Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
89.22/100
votes
335
Whiskybase ID
WB25932
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2011
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281028736
Added on
16 oct 2011 5:11 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 332.03

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

59 users have left 63 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.22 points.

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice combo of smoky peatiness and some fruity notes, with in the nose sone fresh eucalyptus-like scents, which return in the finish.
    The finish is a little more rich then nose and body, overall a very good and steady whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Salty and peaty, rubber and fake leather, with also some eucalyptus or aniseed kind of scents in it. Later on some citrus fruitiness peeps in. Then some real earthy touch.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Thick, creamy, powerful. Spicy, pepper. Peat with a clear sour edge, lime. A bit drying, some fake leather again. Oranges now as well. And whiffs of linoleum.
    • Finish
      89 89
      More smooth now, some bitter smoky touch appears, earthy and more subtle peat, with still a citrus fruity edge. Pretty long finish,withagain some drying mouthfeel. Also some tobacco leaves.
      Later on some eucalyptus-like freshness remains in the mouth.

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  3. magic_slim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Color: Pale gold

    Excellent Lagavulin - recommended.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A lovely Islay aroma on the nose.
      Peat and aniseed at first nosing. The pertness is clearly dominating but gets a nice touch by aniseed and fennel. After some time smoke and notes of tar are coming up. In the background there is some lime and sea salt.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Smooth and creamy mouthfeel before it becomes spicy, peaty and spirity. Powerful and slightly sweet when swallowed. Plenty of peat - of course - pepper, sweet lemons medicinal notes and Topinambur. I am really falling love with this whisky.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long and satisfying. Peaty, dry, oaky and spicy. Remains totally pleasant with the peatyness lingering on forever.

  4. Whiskywiseguy did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Smokey, tar
    • Taste
      Smoke, pear, honey
    • Finish
      Rich and smokey

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. herdertje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      fresh, smoke, salty, seaweed, sour fruity undertones of gooseberry and kiwi, caramel, vanilla and earth in the background, accent of motor oil
    • Taste
      88 88
      fresh sour start, then tar, salt, seaweed, hints of motor oil
    • Finish
      87 87
      caramel, vanilla, dries out strongly

  7. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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.

  10. Imp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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!

  11. ep11ripee scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  12. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  13. lucero scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin 12 is close to ideal. 22.5-22.5-22.5-22.5

  15. KDD scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. RaFyX scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    What happiness I had to find and taste this bottle. A fine nose of oil and peat. On the palate, the entry and attack are fine, with a little oil, followed by spices, peat and vanilla with perfect balance and roundness. The complexity can be appreciated and felt without even needing to qualify it

  17. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Blind tasting (86)
    • Nose
      Smoke, iodine ... vanilla, fruit.young ... ghost. (21)
    • Taste
      Fat, fruits, salt, ash, vanilla (22)
    • Finish
      Finish spicy, salt, ash, oil (22)

  19. Squinugie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  20. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

  21. VollePulle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  22. whiskyd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  24. 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.

  25. Daan Tje scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    As reliably excellent as ever, the 2011 Special Releases Lagavulin 12yo was distilled in 1999 and vatted from refill American oak casks. As you'd expect, this is a very upfront, sooty-sweet Lagavulin in the classic style.(TWE)

  27. Swallow83 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  28. 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.

  29. tymiek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  31. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. 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.

  33. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Unbelievably stronger start, nevertheless good to drink, sweet and smoky and spicy. A madness!

  34. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  35. mer1973 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blindverkostung.
    • Nose
      Sweet at first. Sugar syrup. Crumble cacke. Vanilla. Then more spicy notes come to the fore. Iodine. Raspberries. Torfasche. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      Sticky sweet. Vanilla. Caramel. Honey. Becoming spicier. Pepper. Ginger. Espresso.
    • Finish
      Long. Liquorice. Spices. Salt. Torfasche. Dark chocolate. Oak.

  37. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  39. whiskyroma scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    C: Pale yellow.

     

    N: No doubt about the alcoholic aggressiveness of this Lagavulin, although time has had great impact in this aspect, making it much smoother with respect to the very first days following opening. Smoky notes do not tackle your nose, peat is delicate, although undoubtedly present. Floral (cyclamen), phenolic, fruity (ripe apricot).

     

    P: Aggressiveness is almost intact here, creamy-peat sticks out and comes along with pepper and a remarkable freshness, mix of mint and ginger. Floral notes are also present, mainly peach and apricot. Leather and licorice.

     

    F: Not so enthusiastic: short, with a narrow band spectrum. Licorice, light peat smoke, chantilly cream and almond are the final scents we enjoyed.

     

     

    Strictly technical judgement: we like Lagavulin, and this 12 years old expression makes no exception. About (conservative) grade that follows: time has continuously changed this distillate, revealing several characters very different one from the other. Searching for a unique grade able to reflect all of these was not an easy task.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. Igor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      That prickly, warm pungency present on the first nose doesn't promise much. I'd say intimidating rather, but wait a second, there must be... there are, in fact, some fine, delicate fragrances in the midst. Like dry, sweet malted grain, cereal, mown hay - a little dewy maybe, white currants, touch of beeswax, wet, salty sea air, algae.
    • Taste
      Consistently conveys that sharp edge on the palate too. Robust, full body, creamy, briny, leafy (hemp) and resinous, with loads of citrus, zesty flavours which cause a tingling almost, slightly drying then, herbal mouth feel.
    • Finish
      During the last phase - in the aftertaste, a hint of liquorice, more herbs, moss, buckwheat honey, iodine, flaming earthy peat, that fade on salty melted toffee.

  41. From2Barrel scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    An excellent whisky that you can taste with great pleasure. Rated: 90
    • Nose
      Nose quite light, smoky and peaty with citrus aromas.
    • Taste
      Mouth powerful and spicy on peat, smoke and earth. Citrus (lemon / grapefruit) and salty notes.
    • Finish
      Long and earthy finish on a salty peat and iodine.

  42. megabreit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    One paints with rough edges and a lot of depth. The alcohol is well packaged here.
    • Nose
      smoky barley malt, currants, licorice, light soap notes, (broom?), freshly washed laundry on a hot dry floor,
    • Taste
      crispy, biting start, fruity with a huge smoke, honey and herbs It becomes slightly chocolaty with water
    • Finish
      long and warming, getting drier, glowing like a dusty attic on a hot summer's day

  43. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Excellent whisky!
    • Nose
      Peat smoke (not too much), seaweed, aniseed, earthy, medicinal, salty
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, fruity (lemons, grapefruit), fresh, spicy (peppery), oily
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty, dry

  46. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  47. 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.

    89/100
    • 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.

  48. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/lagavulin-12yo-special-releases-die-letzten-vier-jahresabfuellungen-von-2011-bis-2014-35652/ Color: pale gold
    Nose: Sweet and a bit sprightly at the beginning. Tender vanilla fragrance combines with peaty smoke. The citrus fruit is slightly iodine-rich, and the glass contains aromas of cold ash, coal and cayenne pepper.
    Taste: The strong bourbon cask sweetness is immediately in the foreground. The start is quite young with notes of sweet peat, a lot of smoky seasoning, tobacco and fried bacon. Provided with little fruit and bitterly bitter towards the end. With a little water, notes of delicate dark chocolate develop, and the youthful sprit takes a back seat.
    Finish: Super long, pleasantly dry, peaty and smoky, with plenty of salt and delicious chocolate notes.
    90 points (nose: 89 / taste: 89 / finish: 91)

  49. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  50. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  51. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  52. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Of course, its immaturity tastes good. The high ABV and smoke content do it quite well.
    • Nose
      Somewhat more intense than the 2009er. Iodine, salt, peat smoke, citrus and floral notes. In the background vanilla, chocolate and nuts.
    • Taste
      Instant chilli attack and peat smoke with salt. Glows properly in the mouth. Candied fruits with floral notes follow.
    • Finish
      Of medium length. Like an extinguished campfire.

  54. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 12 years and under

  55. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A peaty punch, nice aromas of mocca, just a little bit of citrus notes (unlike the 2013 release which has too many of them and feels much more youngish).
    Power all over, and absolutely flawless stuff.
    The best Lagavulin from a Bourbon cask which I have come across so far... great!

  56. j j scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    not what we expected, perhaps a bit weak because of the glenrothes we tasted earlier that evening.

  57. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      smoke, ashes, citrus and pepper
    • Taste
      peat, lemon and spices
    • Finish
      peat, liquorice, vanilla and citrus

  58. 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

  59. Willie JJ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky. The nose fails to predict the awesome palate.
    • Nose
      Salt fish, seaweed, smoked fish and vanilla. Gentle, but charming, 
    • Taste
      Like lighting a peat fire on the palate. The initial texture is earthy and soft, but it quickly begins to smoulder and then it bursts into life. What a wonderful sensation.
    • Finish
      The temperature continues to rise (in a good way) until it is quelled by a wave of salt. Astonishing.

  60. 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.

  61. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Loses its character with water...
    • Nose
      Strong and powerful peat, very spicy. Definitly a Lagavulin. Lots of vanilla. Salty sea.
    • Taste
      (neat)Incredibly sweet, nearly as aromatic as the peat. Very malty. Little oak.
    • Finish
      Sooo sweet, not dry at all.  Long finish.

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

    A great expression!

  63. Furtia scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  64. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky AdvocateBrought

    back as an annual limited edition to satisfy the cravings of those who

    like their peat full-on and never understood why Lagavulin moved to 16

    years of age, this is the Kildalton coast single malt at its most

    boisterous. Aromatically, it blazes a seaweed-strewn, zigzag pathway

    between sea, shore, and land: bog myrtle and samphire, beach bonfire,

    sea spray, and melon before, with much-needed water, there`s

    slow-burning Latakia pipe tobacco and Lapsang Souchong tea. 85 Points

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