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. 
Smoked raspberry. Hickory steak BBQ. fried pickles, phenolic oak and liquorish. Toasted oak and scaled butterscotch pudding.   
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