The Diageo Special Releases 2016 features a Lagavulin 12 year old expression that has been matured in refill American Oak hogsheads, each being at least 12 years old before bottling was done at 57.7%. This nose carriers the warm familiar notes that we all know and came to love of Lagavulin. But it also has something more fresher added to it of citrus thyme and mint combined in a steaming hot cup of tea with a good dose of comb honey. Strips of crispy baked bacon, dark chocolate and dark forrest fruit jam on warm toasted bread come to mind when nosing this dram. Do I have to move on to the palate? Loving this nose so much, just want a little bit more time with it… pleeaaase…?
After a while I did manage to pull my nose away from the glass and take a sip. What a creamy, sweet and fruity mouth feel on this one! Red- and black current, raspberry, cherry, oranges, apples, powdered sugar, crunchy bacon, vanilla cream buns, mint, dried stone fruits, lemon candy, dark chocolate and a small touch of heather, briny notes and fudge between the lingering smoke on the good length finish. This dram makes me smile for sure! Thanks Diageo Netherlands for the sample!
Looking for more information on the Special Releases 2016? Have a look at this WhiskySpeller article then where Thomas and I have a closer look at this lovely box received from Diageo. It consists of an exclusively selected Auchroisk 25, Brora 38, Cambus 40, Caol Ila 15, Cragganmore, Glenkinchie 24, Lagavulin 12, Linkwood 37, Mannochmore 25 and Port Ellen 37.