Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2022
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill AO Hogshead / Virgin AO Finish
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 may 2022 2:37 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 199.56

27 × in wishlist

62 × member ratings

236 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.27 points

  1. Dottore scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    At the Feis Ile Festival 2022 at the distillery 2 times in the glass as a line up of tastings.

    In direct comparison to other casks, last year's bottlings and standard bottlings, this is an absolutely bitter disappointment. Pale in the aroma composition, boring but outrageously expensive. Lots of sweetness and vanilla, the oily viscosity and smoke are there. Lagavulin unmistakable. But where the difference to the 12er Special Release is for 70€ less is not clear to me. That this is bottled for fans of the distillery who flock to Islay from all over the world is almost insulting.

  2. kevinmrn scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Where Feis Ile used to be an opportunity for Islay distilleries to celebrate their success and thank their biggest malt fanatics, their bottlings now too have just become a cash grab, thanks Diageo. If you didn't think their annual 12 year old was massively overpriced, check out this bottling. Or should we just be thankful that Diageo allows us a cask strength, natural colour, UCF version of Lagavulin at these prices?

  3. Coffee@MA scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Had it in the glass three times today at Lagavulin in the distillery. Not harmonious, little well integrated alcohol. Initially, the sweetness from the virgin oak barrels manages to please, but then the malt falls apart completely and is simply spritty and unround. The spiciness then strikes overpoweringly at the back. Just not very convincing, especially for the £165 issue price.

    The casks before post-aging must have been as dead as two of the casks from the Wharehouse No1 tasting with Ian today, which were also extremely disappointing. I haven't had a 10-year-old single cask that tasted completely like New Make either. They must have chosen the barrels for the Feis Ile Botteling from such a batch.

    Quite a disappointment, especially since the last dram in the tasting, a 25-year-old Sherry Butt, showed that Lagavulin can still do it and that it still has good casks in stock.

  4. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Another of the Feis 2022 bottlings that raise a middle finger to the whisky aficionados who make the effort to come to Islay. No more than a very mediocre whisky that is absolutely not worth the effort.

  5. Thesinglemaltguy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Why pay £165 when the regular 12yr or even their special release is available for £110-120 odd?
    Nothing special about the casks either. So disappointed with Diageo

  6. steinrich scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The Feis Ile bottlings from Lagavulin, like the Jazz Fastival bottlings, are getting worse from year to year. It's really a pity that the many Lagavulin fans who make the extra long journey to Islay aren't offered anything more special. I didn't even buy a single bottle for the price.

  7. Pizzaboxy scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Very very disappointing. There are so much better 12 yo Whiskys you can buy - even from Lagavulin itself! Buy the 12yo special release 2021 - its just so much better and it cost you just around 130,- Euro

  8. Kalamadei scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    If I add the price ratio it would be 82 ;)
    Sippable but I would look for previous releases

  9. Maltman59 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Had it in the glass today at the distillery.
    Unfortunately I have to confirm the Juser ratings here.
    Writing tasting notes here would be a waste of time.
    Absolutely sparkling aroma density not available. Except that my tongue was almost etched away, there was little.
    It's crazy what they expect from their customers.

  10. Thriest scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A very disappointing addition for me to the Lagavulin family. Smells and tastes like 'baby Lagavulin' (almost newmake) with a heap of extra spices added (probably due to the virgin oak cask finish). The alcohol is very present.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. WhiskyFue scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    I had a dram at the Distillery along with a dram from the Distillery Only NAS. The Feis Ile bottling was way worse. Unbalanced, poorly integrated alcohol. Only the nose could convince something. A disappointment in taste.

  12. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  13. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very atypical Lagavulin but not the dram as many claim it is. The fact with Lagavulin is, you start with 90 points by default and then you start tasting. It could go either way, but statistically every Lagavulin hovers around the 90 point mark. This one tries something new, the Virgin Oak, and it's not a successful experiment. The Coal Ila can handle the maturing better, see my contribution to the blog Maltfascination.com. Negatives on the Lagavulin are a somewhat buttery nose and sawdust dominate the taste. Still a great peat whisky.


  14. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ashes, tobacco, spice, toffee, feels a bit young and unbalanced

  15. MaltsofIslay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    After the mostly bad reviews I approached this bottling with not much expectations. But I think it is significantly better than the Feis Ile from 2021 (port finish). After the key data I was expecting something like the 12 special releases. Compared to the new 12 SR (from 2019), this one is a bit better and more exciting.
    However, the price is also €50 more expensive. Not surprising nowadays, but everyone has to judge for themselves how much they are willing to pay for a 12yo OA with Cask Strength!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very alcoholic at first, but significantly less alcohol after a while. The nose has campfire and typical Lagavulin smoky notes, a youthful impetuosity and lots of wood, mostly oak.
    • Taste
      89 89
      It comes into its own and brings a nice oiliness with it. After the nose I had expected him differently. Fruitiness of fresh fruit such as apples and pears, tobacco, spices and some pepperiness. The alcohol is well integrated, I had expected something different after the smell.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish, the peppery spiciness on the palate comes into its own. The smoke lingers for some time and spreads nicely in the mouth.

  16. Nikilema scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin bottling with an extremely nice smoky note (bonfire). Full-bodied, round, long finish, no burning!
    But he doesn't stand out much from the normal 12-year-old. Priced clearly too expensive!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. mcgallus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  19. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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