A few days ago I reviewed this year Lagavulin Distillers Edition and today I do the same with the last year, 2012 in case you were wondering ( vodka does these kind of things ), Lagavulin.
“Personally I think this is the kind of finish that spoils a good whisky... but on the other hand I don't like PX finished... so decide on your own. It could have been better without the finish”
This dram has a cooper-like color.
Nose (87): more than average. peat, chocolate, wood, citrus, salt, spices. Where is my Lagavulin?! Give it back!
Palate (90): light, smooth. peat, honey, cinnamon, wood, citrus, cocoa, leather.
Finish (88): longer than average. peat, wood, cocoa beans.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Lagavulin 1996 Distillers Edition with 88 points over 100.
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This is the kind of stuff that I don’t enjoy that much. I really love Lagavulin but this one feels like spoiled by the finish… and don’t get me wrong… it is a 88 over 100, it is a good whisky but I have the feeling that it could have been so much better…
On the other hand… if you enjoy PX finished whiskies, this one is really powerfully flavoured.