Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
89.02/100
votes
735
Whiskybase ID
WB192745
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2021
Bottled
13.04.2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
The Lion's Fire
Bottle code
L1103CM006
Barcode
5000281067001
Added on
30 sep 2021 1:51 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 162.35

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

158 users have left 162 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.02 points.

  1. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    For me the best bottling of the special releases in years.
    A Lagavulin that could hardly be better.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wonderful sweet and smoky nose. Strong maritime influence, salty. Seaweed and olive oil. Dextrose. Baked banana with honey in a Chinese restaurant
    • Taste
      91 91
      Weightless on the tongue, downright wonderfully oily, gentle smoke, maritime, wonderfully harmonious. Much less impetuous and wild than expected, blindly I would have thought him much older.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A bit woody in the finish, a subtle saltiness, creamy sweet. Long and warm.

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  3. justiest scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Fruity, salty, peaty. Not too hot nor spicy considering the ABV. Very consistent experience. Exactly what is expected from a young, distillate driven cask strength Islay Whisky. Uncomplex yet delicious and moreish
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Marequiers48 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: 12.2022
    • Nose
      88 88
      Simple but great laga!
      Despite the refill, the keg gets a lot out of it.
      lemon freshness. Phenol smoke, slightly greasy. basic sweetness. The white oak is clearly noticeable and vanilla is present. Green apple. Salty-Maritime. Light floral background.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Spicy-hot attack with a lot of ashy smoke.
      Lots of citrus. Great saltiness. Accompanying sweetness.
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium length
      Lots of citrus. Slightly bitter wood. Next very cute.

  6. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin Session:

    Ma-Laga Wh
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/222965/an-trusadh-cluaran-mr-ma-laga
    88-

    Lagavulin 10yo 2008 Handbottled
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/132355/lavulin-2008
    89+

    Lagavulin 12yo SR'22
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/218147/lagavulin-12-year-old
    90-

    Lagavulin 12yo SR'21
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/192745/lagavulin-12-year-old
    90+

    Islay Flush 20yo Earl 2002
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/219100/distilled-at-secret-islay-distillery-2002-earl
    91-
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very good, simple Lagavulin. No errors and very good for the key data. I'm missing the special and for me this is just a very good young cask strength standard that reflects flavors of an Islay whisky from the bourbon casks.
    • Nose
      Nice clean smoke nose with lots of barley sugar. I prefer the 16 on the nose because it's softer and the 16 has more complexity. This one is a bit one dimensional but totally clean in its distillate notes. The alcohol is well integrated, but there is not much to discover.
    • Taste
      Corresponds totally to the aromas from the nose, maybe a bit smokier, but overall again a high-quality one-dimensionality. Light fruit notes, some citrus, mediocre smoke.
    • Finish
      88.5
      The mouthfeel is oily and there is a development between sweet, peat smoke and wood. But again not particularly complex. The finish is medium long, but also a lot of alcohol that stuns.

  8. alalalll scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    quality

  9. Fdu17 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Mordeth scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  11. Jimbeau scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. KSar scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    It's just my whisky profile which I like, I like peats a lot and Lagavulin and Laphroaig are my favourites.
    My advice, let the whisky catch some air, pour it into a glass and wait about 10 minutes, it's really worth it, it will give you a beautiful fruity peat smell.
    For me, the same fruitiness as the 2017 edition, the 2019 and 2020 editions more sharply peaty.

  13. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    BTC (Blind tasting competition)
    • Nose
      86 86
      Salty, honey with peat, apples and freshness.
    • Taste
      87 87
      very salty peat!
    • Finish
      87 87
      salty peat, citrus

  14. Petrovitski scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Tasted during a blind tasting. He couldn't charm me. I missed the sweet and sultry that I normally have with Lagavulin. I couldn't do much with this one and it shows in my score.

  15. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very good Lagavulin even if it is classic and needs time.
    • Nose
      Nice freshness.
      Ash peat, lemony.
      It is also saline, maritime and mineral.
      Typical Lagavulin
    • Taste
      Powerful.
      Saline and lemony peat, in the continuity of the nose.
      It stings a bit at first but fades over time.
      There is leather and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Nice length on leather, cocoa and saline peat.

  16. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  17. voodoochile scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very good special release but not as good as the 2016 i had recently.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Salty notes with a hint of freshly lit bbq fire where fruit is roasted
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very thick and oily. Sweet and salty, smoky and fruity
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long becomes a bit herbal but stillt sweet

  18. LordIslay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin; what else?!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. gooos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Islaywolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2cl sample
    good solid Lagavulin! A bit strong on the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. The_Osprey did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 2008 / 12 Year Old / Special Releases 2021.

    1cl sample at The Whisky Show 2022. I can’t rate a whisky off such a small sample, but initial impressions: Airy aroma slightly medicinal - iodine. Taste is good and potent, salty with a breathy smoke, punchy and one-dimensional. Pleasant salty spirit-led finish, almost more like a Caol Ila. Good and enjoyable but not great by any means 3.5/84

  22. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  23. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    There is Caol Ila, Ardbeg, there is the typical Lagavulin taste!
    nose:
    fresh peat, wet spray, a medicinal side, there is salt, salted fish, a meaty return, fresh and cooked lemon
    peppery spices, it's also sweet, buttery and on chocolate fat
    stuffy:
    sweet, intense sweet peat, fruits on candied citrus fruits, there is this meaty return which gives relief in the mouth, the velvety lemon, the spices which make the scents explode, it's agreed and terribly good, addictive;
    a whisky is simply that:
    the return to humidified fish crates, to the seaweed fire warming sailors on their sea trip, the dry oak, sweet, creamy vanilla, sweet candied fruit, a little malt, nuts, cocoa
    final:
    long, intense, maritime, meaty, candied fruit, more ashy on the finish

  24. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  25. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Butter, mint chocolate, charcoal and burnt bacon, smoked vanilla with grapefruit and coconut. So oily and integrated on the palate with a long finish that comes in waves with all the listed flavours intertwining. It’s all been said already, but unreal quality for 12 years old and the price (in today’s market).

  26. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/ZBAmoqMMWRw
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. face scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  28. MaltsofIslay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Slightly alcoholic at first on the nose and in the mouth, but then nice notes of fruit and oak.
    A delicious dram, unfortunately the price has risen again compared to last year's special release 12yo!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. stashdong scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    IMHO, the best Lagavulin special release that bottled in recent 5 years, great job!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Chinese guangxi bacon, fresh tomato skin, firepit, burnt pork bbq, what a feast!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very oily and meaty, abv is a punch in the face imo. Salty or should I say sea breeze all the way, ginger biscuit, cream candy paste.
      With water, very peppery and tingy, should i say, Dr.Pepper haha.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, black pepper, lemongrass, dark chocolate paste

  30. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Smoked ham, greasy, maritime

    taste
    Smoke, sweetish, smoked ham, spicy

    finish
    Medium length, spicy, sweetish, ash

  31. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very clean bourbon style Lagavulin. I haven't had that very often, yet. Delicious and with potential for a “daily dram”. Unfortunately, it is probably too expensive for that.

    Full review in a session of six Lagavulin: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/10/lagavulin-der-moderne/

  32. Zorba scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. WhiskyWitold scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      warm campfire smoke, citrus fruits, some maritime and mineral notes, tar. After a while spices/baking spices, slightly sweet, idea honey.
    • Taste
      86 86
      warm, spicy-smoky-tarry, sweetish, some hemp rope, oak spiciness, spices. Intense, mineral, slightly tart, chocolate.
      The addition of water enhances the aromas, making it sweeter and a little rounder.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spicy oak, smoky, hemp rope, spices, chocolate, oak, idea sweetish, finally ash. Sounds good for a long time, says goodbye with a slightly malty sweetness.

      Not bad but not more...

  35. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Cheerful, dense, full-bodied, young, but very delivering whisky, well balanced, drink, a palette of derivatives and depth are not impressive, but not bad enough, he takes not this.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, bright and juicy ash-mineral notes, velvety smoke, peat, lemon peel, brickwork, radish, earthy notes, dust, some nuts, smoked meats.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, smoky peat tones combined with ash, oak, radish, some sweet caramel notes, lacquer, polish, some rubber, industrial metal motifs.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, peat, ash, metallic acidity, varnish, sweet caramel shades, grapefruit peel.

  36. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  38. Gil firth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Good. Love it. Powerful. Lemon, herbal, peat, smoke, maritime big time, vanilla. Great price i think. They can take me more :)

  39. P.K.S scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Lagavullen yes please
    • Nose
      90 90
      Maritime,sweet yellow fruts balansed soft on the nose i reely like it, anis star arrival some pepper
    • Taste
      91 91
      Soft creamy arrival then poof hit you i the face with creamy peat and maritime note, amazing dominant peat with salt and fresh mint
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long creamy mint and soft creamy maritime note.

  40. DRAGNEWBIE scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Laga 12sr, whose Webe score has gone to Mars

    I was curious and was thinking about buying it, but I felt expensive, so I got what I didn't buy in exchange.

    Nose: Pete, alcohol kick welcomes me. There seems to be a smell like green apples behind it, but it's hard to keep up with it.

    Palette: It has a good body and good strength. I think it's because the weight class of alcohol is different from the Lagade I drank today. It was hard on the nose, but it goes well in the mouth. That's great. The bitter taste is also very weak.

    Finish: Weak, leaving a lingering aftertaste of feet and green apples.

    Overall Review: A delicious and well-made drink. The alcohol is great, but there aren't many off-notes.

    The biggest downside is the price. The price is reasonable in Korea, but it is expensive if you buy it directly from overseas.

    In conclusion, the Weebe score is 'to some extent', and the price is reasonable.

  41. Gregorsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  42. whisky666 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  43. FeydRautha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Malthead19 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

    - for me the best bottling of this annual so far
    Special edition (so far tried 2016 -2021)
    - with 140€ already a house number, yes the quality is
    definitely available, but the price is very
    tight
    • Nose
      Peaty-sweet nose, hazelnut, nougat, lemon, smoke quite subtle, the sweet aromas clearly in the foreground
    • Taste
      without water: powerful, crashing, voluminous attack, smoke pushes forward with alcoholic sharpness, the sweetish aromas such as toffee, fudge, caramel fade into the background;

      mW: still very strong smoky alcoholic attack (needs quite a lot of water), very oily heavy attack, salty, smoky, then slightly sweet, earthy, very aromatic
    • Finish
      long, smoky-sweet finish;
      very long smoky aftertaste, a sweetness in the background lingers longer and is reminiscent of nougat

  45. Raistlinmejere scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Color: crescent moon. Frosty yellow.
    Smell: peat, almost all peat, charcoal, take a deep breath, under the peat and charcoal smell is the smell of burnt maltose and fried sugar, rotten apples, just a little.
    Drinking: Take a sip, sweet with peat, a little bit of burning thatch, and a bit like chewing licorice. More than 50 degrees but not spicy. In the throat, the aftertaste is strong but not pungent. The main notes are ashes, the ashes of thatch, the ashes of a wood fire.

    Add water to dilute to about 40 degrees:
    Smell: The peat and charcoal are slightly lighter, and the salty sweetness is highlighted.
    Drinking: The sweetness of the mouth becomes brighter, like honey water and like a spring, and the alcohol sense becomes more active, running around in the mouth. The smell of burning thatch and licorice are gone, but the smell of ash still stands out. It can be said that it is not complicated.

  46. Hrexxi scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      The beginning is a charming smoke smell of laga,Then pineapple, passion fruit, balanced sweet and sour, perfectly integrated with smoke, sea salt. A while,there are sour branches, with the smell of disinfectant in the smell of oak.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, smoked sea salt and pineapple juice, like salty olives, a little spicy.wooden bitterness
    • Finish
      89 89
      tobacco, oak, malt fragrance left after drinking beer, and the taste of disinfectant are faint

  47. zxcvzxcvmm did not rate this whisky Newbie

    It was delicious, and it was very strange.
    I didn't understand at first that it tasted like hospital, but
    I feel like I have hospital gauze in my mouth.
    It is a unique taste that you will not be able to taste anywhere else, and it seems that you can only taste whisky.
    I heard it's pit, but it tastes amazing!
    The scent is so strong that even after eating, the scent lingers on the tip of your nose for a few minutes.

  48. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    hmm There were times when a Lagavulin 12 CS ignited a veritable firework of aromas, so that the 90 limit was sometimes easily cracked. This 2021 bottling comes across as frighteningly weak and random and it doesn't hide its youth at all. Smoked pear? Haven't had it in my nose with a 12 CS yet.
    I recently had a current Lagavulin 8yo 48% in my glass, which I was very enthusiastic about and which, in my opinion, deserved its 88/88/86 without further ado. So if I look at the prices currently being charged for the 'Special Edition' 12 CS, I know for future times which whisky to reach for when I want a youthful Lagavulin in the glass. The level here is still comparatively high, but compared to its predecessors, this 12 CS was a shot in the oven for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Islay par excellence with warm corrugated iron roof, tar paper, salt, smoked pear. Beach grass in the salty sea air, a beach fire with wood and peat, seaweed, chain fat, candied almonds.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Amazingly sweet entry with apricots, peach and grapefruit juice. Tart herbs, pepper, salt and chili flakes quickly follow. Seaweed, warm tar, cold coffee, toasted hazelnuts. The peat smoke attracts and displaces the sweet fruit flavors.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish, which is just medium-long, shows dry oak planks that harmonize quite well with tart herbs. A freshly paved road, salt & pepper and then a farewell...

  49. butt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  50. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-30-2022. Nothing special, especially for the price. I like the 8 year Lagavulin more.

  51. Макс scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  52. Denderin scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

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  53. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    wonderful - a Lagavulin as painted!
    one can rightly complain about the annual price increase - but at least they maintain the high quality
    at!
    ...my best Lagavulin ever....
    [color:] = straw!
    • Nose
      91 91
      phenolic smoke, fire, peat, malty sweetness, lime, lemon;
    • Taste
      92 92
      with a few drops of water: an oily, greasy, slightly salty onset, sweet (dextrose), woody smoke, citrus (lime), slightly peppery, very pleasing and complex;
    • Finish
      92 92
      wonderfully long finish, oily, sweet, slightly salty, pleasant smoke;

  54. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Smokey, citrus
    • Taste
      Orange peel, wood
    • Finish
      Sweet

  55. DimiIkon scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting: March 2022
    • Nose
      Distillery character, medicinal, with a lot of tar, smoke and saltiness.
    • Taste
      Peat and saltiness and bonfire smoke. Nicely meaty and with a beautiful sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, with a nice sweetness, salty and a lot of peat.

  56. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    What a disappointment! Were far away from awesome older batches (2016,2015) . This tastes like a shadow what it used to be. It lacks boldness, complexity and mostly weight.

    I really dont get the ratings here.

    At 180$ ? No thank you!

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

    I really enjoyed the saltiness and maritime notes on the mouth.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  58. snakecharmer did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Sorry, no metaphors. I hated this until I added a few drops of H2O, and then my life changed forever. I an only giving it 96 because I'm still rather new to the cask strength world (why did it take so long???).

  59. domani scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Multifaceted smoke, silky mouthfeel framed by a subtle note of wood, a first-class Lagavulin - 02/27/2022
    • Nose
      91 91
      Warm, enveloping, sweet, smoke accompanied by a glowing charcoal note, nice salty-creamy aroma, anchovies in olive oil, citrus note, vanilla paste
    • Taste
      91 91
      Mouth-filling, powerful, salty, smoky, freshly crushed pepper, brown sugar, oily and silky, it spreads and sails in the mouth, you struggle to swallow but the oak kicks in
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, powdered sugar, cotton candy, warming smoke, herbs, steaming salt crust

  60. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not as sharp, rough and clean as previous batch (2019, 2020), more towards the 2017, 2018 batches but cleaner.

    I always like the earlier batches of Laga 12, maybe those are the first Laga 12 (and high strength whiskies) I tried and I quite fond towards the flavor profile.

    I would say the 19/20 batch are more transparent where the peat, tars, smoke all hits aggressively. While the 17/18 batch have some delicate sweetness lingers in between make it softer and more rounded. This batch feels like in between those batches.

    But well the price for these bottles are just getting more expensive every year, for the similar price here there might be some good alternatives.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Mild smoke and peat, nice honey, yellow fruits, some tar, chalk powder. While it's more rounded, this is also more complex and balance in compare to the previous two batches.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Lovely delicate smoke with lemons, some tar, a little salty, a little greens and nuts going at the back?
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, sweet lemon peat

  61. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Price goes up while quality goes down. That is how the Lagavulin Special Releases go by nowadays, at least in my books.

    I just don't feel the oomph that many others have with their extensive reviews of 89,90,91 and 92 points. Then again, points are personal. For me, this release has everything a Lagavulin has to offer, from the smoky peat brine to clam chowder, seagrass, and all that smokey peaty goodness. But it's boring, I can get this flavor profile in previous bottlings.

    So why should I give it a nice high rating for these amazing notes which can be found in cheaper bottles than I still have on my shelf? 85 last year (2020 edition), maybe I'll be generous and give it an 86 as there is an edge in comparison to the previous batch.

    That said, this is just another Lagavulin to me. I am being haunted by the past batches that continue to amaze me.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  62. TimkoT scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  63. Retro scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  64. autorefill scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  65. FCBayernMuenchen1900 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    As long as this whisky is that expensive, I am not going to buy it. I really cannot understand that people are paying that much money for a simple 12 year old whisky at cask strength without even thinking about it. It is definitely not worth 120 Euros or even more. There is a lot of whisky out there that gives you much better value for your money. 1 example is Arran 18 ! years old at around 90 Euros. Is anyone waking up now ?

  66. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  67. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good Lagavulin, unfortunately no longer the price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Greasy barbecue smoke, behind it citrus and meadow herbs. Moss.
    • Taste
      89 89
      sea salt, floral, moss. Strong peat smoke. Barbecue, dry malty. You don't notice the alcohol strength.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Longing. Barbecue smoke, ash, earthy-mossy.

  68. JimJaws scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  69. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  70. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  71. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  72. Larry411 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Ocean water, limestone, sand, hint of unsweetened caramel, oak, a sugared bitter lactic taste like skim milk that's been left out too long (and sugared), which is gross. The ABV integrates well. I much prefer the standard Lagavulin 16 and their 2022 12 year old Feis Ile. My enjoyment of drinking this is 59/100, but if it wasn't for the rotten milk taste, I'd give it an 88/100. Overall, I'll give it a 77/100, but I wouldn't drink this again if given for free.

  73. GWMingus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  74. MythologiaFennica scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  75. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I usually found the 12 yo releases very good but a tad too sweet. There is still some sweet peat in this one but it's more balanced.
    A simple clean but very good Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, tar, medicinal notes (iodine), citrusy notes, a touch of pepper and coastal notes (seaweeds, seashells).
    • Taste
      Oily. Smoky lemons, pepper and brine. Quickly turns ashy. A touch of oak.
      With water, the nose is more coastal, the palate is even more zesty and briny with pickles and olives.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering smoke, tar and lemon.

  76. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  77. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    As soon as my sample is opened, an overlying smell of ash penetrates the living room.
    Swirled through the glass, pale straw yellow, it offers citrus fruits that are overlaid with alcohol.
    As a connoisseur, I would appreciate it if the 16y was delivered in the usual old quality. Instead, it is bottled with toothache-killing 56.5%, which makes it unnecessarily aggressive and unbalanced in taste and finish.
    I can only understand Lagavulin's strategy in monetary terms
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  78. Likudi scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  79. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

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

  80. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Just very good. And this shows again why it’s such a popular release every year. An annual classic that hardly ever disappoints.
    • Nose
      Oh this is quite nice! A hint of peat mixed with salty sea air. Iodine. Seaweed. A touch of honey and vanilla. Quite some lemons too.
    • Taste
      A lovely layer of bonfire smoke. Oysters and brine. Seaweed and iodine again. Caramel fudge. Lemons, but also olives. A hint of black pepper and a touch of oak.
    • Finish
      Mid-long to long, slightly dry. Smoke and lemons. A hint of white pepper, but also salt.

  81. Natanya scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    Super apart!!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Heavily smoky, tar-like a bit intense in terms of tar smoke smell.... but this one gives a nice contrast when tasting
    • Taste
      98 98
      lots of sweet smoke and more lemon, slightly spicy taste of olives and sea salt, slightly bitter roasted wood, and peat, soot and coal….very special whisky
    • Finish
      98 98
      salty/slightly salty , smoky , tarry . sweet touch of barley malts, bitter chocolate flavor and lemon.

  82. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  83. DrunkDude scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    scbp-6254, the peat degree seems to be lower than in previous years. It is now known that this year's barrel smell seems to be weaker, so in comparison, the possibility of a sharp reduction in peat degree does not seem to be small.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Moderate peat, slightly fragrant or even pit mud? The rest of the flavors are more subtle and less concentrated, including caramel, roasted corn, white popcorn, egg yolk pudding, white flower, sea salt, green apple.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fresh fruit orientation, but with a subtle fruity taste, barley sugar, maltose, sweet peach juice, green apple, apple peel, peat in the middle, straight smoke, burning wood, low iodine flavor, full of lemon peel. The alcohol is medium, the oily feeling is medium to low, the performance is sharp, sweet and sour, highly stimulating, microscopic, heavy astringency, the tongue is pierced on both sides, the bubbles are strong, and the concentration is not strong on the two sides. p85b86
    • Finish
      85 85
      Bubbles, slight hemp, leather stems, fermented wort, no ash, but a strong beer flavor. 85

  84. besar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  85. aryehf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The prices on Laga 12 indeed are going up these days, and for sure this is much more pricy than what I had to pay for earlier editions - but this is just part of the current trend, as single malt prices are going up.
    Anyhow imho this delivers great VFM. I really enjoyed this dram, it is not highly complex or multi-layered but as Serge would say this is razor sharp. Clear and expressive, no offnotes and has lots of oomph.
    Adding water makes the notes more bold and clear.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoke, reminiscent of beach bonfire, ashes, maritime notes, tar, ropes, earthy, hay, briny, lemon, mineral, chalk, roasted banana, white pepper, gentle honey note in the background, green apples, pear.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily and thick, bread, black pepper, lemon, sweet smoke, ashes, almonds, salinity, toasted oak.
      Adding water reveals oranges and nuts.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, oak, gentle lemon, sweet smoke, almonds, nutmeg.

  86. whiskystore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Pure, crisp and mineralic

  87. sakis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  88. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  89. Danlow scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    100% Islay with no frills.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Massively peppery (black pepper) and ashy smoke. The embers still glow slightly.
      Slightly unripe fruits (pears, green apples), vanilla, light wood smoke. Sweetened limes and lemons.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The fruit cannot be found in the taste. First the sweetened limes and lemons roll over the tongue, then the smoke strikes massively, paired with the black pepper. Very intensive. Light wood is minimally noticeable.
      With water, more sweetened citrus fruits and vanilla come out. He doesn't lose with water. I think it is better with it, it opens even more and the flavors are easier to taste individually.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Light wood and ashy smoke with a slightly sweet and bitter lemon. The finish is rather short for an Islay whisky.

  90. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  91. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  92. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  93. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Matured on refill American oak
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat smoke, coastal notes, bacon, limes, sweet malt, pepper, olives, seaweed
    • Taste
      91 91
      Peat smoke, sweet toffee, spicy (black pepper, chilli), citrus, fruity (limes, lemons), oaky
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, smoky, salty, oaky, spicy (pepper), sweet, citrus

  94. jegerinho scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    very good obviously, but a bit (too) spirity and eau-de-vie-ish on the nose, giving it a youngish flavour not to my liking
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  95. Tordeaux scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  96. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  97. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  98. Ninofdram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  99. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  100. Derufus scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  101. yarikovsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  102. man2392 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: seasalt and langoustines, white pepper, waxed butcher's paper in twine, salt beef, white cabbage, black bread and silverskin onions
    Palate: candied lemon peel and dark chocolate
    Finish: tobacco and loose leaf black tea, saltwater taffy and toasted teacakes

    With water
    Nose: crushed seashells, salt and pepper, whelks and wakame
    Palate: smoked mussels and cavolo nero, samphire and sea buckthorn
    Finish: chinese seaweed and liquorice root

    Tasted as part of Southport Whisky Club Christmas Diageo Special Releases tasting

  103. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Pure Lagavulin power, as perfectly illustrated by the label. To be honest, I cannot tell how the 2021 compares to previous years since I am not tasting any side by side, but I do know that the 12yo is damn consistent year after year after year. This is balanced for what it is, full of oomph, full of pungent peat, somewhat creamy even, and it has that slight seasalt/hint of sourness/herbacious quality that just makes this a winner. Quite sweet also... not fruity but more sugary lemony liqueur. I bought two bottles. I will drink one. And I will gift the other to a favorite relative of mine (meaning I'm not totally convinced this is *that* special, despite someone famous giving it a 92 points). Still, a 90 in my book is special enough!

  104. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Big nose, green, seaweed, sea, green tea. With air easier, hardware store, ashy smoke. With water: Small green plant section recapitulation, then more mashy, younger. Reminds of the contrast Tali Special Release vs. current Tali 10 ... Mouth - with water: Lagavulin-typical fragrant smoke note, bergamot, star fruit, very nice, then bitter almond, resin, smoldering campfire. Mash later, etc. The nose benefits briefly, but then returns to the youthful aromas. Medium-long finish, bitter almond, seaweed, green tea, hammer.

    Hm, in the mouth already next-level-reduced smoke lagavulina flavors, which the current 16er is only beginning to offer, otherwise youthful ... With 90 ++ I would not come, and not even with 150 €, more than smoke with barrel pimped It definitely has taste to offer.

  105. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat, tangerine and a little salted caramel.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat, orange, nutmeg, kurkuma and caramel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, kurkuma, caramel, gingerbread and apple.

  106. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Brine, iodine, ashes, tar, candied citrus, very good

  107. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great bottling, which I would easily accept if I were older. Elegant, even without a slight sherry influence.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice, fresh and mineral-like smoke. A fire in a hut on the beach. In addition, fine citrus notes, a hint of smoked ham, sweet barley, green apple, light vanilla, fine oak spice.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Nice powerful start, full of body. Sweet smoke, lemon, vanilla, honey, leather, coffee-flavored chocolate, dried orange slices, pepper, nice oak flavor.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long finish. Ash, sweet malt, espresso, sea salt.

  108. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Asphalt, ginseng tempura (trust me, I had it at a Korean restaurant recently, not a fan tbh), brine, salted lemon, marble that gradually turned into mouldy seaweed. The peatiness with preserved vegetal characteristics was distinctive. Pine, raw turnips, mouldy wood shavings and became smokier and earthier near the rim bottom. Sweeter as it spent longer in the glass, like beetroot and lemon juice concentrate. After a sip, damp leather sofa on a super humid day. Smoky broiled meat from the emptied glass.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite smoky right from the start, honey, preserved lemon slices, pear juice, few dried leaves. Subsequently raw turnips, chalk, and some clean nuts as you kept chewing it.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Multi-layers of peat, white pepper, lemon peel, burnt rubber, chives, smoked Southeast Asian herbs. It became slightly vegetally sweeter after half a minute like smoked beetroot, as well as being more mineral and resinous. Long-lasting nuances lingering in my mouth. Pomelo pith and a bit of ginseng near the end.

  109. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Citrus (grapefruit), ash, leather, dark chocolate
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  110. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  111. daevid scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A great batch of a true classic.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  112. Monstruo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  113. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  114. Gris scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Whiskynotes.be:

    Nose: dry peat with lots of coastal notes and medicinal elements. Beach sand, tarry ropes, with sea spray and iodine bandages. Dried seaweed. Hints of green apple and lemon. A slight mineral sharpness, as well as green olive juice, but also subtle sweetness in the distance. Like most of these 12 year-olds, slightly fierce but very high quality.

    Mouth: oily, with a sweetness of salted caramel and bready malt coming out first, before you’re struck by deep bonfire notes, char and plenty of brine. Lemon peels, smoked oysters, iodine and tingling pepper. Dry leafy notes, olives and chalk in the end, with light oak tannin as well.

    Finish: rather long, on tar, slightly acrid smoke, green wood and lemon.

    91/100

  115. Mane140486 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    On the nose there are hints of sand, algae, boat ropes, salt, iodine, lemons and a little bit of medicine Sandy beach, ropes of tar, with sea spray and iodine bandages.
    On the palate it is oily, a distinct note of peat is immediately felt, then comes the malt, salted and slightly burnt caramel, seafood, a strong note of chilli, brine and green citrus.
    Final: medium long, with hints of tar, slightly acrid smoke, wood and lemon.
    Definitely less sweet than that of 2020.

  116. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  117. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  118. zzs0529 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Evaluation: Lagavirin 12 with the same style, the impact and pleasure of the young peat is still likable
    • Nose
      91 91
      Smell: The full oily feeling is mixed with the sweetness of malt, the peat is prominent, mixed with the flavors of lemon pie, brown sugar and even sweet white wine; the latter part has evolved a nutty aroma with oil, fresh pine nuts, almonds, and passion fruit ;
    • Taste
      90 90
      Entry: First the sweetness of maltose, then the impact of peat, but without losing the texture of cream, the tropical fruit flavor exploded afterwards, and the spicy and smoky flavors of white pepper linger in the mouth;
    • Finish
      89 89
      Ending rhyme: sweetness and pepper continue, a touch of bacon's grease and saltiness.

  119. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  120. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  121. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      citrus (tangerine)
      salted dark chocolate
      clay
      medicinal
      typical islay smoke
      mineral
      maritime
      woody
      herbal notes (tea)
    • Taste
      92 92
      salty
      earthy
      oily
      buttery
      nutty
      typical islay smoke
      woody
      citric acid
      tangerine
    • Finish
      93 93
      bitter almond
      ashy
      leathery
      new wood
      dry and intense
      citric acid
      long finish

  122. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  123. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    20 22 21 21 84 - from the opening - not bad for a drink in winter, but with such a young nose there can be no high score ...

    stood, breathed, and everything became very good, and a good nose showed up) knowledgeable people say that all Lags 12 should be allowed to breathe well, once again I was convinced of this: 22 22+ 21 22 87+

  124. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  125. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    smoky-fruity, tangible spices, olives, oysters, sea) burning wood, dry more than we would like, the finish is not long, but warming
    22-22.5-22.5-22

  126. eddi14 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  127. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  128. Simon Stood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin, in its style, is very similar to the latest 12-year-olds. Very tasty. 22-23-22-22

  129. Captain Teague scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    N: Different layers of peat/ smoke..Warm peat smoke, Summer BBQ, Flint/black powder - mineraly / setback iodie..very maritime, seaweed, harbour smell (Rope, wet wood, seabreeze), hints of lemoncello, hints of nuts (92)

    M: Fat and creamy mouth feel, Peat, black powder, Sweet toffee, BBQ, intense lemon layers, - very briny... drying .. (93)

    F: peat, ash, black pepper, wood, hazelnut..loong, briny and sweet smoked sour lemon notes shine through from time to time.. lovely (90)

    Pure islay - on point in terms of balance. Not too complex of course. I think I have better and cheaper puristic spirits in the shelve - sadly and definitely overpriced./ Easy 90 not sure if it will get over the magic mark. / Yes it does 91 on the re-try (different glass) for the pure perfect balance and the perfectly integrated alcohol at this age.

  130. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The Lagavulin 12 is a fixed value in the Special Releases. The aristocrat of Islay is the 'fiercest and smokiest' of the gang, hence 'The Lion's Fire'. When I was on Islay the other day, I didn't see a single lion there, I have to say. Anyway, matured on refill American oak. The previous three releases I found really excellent, so the bar for this Laga is also very high.
    On the nose it is surprisingly soft with only a sigh of smoke. The medicinal notes are present (think burn ointment and a band-aid). Then beautiful notes of sweet malt with a lot of citrus and white pepper. The juice from a jar of olives. Seaweed. Rocks in the surf. Plasticine. Elegant and inviting. A lot less sweet than last year's edition. But this is again great.
    Yes! On the palate it is Lagavulin pur sang. Very smoky. Sweet smoke, really. Powerful notes of lemon and pepper (feel free to make that chili), supplemented with olives, oysters and a lot of toasted oak. A perfect balance between sweet, salty and bitter (from the wood) notes.
    The aftertaste is smoky, salty, peated on lemon and stockfish. So satisfying.
    The best one of the series – again. I buy these blind every year. You cannot go wrong with this one.

  131. asmadeus did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I have compared the 2021 release of Lagavulin to the 2020 side by side for many a sip, and I'm not exactly sure which I like better, but starting to lean a little towards the 2021 bottling. It's slightly floral and there is definitely a hint of lemon mixed with more peat at the very edge of the cliff before you suddenly drop off. The 2020 is a bit more straight to the point, while the 2021 is dressed up, just a little, with some flair and style, before the big night out on the town. The 2020 is very direct, with a little bristle on the edges, while the 2021 is a tad smoother, like a powdered baby's cheek, and you're slightly on edge, like in the presence of Lord Varys. It's still more of the Lagavulin that I would expect, but the earlier release is just, well, different, and frankly, I think that I like both. Because sometimes you want a gentle caress, and sometimes a slap on the self-absorbed grimace.

  132. whiskyfan_olli scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  133. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It is incomprehensible to me how this Lagavulin gets an overall rating of 90.15 and how numerous well-known users can assign 91 and 92 points here. Did I miss something?

    I like smokers, and they don't necessarily have to be particularly old to be good - but here my impressions are so far removed from the ratings that I actually had to check again whether the bottle divider from which I got the sample, is legit.

    If you were to sell this here as a Scarabus for 50 €, it would be available at a reasonable price and would get its 87 points in the base. For me, he fits in seamlessly with a large number of interchangeable, young and edgy smokers.
    • Nose
      87 87
      I totally agree with the notes for the nose: clear smoke, maritime character, iodine, banana sweetness and light citrus fruits. The conclusion that this should be 91 or 92 points is simply incomprehensible to me.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Here I am really falling away from the faith. "Weightless on the tongue"? It feels more like my tongue is an aircraft carrier and the whisky is a jet landing on it. I didn't expect such a violent, woody-spicy start after the descriptions here. There is also smoke, sea air and citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Ash, charcoal, very dry, spicy and smoky.

  134. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely can't understand this hype and reviews. Straight maritime with smoke and a little sweetness. Not really anymore. Unbalanced, harsh and excessively pressing, even sharp on the tongue and in the finish.

    Interchangeable, hardly attractive, gives much more interesting things for less than half the current price.

    Strange.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  135. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I was concerned about whether the ratings are too hyped for a 12, but I am positively surprised. Excellent bottling.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  136. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Peaty, smoky, ash, roasted orange peel, iodine, roasted aromas, citric, medicinal. Creamy, grainy, strong body, warming, piquant, pronounced intensity. Little depth, a little masty.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  137. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Tar, freshly laid asphalt. seaweed, flotsam. almond butter and olives. orange zest. Barley malt, Schlenkerla smoked beer.

    Mouth:
    Compared to the Talisker Special Release it's like day and night.
    Full mouthfeel, voluminous aromas. Oily in the mouth. Olive oil, almond butter, limoncello, cantuccini. But all covered in a layer of greasy smoke. nori sheets. Bamberg smoked beer again.

    Finish:
    Long, sweet and maritime at the same time, ash.

    90/100

  138. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    the nose iz astounding.. absolutely, quintessential Islay nose.. powerful, straight up smokey and salty, fat peat and loads of wild sage.. as for the rest, i can understand where the pretty words come from, i especially like the oiliness and the salty licorice, but it’s just too young and rough for me.. somehow, I just cannot seem to connect with the house of Lagavulin

  139. Ficelli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  140. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  141. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  142. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      smoky-sweet; beautiful maritime notes; salty sea air; Seaweed; candied citrus notes; smoky grain; some vanilla and honey
    • Taste
      90 90
      beautiful oily mouthfeel; sweet and spicy; maritime; Seaweed; Citrus notes; with time in the mouth a tingling pepperiness appears; smoke
    • Finish
      89 89
      spicy; Seaweed; slightly salty; delicate sweetness; Citrus; some wood; smoke

  143. Seanzhang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  144. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Direct comparison with bottling 2020
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  145. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  146. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow, if you don't try it, you've missed something. Really great and then you understand what is special about Lagavulin. Smoky, creamy, slightly sweet, absolutely round and harmonious. No burning, no fuss or missing notes. Absolute top quality. This again shows that age is not the decisive factor when it comes to whisky. Just lovely. I am happy that I picked up the money and allowed myself 2 bottles.

  147. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful but balanced, very drinkable, very good - little water recommended
    • Nose
      90 90
      Iodine, seabreeze, little vanilla, seaweed, fine peat, little smoky, little citric, cookie dough, little honey - really good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, citric, vanilla, yellow fruits, honey, iodine, seaweed, brine, peat, smoke, salty, little kippery, spicy - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, burning, peaty, smoky, little herbal

  148. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] I screened my old books to find out the price history of this classic 12-years old cask strength Lagavulin edition - here it is: 65€ (2002/3), 84€ (2011/2), 94€ (2015/6), 97€ (2019), 112€ (2020) and now 125€ (2021). It seems as if the price increase significantly accelerates over the last two years...

    ...but the quality can not keep that pace. Personally I still like the 2019 edition best while this year's release is a little better than last year's. Nevertheless, all three are still on a high quality level making Lagavulin one of the most consistent distilleries of the last decades.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is pale straw and the nose offers the trademark clean Lagavulin profile but it smells a little less mature than my beloved 2019 edition. This is still of high quality without doubts but somehow I miss something - but I can not describe what it is. Maybe this edition is a little too much polished and "streamlined" and this does not change even after a longer breathing time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste offers an unusual but interesting maritime spike with a powerful saltiness, smoked oysters and seaweed in a rich malty-wooden sauce. This is really delicious and very interesting to explore. After some chewing the barley sugars grow stronger and sooth the bitter peaty and wooden flavours which re-establishes a fine balance of flavours. The second dram is even better than the first was, so be generous and reward yourself with a rather bigger measure when tasting this beauty!
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot (due to the high abv) which quickly dissolves into a warming and nicely coating texture without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more maritime-peaty impressions beside cold bonfire ashes (imagine an extinguished peat-fired BBQ at the shores of Islay). Some water turns both nose and taste more punchy (alcoholic) and releases a tasty chocolatey note during the finish. A bigger reduction takes the punchiness away again and releases the maritime impressions in the nose too (great!) while the taste smooths and turns even more quaffable. I like to explore this dram neat first but then I prefer to saviour it at a reduced level of about 46% abv.

  149. Tommy_71 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A really successful Laga!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  150. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I will never understand the fascination behind young Islay whiskys. Smoke is initially superimposed. Then very dry and straight with vanilla and light barrel notes. Hardly any fruit.
    Straight ahead with no mistakes, but whether that's 92 points ..

  151. Der Franke scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  152. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    For me, quite simply the best 12-year-old Special Release Lagavulin since the awesome 2016 (my personal favourite throughout the last few years).
    Actually imho this 2021 is combining the smooth characters of 2015 with the complexity and truly astounding length of 2016.
    Will need to taste them H2H and after some time of opening, but unfortunately no open 2016 currently (please help..????)
    As for the price: not cheap by any means, but for me, that's unfortunately in line with current pricing of over 10 years Islay Cask Strength?
    Quite shockingly doesn't... shock me anymore.

  153. litixier68 did not rate this whisky Newbie

  154. martinseco did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I can only agree with FCBayernMuenchen1900: The current price is outrageous and ridiculously high. Where's the common sense? Price and performance do not go together here. After all, we are not even told how many bottles have been filled in the first place!

  155. ramyres scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Delicious!
    • Nose
      94 94
      cold campfire, orange peel, vanilla, citrus blossoms, coffee beans, green wood, with water: mild, complex smoke, after shave, oranges, apricots, chocolate, Black Forest ham.
    • Taste
      95 95
      earthy chocolate, sweet, nutty smoke, candied oranges, slightly peppery, liquorice notes, with water: present alcohol, liquorice, sweeter, hotter, more complex, super dry, orange jam, nut.
    • Finish
      90 90
      long and sweet, spicy warm smoke, liquorice, hazelnut, with water: softer not so present, much more smoke.

  156. STL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Old school at will. Pleasure !
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

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

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

  158. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Did not have this since 2013 which I found very good (and 2012 as well). Still same high quality?
    • Nose
      90 90
      yes, I remember. Young peater with a lot of pressure under the lid. Not very different from the older expressions. Smoke and ashes, sardines, anchovy oil, some linseed oil in the background as well as some drops of lemon juice. Liquorice and hints of caraway.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oh wow! What an arrival and what a development. This is just brilliant. Smoke and ashes at the beginning, very dense, and then it suddenly opens up. Lemons, oysters, salt, traces of hazelnut. And it´s sweet and salty at the same time like in first class shortbread. (no butter though).
    • Finish
      91 91
      long and powerful, clean.
      Really well done. A real classic.
      Tastewise the best I had in the series of Lagavulin 12yo.

  159. Gargantua scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Really love this citrus fruit and campfire attitude. Mouthfilling juicy complexity. Crazy!

  160. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    fresh, mineral lagavulin, smoke probably lighter than i thought it would be, nice, some apples, seaweed, ash, herb piper, brine, at the end some soot and a burned fire good lagavulin keeps the level as previous 12 CS

  161. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: Lovely and medicinal, with tarry ropes and some spend bandages, there’s a lot of minerality going on in here as well, lemon zest hovers above and a sweet/salty sensation with barley sweetness, smoke, and white pepper, with water hint of olive brine, is more pronounced, as well as tasted oak, and hints of sea-spray. we’re definitely on islay time.

    Palate: That’s a Lagavulin alright, and It would take a genius to spot that even blindfolded. very much the Lagavuling style – lovely bonfires, quite a lot of sweet smoke, and more of the lemon, some pepper, and chili bite, but not too hot and fairly lovely to sip, more of the saline-y touch, and brine, olives, and sea salt, oysters and bitter toasted wood, and peat reek, soot and coal, TCP.

    Finish: salty, smoky, tarry, sweet peated barley eaten from the floor malting, bitter smoky chocolate, and lemon. lovely.

    Conclusion: This year’s 12 year old does not disappoint in any way. Excellent stuff, high-quality ‘laga’ for you. around 130 quid is not cheap though – for a 12 year old even at ‘cask strength’, but they will sell well. I wonder how it would match against the 26-year-old. more info soon.

  162. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

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