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Lagavulin 12yo 'Special Release 2010'

(56.5%, OB, 2010)
Average Score: 87
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryLagavulin
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameLagavulin
Bottling NameSpecial Release 2010
Alcohol By Volume56.5%
Issued2010
Average Score87


Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin91
Robert Karlsson90
Konstantin Grigoriadis83
Ho-cheng Yao88
Rich Howard85
David Wankel86
Keith Wood89
Oliver Klimek85
Ralf Mitchell86


Retired Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel85


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]
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Very pale - Nose: Atlantic coastal freshness, but becoming more earthy with time in glass. A solid peatiness then gently unfolds as the minutes pass, eventually becoming slightly antiseptic. The peat then just keeps expanding. - Palate: Warming peat, very warming. A very welcome and solid earthiness with lots of depth. I'm almost imagining swimming in an Atlantic peaty lido! - Finish: Long, warming and glowing - Overall Impression: Excellent, truly excellent. In fact it was almost awarded 'Greatness', but just not quite.