1995/2011 DE, 43% - Lagavulin
Nose: Direct hit of peat, smoke and salty sea breeze. I have always found notes of smoked reindeer's meat on the nose of Lagavulin, and being from the north of Sweden where such delicacies are common I understand that many will not be able to find those notes. But I do love to share it with you.
In this particular malt I also find hints of vanilla, red apples, fresh wood and a generous amount of leather shop.
Palate: Sweetness and salt attacks the tongue whilst warm and sharp smoke builds. Rather peppery but not too intense, and a refreshing and dry note of woodiness reveals. The finish is warm and slightly influenced by dry fruit and dark chocolate.
Over all not as influenced by dark fruits as some previous vintages, but I find that the series are improving although not in fare comparison to the 1991/2007 release. In my opinion there has been a decreasing amount of sherried character since the aforementioned release, and I for one hope that this is the starting point of what would be a longed-for comeback.