Lagavulin 12-year-old

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

€ 114.20

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.05 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. 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

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    One of the best 2010s Lagavulin 12s, not that there really are any misses in this series.

    Tasted with Lagavulin 12 2017 (88 pts.) and Elements of Islay Lg9 (88).
    • Nose
      The nose is almost the same as L12 2017, but slightly sweeter, and not quite as bold. A little water makes it fresher, brining out those lovely 'forest after the rain' and 'a branch cut from a birch' notes only young Lagavulin can do.
    • Taste
      Less soot than on the 2017 version, and the body is slightly lighter. Fresh, living wood and strong, lemony peat. With a bit of water it gives a veritable cartload of lemons, and more oiliness on the tongue. Bless this minimalistic, clean delivery of perfect young peated whisky tastes. A far cry from something like Bunnahabhain Toiteach, which is plain and pedestrian compared to this.
    • Finish
      Dry and oily at the same time? How? Sinks into the gums well and stays there. The lemon's loud here as well. A long, soft, peaty wave.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    19 21 20 20 80

    a weak young nose, overall a good winter whisky, but nothing special, sorry ....

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. toklian scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F20 B20

    Those release numbers always correlates with the quality. In negative sense)


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