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
ColoredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 114,94

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.97 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. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A bit fail in intensity from previous batches, but premium quality too!
    • Nose
      Smoke, camphor, citruses, peat, salted minerals, seaweed, vanilla and tar.
    • Taste
      Powerful and oily. Peat, smoke, citruses, salt and pepper, honey, seaweed, ash and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, spicy, ashy.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Today I get back to a consistent dram of Lagavulin 12. Year over year, the Special Release bottling maintains its quality FWIW. Let's see how it tastes.

    Nose starts out with the usual salted bacon, lemon juice, and coastal sea breeze aromas. Some rubber and iodine also appear. This one is gentler than of years past for me as the aromas are softer.

    Palate continues on from the nose with salted bacon, lemon juice, seaweed, and oiliness.

    Finish continues the story from the palate and adds a dash of cracked white pepper to the mix.

    Well integrated and drinks lighter than it's ABV strength. Pleasant dram for a cool night.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  9. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  10. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior


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