Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.56/100
votes
335
Whiskybase ID
WB35948
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2012
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
31656
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L2137 CM000
Barcode
5000281031774
Added on
02 oct 2012 11:01 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 279.40

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

47 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.56 points.

  1. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Typical nose Lagavulin, the rest is less accurate, less successful. Not the best laga in my story. I have trouble with the release 12 years overall I think.
    • Nose
      A lemony freshness, a mineral peat close to copper ... we are well at Lagavulin. Added to this is cowhide leather and fruit compote.
    • Taste
      Nice attack, strong power. We are always on lemon and mineral peat, it stings and it is citric by moment. With time the peat becomes malty.
    • Finish
      Beautiful length on mineral peat, leather, bitter cocoa and a vegetal and floral touch.

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  3. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fruity
    • Taste
      Sweet, pineapple
    • Finish
      Smokey, barley

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Smoke complex fresh Islay whisky. This verion is dry and sweet on the nose and the palate. A sweet citrus ashy moment.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Smoke. Coal, citrus, medicinal, wet flintstone. An amazing nose, so deep and sophisticated.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Citrus, hay, ashes, almonds, tar.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoky and clean. Very pure in it's character.

  6. KDD scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very similar to Big Peat but more refined and elegant
    • Nose
      Soft ashy mineral smoke with sweet vanilla or honey, more light then heavy
    • Taste
      Fresh, sweet, malty hay-like peat
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, mineral, salty, with slight herbal bitterness

  8. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sweet peat. Fine. 22.5-22.5-22-22

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. leapfrogboi scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Nose: classic lagavulin profile, big peat with hints of honey and medicine. Intense profiles though comfortable despite the high ABV. With water, more white fruits and honey while the peat is on a more mellow side.

    Palate: That lagavulin peat through and through! Gentle and oily yet powerful. White fruits follows the initial peat-tack, climaxing with a sudden spike of dry spice from the sherry cask while landing on oily rich sweetness that covers the mouth. With water, similar story to the nose, sweetness are much more apparent while the peat is toned down yet not weak. Water makes the dram much more balanced as the water helps smoothen the different edges of profiles to help form a much more comprehensive experience.

    Finish: long long finish with that medicinal lagavulin peat, with the peat announcing its presence with each breathe taken as the oily dram covers the entirety of the mouth. In the background slight sweetness can be detected to complete the lagavulin experience. With water, similar story with a very well balanced lagavulin with the peat less dominant.

  11. Falnor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, peat and leather, meat, but also lemony freshness, cereals and a hint of chocolate. Salted mouth, final dominated by smoke as if emanating from a campfire, acrid, tenacious, ashy. Which is never dominated by two successive additions of water. Pretty impressive.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  13. Jeep51 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rich peat, both a little earthy and sweet. It quickly becomes maritime, iodized and always sweet / vanilla.
    • Taste
      In continuity, always this peat sweet and very young.
    • Finish
      Long, powerful and peaty

  14. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  15. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    With the 12 CS Lagavulin does a great job every year.
    • Nose
      Hmm, citrus and cold smoke. Fresh and sweet at the beginning, then becoming heavier with gum, tar and salt. A great nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke hits the tongue without slaying. Ash flakes pull through, freshly squeezed lemon juice comes. It is strong undiluted, but the alcohol is very well integrated. Peppercorns and salt give it after a while a certain sharpness, but smoked lemon splits come after a while and soften the sharpness again.
    • Finish
      Long and slightly dry, ashen, lemon-sweet.

  17. Daan Tje scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  18. gango4 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful filling as a change to the 16-year standard without the heavy sherry tones.
    • Nose
      First a clear alcoholic note, which retreats after a few minutes in the glass. The smoke is naturally present. In addition, the salty sea air. Something cooling, maybe mint. Then there are citrus fruits. For me rather lemons / graprefruit than orange. With a bit of heat, a white pepper sharpness appears. Some smoked ham.
    • Taste
      The smoke continues to cover a lot. His character goes most towards Cheminee, complemented by some charcoal. Maritime flavors fill the palate.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke changes again briefly into the background to give the salt room. He then returns impressively and long-lasting. Until, surprisingly, it allows the influence of the barrel to influence the oak.

  19. ZwiJo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  22. ApricotOne scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. blondiehb did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Was a blind tasting from the Ü50 bus:
    Tip: Islay, Bourbon keg, a UA where the distillery is not named Can ILEACH or similar?

    => wow I always wanted to have in the glass. Thanks for the sample. A great whisky, but I feel Ihne as much younger, angular, edgy and not as complex as the 16 year old
    • Nose
      Light smoke, hay, citrus fruits
    • Taste
      Alcoholic sharpness, peat smoke, sweetness, leather, earth, slightly metallic, young, dry
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, peaty, warming

  24. thomasflsts scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Landryn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  26. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  27. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  29. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  31. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Tomh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I prefer the older laga's..
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Laga93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Dionysus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    As always the annual cask strenght of Lagavulin (12y). A few drops of water make the nose, the taste and the aftertaste delicious. To me irresistibly that heavy smokiness of Islay.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal, oysters, ashy, seasalt, fruity (lemons), iodine
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, fruity (lemons, limes), seasalt, mint, tarry, toffee
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, lemons, zesty, sharp, dry

  38. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/lagavulin-12yo-special-releases-die-letzten-vier-jahresabfuellungen-von-2011-bis-2014-35652/ Color: white wine - Sunlight
    Nose: Somewhat grumpy start! Full, sweet Torfladung with notes of wet hay, earthy "farmy notes" and herringbone and very maritime citrus fruits.
    Taste: Very sweet, creamy and very smoky. Syrup-like moments with notes of agave syrup, lime and sweet cream. The peaty and very salty spice is delicately suppressed, so this does not gain the upper hand.
    Finish: Pretty long, sharp and now bitter. Blunt notes of wet cardboard, some wood and dried herbs.
    87 points (nose: 86 / taste: 89 / finish: 87)

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Rustamich did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This whisky seems to have matured in tired casks. Quite harsh. Water cuts the edges but does not give it style.
    • Nose
      Very pale colour. Smoky. Creosote. Farmyard, wet straw. Iodine. Fish oil. A slight cheese note.
    • Taste
      Sweet then followed by a dry spicy outburst. Fizzy. The cheese note is there. Reminds me of Roquefort cheese tanginess.
    • Finish
      Dry, burning, numbing.

  42. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    By Serge;

    Lagavulin 12 yo 'Special Release 2012' (56.1%, OB) 2011's version was excellent. I especially like the fact that the bottlers don't toy with newish oak too much. Colour: white wine. Nose: it’s one of the drams that really brings you to Islay. It’s big, it’s very coastal and it always reminds me of these oysters that you can wolf down at the distillery during Feis Ile. Having said that, of the three Kildalton malts, it’s probably both the fruitiest and the closest to coal/ashes/farmyard (vs. tar and medicinal notes elsewhere). Older Lagavulins had much more tar in my experience. A lot of earth and seawater as well, the straight peatiness being relatively moderate so far. Latex, gherkin brine. With water: it’s the briny side that got enhanced. Well the whole became very briny. Or say a plateful of oysters with some lemon. Mouth (neat): it’s the sweet/smoky combo that’s so peculiar in naked Lagavulins. There’s some lime and salt with a good dose of cane syrup (add only a little mint and you’d get the best mojito ever) and then more and more straight, tarry smoke as well as a feeling of toffee. Big mouth feel, implacable whisky. After a few minutes: became wonderfully limey, it’s a great Pouilly-Fumé. With water: no, the greatest Pouilly-Fumé. Finish: long, sharp, zesty. Even more Pouilly-Fumé-ish (deep apologies). Comments: the perfect crony of Laphroaig 10 CS. Btw, why don’t Ardbeg issue a serious ‘commercial’ wide-release un-branded 10 or 12 yo cask strength? I like the Lagavulin 12 more and more. Will I live, doc? SGP:447 - 91 points.

  43. drkrylov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  44. drkrylov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky. Creosote. Farmyard, wet straw. Iodine. Fish oil. A slight cheese note.
    • Taste
      Sweet then followed by a dry spicy outburst. Fizzy. The cheese note is there.
    • Finish
      Dry, burning, numbing.

  45. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Massive, peaty nose, but crystal-clean. This could only be from Islay! It's  a minor miracle that such strong peat doesn't block out the other wonderful fruity and sweet elements of the nose that seem to be distinct to Lagavulin (and set it apart from its south shore neighbours). I get fresh orchard fruits (apples and perhaps also a touch of gooseberries) alongside zesty citrus fruits, mingled with salty sea air and vanilla tablet. A couple of drops of water brought out even more of the salty sea air. Similarly massive on the palate, where once again the peat is fully evident but not swamping the sweeter aspects (the citrus fruits and vanilla are beautiful here). Crazily long finish, with the peat smoke seemingly never ending. I had it in my head that the 12yo CS Lagas were not as good as the 16yo OB (from a head to head tasting many moons ago). I guess I need to revise my thinking...this is a cracking dram! The higher strength works wonders compared to the 16yo. Pity about the recent rise in prices of these 'limited' edition releases.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  46. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Quite different from previous batches. My favorite.
    • Nose
      Peat, patissier, some spray
    • Taste
      Barbeque thoroughly! Smoked apple pie!
    • Finish
      long

  47. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very nice and very fragrant version. Maybe more "austere" in the mouth (more mineral) than the 2010 version. And the nose is a little more powerful.
    • Nose
      Very fine, fragrant, smoky, floral, slightly sweet. Some touches of white wine (pinot gris?) And lemon zest.
    • Taste
      Bold and peaty. I love this profile. It's a bit like a delicious candy cream and caramel (well, especially cream), in a fairly austere mineral version. A little green fruit. With water, the whole is even more creamy. Notes of orange peel and lemon.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, melted, peaty, medicinal plants (verbena?).

  48. Rob77 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Very classy stuff. Definitely a notch above the 16 year. The 2012 bottling is one of the best I`ve had, on par with the 2009. It`s only major flaw is a relatively short finish; if it were a bit longer & more substantial, I`d score it at a 92.

  49. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: young, new spirit, smoke, plums, coals and vanilla
    T: peat, wood, briny, oily, something sourish like a pickle
    F: some meat, more sweeter, grains, wet carton, nuts and vanilla

  50. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is the 11th special release of Lagavulin 12 year old.

    Matured in Refill American Oak casks, at least 12 years old.

    Quantity of bottles is limited. Bottled at cask strength of 56.1% ABV.

     

     

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