so here today we have the 14th release from 2014. Also yes, the front-label fell off. The glue holding the labels on is gone and passed away :(
This was one of my favourite whiskies before I moved to Japan in 2015, and I rated the 2010 vintage a 98. I have been less impressed with recent offerings (2015–2018); they seem tired compared to the old juice.
- Color: white sand
- Nose: pure iodine and peat to the face, hot alcohol, some fermenting pineapple, and crushed black pepper
- Taste: just like the nose, but with apple pie, kippers, and a lovely oily mouthfeel
- Finish: long and smokey vanilla ice cream
The 2014 Lagavulin 12 absolutely stands up to my memories of it — it’s got a really refined, pure approach with the peat, and it tastes the cleanest Islay I’ve had the pleasure of trying. I have a bottle of the 2019 special releases to try, but I haven’t cracked it yet, so here’s hoping the boat begins to turn.