Lagavulin 12-year-old Islay Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Horse Distillers Ltd.
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Green Glass - Cream Label
Added on
12 Jan 2010 10:26 am

Average value

€ 2090.60

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old Islay Malt

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.13 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Lovely old Lagavulin. Absolutely delicious.
    • Nose
      Lovely old islay peat breathing in the salty air. Fishing boat. Hint of diesel oil. All the aromas are quite subtle, but they are fresh and aromatic. Just lovely. Becomes more phenolic with air.
    • Taste
      Wow, great viscosity despite the 43% ABV. Very nitty, gritty, with a tongue-coating, granular mouthfeel. A kind of old, sweet-tasting, subtle fruit (coconuts and Fuji apples), phenolic peat that exists only in the old Lagavulins and Ardbegs. Absolutely delicious, with no fault. Sure, a higher ABV would propel this to the stratosphere, but let's not get a heart attack so soon.
    • Finish
      Lots of vanilla and coconut shavings.

  2. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    laga with 12 y on neck label were bottled till late 70's, bottles with the 12 y on the main label were bottled end 70's early 80's and 12 y cream label mid 80's.

  3. Ardie scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    This gem is tasted side by side with 2019 Lagavulin 16y.o 43% and older version of 16y.o 43% from White Horse era. Let see if single malts were better in the old days.
    • Nose
      94 94
      2019: Soft medicine with menthol and salted liquorice, little bit of green pepper, bonfire suffocated with soil and seawater, nice soft oakiness. Sea shore rocks, orange spiciness and cake. You can clearly tell the age here. Dry bitter herbs. Burnt sausage. Husky smokiness. Aniseed. Nice!

      White Horse: Drier, less tar, more salty and more menthol. Bigger and more civilized. More smoky but less peat. Unbelievably soft malt and full of soft vanilla and dry cacao powder. Antique oak, pear jelly and maybe less sherry. So different than 2019. Little bit of leather and soft christmas cake. Vanilla custard and biscuits. Just brilliant!!

      12y.o 43%: A lot of menthol, sea air and clearly more sherry influence. The same toasted vanilla and antique oak is here as well as in the WH. Vanilla/pear ice cream. Soft, strong and velvety! Syrupy. Stunning !!
    • Taste
      91 91
      2019: Dry smoky attack first, little bity, sweet herbs and burnt oak,

      White Horse: Sweeter and more balanced, denser, cacao, stronger but little bit more civilized,

      12y.o 43%: Sherried peat smoke, creamy pear and the strongest of the three. Absolutely perfect combination of sherry, vanilla menthol and crispy maltiness. This makes the earlier Uigeadails (and all the other legendary sherry islayers) run for their money big time.
    • Finish
      90 90
      No specific finish detailed but just a little summary of the 3 respected versions:

      16y.o 2019: Not bad but I never understood why this so hyped. Good Islay malt but little unbalanced and definitely few annoying off notes.

      16y.o White Horse: So much better. Lot more balance and depth. So so civilized and yet all the power you ever need.

      12y.o 43%: Mix of both earliers ones. One of the best islay noses ever. Power and behaviour at best.

      P.S: Blend of all three: Quite perfect! Heck...all the mistakes are gone. Seriously..just perfect and complex and tender.

  4. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  6. Cast Olila scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The legend of the White Horsedes traditional Lagavulin Blends can be found here

  9. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Wow! This is a spectacular old-style islay malt. A really complex nose with plenty of peat, iodine and salty sea air. Tropical fruits are hiding in the background. Incredibly powerful on the palate, punching way higher than its 43% would suggest. Incredibly long finish. Expensive now, but worth every penny!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Complete Notes here:

    Color: full gold
    Nose: Fat Sherry, wrapped in dark chocolate with raisins just mighty. Delicate smoke and rum notes, maritime with fine oak, slightly pungent nose and that at only 43%.
    Taste: Early sherry sauce, malty cereal, caramel honey notes and cocoa, earthy, smoky with heavier oak notes and some orange fruit.
    Finish: Medium length, bitter, salty, bitter oak notes but no tannins, bitter orange or orange peel and dark chocolate cocoa with some sherry.
    Remark: For 43% absolutely powerful in the nose and in the taste.
    92 points (nose: 93 / taste: 92 / finish: 90)
    Price: about 800 euros


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