Lagavulin 12 Year Old Cask Strength Special Release 2021
When it comes to iconic Islay whiskies, the name ‘Lagavulin’ often stands tall above the rest. The distillery’s 2021 Special Release of the 12 Year Old Cask Strength truly solidifies this position. Heralded as the ‘fiercest and smokiest’ scotch in Diageo’s Special Releases, this expression is not just a drink—it’s an experience.
Origin and Maturation: Distilled in the landmark year of 2008, this unique single malt Scotch whisky has been matured meticulously in refill American oak casks. This careful maturation process ensures that every sip reveals the rich heritage of the Isle of Islay.
Strength and Purity: Bottled at a robust 56.5% ABV, its cask strength nature offers whisky enthusiasts an unadulterated taste of pure excellence. Further elevating its purity, the whisky remains untouched by chill filtration and artificial colouring, ensuring a genuine, authentic experience.
Nose: The first introduction is deceptive, with its relatively mild bouquet. Yet, dig deeper, and you’ll be greeted by refreshing notes of sea breeze. The intertwining aromas of seaweed and subtle sweetness set the stage, while a gentle hint of wood-smoke tickles the senses, preparing them for the grandeur that is to follow.
Palate: The first sip is a cascade of smoothness, a sweet embrace that gradually turns acidic, echoing the unpredictable waves of the Islay shores. But what truly sets this whisky apart is its grand crescendo: a finale dominated by powerful gusts of wood-smoke, punctuated by hits of chilli pepper and recurring bouts of sweetness.
Conclusion: The Lagavulin 12 Year Old Cask Strength Special Release 2021 is more than a whisky—it’s a testament to the prowess of Islay’s distilling traditions. Whether you’re a seasoned whisky aficionado or a curious beginner, this expression promises an adventure that’s as memorable as the rugged shores of its birthplace.
Embrace the essence of Islay. Experience the majesty of Lagavulin’s 2021 Special Release.