The nose is smokey, with a dusty/musty character that makes me excited. Palate... hmm... it's kind of the standard smokey-peaty- phenolic thing going on here with not-much-dimension. The finish veers into a boozy territory that's not great. If I wanted a whisky experience like this (i.e. smokey/peaty/medicinal) I wouldn't reach for this bottle first, second, or third -- but it's "fine."
The Nose on the 2007 is more toned down. I normally get a alot of peat and iodine from the lag 12 s. It also seems more floral and fruity. Good news is you get a lot of the peat and smoke when you drink it.
Faint color. A sweet nose that took me a little by surprise given how much bbq I am used to getting from Lag. A smoky palate that delivers what I would expect from Lagavulin, but isn't overly complex. Decent finish. [1/4/13]