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Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating 159 votes 88.90
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
10th Release
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281027166
Added on
21 Oct 2010 7:45 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 182,86

2 bottles available

Lowest price on Market: € 139,00

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Member rates

510 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

22 Notes

SanctTom
Expert Senior SanctTom Review note
13 Aug 2017 5:06 pm
SanctTom gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
88
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
86
And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man. (A. E. Housman)
Whisky-Tester
Expert Senior Whisky-Tester Review note
01 Aug 2017 3:09 am
Whisky-Tester gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.5
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
90
Presentation
87
GIORGOS
Expert Senior GIORGOS Review note
12 Feb 2017 11:42 pm
GIORGOS gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
92
Presentation
90
Gondwana
Expert Senior Gondwana Review note
02 Nov 2016 9:36 pm
Gondwana gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
86
Igor
Expert Senior Igor Tasting note
13 Apr 2016 5:28 pm
Igor gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
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.

Comments

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.

Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one.
Rom
Expert Junior Rom Note
13 Feb 2016 1:16 am
Nez iodé et minéral, tendu.
Bouche d’une grande douceur sur la fumée et le citron.
Finale sèche et minérale, fumée de feu de bois, citron.
Agréable et assez classe mais pas d’une grande complexité.
KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
18 Sep 2015 9:48 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Lime, peat, orange, peach and vanilla sugar.

Taste

Orange, peat, peach, dark chocolate and lime.

Finish

Peat, dark chocolate, orange, basil and gingerbread.

Comments

Compared this one to the 7th release and it is more peaty and less complex than that one, without the red fruits. 88/89.

thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
03 Sep 2015 10:28 am
thijs100 gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale straw
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.

Comments

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?

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barryfox915
Expert Senior barryfox915 Note
07 May 2015 7:19 pm
barryfox915 gave this whisky 80 points

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.

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zinaf
Expert Senior zinaf Note
05 Apr 2015 10:32 pm
zinaf gave this whisky 88 points

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

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