Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
11th Release Diageo Special Releases 2011
Stated Age
12 years old
57.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Oct 2011 5:11 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 283.99

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.21 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A young, lively whisky, arouses the desire to live, more exciting and tasty than the 16er
    • Nose
      first peat and smoke, warm sweetness, some citrus, salt, light sherry
    • Taste
      Tobacco, leather, warm peat, fine bright sweetness, salt, orange notes in between
    • Finish
      Peat, salt pleasant tingling

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Always a pleasure, the 12 CS.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke of a campfire. Dried orange peel, lime juice, quince jelly, green grapes. The smoke does not push in the thing, nice connection with the fruits.
    • Taste
      Strong and creamy at the beginning, camp fire smoke with peat content. Salty and fruity at the same time. Some ammonia, pepper, anise and ginger.
    • Finish
      The smoke does not go away, gets stuck everywhere. Lemon juice and a little honey give a pleasant sweetness.

  3. Jeep51 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Relatively clean with very frank maritime scents: sea water, sea breeze, iodine. The fruits (apple and citrus) can be guessed in the background as well as some more vegetal notes.
    • Taste
      The attack is surprisingly sweet but it's paradoxically it's very straight. There is a nice tension. Powerful peaty, slightly organic, earthy and tarred notes at a time. We also find the previous maritime notes.
    • Finish
      Long, fine. Black pepper, coal and tar.

  4. joep scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 12 yo 'Special Release 2011' (57.5%, OB)  

     Closer to the 2009 than to the 2010. SGP:447 - 90 points.
    • Nose
      it's very interesting to try this one after the old OB, because there are obvious similarities, especially the seaweedy notes and the coal/motor oil. What I also get in this one - and which I don't seem to have found in earlier incarnations of the 12 CS - is this wee combination of fennel, aniseed and gentian in the background. Quite some brine too but it's a fairly gentle expression so far, no true peat monster. Should we complain? Probably not… With water: becomes more tarry and earthy, sooty, dry, medicinal
    • Taste
      sharp like a blade and sweet at the same time. Lemon drops and kippers, oysters and gentian again. Wonderful earthy/medicinal profile developing after that. Crystal clean, as they say. With water: it's the fruitiness that got enhanced, with more lemon and grapefruits, as well as more freshly ground black pepper. I feel it's kind of straighter and more peppery than earlier versions once diluted.
    • Finish
      long and, again, rather less sweet than earlier 12s. Comments: sweet when neat, dry when diluted. Excellent in both cases, of course.

  5. BXpress scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This version seems less peaty. Dissapointed at first, but it grew on me as the bottle went down. Rather interesting.

    • Nose
      Pungent and very much closed. After some water and time: wet earth, salt and pepper, coconut, old stale chocolate, not very smoky, stewed apples, some sweet stuff i can't identify properly, charred wood.
    • Taste
      Roots-Gentian? Seems like. Olive oil, Turkish Delight, very minty actually, vegetal, ginger, salty, vanilla sauce and some very distant licquorice. Pears.
    • Finish
      Long and very salty. Gets a little dry and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Compared to earlier releases (6th, 7th & 10th) this one seems quite a bit peatier and spicier. This goes at the expense of some fuity notes that those expressions used to have. Which doesn't mean I like it less, not at all! 88/89.Compared to the later release 15, this one is maltier and zestier. Less cask-driven.
    • Nose
      Peat, lime, salt, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, pepper, malt, iodine, smoked butterfish, broth, lemon iced tea and a farmy touch. Whiffs of nail polish remover (initially, but gone quickly), cooked vegetables and perfume come and go. With water also some peach.
    • Taste
      Peat, caramel, salt, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, gingerbread, malt, mango and pepper. With water a sour fruitiness like blood orange or grapefruit, plus some pear liquor.
    • Finish
      Peat, caramel, gingerbread, orange, salt and mocha.

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      peat, coastal, honey, laurel, autumn leaves,
    • Taste
      87 87
      nicely, sweet and gentle smoke, light peat, white pepper
    • Finish
      86 86
      smoke, burned wood, bit of salmiac, salty liquorice.

  8. Imp scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: chalk, limestone, wet clay, olives and brine.
    Taste: mild and mighty at the same time.
    Finish: liquorice, salt, peat and pepper.
    23 23 22+ 23, 91+/100!

  9. ep11ripee scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    22.5 23 22 22.5
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Oysters in the haze, ashes, peppers. 23-22.5-23-22.5


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