Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
8th Release
Stated Age
12 years old
56.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Oct 2008 10:47 pm
ColoredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 314,00

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Character: The 12s in Cask Strength are the best ambassadors for the Lagavulin DNA. Even this filling abounds with peat smoke, maritime power, rich malt. In comparison to other vintages, the 2008er has a quite fresh note.
    Rating: Wonderfully maritime and wild. Still somehow "elegant". In the sense that no "dirty" notes resonate here. For me, together with the 10 Laphi Cask Strength, the Islay flagship among the standard bottlings. Always great and an absolute pleasure. 92 points
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: peat, smoke, maritime, sweetness, malt, citrus fruits, herbs
      Description: As expected, dense and intense peat smoke flows into the nose right away. Together with sweet malt and a wild maritime touch, it forms the usual Laga12 "raw material". The smell of algae and sea spray evokes memories of the wild, angry North Sea. This filling is very powerful. The first impression of the alcohol stands a bit in the nose. After the first sip this "bite" disappears. Accompanying beautiful notes of fudge and shortbread swing in and behind it there are a few oranges. Somehow, there is something pleasantly fresh in all of this. Like a light touch of mint.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: Rorf, Rauch, Maritim, spices, malt, earth, nut, oak
      Description: Undiluted so much that it is almost too much of a good thing. Peat and smoke flood the mouth and almost simultaneously it becomes spicy. Ginger literally bites into the tongue and rich malt, peat and smoke make for an enormously dense and delicious top layer. In between, a somewhat earthy note comes through. Over time, the oak develops in the background. It provides a lot of almonds and intense roasted aromas for a nice excitement.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: peat smoke, malt, maritime, oak
      Description: The finish is very intense and long. The taste sounds intense and harmonious. Much peat smoke, algae and malt, along with the oak, contribute to the increasingly dry finish. A pleasant, dull ash feeling remains on the teeth long after the last sip. For many a stereotype for long uncomfortable winter evenings. I love this kind of finishes year-round.

  2. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 92: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tke3msKRQhY (91/100).

  3. chlinatele scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A typical Lagavulin 12. Alcohol super integrated. Horny smoke and great in the finish. The nose is gorgeous. Smelled only at him for 30 minutes ..... Highly recommended

  4. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 07/23/2011
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    I have found the most recent batches
    of the 12 better than the first ones,
    which were maybe a tad too rough and
    mono-dimensional in my book. Let’s
    see if this brand new one is in the
    same league. Colour: straw. Nose:
    uber-clean when compared with the
    FOCM, much more on pure peat smoke,
    fresh butter, fresh almonds, sea water
    and freshly cut cider apples. Whiffs
    of cold coal oven, wet stones and
    old books. Very pure. With water:
    it got even cleaner and purer. I don’t
    know why, it reminds me of Trimbach’s
    Clos St-Hune (wine aficionados will
    understand.) Mouth (neat): exactly
    the opposite of the ‘FOCM’.
    Way ‘cleaner and purer’,
    sharper, more beautifully austere,
    maybe the lesser sweet of all Lagavulins
    that were issued within the last ten
    years. Lime, almonds, peat, huge smokiness
    and green apples. My kind. With water:
    it got a tad sweeter again, and a
    little resinous as well. More pepper.
    Finish: long, clean, with even more
    pepper. Comments: maybe I’m
    dreaming but I think the 12yo C/S
    gets better and better year after
    year. You may read ‘purer and
    purer’. SGP:248 - 91

  7. Gondwana scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Waykid scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I liked the nose better than the taste. These young, strong, crisp and clean ones are good but I find the older Lagas with their gentle depth and width better. 
    • Nose
      Sweet & savoury, a soft but strong smoke, lemon, raw garden apple, mortar and band-aids. Turns rounder with more water, the same elements complemented with salmiak and smoked ham. Gets nicer and rounder for a long time. Nice.
    • Taste
      Hot and pungent initially. Soft and salty smoke, lemons, crisp green apple, some smoked ham, seaweed. Crisp, bitterish and clean profile.
    • Finish
      Smoky and salty/lemony, quite long.

  9. Subderfuge scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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


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