Lagavulin 21 (2012 Release)
Added on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 04:03 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1991 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $575 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled 2012     Distilled 1991     2772 bottles     First fill European oak sherry casks.
Member Ratings and Notes

Nose:  Peat and light sherry notes.

Palate:  peat, peaches and dried fruit, a bit perfumy.

Finish:  Tangy fruit notes with peat.


N: Cinnamon, struck matches with light plastic notes. Cherries and faint sherry fruitiness. Lots of candy stuff here (fireball candy and big red chewing gum)


P: Starts waxy with oily texture. Sherry and peat in good balance. Tarry but not sulphured like the original lagavulin 21. Spearmint, licorice and leather.

F: Dark black tea


The sherry in the new release is lighter and not as dense (compared to the old 21).  B+/A-


I didn't draw a whole lot of complexity from this. It just didn't blow my mind. Maybe the expectations were raised a bit too high. I didn't like it extravagantly more than the 16, although it does have a much healthier kick of sherry that I happily welcome. The palate does do a very good job at balancing phenols with sherry. I get some blood red oranges. The finish is a delight, pretty lip smacking. As I reminisce, reading my notes, I do remember it more fondly now...but it's true: it does not compare to the 2007 21. 

Going with Fuji on a B+/A- 


N: Moderate peat, good rich sherry influence. 


P: Nice sherry balance, gentle peating adds some richness, and a malty character to it. A little fruity from the sherry - this isn't Balblair fruit - but a little more light. 
F: Gentle heat, some nice woody tones bringing some tannins, and a light smoke. 
Super enjoyable. A lighter brother of the 2007 behemoth.  
My thoughts are covered more or less in the other reviews, but this has a nice amber color with a good mix of smoke and shery. Really like this one, but not enough to push it into elite category. B+/A- [1/4/13] 
Smoke and tar.  Quite smoky and uncomplex.  Don't mistake this for the 2007 release. 
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