Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.89/100
votes
199
Whiskybase ID
WB18560
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2010
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281027166
Added on
21 oct 2010 7:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 327.07

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

31 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.89 points.

  1. Brave Jester scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My first 12 CS from Laga. I liked it a lot and this means I will surely try 1 from former years to compare and enjoy.
    • Nose
      A lot of ( wet ) earthy peat; below that sweet apples and vanilla
    • Taste
      The apples and vanilla return with a whif of (acacia) honey while the peat takes on a more sea like character; smoked fish with water
    • Finish
      Long with a pleasant sensation in the mouth which last forever. A finish you will experience still the next morning.

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  3. PRV scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22/23/22/22

  4. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It's a delicious, archetypal young Lagavulin, but I can't quite find the same love for this whole bottle I'm going through dram by dram as I could for the sample I had long ago (90 pts.). I think 89 is quite enough, and more in line with my scores for other annual 12yo releases.
    • Nose
      That typical lemon-living wood-fatty woodsmoke profile of bourbon casked Lagavulin. Hard to mistake for any other active distillery on Islay.
    • Taste
      The body is always the best part in these 12yo releases: it's strangely soft and inviting compared to the harsher peat of other heavily peated Islay malts, is if still retaining some echoes of the glorious '70s and '80s. On the tongue, as expected, fresh, vibrant, with a full sooty peatiness.
    • Finish
      Long, ashy.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Kostya scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Clean and fresh, yet complex.
    • Nose
      (neat) light and complex, subtle smokiness, pear, quince, salted mixed nuts, creamy peat
      (water) lemon juice, agave nectar, salty
    • Taste
      (neat) clean, zesty, very refreshing, light peat
      (water) very delicate, light, ginger, peat, white pepper, vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium long, salty, grapefruit peel, ashy

  8. Falnor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Peat and leather (so characteristic of Lagavulin, as far as I'm concerned!) Intense but without violence, on the nose. Spray. It's young, at first. Over time, a malty note is added. In the mouth, warm with an intense peat but also a certain greediness. The finish is pickling spices. With a little water, the peaty note diminishes a little on the nose to leave room for other aromas such as lemon or grapefruit. In the mouth, did he help himself? Oh no! On the contrary, even: the peat comes back in strength, the spices bite as ever. It has thickness, almost a fat side and I detected a subtle note of chocolate. The final, powerful and peppery, is very long and long after, remains a small sensation of leather to complete the loop.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  10. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin at its best.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Lemon and lime scent, fresh. At first restrained smoke, but after a short time it took up a lot of space and nasal smoke. Tar, machine oil, salt, cold smoke.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dry and strong, full-bodied. Cold smoke and lemons. Salt. Sea water, seaweed, fresh asphalt.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry, smoky, pressed lemon juice.

  11. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Talisker_22 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  13. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A dense, sweet, oily peat, iodine, vanilla and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Beefy, almost greasy on the palate, rather intense rather creamy and it becomes more salty on iodine, herbs / medicinal.
    • Finish
      long lemon and peat

  14. SanctTom scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  16. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Gondwana scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Igor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I never tried a bad Lagavulin so far, you know, thankfully this was no exception either. It merely happened to be yet another classy peated malt - and at cask strength! - from Lagavulin distillery. So, kudos to the team there, great work. I like the intensity it has, although I like their standard 16-year-old better still. It just provides more finesse, more complexity for me, showing a broader range of flavours, with more taste, more everything for me.

    I'm not sure though, if it is correct to compare those two expressions from my own perspective like that. Because this youngster is so very different to older counterparts, and hence might be unchallanged in some sense.
    • Nose
      Clean, a little heady, new make-ish. It seems that youth hasn't gone completely from it (from the smell at least), that it is still there, only not as fidgety now as it used to be. It's got a lot of peat of course, a dense, sweet peat, oily, iodine, kelp?, cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, timid vanilla in between, porous white chocolate. Some soapiness adjacent to a bubbling fermentation and a touch of cocoa whipped cream at the far end.
    • Taste
      Beefy, almost greasy on the palate, it takes off boldly from the start, but rather poignant really. Sweet creaminess comes first, coconut milkshake(?), quite punchy though, then it's becoming saltier, brinier. Splash of salt water, seaweed, iodine, brine, citric yet salty all the same in the mid-palate, herbal/medicinal herbs, sage?, true star anise, chamoimile tea.
    • Finish
      Citruses dominate in the last phase. Here all sorts of oranges crop up, bergamot orange, wild orange, zestiness as well, mandarins, sugared lemon and lime, (pickled) ginger.

      In fact the aftertase's pretty long here.

  19. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose iodine and mineral, tense. Mouth of a great sweetness on the smoke and the lemon. Finale dry and mineral, smoke of wood fire, lemon. Nice and classy enough but not a lot of complexity.

  20. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Compared this one to the 7th release and it is more peaty and less complex than that one, without the red fruits. 88/89.
    • Nose
      Lime, peat, orange, peach and vanilla sugar.
    • Taste
      Orange, peat, peach, dark chocolate and lime.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, orange, basil and gingerbread.

  21. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good but not great. A nice example of what Islay is all about, but is it really that much better than an Ardbeg Corryvreckan, or even an Ardbeg 10?
    • Nose
      Fresh sauerkraut and peat. Licorice with white pepper. And behind that is a fruity layer with melon and banana. Fairly tropical, but also some green veggies.
    • Taste
      Salty, sall ammoniac and peat. Earthy and plenty of ash as well. A hint of lemon zest and red apples.
    • Finish
      Earthy and maritime. Hint of sweetness. Long.

  22. barryfox915 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Gold.
    Nose: Very peaty, maritime, on seaweeds, hemp rope, with some
    sweet citric notes.
    Taste: Dry, salty, peaty, slightly metallic, maritime,
    slightly floral (bitter), on seaweeds, pink grapefruit, tar, cold ashes. The
    finish is long, peaty, salty, maritime, on pink grapefruit, graphite and cold
    ashes.
    General Impression: Compared to the 2009 release, this forthcoming
    release is slightly more on citrus fruits and slightly smoother. As good as
    least year. Lagavulin rarely disappoint.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting16.html#Nov21

     

     

     

  23. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    N: Oily, ash, meaty
    M: Peat, citrus freshness, lemon zest. Very fat body.
    Real pleasure.

  24. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Lagavulin 12 yo 'Special Release 2010' (56.5%, OB) These are always great and the ‘2009’ was no exception, peated malt at its purest (WF91). Colour: white wine. Nose: you’re on Islay. Sea breeze, seaweed, a bonfire on the beach, some coal somewhere, juicy apples, a little lemon, some soot, wet sand (always on the beach) a little mercurochrome… With water: it got drier and more medicinal. Also flintier… Well in the ‘Riesling malt’ category. Oh well… Mouth (neat): bang! Stunning combination of gentian eau de vie with straight peat, earth, ashes and smoked ‘stuff’ (ham? Salmon?) and always that Lagavulin sweetness, fructose, apple liqueur, lemon… With water: more gentian! Yes! Also eucalyptus sweets. Finish: long, sweet and very earthy. Lemon drops in the aftertaste. Comments: it may be sweeter than last year’s version, and probably a tad ‘wider’ and less zingy. What’s sure is that its still one of the greatest 12yos out there – in my humble opinion as they say on the Web. SGP:448 – 91 points.

  25. ThS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    No comment, it's just too good. Aeration a few months further improves.
    • Nose
      Smoked on a greedy background. Soot and embers, a little smoked bacon, mixed with pear brandy and marshmallow. In depth: iodine and salt.
    • Taste
      Mouth full, round and soft. Superb balance despite the youth of the distillate. Smoked desserts, smoked shellfish. It is very soft without heaviness, smoke without stiffness. How do they do such a thing at Lagavulin?
    • Finish
      Long, always mellow, always smoked. The only dram with immediate coolness effect.

  26. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. Ivynor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    very fine, even at CS. A real treat. Often described as austere, I have trouble understanding the term, perhaps lack of complexity or lack of sugar?
    • Nose
      Superb input: very finely peated, a little salty, confit, slightly sweet. All the finesse of Lagavulin in CS.
    • Taste
      Great aromatic development: a little sugar, smoke, iodine, it's buttered, oily, fat, gourmand ... a real dessert with finesse
    • Finish
      Warm, long, confit, melted, perhaps also an impression, of molasses rum very well made (for creaminess). Always a little peat and earth and ash

  28. jodeenow scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Very good Lagavulin. Powerful and robust.
    • Nose
      Pretty intense and fruity. The peat is less present than one would expect and the whole remains quite fresh.
    • Taste
      All in strength and power. Alcohol is very well managed. A bit austere but quite round. Peat remains present.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. With a return on the peat and a back taste of ashes.

  29. jodeenow scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  30. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great Lagavulin expression!

  31. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very well done. Less austere and less marine than some previous versions.
    • Nose
      A rather discrete and linear peat develops as and when aeration.
      There is also fruit, a little varnish (not pejorative), a side pastry.
    • Taste
      Alcohol very well mastered. Rounder aromas when adding a bit of water
    • Finish
      Medium to long

  32. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A delicious scent of peat, phenol and bitumen. It gradually becomes milder and sweetish towards caramel. Mixed with a little water, it releases salty nuances, algae notes and, of course, smoky sweetness.

  33. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice, but not as good as the previous releases.
    • Nose
      Peat!  Burnt rubber.  Hot peppers.  Fresh asphalt.  Smoked, salted whitefish.  Lemon zest.  Iodine.
    • Taste
      Peaty and smoky.  Spicy hot.  Salt and coal.  Tire fires.  Salted lemons.  BBQ meats.
    • Finish
      Long, hot, and spicy.  Peat smoke!

  34. christophe_carles scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

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