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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Saturday, 15 December 2012


This was a bottling I really was looking forward to trying, since there's not many different expressions of Lagavulin out there... especially not from indie bottlers.

Well, this is not an indie expression anyway, but a bottling done by Lagavulin for the Islay Jazz Festival 2012. A bottling had been done previously for the Islay Jazz Festival for 2011 and both the 2011 & 2012 bottlings have gotten great reviews.

Now its time to try the 2012 expression here on The Malt Desk

Lagavulin 1997 15yo (07.05.1997) Islay Jazz Festival 2012, 54,5%, refill sherry butt#1824, 624 bottles, Distillery bottling

Colour is light gold

Spiced peat, coal smoke and peat, hint of sherry and turning medicinal like its origins were from down the road at Laphroaig. Something citric in there too.

Malt and peat, peat and malt, seaweedy and medicinal again. Hint of smoked salmon and beach bonfires on a bed of lemons. It then turns sweet and peppery on the finish.

A good Lagavulin this one, no doubt about that, but I'll not join the large 90p praise-choir on this one...


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