A 12 year old Lagavulin has been part of the Diageo Special Releases for as long as I can remember (for 16 years now), and as is the norm, this release is bottled from refill American oak (bourbon) hogsheads.
As always, the powerful smoke and sea spray of Lagavulin kicks off the aromatic experience, but this year I find a cookie-like, biscuit character to the nose, with a fresh spray of white flowers in the mix. The palate is surprisingly fresh and bright and moderately floral, with a lingering saltiness. Some notes of peanut butter and caramel come around for the finish, giving it a vaguely dessert-like quality.
Fans of Lagavulin should pick it up.