Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.47/100
votes
348
Whiskybase ID
WB116918
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
18th Release Diageo Special Releases 2018
Bottled
13.03.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Strength
57.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L8072CM008
Barcode
5000281051680
Added on
01 sep 2018 11:26 am by thebase
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 194.61

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

75 users have left 85 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.47 points.

  1. blacknapkins scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. huangshantong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I don't think it is as good as the SR of 2021 and 2022, and the balance is a bit worse. Of course, I still like it very, very much, laga is yyds
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Gil firth scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful. Good like the 2014 and 2019.
    Loads of maritime.

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: white wine / straw (without dye)
    - a very good crashing Islay with a lot of impact, power,
    volume and smoke
    - is in comparison (according to my evaluation) however 1
    Point behind the bottling of 2016 and 2019
    => not quite as balanced and harmonious
    - with originally times 85 -90€ already a house number,
    but still okay for the quality... currently at approx.
    130€ you have to think twice before buying him
    really want...
    • Nose
      very strong peaty nose, earth, campfire, distinct smoke (but no Lagavulin ham smoke)
    • Taste
      without water: powerful, cracking, smoky attack, powerful notes of peat smoke and oak, ash, lots of spice, very powerful in the mouth ;

      with water: more pleasant, but remains true to its strong direction and smoky aroma, but a sweetness is clearly noticeable, vanilla, honey
    • Finish
      long smoky finish ;
      very long, powerful, powerful, smoky aftertaste, the smoke and the high % clearly dominate here!

  6. DistiLesha scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nice light straw color!
    As if still immature in taste and more like a new-make, but fully developed in aroma. Most of all, I was not impressed with the finish with its bitterness and perfumery.
    Quite simple and uncomplicated, not yet ready for bottling, in my opinion.
    Please pay attention to admins! The rating is obviously screwed up!
    N:22 T:20 F:19 B:20
    • Nose
      Fragrant, phenolic, dusty, burnt straw, fruits somewhere on the horizon, light malty tones, light, fresh, mineral, slightly alcoholic.
      With aeration and with a few drops of water, the cheddar cheese will open.
    • Taste
      Sweetness number one, coarse sharpness and prickliness, smoked prunes, phenols, fruity notes, malt mash, tannic bitterness.
      Barrel strength is not required, water is good for bringing out the fruity sweetness.
    • Finish
      Classic, with a recognizable undertone, smoky, bitter and tannic, a play of fruit sweetness, an unpleasant shade of perfumery.

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Islay's elemental force - strong, intense, maritime, very smoky - simply a "top malt!"
    • Nose
      strong smoke, iodine, peat, sea salt and lemons, herbs;
    • Taste
      powerful, pungent, slightly oily, peat smoke, ash, intensive lemons, sweetness, thyme, some salt, spiciness (pepper, noticeable wood), becoming dry;
    • Finish
      long, oily finish, smoky and quite peppery, ash lingers;

  9. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  12. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, the aroma was spoiled by sealing wax, which closed the cork of the sample, although it does not repel and break the characteristic notes. Taste: peat, pepper, salted caramel, burnt logs from the hearth, notes of leather and wood, lemon, roasted nuts. Finish medium, warming with spices and fire. 21.5-22.5-22-22
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      somewhat alcoholic, appears young, slightly sweetish-artificial aromas, gummy bears, a little bit sour and mineral, campfire smoke, spices, tar.
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweetish-tarry-smoky, soft, makes a young impression, citrus fruits, fruit drops, here too a little artificial at the beginning but then still gets the curve and trumps with spicy notes of wood / oak, spices and coffee, I like that.
    • Finish
      86 86
      slightly sweet, smoky, wood, spices, some ash and tar. Long lasting, pleasant.

  15. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] I had a dram during a FoSM club tasting and found it very good like all these 12-years old Lagavulin editions - but not as good as the 2019 and 2021 Diageo special releases. There is a little too much wood impact in this batch while the special releases are more balanced. Nonetheless, very quaffable...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great whisky. I liked that very much
    • Nose
      Notes from an online blind tasting ...

      Colour:
      Clear + 1

      Nose:
      Sweet smoke aroma. Behind it a little smoked ham and lemon. Canned pineapple and damp sand. Behind it raspberries and almonds. Scorched chocolate. Gravy and bay leaves. Menthol.
      With a little time in the glass, the smoke will become drier. In the direction of asphalt steam. In addition, a nice, woody flavor.

      The empty glass smells of dates and bacon.
    • Taste
      Spicy, but also sweet start. The smoke is now more in the maritime direction. Burnt cotton candy and grilled marshmallows. Macadamia nuts, vanilla and pastries / waffles. This sweetness, which peels out of the wort, is brutally awesome. Another fruit sweetness envelops everything
    • Finish
      Rather long. Nice and sweet with the right flavor. The smoke envelops the whole thing very pleasantly.

  20. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Full, intense. Sweet peat. Sea. Caramel. Sea salt. Salty caramel. Well hidden alcohol for the power. A trace of herbalism. A pinch of spices.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet peat. Lots of salt. Caramel. Salty caramel. Lots of spices. There is a certain sharpness. Chili. The sharpness decreases slightly with the next sips. Vanilla. A lot of salt on the tongue.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Lots of salt. Sea. Some sweet peat. Caramel and vanilla. Long finish. A pinch of spices.

  21. SFWC scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not as stellar as previous vintages unfortunately. Perhaps Georgie already had one foot out the door! Let’s hope she makes a cask strength Port Ellen 12 in 2030 :)

  22. Comet67 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. -sAxo- scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  24. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Smell: full bouquet with a sweet, earthy, immense peat note, seaweed, differentiated, multi-layered, decent. Tar note, very light heavy oil, fine liquorice note, oily, nougat in the base

    Taste: very powerful start, the alcohol is growing too fast, but is also super integrated, charred wood, again German. Sweetness with fine yellow lime notes as a counterpart, long finish, the German. has astringent notes of heavily hopped beer - Riegele Ratsherren Pils sends a friendly greeting from Augsburg!

    Color: Lightening yellow gold, narrow WR, clear

    Conclusion: Even with the 2018er, the sweetness is always present with a lot of pressure and thus again shows the clear character traits of the 12er CS, the fine nuances to the previous year could be looked for to discuss - but in my opinion it doesn't need to, because the 2018er is also on delivers a proven high level and for me here again the Lagavulin fist in a velvet glove beckons ...

  28. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  30. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Scotchponder scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    We've got a sheet of dusty snow covering Southern Ontario today. The kind that flutters like welted dandelions, and floats around a long time before landing like a petal and coating everything with soft and shiny white.

    We warm up today with some Lagavulin 12, 2018 release. 57.8% ABV. Islay. Cask strength NCF and no coloring. $215 CAD.

    We sniff around.

    Scott smells a bunch of stuff. Lemons. Grass. Salt.

    Trevor says olives. We get excited at that.

    There's a debate whether this is closer to the Lagavulin 8 or the 16. Simon says it's got elements of both, the peat of the 16 but the youth, lemon, and liveliness of the 8. Sean and Scott are leaning towards the 16 just based on the nose.

    Simon gets a nutty/amaretto/marzipan type of thing.

    Sean pulls seaweed out.

    There's so much to it that we can't pinpoint. There's a sweetness. Sweet & sour type of thing. Indescribable sweetness.

    We cheers.

    Oh man. Simon's breathing fire on camera. It's got an explosion to it. He says when you swish it around it goes nuts. Lagavulin 8 on roids.

    It's pretty much a copy paste from the nose. Trevor's still pulling his olives. It's not as present on the palate but still there. Lemon, earthy peat, salt. Way more complexity and depth than the 8 though. Really hard doing justice to this with tasting notes.

    Simon says it's like Listerine, you just want to breathe.

    The finish never ends.

    Scott calls it creamy. Intense. Potent.

    Reviews: Trevor likes the olive that pops. That's new. So much going on, feels like there's still things to discover. Long finish. Loves that punch in the face. He goes 90 on this one. Kyle matches that 90. For some reason it reminds him of Laphroaig PX. Nothing he doesn't like about it. It's up there with the Uigeadail for him. Scott puts it at an 88. He still likes the Lagavulin 8 a bit better. He loves this stuff, but the 8 is less explosive and harsh, more balanced. Simon says this gets his testosterone going. This makes him feel like a real man. Gets him excited. It's the best scotch he's had thus far, and he goes 93. Sean likes everything Lagavulin and this is no exception. He goes 89. Averages out to 90 flat.

    Overall: this is a man's drink. We agree overall this is closer to the Lagavulin 8 than the 16, but a lot more intense and complex. It barely edges out Uigeadail as our number 1 rated scotch here on S&P. The flavors are great but it's really the feel and the fullness that gets us tonight. It's got a price tag to it, which makes Lagavulin 8 a much better value buy. At $90 CAD, we rated the 8 at a 88.8 average. If you've got the wallet and you like the idea of something excessively potent, then by all means, Lagavulin 12 is a winner. If you like something more balanced and aren't looking to break the bank, Lagavulin 8 has similar tasting notes for less than half the price, and it's by no means a light scotch. We look forward to trying some other batches of the Lagavulin 12 and comparing.

    Cheers!

    The S&P Crew.

    see more reviews at www.scotchandponder.com

  32. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  34. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  35. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  36. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dunyvaig

    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.

  37. 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

  38. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Auriverdes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  40. 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.

  41. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    First devastating impact: oil, unlit cigarette, sea, acetone, then slowly the cereals (very light) come out. With water the peat is dampened and becomes sweeter, cereal and fruity.
    A "battle" whisky, to be tasted during a stormy night while observing the raging of the elements

  42. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  43. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  44. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  45. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful, balanced and very typical Lagavulin - very good!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peaty, smoky, little vanilla, bonfire - very good!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, more good peat and smoke and bonfire, more vanilla, little fruitiness, citric, spicy - great!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, more citric, more spic

  46. dr.mad scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
      Dog shit and disappointment
    • Taste
      75 75
      A lack of flavor
    • Finish
      80 80
      Iodine and a nice peat

  47. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 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) : 6/10
    • 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.

  48. Nordberg scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    The flavor theme is excellent and combines into a very satisfying melody. I can’t get over how the varying characters create such volatility amongst the sips and noses. Its like each smell or taste is somewhat unique from the last. My only wish is that there is more intensity which is very odd for a cask strength whisky.
    • Nose
      vanilla, cream, banana, citrus, soft peat, green pepper, cool mint
    • Taste
      oak, lemon, ash, dirty hay, earthy, cool mint listerine
    • Finish
      sweet vanilla and cream lingers but transitions into a more smokey/earthy tone.

  49. Tetrapanax scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Fantastic dram. Like heaven ????

  50. Tetrapanax scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Fantastic dram. Like heaven ????

  51. Tetrapanax scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Fantastic dram. Like heaven ????

  52. Tetrapanax scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Fantastic dram. Like heaven ????

  53. Tetrapanax scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Fantastic dram. Like heaven ????

  54. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  55. victorlcw scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Very surprised for the sweet taste, complex, very delicious, perfect whisky, I love it
    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoke(campfire), peat, citrus, fresh, clean, leather, lemon, machine oil, sea breeze, air after the rain
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very smooth and sweetness, smoky, mouth-watering, fruity, pear, peach, citrus, honey, lemon, a hint of salty, tar, pepper
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, pepper, smoky, ash, oakiness, dry

  56. HW74 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Always a highlight and a pleasure. The 2018er is no exception.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  57. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  58. 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.

  59. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  60. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  61. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  63. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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

  64. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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.

  65. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  66. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  67. 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 ....

  68. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  69. toklian scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F20 B20

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

  70. 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

  71. checkpointuk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=359

    Colour:
    Pale gold
    Nose:
    Thin aroma structure with maritime lemon, delicate peaty smoke and little spice. Again, the nose seems somehow watered down. Metallic notes appear that combine with herbs, algae and seaweed. The flavor yield is also rather modest.
    Taste:
    Hot and salty, marinated with lemon, grapefruit, spicy pepper, chili, sweet peat, honey, vanilla and underlaid cold smoke. On the one hand a bit woody-bitter, but on the other hand always sweet towards the finish.
    Finish:
    Long - bitter-sweet and with fresh herbs. Wood, some licorice and a "put on" artificial sweetness.
    Comment:
    Again, not the hoped!
    85 points
    N: 82P / G: 87P / F: 85P

  72. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  73. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Did this one H2H with the 2014 variant, this 2018 stronger in alcohol in the nose, and fruitier. Also fruitier in taste, just a little lighter and smooth and attractive. Both are great whisky’s by the way.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke, fruits, lemon. Fake leather, tropical fruits, and a little floral. Salty, diesel oil, sea breeze.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pretty smooth actually, surprisingly. A little pepper, fruity, peach, tropical fruits, lemon as well. Sweet smoke and licorice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Now some more pepper, fruity, citrus. Pretty long and warming.

  74. Dieter_W scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Beautiful nose - smoke with vegetables - herbs
    Parsley, thyme, rosemary, chives with a splash of lemon
    Taste: Pepper - Olives - Lemon and Gravedruit

    Nice Laga, although I did not like the cold smoke so much.
    Blind tasting!
    As Lagavulin hard to unmask, for me at least.
    Now that you know it, memories of 8-year-old Lagavulin are awakening
    Thanks to Archer for the better experience

  75. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  76. checkpointrk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  77. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  78. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Decent as before, a true peat bomb with a lot of coast characters.
    • Nose
      Strong BBQ, young and austere, peat and smoke (no need to mention), burned wood and seashells.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, pear drops, very peaty, simple and straightforward.
    • Finish
      Short-medium, dark chocolates.

  79. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  80. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  81. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  82. 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.

  83. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Good, but there is no explosion.

  84. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  85. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 90 points Expert 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.

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