Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.38/100
votes
579
Whiskybase ID
WB140080
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Bottled
12.07.2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
American Hogsheads
Number of bottles
60762
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9193CM010
Barcode
5000281059082
Added on
06 oct 2019 9:48 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 189.97

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

137 users have left 147 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.38 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A classic from Islay's south coast. If it were not for the Laphroaig 10 CS, then it would be THE classic ... ;-)
    Undoubtedly again a great bass strong Lagavulin. A little different every year, but always branded the 12 CS DNA.
    • Nose
      90 90
      For a long time I had no 12 CS in the glass - what I was looking forward to the nose: and was (once again) not disappointed. Baked bananas, roasted orange slices, seaweed, peat smoke, sea breeze, machine oil - everything is there. It seems a little reserved, not intrusive, but delivers everything you expect in your nose. And just this restraint makes him very interesting and pleasing in the nose. Caramel sweets, fudge.
    • Taste
      91 91
      On the tongue, he then immediately drops all envelopes. Enormously smoky appetizer, but at the same time delicious fruit notes of crushed bananas, lime slices and orange peel. Dry. Spicy herbs, raisins, bacon strips, the warm, almost overheated engine room of a fishing boat. Kelp, clear sea associations.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long finish, dry, fruity (almost sweet), cool, intense smoky.

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  3. ramyres scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Hay, grass, sweet smoke, green oak

  4. crouly scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky too bad of the hefty price.
    I think i preferred the old label and the old price (that already was stretching it in previous editions)
    90-100 € would suit it better.
    Recently had this in a blind line up two years after owning a bottle.
    1st place laph CS010, 2nd lag 12 '19, 3rd alligator, 4th ralfy ben nevis 4yo

  6. yarikovsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. hlz30 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite enjoyable modern peated whisky
    • Nose
      86 86
      Bacon, sour dough, unripe melon, then a combo of modern peated whisky (fresh violet, well here it is fresher, and also the sweat and salty brine). Just lightly medicinal. A trace of fermented bean paste from Bai Jiu.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, with sweetness from fudge as well as a very oily and rich body. Plenty fruity (melon and gummy, which developed into salted lemon later), coconut, cream and ashtray.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Drying and pretty long. Farmy earth, wood ashes, bleach, ginseng and cardboard.

  8. I_am_not_HS305 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    never trust in 100P ratings from green and blue shirts.

    Where is the detailed rating xuan?

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Monstruo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin Session

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

  12. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The Lagavulin 12 Year is no doubt the strongest member of the Lagavulin lineup— so strong that it really feels like this bottle needs to be part of the core lineup and not just a Diageo annual special release. Cask strength Lagavulin is such a beautiful thing, I wish it were more widely available.

    Mental Image: Lemon Fresh Scented Asphalt
    • Nose
      Clean smoke from a doused coal pit, creamy butter, and salty sea. Oaky spices clear the sinuses; Chinese five spice, white pepper, and fresh asphalt. Oily grilled fish, funky pickled jellyfish, rendered pork fat, and iodine slowly overtake the senses.
    • Taste
      Sweet and salty with a medium oily and viscous body. Burnt caramel, malty toast, dirty barbecue grill, and a coal ash pit. Subtle maritime notes hang in the background while a sweet citrus rind comes out on the end.
    • Finish
      Medium length with a slightly dry ginger and salty spice.

  13. gman4405 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This is just OK for my palate and definitely not worth the price. For the same price I can enjoy Port Charlotte OLC:01 and if your saying this is a 92-94 point dram the PC is 125-130 points...........absolutely a true craft made spirit of the highest quality! I will never buy this again unless on sale for $50

  14. gman4405 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This is just OK for my palate and definitely not worth the price. For the same price I can enjoy Port Charlotte OLC:01 and if your saying this is a 92-94 point dram the PC is 125-130 points...........absolutely a true craft made spirit of the highest quality!

  15. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    As always, it's the sweetness that impresses me most in these bottlings. Big fun in small sample size, but as as an actual drinking whisky, I find it a tad too simple (and way too expensive) and would rather opt for the more mellow and complex 16-year-old at half the price.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Undiluted, it's basically a young(ish) peaty whisky from good-quality casks, but with none of the sophistication and refinement that the 16-year-old shows. Yeasty, malty, farmy, sour.

      Needs water to really come into its own. Now it releases additional aromas of pine, iodine, sesame oil, chlorine, tinned sardines, and thyme honey.

      86 points without, 88 with water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Undiluted: extremely herbal and briny, like a whole jar of seasoned/pickled olives, with a wave of massive, honeyed sweetness rolling in right behind it.

      With water it gets dried and more "dusty" (damn if I know), and develops a much more nuanced and multi-staged flavor development that swings back and forth between sweetness, spice, and smoke. I just wouldn't call this fruity by any stretch of the imagination.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Ultra-long and ultra-sweet, with ashy/herbal smoke and maritime accents.

  16. Gil firth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin character on steroids. Medicinal and smoky. Maritime. Citrus. Lovely.

  17. SebStar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. FeydRautha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. molpet scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very well made 12y CS Lagavulin. The interplay of the typical Lagavulin ashy/bonfire smoke and sweetness is ingenious. Quite a complex whisky that can be drank at cask strength. Highly recommended!

  20. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: very light white wine / straw (without dye)

    - a very good smoky bottling of Lagavulin
    - this annual special bottling is always worth an experience
    - I think it's better than its predecessor from 2018, but
    can't get close to the 2021 bottling (my opinion)
    - Unfortunately, prices continue to rise every year.....
    • Nose
      peaty-sweet nose, with the strong powerful cold smoke (zero classic Lagavulin ham smoke), oak, toffee, fudge
    • Taste
      without water: surprisingly sweetish-soft attack, toffee, fudge, caramel, very strongly smoky, very powerful, earthy, but still great to drink;

      mW: very round and harmonious, while still intensely smoky and tasty, very good symbiosis between sweetness, smoke and a pleasantly present mouthfeel
    • Finish
      long, smoky, somewhat sweet finish;
      very long smoky aftertaste

  21. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    ...a Lagavulin like a dream....Islay at it's best
    [color:] = straw;
    • Nose
      90 90
      medicinal smoke, iodine, sweetness, grains, malt, lemons, oranges;
    • Taste
      91 91
      MW: greasy, creamy, voluminous, lots of smoke, charcoal, oranges, limes, pears, sweetness, spices, salt, tobacco - very complex;
    • Finish
      91 91
      long, smoky, ashy, sweet and slightly dry;

  22. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 89 points Shoplink Moderator

    With 12-year-old Lagavulin in barrel strength, you can hardly step aside. The same is true in this case. Standard dose of campfire smoke, iodine and hazelnuts. Not to mention that I was pleased with the very strong Scottish fog after the addition of water - always a good sign.
    (Evaluated on a sample basis.)
    • Nose
      Smoked meat, seaweed and iodine tincture. And through it also vanilla pudding or crème brûlée. Plus sweet pastries.

      After adding water: menthol.
    • Taste
      Sweet and warm. Very strong alcohol, especially after the first sip. Initially green tones (mint, green coffee, seaweed, green apple, unripe hazelnut). Smoke, coffee wafers, dark chocolate. It thickens very quickly. Chocolate yogurt and distinctive coffee cream. Over time, but also the peel of citrus.

      It is even denser after adding water. Hazelnut cream, menthol filling, smoked tofu and coconut oil.
    • Finish
      Drier. Hazelnut, smoked cheese, bacon, smoked almonds. But also cinnamon and cloves. And the longer, the more the impression of salinity grows. At the same time, something like leek appears.

      After adding water it is fresh, mint. Still a very strong impression of smoked anything. Menthol candies.

  24. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  25. KB201 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Demand far exceeds the remote distillery's ability to create and store its magical smoky whisky. This makes the limited bottling even more valuable. The smoky single malt matured in American hogsheads for 12 years. This year's special release bottlings from Diageo have the motto 'Rare by Nature'.
    • Nose
      Erdig, torfig, maritim.
    • Taste
      Smoky, dry, creamy-oily, peppery.
    • Finish
      Long finish.

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and round with some leafy hints - better and better towards the finish
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense, vanilla peat, smoky, honey, hints of cereals, iodine, little medicinal, some yellow fruits, little citric, some green fruits, little leafy - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very oily, creamy, salty, subtle sweetness, more vanilla, spices, herbs, peaty, smoky, leafy, green fruits, green tobacco leaves, honey - really not bad
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, smoky, vanilla, herbs, honey, more sweetness, bonfire, cigar tobacco, ashes - even better

  27. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  28. ehelkur scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      On the nose: it starts with floral, fruity, honey, toffee notes, and then comes the smoky notes and that Lagavulin character. There is also some marzipan notes. A thrilling nose, that really promises….
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste: The first impressions are sour and sweet and then smoky…. WOW! The nose promised it, the sip delivered it! Citrus and floral, apples and honey, barley notes, and then the smoky notes with a pinch of salt. And it develops into smoked fish and barbecue seafood. Adding water only - perhaps not the correct word - accentuates all the flavours, make them more intense. A bunch of different flavours, but all very well balanced. Amazing!!!!!!
    • Finish
      92 92
      A nice long sweet plated finish

  29. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 56.5%
    Aroma: Distinctive, smoked, with a good portion of citrus. (87 b)
    Taste: Stinging, sharpness, citrus whipped cream, then ash, smudge, tar after taste. However, the body is thinner, overall it is simpler than first-class whisky, but it cannot be denied fun. Well-smoked with a long aftertaste. (87 b)
    Points: 87/100
    Summary: Tasted at the Whisky Festival 2021 in Malá Morávka.

  30. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      roasted chestnut
      solid lemon with salt
      acid
      medicinal peat
      sweet malt
      clay
      mossy tree
      raw bananas
    • Taste
      89 89
      aggressive start
      salty
      clay
      ashy
      burnt wood
      white pepper
      iodine
      solid
    • Finish
      92 92
      tobacco
      spicy
      salt
      sweet vanilla

  31. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. whiskyfan_olli scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  33. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Overall solid, only the nose has the potential to inspire you. I couldn't really spot "Special". Click here for a detailed review: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/11/22/evolution-of-lagavulin/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21.5, taste 22, finish 21.5, balance 22

  35. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. Макс scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  37. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Homogeneous, not so complex, but a lot of torque and quite nice on the palate.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat smoke, maritime, fried vegetables, citrus, caramel. Balanced, good intensity
    • Taste
      91 91
      Peat smoke, extinguished campfires, malt, rhubarb, honey, orange peel, fruity, fresh wood, fresh herbs. Balanced, pronounced body, good aroma pressure, very pleasant texture, delicate, creamy, sweet, good start.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Peat smoke, somewhat peppery, somewhat citric, slightly warming. long finish, very nice finish.

  38. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully balanced and complex.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. aryehf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting review.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wet paint, fresh cut grass, wet wood, sea shore, tar, peat embers, bonfire reminiscent.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Medium body, wet wood, gentle sweetness, pears, peat embers, green apples.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, coals, smoke from old bonfire turning into cotton candy.

  40. Koning scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Same signature and high quality as the 2015 Special Release, too which I compared this dram.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Medicinal peat with a sweetness on the background: creamy banana and limoncello. Then maritime notes appear, accompanied by a freshness like cardamom, eucalyptus and pine needles. Very nice and balanced.
    • Taste
      91 91
      More intense and raw than the nose reveals: waves of heavy peat with sweet liquorice adn vanilla . Then an illusion of bbq kicks in, followed by chili peppers, maritime saltiness and menthol. Majestic!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Waves of medicinal peat. Citrus fruits, apple and banana provide a slight fruitness that lacked on the palate. It's warming and fresh (anise) at the same time.

  41. The_Osprey scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 12 year old 2019 special release 56.5%.

    Pretty pale yellow.

    Aroma has some of the banana that Lagavulin can have at a slightly younger age, but it has mostly gone. Replaced by ashy embers, burnt apple and smoked apricot. Faint bubblegum and highlighter pen, vanilla.

    Decent but really not an impressive nose - a nose you can get at 1/8 of the price.

    Taste is rounded yet punchy, good Lagavulin salty deep smoke, gammon with a little brine, smoked white fish and apple sauce. Bitter on the finish. Later on some banana dominates and the bitterness rises. Big salty impressions.

    This is a pretty good punchy, smoky whisky but really not as well put together as I'd hoped. For an official release at the price, I think they could have done better. 3.35/80

  42. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  43. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  44. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Er hat eine relativ ölige Viskosität und sein Bouquet ist von relativ starker Intensität. Ich habe Aromen von trockenem, maritimem Torfrauch, Vanille, Karamell, Zitrusfrucht und Banane. Mittelmäßig komplex. Eine gute Balance zwischen Süße und Trockenheit in Bezug auf den Geschmack. Der Alkohol ist gut eingebunden und er hat einen schweren Körper.

  45. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  46. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Ficelli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  48. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Light ashy mineral felted white fish smoke with sweet butterscotch. With water - fruitiness comes out
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong ash and medicinal campfire smoke with white pepper.
      With water - more balanced with ash-mineral smoke and pepper
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, ashy, slight butterscotch

  49. BenjaminDann scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  50. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
      Slight peatyness, salty, citrus, whipped cream. Yummy.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oak, black pepper, pleasenet peatyness, very dry but sweet.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very long smoky finish with saltyness

  51. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  52. ChrisE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fail to see the ”hype” in this one.... Good, but not extraordinary....
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  54. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  55. Derufus scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  56. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  57. Suevia scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly matured, clean Lagavulin that let's the distillate shine and speak for itself.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  58. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I prefer the earlier versions..
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  59. sidqi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A phenomenal Islay whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very complex and sweet peat smoke,some herbal aromas.
      Fresh lemonade,toffee,hay-like,tar,dusty,sooty,bonfire ashes.Creamy vanilla,a little rubbery.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very smooth and balanced,sweet,smoke ashes,honey,lemonade,puree,mouth-coating.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish with smoke,dry,herbal,sweet and a little spicy come around.

  60. adamhathcock scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Cask strength, uncolored, non-chill filtered Lagavulin is always a treat.

    Casks themselves seem weak but the rich peated spirit works so well

  61. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Elegant balance, smooth and consistent, soft and rich at the same time. In pleasure!
    • Nose
      The optimal set of ayla attributes, smoky, soft peat, salty, seaweed chips, candy "Duchess" (pear), ash, apple, lemon, meat notes (dried bacon), vanilla, dried prunes, notes boiled potatoes (uniform), milk iris.
    • Taste
      Sweet, a bunch of smoke, ash, citrus, dried prunes.
    • Finish
      Long, peppery, smoked, smoked prunes, citrus.

  62. DGV scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Color: Green tea brew.

    Aroma: Open, bright. The first nose - clothes smelling of a fire, rails, kerosene, potatoes baked in coals, grilled mushrooms. Further, the aroma of green apples, lime, grapefruit is heard.

    Taste: Peppery, sweet. Smoke, green fruits, malty bitterness.
    Finish: Long, spicy. Smoky theme, spices, apples, citrus bitterness.
    Conclusion: Classic about. Isla. Powerful, dry, smoky

  63. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  64. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  65. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  66. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  67. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  68. Furosin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      fine Lagavulin campfire smoke, harmonious, alcohol does not dominate, the smoke does not kill you, sea air, herbs, vanilla, pears, caramel, iodine, light citrus fruits
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily-peppery start with a good liveliness, slight sweetness, smoke, herbs, light fruits, vanilla, caramel, wood, honey, grapefruit, alcohol is very well integrated
    • Finish
      88 88
      long smoky finish with chocolate and herbs; slight bitter notes

  69. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  70. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    - a very good smoky bottling
    - one of the better 12 year old CS bottlings
    • Nose
      peaty-sweet nose, with strong strong cold smoke (zero classic Lagavulin ham smoke), oak, toffee, fudge
    • Taste
      oW: surprisingly sweet and soft start, toffee, fudge, caramel, very strong smoky, very strong, earthy
    • Finish
      long, smoky, somewhat sweet finish;
      very long smoky finish

  71. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, medicinal and coastal notes, ashy, tobacco, sweet, fruity (tangerines), iodine, charcoal
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, salty, ashy, tobacco, sweet, fruity (apricots, bananas, lemons), caramel, smoked salmon
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, dry, ashy, sweet

  72. LordIslay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Actually not the typical Lagavulin aroma that you would expect after opening the bottle. Rather a fresh and citrus-heavy nose, which is then reflected on the palate. In the finish, however, it is noticeably a classic Lagavulin.

    Overall, a very successful Diageo bottling and priced at € 90 at a pretty good level.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  73. Marcinek scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    I finally got my hands on this one!

    Very smoky, intense whisky. Reminds me of Laphroaig 10 YO Cask Strength but slightly more mature and slightly better as well. The first fill ex-bourbon really marks its presence here and works very, very well!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Neat: Smoke, iodine, sea weed, a little bit of tar.
      With addition of water: smoke explodes. Also after some time some shy vanilla appears. There is a hint of citrus hanging around.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Neat: rich grain, smoke, tar, sea rope, sea spray, iodine, tar, sea weed. Very little vanilla in the background.
      With addition of water: again, a burst of smoke. Quite aggresive - settles down after 15 minutes. Some quite big wood influence appear. Also gets more complex. Some citrus appears in the background, but stays put.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Pretty oak-y. Of course it is a marriage of smoke phenols and oak bitterness. Vanilla is somewhere around, but it moves more to the background. Again some algae sea weed appears. Tar is there as well. Quite a busy finish, I would say.

      Very good expression and you can easily tell it's a Lagavulin.

  74. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bottle opened and tested - I have my difficulties as with most Lagavulin SR.
    The young Lagavulin don't really suit me either.
    11/06/2022
    After the bottle was open for 6 months at 2/3 full, I raise my rating significantly! From 86 to 90
    Compared to other SR in recent years my favorite!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  75. Islaywolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Bottle opened and taken a nose right away / good.
    Into the glass / a little air and then "woof"!
    A fresh, cask-strength pointed Lagavulin !!

    This Lagavulin keeps what it promises.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  76. holborndrinker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A whisky this good doesn't need a tasting note it simply needs drinking. Gorgeous.

  77. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin at its best.
    In line with the fantastic tradition of 12 years old.
    The extravagant packaging did not harm the quality at all.

  78. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  79. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    30-08-2020
    • Nose
      69 69
      vanilla, smoke
    • Taste
      72 72
      vanilla, fruit, peat
    • Finish
      71 71
      vanilla, fruit, peat

  80. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The numbered batches up to the 18th stood out in their subtle fruitiness that bursted through the peat. This one is firm and has more to offer besides the peat too, but has less depth in its fruitiness. Therefore a lower score than the older versions.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Print, peat, apple, orange and lime.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peat, Printen, apple and orange.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Print, peat, apple, orange and vanilla.

  81. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin is still Lagavulin, even if this 2019 special release is overall kinder than expected
    • Nose
      Very medicinal aroma, the full degree is not felt at all, the peat is not violent as in the 2018 release, here it gives the feeling of a dull fireplace. Notes of bread and licorice
    • Taste
      In the mouth the peat is decidedly smokier, much more incisive than on the nose, the degree is felt but it is always widely bearable
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, marine finish

  82. Ulcinj scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  83. mandragoru scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  84. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    1478) Lagavulin, 12YO, Limited Edition, Natural Cask Strength, Bottled 2019
    • Nose
      N- Yearly Special Release with a twist on the label, a welcoming change, loved the eagles. Healthy dose of Islay smokes raise the curtain follow by creamy and greasy fish oil with unoffensive sweetness. Fresh green peat, cut grass that recede to vanilla. Not very much going on after that but what comes fore are no muss, mo fuss. Good and well balanced. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Burst of citrus with sort lemony smokes, along with rushes of bold spiciness, solid spine of warm heart-full of peat, combusts to full mouthfeel with hint of polish at secondary. Shying salts coming late at tail. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, roasted nuts coated with sweet maple. Citrus prevails with iodine lingers. Just like the palate, well behave salt and mineral element underlay and emerged after the impactful strength. Excellent fresh mouth-coat like just after used a mouthwash. Peated yet clean with finesse. (92/23)

      B/B- 91/22 Shy on nose, wild on palate. Well layered.

      Weighted Rate- 89pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  85. Gregers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A genuine slam-dunk from Diageo here. Just fantastic!

    Review: https://youtu.be/lsyZXx48ssQ
    • Nose
      91 91
      Wonderful! Peat smoke, medicinal notes, tar, herbal notes, also some deeper fruitier notes, though still a mystery what. Old worn leather shoes that have spent years wading through tarry and briny ports. Still more syrupy sweet notes dancing around on top. One to nose for hours.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Really, really good. Starts super sweet, but balances greatly with alcohol strength and tons of other great flavours. Strong medicinal punch, brine, seawater, worn-in leather, sweet peat smoke. Sweetness is more molasses, or even orange syrup. More complexity on the second chew, with some light oak, hint of cinnamon, pear juice, and yet more of that orange syrup, still with salt and smoke on top. Third chew brings dried herbs as well. Amazing.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very nice center of smoke, tar, herbal notes, leather, tobacco leaves, brine. Sweetness down to a great level, it wouldn't have been good if it had prevailed here in the finish. A bit shorter than expected, though.

  86. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Smell: smoky bakes and roasts, rich cinnamon, butter breads
    • Taste
      88 88
      Taste: Honey sweet and progressing yeast sour with wonderful smoke and baked flavors in the liquor.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Aftertaste: butter and rich Chocolate finish, charcoals. Rich.

  87. Nklto scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Beautiful whisky that puts smile on my face for a second night in a roll. They are people out there (HS305, Rosenkrantz and a few others) more experienced guys. They are spot on in describing what’s really happening when you drink this stuff. I certainly agree. I don’t want to go into details you see. I might get too emotional. Simply adorable and for sure memorable drum!

  88. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  89. Florius scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  90. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I have no reference of the more heralded vintages to score this against but if they’re significantly better than this one then I need to purchase one at auction. I love this clean, direct in your face peaty style. Very high quality.⁣

    Score: 89/100⁣
    • Nose
      Huge fresh lemon note immediately with peat smoke, seawater, seaweed, earthy dirt covered mushrooms, slightly sweet pastries, rendered bacon grease. ⁣
    • Taste
      Very coastal, sooty ash, clean peat smoke, lots of lemon juice, salted caramel, briny, touch of spicy herbs, background medicinal notes.
    • Finish
      Long. Lemons, touch of sweetness, sooty ash, pepper, and lingering smoke.

  91. Vince scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good but not especially impressive; usually a big fan of the 12. Found this lacked a bit of variety. Very ashy and dry at end.

  92. Auriverdes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  93. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The whisky is dense and saturated, but with a rather modest set of derivatives, the depth is also not very impressive, there are no complaints about the rest - juicy, bright, well balanced.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, juicy smoky peat notes, some rubber, lemon peel, sweet pastry shades, custard, ash, stone dust.
    • Taste
      Thick, saturated, sweet-creamy, smoky-peaty, oily, oak, pepper wave, bark, uncoated tablets, ginger.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, leather goods, tobacco, soft smoky peat tones, mineral-metal acidity, ginger, smoked meats.

  94. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 89 points Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 830: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2-VSN5hvaA (91/100).

    "But this is such a fantastic, unexpectedly so fantastic version of Lagavulin. And the cask strength is taken what's there and really pushing it out over time in a way the weaker bottled versions at 43 or 46%, if you're lucky, just cannot do."

  95. WillWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  96. HansG scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The best Laga 12 in my experience. Haven't tasted the famous 200th 2016 version, but the other versions such as 2012 and 2015 have more industrialized and artificial flavors.

    As a fanboy of hs305, he again wrote a precise note on this dram. " Cleanest, impressive and to-the-point”,that's all I want to say.

  97. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Strong peat smoke that pulls into the phenolic and at the same time sweet comes with ripe apricots, berries and orange zest. A fresh sea breeze with salt and seaweed creates a maritime note. With a few drops of water, the malt opens a little. I also hear banana and caramel.

    Taste:
    Nice complex with banana and lime. Campfire smoke, a bit dry and spicy with a fine herbal note. Bacon, algae and a little pepper can be tasted. Finally, there is fudge and a hint of tobacco.

    Outlet:
    The finish is long and warm, especially the smoke and sweetness come into their own.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  98. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  99. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Islay Festival 2020 - Dram, (virtual) Lagavulin Open Day.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  100. WillWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  101. mjts93 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A step up from last year which I found rather disappointing. Definitely needs water added as the nose and taste improve dramtically
    The nose is pretty direct with pears, apples and bananas. I read markjedi1 say wet moss and green peppers as well-I agree. A pretty strong pine note which initially was nice but becomes slightly unpleasant after a while nosing
    Palate is more on caramel and pears, also lemons.
    Finish is sweet and drying. Noticeably little "ash" for me in this edition.

    Also I should add that upon first opening the bottle there were strong notes of bubblegum and banana lollies (not to my liking) probably from some first fill casks, but this fades with time, making way for brine and olives (yes!!)

    Enjoyable

  102. yangounet scored this whisky 10 points Member Junior

    I don't understand the high ratings of this bottle. The one I tasted, bottled in 2019 is quite undrinkable, peat smoke, sweetness, citrus and other aromas being covered by a very bitter taste, similar to quinquina extract. This taste stays in the mouth a very long time, and nothing has a correct taste after that for at least 30 minutes. Absolutely unbelievable for such a distillery...

  103. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 15 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: White wine smells Nose: bacon, peat blocks, burning wood sticks, extinguished matches, raw bacon, scented peat is croissant, cold chayote, mint, green leaves, violets, A braised dish and a lion head appear in an instant? , A little bit of salt, always reminds me of cold dishes without oil. Lily, the flesh of the center of the cantaloupe, cold granite, mineral stones. Wenxiang is very lean, but it does not affect expressiveness.
    Taste Palate: very high acidity, core, green grapes, fragrant pear, citric acid, pralus 100% Madagascar black chocolate, familiar lime, cowhide, baking soda, chalky soil, nut core at the end, slightly bitter mineral .
    Finish: Finish, green apple, leaf, Tieguanyin, a little Zhengshan race, smoke, black, slightly astringent. Body: medium tannin, with bitter bottom, medium fat.

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 84/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 87/100
    Overall: 84/100

    Overall: Compared with the 200th anniversary of 8 yo, it is obviously rougher, and the smell and alcohol are more obvious. I have to say that this typical refill american oak reminds me of some unpleasant memories (it is true that Benriach peat CS), the taste is unsharp and sharp, expressing the focus on the peat soot, 8 The anniversary edition emphasizes the harmony of fruit and peat, and its smell and entrance are more round and gentle. In my opinion, 12 yo 19SR is not as pleasing as the 8yo commemorative version, and the overall feeling is very reckless.

  104. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Dropping my rating from 92 to 90. This does not oxidize well. After 8 weeks of oxidization this has unfortunately flatten-out on the nose, palate and finish quite a bit. I'll relook at this when opening my second bottle in the future, but at this time somewhat disappointing for this to have changed so much within such a short time after opening.:-(

    Might be on of those bottles that need to be Karloffed; drinking the whole bottles within 2-4 weeks.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  105. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very clean special bottling, in which spirit and barrel harmonize wonderfully. Predominantly citrus and herbs are interwoven with clear smoke that changes constantly from nose to finish. Very lively and still cool.
    I like it very much, especially in contrast to the DE.
    • Nose
      Distinctive Lagavulin smoked ham smoke, but here rather acrid with clear citrus and vanilla notes. Overall, more herbs (rosemary and juniper) perceptible than with the 16yo or DE. The 56.5 turns sting a little in the nose and have a cooling effect.
    • Taste
      Very dominant, sharp-biting smoke, without fire. The herbs and citrus aromas come to the fore. Vanile can also be found. Indeed, despite the high percent, quite drinkable, which indicates a good distillate.
    • Finish
      Smoke becomes fire. Very strong and oppressive.

  106. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  107. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 12 2019,

    What did they do to you? Who at Diageo made this detestable decision to dress you up like this? You were THE ultimate classy and elegant bottle and you sat alongside your fellows in my whisky shelf with your oval label and this inimitable dark green shade.
    Today, a ridiculous eagle landed without a blow on my collection and here it seems to taunt me by defying my gaze.
    Fortunately for you, the nectar you contain is still far above average.
    I cross my fingers so that the long months of confinement have restored reason to the people guilty of this heinous act.

  108. wildhairyhaggis scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruit (citrus), salt, light bacon notes, sweetness, seaweed
    • Taste
      78 78
      light pepper notes (tingling at the tip of the tongue), ash / campfire, fruit (citrus), sweetness (cake spices)
    • Finish
      75 75
      very warm, mild, long-lasting, oily

  109. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  110. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A taste profile that I can appreciate. Could have had more points with less pepper and a bit more 'creaminess'.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, pear, grape, melon, salty and peppery. Delicious!
    • Taste
      Spicy ginger, salty licorice (salty, laurel, licorice, light mint), peat smoke, hay, pear, melon. A very sturdy and 'maritime' profile. Unfortunately a bit sharper than the nose.
    • Finish
      Soft peat, licorice, melon, nice length.

  111. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting - HWF-VBT 11: Sample 6
    • Nose
      smoky, peat, fireplace, leather, vanilla
    • Taste
      liquorice, peat, smoked salmon, oily, leather, citrus, red wine

  112. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    HWF VBT #11 Sample 6

    N: Pepper, briny, oily, leather, pine tree bark and some yoghurt
    T: Liquorice root, peat, smoked barley and coffee
    F: Drying with smoked bacon and spices - cardamom

    Lekker! Dit is denk ik de Lagavulin 12 Special Release 2019.
    12 jaar oud en 56,5% abv. Score 89/100.

  113. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Dutch whisky forum blind tasting #11 sample #6:

    Clearly peated, quite a simple but still sturdy experience, also quite young. The cinnamon in the nose gives it a nice twist, but I'd prefer it a little less peppery in taste/finish. Around 55% abv, bourbon cask aged for 8 years maximum. I'm guessing it's Scottish, so probably from Islay. Sample 4 was a peated and young Bunna so this might be a Caol Ila then...

    Demasque:
    so this is quite surprising, it turned out to be the lastest of the Laga 12 Cask Strength bottlings, released in the 2019 Diageo special release range. Possibly something has changed in cask selection for this bottling, cause I certainly did not recognize it. It's different than the bottlings of the last few years, tastes younger, dryer, sharper and a bit more vegetal than it used to do.

    Edit: so just to be sure I retasted it and opened up a 2016 cask strength release next to it. Ok, it's actually less sharp than the first time tasting it (probably due to some oxidation in the sample bottle), but still clearly rougher and younger tasting than the 2016 bottling. Despite the slightly lower abv of 56,5 against 57,7% it really starts biting the tongue when swirling it around the mouth, the 2016 remains relatively gentile and round, also fatter (more greasy and buttery). In my book it's no improvement over previous bottlings.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Earthy and fresh peat, light smoke, a grassy note (actually even a little farmy), kippers, sweet and sour, quite clear citrus (mainly lemon and sweeter oranges), vanilla, salted butter, faint toffee, wood spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, also some sawdust.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Taste: smoke (more clear than in the nose), still the fresh peat, greasy, some liquorice, loads of black pepper (actually a bit too much), citrus and vanilla, drying spices of scorched wood.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long with black liquorice, spicy black and chili peppers, nutmeg and again the cinnamon, ending with a drying note of toasted wood and ash.

  114. andre8x8 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting - HWF-VBT11 # 6

    Nose
    Peat, peat and again peat, sweet, vanilla, very light medicinal.
    Taste
    On arrival, burning on the tongue, spicy spiced, pepper, over time the sweet peat comes through and some ginger
    Finish
    Fairly long, sweet peat, slightly drying

    ABV 58%

    Age 6 years

    Score 87

  115. fgg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautifully refined peated whisky. Not an ashtray smoothie, but nicely splashed without hiding the real flavors.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A good nose full of peat, iodine, grass and hay.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The peat falls apart in your mouth and there is some fruity. The grassy of the nose also returns.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The creamy finish probably caused by the high ABV sticks well and eventually becomes sweet on the tongue. Beautiful.

  116. Rosencrantz scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    What a strange drink! A Lagavulin you don't expect, very funny and balanced, offering a demanding but satisfying whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      An explosion of well-roasted bacon on pine wood, with a lot of salt and anchovy paste. Balsamic touch to round off the peated blow. Intense and penetrating, for the lovers of the genre (Me! Me!), a real show.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Hot pepper greets at the first sip, bowing immediately to the pungent marine peat (anchovies marinated on the barbecue?), accompanied by an unexpected sweet shade of apricots and pear, as if they had made fruit skewers on the burning wood. Citrus fruits, salted caramel, and again the balsamic note that flows in the background. Full-bodied and chubby, anything but cuddly though, a sort of fisherman with a jovial soul (like that of Big Peat but with an easy laugh).
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish, of embers, sea and caramel.

  117. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Brief direct comparison with the 12 series from 2017 (WID: 95722)

    Color almost identical.
    An info in advance. We're really talking about marginal differences that I notice.
    On the nose, the 2017er seems to have gotten a little more oak. Compared to the 2019, it looks a bit darker, fuller and less fresh.
    In principle in the mouth as in the nose. The 2017 has more flavor than the 2017. The 2017er looks crisper.

    Both delicious lagas. Simply beautiful and straightforward Lagavulins. The differences can probably only be heard - at least for me - in the parallel tasting. Whereby the 2017er tends to taste better. But you don't make mistakes with both colleagues if you like this type of whisky.

  118. Max70 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  119. qichanglin did not rate this whisky Newbie

  120. qichanglin did not rate this whisky Newbie

  121. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Thanks lukeboone for the dram
    • Nose
      87 87
      Big tarry and medicinal notes up front, impossible to miss. Some oily and nuttiness behind the tar. Fresh citrus fruits, especially lemon. After a while, it becomes smokier, and more medicinal, and smells much better. Some vinegar, and becoming fresher as it breathes longer. Now it become more ashy. Overall the nose feels pretty thin.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Quite citrusy, with smoke of course. Some oranges, lemons, and roasted nuts. Bitter wood smoke, cough sweets, and bread and herbal notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Pretty nutty, and citrusy, and some biscuits and bread.

  122. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Peaty, salty, caramel, citrus, malty sweet, ripe banana,
    • Taste
      92 92
      Ashy, honey sweetness, caramel
    • Finish
      90 90
      Pleasant, intense and long-lasting

  123. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  124. Apikalov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The assembled and complex molt, which does not bulge out much, tastes quite simple, without halftones. It was not possible to catch oranges, bananas and berries)) Phenolic lemon dominant in taste, I would like more. Youth is definitely felt. Perhaps standing in the bottle molt will develop, but it will not add depth to it. Expected a little, But these are my expectations????
    • Nose
      without water closed. On the first nose, a rather modest aroma, but three drops cause an explosion of peat with salt and a powerful attack of the receptors)) Prickly, slightly alcoholic, young. After ten minutes, the riot calms down and you can sniff out the aromas)
      Recognizable lagavulin profile, sweet peat dominant, Sea and salt, sweet malt substrate, bright lemon, smoke, seaweed, far tofi.
    • Taste
      very powerful but alcohol is well integrated. Watery, moderately sweet, peat, charred firebrands, campfire smoke, seaweed, white pepper, lemon peel, chocolate shades, oak completes the ensemble well.
    • Finish
      long, dry. Bonfire and smoke, pleasant tannins, spices.

  125. ldcsh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Gorgeous

  126. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    In store sample

    In terms of comparing vintages of Lagavulin 12cs, I would say this has more cask influence. Others have been very pure, and “like a blade” with the raw distillate on display thanks to second fill casks. This years release tastes to me like a few first fill casks were thrown in. Notes of mint and bubblegum, with some lemon/marshmallow/tar. Less brine/olives/sea shells from previous batches. It’s a more accessible Lagavulin, I think. Quality is still very high.

    I still prefer the Cragganmore out of this years release.

  127. Simo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  128. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Whisky is clear, not complicated, but extremely tasty.
    • Nose
      Decorate the shades of an extinct fire, lingonberries, black currants and of course the shades of the sea.
    • Taste
      It contains a large amount of phenols, salt, iodine and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, energetic, very smoked, spicy, with hints of salt, iodine and algae. In the end I feel shy tannins.

  129. smoked_herring scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Tasted at a Diageo-led tasting in Toronto about a week ago.

    Colour: Pale Lemon

    Nose: Very briney and surprisingly light medicinal peat, then some dry lemons, orange oils, fresh apples, black tea and white pepper

    Palate: Big white pepper and juicy lemons along with brown sugar, baking spices, white pepper, dried ginger, pastry bread and a bit of oak tannin

    Finish: Medium with lemon oils, oak tannins and baked bread

    A big letdown coming from the stellar 2017 and 2016 releases. It doesn't really have the brine and oil that the nose offers, if anything it feels very weaksauce much like the Feis Ile 2019 was. It's still a great whisky but for $20 more then what the last vintages were it's not even close to that price point for me. The Talisker and Cragganmore from last year are much more worth the money in my opinion.

  130. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  131. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, brine, iodine, sea spray, smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet brine, peat, smoke, honey, white fruit, sea spray. Drying and maritime overall.
    • Finish
      Very long, spice, and sweet peat.

  132. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    HS305 speaks to me from the palate and nose and I also agree with him on the finish.

  133. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This year's Lag is surely (again?) a bit different from previous years' special releases, but with time and air it really grows on you and the intrinsic quality of the 12 cs over the years is quite consistently high in my eyes. Scoring one over the other seems more a question of personal preferrence, really. I mean if you don't like smoke and cask strength or bourbon casks at all, just don't drink it. ;-) I wonder though what's up with all these many newbies rating it down. Russian spam bots? Is there money to be made somehow? Weird.

  134. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    As every year a reliable candidate for a very good malt. This time maybe a bit drier and more wood-influenced than in previous years.

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2019/12/25/lagavulin-12-yo-diageo-special-releases-2019-565-vol-ob/

  135. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  136. sakis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  137. nhuber did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Oh wow... Was the star in a Diageo Tasting with Thomas Plaue (German brand ambassador). Liked it a lot... Gets drier and sweeter with water..... Very good but older ones were even better

  138. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose:  Quite briny at first, with tarry ropes, linoleum and medicinal qualities. Green olives, salt, citrus peel, as well as red apple, pears and iodine laden bandages, pepper and anise, earthy and a bit dirty just like we love it, right?

    Palate: Peaty and smoky with spent cigar butts, ash, and soot, quite mineral as well with lots of earthy notes, mostly damp, some leather , wood and spice, orange peel, and lemon drops amidst all the sweet lingering smoke.

    Finish: Very sooty, hessian, bitter sweet and ashy.

    Quite restrained for a 12 year old CS Lagavulin, but complex and does not disappoint.

  139. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lemony, bonfire peat, huge smoke, seashells, one dimensional but sensational
    • Taste
      Huge ashy bonfire smoke, smoked pork, sweet, lemony, candy sweet, minty, very hot.
    • Finish
      Huge cigar sm0okes, ashy peat, tyre, damp coal.

  140. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    definitely needs water - without good drinkable but one-dimensional
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  141. mawean scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, citrus, smoke and peat in harmony. Tight and strong. A little bit green and musty at the same time. Stripped to the bone. The nose is 1: 1 in the mouth again. The finish is quite short and here the wood shines through a bit. In the end, the peat is almost "naked" / alone there. The classic doctor's visit / band aids, only a trace of lemon stands next to it. Nice!

    Edit: synonymous in direct comparison to the 2016er much straightforward. Green tea and citrus notes vs. roasted almonds and sweet licorice. Currently I favor the 2016er, which is (even) denser / more concentrated. But both are really great whiskys, considered individually.

  142. Caoldronach scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Again excellent.
    Maybe not quite as good as the outstanding 200y anniversary release from 2016 (ABV 57.7%) because that one seems to me to be a bit more complex.
    But as I said, also excellent. Maybe even on par (difficult to decide).

    But one major complaint: The new design!
    The classic Lagavulin design is (was) excellent, the new one is the new "Walt Disney" kind of design like this "Game of Thrones" bulls**t.
    I understand Diageo's marketing idea behind this, but for the distillery enthusiast (not the overall group company Diageo enthusiast) this is bad.
    The new design is certainly cheaper in production, as there is a standard bottle without glass relief (1816, ISLA) and a single standard label.

    But, WOW, it is wonderfully colourful ;-))))).
    "Walt Disney @ Lagavulin".
    No thanks

  143. face scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  144. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  145. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    best laga 12 yo in a loooooong time. Quaffable!

    2+2cl sample
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  146. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sweetavulin!

    This old faithful release is a fan favourite. Just look at the number of bottles released. With 60.762 bottles worldwide this is clearly a wanted one. No surprise. The Laga’s from the Special Releases have always been great and this will be no exception, I’m sure. The only downside – from a collector’s point of view – might be the packaging that is quite at odds with previous releases, because of the ‘Rare by Nature’ theme. Oh, well. I’m more interested in the liquid.

    Bang! Bull’s eye from the get-go. Textbook Lagavulin, but with balls. Carbolic soap, mouthwash, pine cones, peat in a straightjacket. At the same time some wet moss, green peppers and ship’s rope. This is chiseled.

    On the palate, it is fatty and immediately surprisingly sweet. Sure, the typical characteristics are there: lemon, salted caramel, a mackerel on the BBQ, charcoal; but I am pleasantly surprised by the sweet notes of apricots, banana, pears and lime juice. Tobacco leaves. Grand and warming.

    The finish is very, very long, smoky and again surprisingly sweet.

    The nay-sayers will be baffled with this surprisingly sweet Lagavulin – Sweetavulin! – once they have tried it. Recommended.

  147. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  148. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] I liked both the Cragganmore (WB id 140081) and Glen Ord (WB id 137304) out of this year's Diageo Special Releases very much with 90 points each - so will the Lagavulin be of (at least) equal quality? I have to check...

    ...and it seems as if Diageo really improved the quality of its special releases after all the chequered ones of the last years. This is one of the cleanest, impressive and to-the-point Lagavulin I had for years. All, really all is perfect and in balance with beautiful malty, peaty and wooden flavours that are delicious. I have to admit, this is really great stuff and it confirms that 12 years is most probably the perfect maturation age for Lagavulin. Hey Diageo, I forgive you all your shaky releases of the last years not just for this Lagavulin but for the Glen Ord and Cragganmore too.

    [August, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my review and score. So if you prefer the clean and naked Lagavulin profile this is one of the best releases from this fine distillery (al least for the last ten years), not kidding. Dangerously quaffable and worth every buck (to me) - but do not forget to add a generous splash of water.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is pale gold and the nose is very shy first (for a Lagavulin). But after some breathing it nicely opens up and offers a clean and "stripped-off any non-spirit effects" Lagavulin profile which is great if you like this. All others might find this (possibly) unimpressive but they should add some water to unleash the beast! Hey, are you now satisfied? I am! The maritime-medicinal peaty aromas are flabbergasting, the malt provides a fine sweet backing and the wood structures everything in a perfect way. This nose cries for water and rewards it accordingly.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oooh - this taste reminds me of my beloved 12-years old Lagavulin from 1988 (WB id 4437) that I scored 94 points. It is of (almost) equal quality - absolutely clean, fresh and very complex for a 12-years old. I do not name all the different flavours here because other members do that better than I but I can assure everybody - this is Lagavulin at its best. A perfect cask selection, Pinky (or whoever did this)!
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without any distracting moments. The finish is long (what else?) and adds even more of the delicious peaty and malty flavours without any distracting moments at all. It literally sticks to my tongue and throat forever, triple wow! Water releases all the fine aromas in the nose too and turns the taste extremely dangerous (quaffable) - it is hard to stop drinking this delicious stuff...

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