Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
18th Release Diageo Special Releases 2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 Sep 2018 11:26 am by thebase
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Average value

€ 125.48

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 points

  1. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    On point Laga 12. Harmoneous @57.8% abv., obviously bears a lot of similarities with the predecessors, but I prefer it a notch over the 2017 edition which I just tried H2H. The nose is more reserved in comparison, but more importantly the dryness on the finish and the oak notes make it taste more mature and elegant than 12 years and elevate this year's edition over last year's special release in my book.
    Strong recommendation. Yet another fine powerhouse in a velvet glove. Chapeau, Lagavulin! ~90p.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    As in previous years, the 12 CS is again a safe bank. Young at maturity, but still mature and complete.
    • Nose
      90 90
      There it is immediate, the classic 12 CS nose with its freshness and its enormous smoky note. Smoked lemon slices, immense peat smoke. Hot tar paper, salt, machine oil. Marine associations are on the rise: flushed seaweed, harbor basin odor, sun-heated watt at low tide.
      Some anise and liquorice shimmer through. And that he has a lot of guts, that's what you mean, to be able to detect.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Strong start with peat smoke, lemon and licorice. Still a harbor scene with machine oil, warm tar, salt and seaweed. Pepper. The lemon gives sweetness. Quite dry and slightly ashy on the tongue.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium-long and dry, smoky, ashy. Freshly beaten wood, honey and liquorice at the end.

  3. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose is that of a classic Islay whisky from the Bourbon barrel and offers everything you would expect in such a case. The palate lacks the variety of flavors that others can do better. This one knows only in the second sip to convince more. The finish is also quite one-dimensional, but what he does, he does right.

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      Smoke, and lots of it, a slight stinging in the nose, herbs, vanilla, grapes, ashes, lime, and omnipresent all the time smoke, smoke, smoke
    • Taste
      One expects a strong start, glowing lies the whisky on the tongue, slightly astringent, the smoke is not as dominant as in the nose, but still formative, to come now slightly bitter, spicy woody notes, forest honey, again lime, but sweeter, less fresh than in the smell, peach, the fruit returns to the spicy notes, in the second sip of mild, somewhat sweet malt, bread without crust
    • Finish
      Smoke and wood, Nordic beer, Jever style, hardly any fruit, spice and bitter notes fight with the smoke for supremacy, long

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A powerful dram with loads of Lagavulin spirit character shining through. Like the 8 year old but much sweeter and more flavour punch. Overall my impression of this whisky is sweet and peaty, not sweet-peat but 2 separate entities. The refill casks have left behind loads of sweet vanilla character without any of the tannins and has allowed the peat content to be shine through. Value (£95) : 7/10
    • Nose
      Huge marine influence with seaweed and salty seabreeze. A big, dirty, tar-like earthy peat with an iodine note. Almost like dying embers by the sea that just had smoked salmon and barbecued meats smoking. Salty kippers. Bright lime and lemon citrus notes, almost effervescent. Some baked apples and poached pears. Loads of vanilla, salted caramel and boiled sweets. Unripe green bananas as well. Some fresh cracked black pepper heat as well and a cooling peppermint just at the end.
    • Taste
      A very oily mouthfeel. The alcohol is beautifully integrated. Citrus peels burst out up front followed by bright peat notes, on the palate seemingly more ashy and earthy. A touch of green malt. Barbecued meats with some savoury herbs of thyme, rosemary and cumin. More boiled sweets and honey that combines with the salt aspect beautifully. Black pepper warmth punches at the end. A touch of minerality.
    • Finish
      A long and smoky finish, the oiliness allows this to linger. Here it becomes darker and more earthy and TCP-like with just slight nuances of the lemon peels and apples carried over from the palate. Some roasted coffee beans well. More minerality.

  5. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very powerful and intense smoky malt, with beautiful citrus notes. The smoke does not hit 100% but my taste is still pleasant. For the called price of 100 € for me quite expensive.
    • Nose
      83 83
      clear smoke (peat smoke towards campfire); In addition, a spicy sweetness with distinct citrus notes; maritime character
    • Taste
      87 87
      strong start with pleasant peat smoke and earthy-spicy wood notes; nice sweetness with fruity citrus notes; salty maritime;
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium; slightly dry; smoky (ash); Wood notes; subtle bitterness then more spicy-sweet

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    The 12 year old Lagavulin is the mainstay in the Diageo Special Releases and I have had the good fortune of trying quite a few. This is the Laga 12 from 2018, just before the Rare By Nature theme was introduced, meaning this is still the ‘classic’ packaging. So far all of these have been very good, so I’m fairly certain this is going to be another lovely tasting session.

    Slices of lime, roofing, diesel fumes and sweet smoke… that’s the nose in a nutshell. When I put my nose in the glass again some maritime notes appear: seaweeds, salt, the scent of the bay in which the distillery can be found. I’m taken back to the remains of Dunyvaig Castle (which is currently being excavated with the support of Lagavulin, by the way).

    The arrival is sturdy with that typical peat smoke, lots of citrus fruit, a hint of vanilla and apples, pepper like there is no tomorrow and lots of ashes giving it a drying effect. This is a wonderfully smoky peat monster with a salty twist. Lovely!

    The finish is dry on ashes, liquorice, pepper and smoke and it lasts forever.

    Yup, I knew this going in. Top dram, as usual. The only difference… this is the best I’ve had so far.

  7. el Gato scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Salt. Dirty peat. Anise. Green dent. Lacrisal. Sea breeze. Citrus. Tar. Red apples. Black pepper. Juniper.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouthwatering and Ashy. Lemons. Vanilla. Cereal. Salt. Red apples and pepper. And peat of course.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and lingering peat. Liquerice candy. Barley / malty notes. Juniper and bitterness. Still some citrus

  8. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Auriverdes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What's so nice in this one (just like in some older batches) is that even though it's heavily peated, there are plenty subtle notes which manage to come through. Less cookie than the 17th.
    • Nose
      A floral sweetness through the peat, like rose petals. Apple, gingerbread, lime and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Peat, apple, gingerbread, vanilla, orange and roses.
    • Finish
      Gingerbread, peat and tangerine.


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