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Lagavulin 12yo 'Special Release 2010'

(56.5%, OB, 2010)
Average Score: 87
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameLagavulin
Bottling NameSpecial Release 2010
Alcohol By Volume56.5%
Average Score87

Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin91
Johannes van den Heuvel85
Robert Karlsson90
Konstantin Grigoriadis83
Ho-cheng Yao88
Craig Daniels88
Krishna Nukala88
Rich Howard85
David Wankel86
Oliver Klimek85
Ralf Mitchell86

Retired Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood89

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonA bit burned, a little earthy, lively cardemom. Tar pastilles, licorice. Quite special nose here. A round, yet burned earthy sooty taste. This is really to my liking. Some old vanilla-style in the aftertaste. Yummy.
Rich Howardstarts on moderate peat and wood smoke, then gets malty and quite grassy, even some yeasty bread dough here, with undercurrents of spicy chili powder and even some tangy barbecue sauce. after a few minute, some deep caramel sweetness with a ginger kick. the palate is strong and quite smoky, with smoldering wood, over-cooked vanilla custard, a spicy kick and lingering smoke on the finish. water clears the smoke a bit, making more room for the sweet malt and vanilla, and also the baker's yeast, still some notes of barbecue sauce on the tail. the palate is both sweeter and spicier, some maple barbecue sauce here now, not shy on the chili powder, even some saddle leather. summary: a fairly aggressive peated malt with some yeasty bread and undercurrents of spicy barbecue sauce throughout. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]