Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.60/100
votes
337
Whiskybase ID
WB44384
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
13th Release Diageo Special Releases 2013
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Casks
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L3087CM000
Barcode
5000281033846
Added on
08 sep 2013 11:20 am
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 205.57

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

55 users have left 58 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.60 points.

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very beautiful, balanced whisky. Powerful, sweet smoke, citrus. Great dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice peat- and woodsmoke,some clear fruity notes, citrus. A bit floral, quite some alcohol without being very pickering.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite some power, sweet smoke, licorice, woodsmoke. Pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very smooth now, sweet, candylike, berries and smoke, 'Xenos-vibes'. Pretty long finish. Still some powerful, pickering edge.

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Citrus, smokey
    • Taste
      Peat, lemon, sweet
    • Finish
      Peppery

  4. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nougat, crushed almonds, rose water, vanilla, iodine. Turron. Milk chocolate. Fresh apple. Some citrus fruits. Lemon, orange, grapefruit. Thick and spongy smoke, typical of the distillery. Then it's quite earthy. All balanced. In the mouth, it's very smooth, drinkable, a pinch of coarse salt, the spices arrive, cumin, pepper, cinnamon. Vanilla milk. Very violent finish, which moves, long, more earth than charcoal, small acid taste, puffed rice, currants. Pepper.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/01/lagavulin-12-yo-limited-edition-2013.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Petitcham scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Lemon-like taste of lagavulin's bourbon cask, juicy
    and provocative

  6. DramJammin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Simon Stood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very cool lagavulin. For 12 years, this is generally almost ideal. 89-90 deserved!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Light, soft, fruity smoke. Refined and brutal at the same time)
    • Taste
      90 90
      Hot smoked young pork belly on fruit chips. Very rich, almost lacking in oiliness
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet, smoked, peppery, long

  9. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Soft ashy mineral smoke with slight rotten earth. With water - fruitiness comes out
    • Taste
      Burnt matches, sweet hay, mineral ash.
      With water - more honey sweetness
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, mineral, salty toffee

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    More refined than the powerful, blade-y 2015 version. Depending on the occasion displays a saltiness in taste. More oak influence than the 2015, too. Very good. Highly recommended.

  11. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Very decent whisky with a pleasant smoke. However, I need some water to tame it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Ed Radour scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  14. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very pungent one, this Lagavulin. Rather one that is focussed on impact, precision and quality, than on development and complexity. But it is certainly very good at what it does. Albeit not my favourite Lagavulin so far.

  17. mandragoru scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sugar cane, vanilla, marine salt, coal/peat
    Taste: smoke, salt, oranges
    Finish: ashy, salty, bitter
    An excellent Laga!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, spicy, smoky with vanilla and citrus fruits and above all neat power!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  20. uap304 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The My Bloody Valentine of malts. 
    • Nose
      Ephemeral, singeing, medicinal, iodine, sawdust. Explosive! Wet peat on a campfire. 
    • Taste
      Thin and oily, drying. Sweet and smoky, overpowering.  Obnoxious really.  Ridiculous but somehow delicate, giving way to charred malt. 
    • Finish
      Smoked cinnamon, numbing, warming, and supremely satisfying. 

  21. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting tip: Bourbon barrel, maximum 10 years, maximum 50%, Caol Ila Resolution: The skin does not kill me.
    • Nose
      Grainy smoke, citrus notes, ashen and maritime, behind it comes some apple, later I smell wall paint
    • Taste
      Smoke, vanilla, some effervescent powder, citrus sweetness, oak flavor
    • Finish
      The smoke is again very grainy, slightly bitter finish, some heat

  22. Dyno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    might need to do a blind tasting where i put the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th in a direct competition. first need to get my hands on a 2017 edition!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. dram_on scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This bottling saved the distillery for me as I was about to totally write-off Lagavulin, but yowza!!! The 12yo is both hands-down, pound-the-table, light-years ahead of the 16yo!

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

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

  25. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  26. fileosoph scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A laga whose youth is felt. A whisky that has qualities but is not totally finished ...
    • Nose
      Fine peat very herbaceous and slightly farmy. Behind is peanut and flower.
    • Taste
      Acre attack very light with peat always present then arrives chocolate and leather.
    • Finish
      A moderately long finish on chocolate peat.

  28. mer1973 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  29. HW74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  30. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It's a classic with a reason. It's well made, but also well matured. The result is a rather complex and not too heavy Islay dram.
    • Nose
      Peat and coal smoke, vanilla, some mint and camphor. In the beginning, there is crystallized lemon, but this eventually develops towards peach. Finally, there is almond paste. 
    • Taste
      Full and sweet, with a pleasant spicy edge of pepper. It's not that peaty, rather smoky and salty (plain salt, iodine). The fruitiness of peach completes the palate. 
    • Finish
      Long and intense, on wood and bbq smoke, pepper, salted cod, and vanilla cream.

  31. thomasflsts scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  33. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  34. domani scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Harmonious interaction between smoke, alcohol and spice. Wild and yet easy to tame. Great Single Malt - 16.08.2015
    • Nose
      Wonderfully warm smoke, burning match, salty maritime, fishing net in fishing boat, anchovies in olive oil, oregano, smoked bacon
    • Taste
      Musty, salty-maritime, herbal mixture, tart, peppery, alcohol is very well integrated and remains despite cask strength in the background
    • Finish
      Lang

  35. Koalafant scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Fucking awesome!!! (90/100)
    • Nose
      Ardbeg-like smoke with a strong sweetness in the background and a nice sea breeze
    • Taste
      Powerful in the mouth. Sweet and peaty with notes of fresh herbs
    • Finish
      laaaang und torfig

  36. Laga93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  38. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Im Vergleich:

    1. Lagavulin 12y. 2014th

    2. Lagavulin 12y. 2015th

    3. Lagavulin 12y. 2013th

    4. Lagavulin 12y. 2012th
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Georges scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Georges scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Superb, honest and clean whisky!
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, sweet, vanilla, earthy, iodine, maritime
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, sweet, pears, grapefruit, ashy, coastal, salty
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, earthy, salty

  42. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    For me a very excellent Lagavulin with a super nose, great body, and unfortunately a little too short, but very pleasant finish. He needs a lot of time in the glass and in my opinion does not tolerate water at all. With the mildness of the alcohol, he also does not need one, because some are nastier at 40%.
    • Nose
      Wow! First perfume, actually rose water or something. No smoke at all in the first nose. But now, italic herbal mixture, lavender, only very mild smoke. I would not have expected that. Jezt he is sweeter and rounder / quieter. Caramel candy and Bazooka chewing gum from the 70s / 80s. Such a minty perfume. Reminds me of my school days now. Just change the pocket money at the kiosk in Süßkram. ;-) Even when warming, the 55% hold back significantly in the nose. Now the typical Lagavulin campfire note comes up but still discreet. The sweet ones go together wonderfully with the salty notes. Some smoked fish, caramel and cotton candy compete for the favor of the nose. Now comes still clear vanilla and again some mint. Fresh germ dumplings. In addition, lemony notes. Even damp rocks mix in the aroma. Wonderfully complex, you can snoop on it for hours. First a little saltier with water, then the lemon gets stronger. Significantly less sweet, flatter.
    • Taste
      The taste is now significantly more smoke. In addition, a honey-like, but not too strong sweetness with a clear vanilla impact. He is super pure. Fantastically integrated alcohol, incredibly mild and extremely oily. After a while in the mouth, it becomes slightly creepy. Much sweeter with water, it gets a sticky note.
    • Finish
      In the finish then buttery soft. The sweetness goes at the same time with the smoke and leaves behind a pleasantly light oak, which leads from bitter chocolate to almond cream. The finish overall should be a bit longer.

  43. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  44. Blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I loved it. Sure there are lot of more complex ones on the market but this one is so well made and clean that It directly goes on my favourite list. Only the price is a bit high but I guess it worth it.
    • Nose
      Wow! Mineral and salty, some lemon notes mixed with light peat. At the same time it is very fresh, not agressive at all at CS. I do not really find the 'fat' side often found in Lagavulin. Typically the kind of profile I appreciate. Still, it is less peaty than the regular 16, in this way this is not a peat monster. Water lowers a bit the ABV and makes it easier and rounder. A feeling of wet clothes also appears.
      Loved it.
    • Taste
      Now the peat is more present than on the nose. Lemony and mineral. Salt in the background, all that with a good body, less oily than initally expected before nosing. Becomes more earthy and flavoured with some drops of water.
    • Finish
      Very long, simple and earthy, but perfectly clean and fresh.

  45. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  46. MarkSafari scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    My favorite Lagavulin, which is saying a lot since Laga is my top distillery.

    If only they didn't add colour...
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  47. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

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

  48. checkpointuk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/lagavulin-12yo-special-releases-die-letzten-vier-jahresabfuellungen-von-2011-bis-2014-35652/ Color: sunlight
    Nose: Sweet peat, hot lemon extract, lime juice with smoky-bitter herbs, salt and a little vanilla. Very straightforward and somewhat closed.
    Taste: Sugar-sweet start. Peat and oily smoke are in the foreground, followed by herb herb dressing with honey and green apple peel. More and more bitter wood aromas with carbonated ash and sooty soot - relatively unbalanced!
    Finish: Medium length - dry, peaty-smoky and very lemon-rich. Even more bitter with wood and green, immature notes.
    Comment: To date, the most unharmonious Special Release!
    85 points (nose: 88 / taste: 85 / finish: 83)

  49. Finlaggan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/01/lagavulin-12-2013-distillery-bottling.html

  50. cavalier66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sharp, mineral, closed nose. With water fruits, apples pears, vanilla, lemon.
    Mouth adds marzipan, boiled sweets. Water makes it fruitier and sweeter, creamier/more buttery. Honey emerges. Sweetened grapefruit. Peat is always in balance and refined. A hint of salt.
    Finish medium to long, gets a little bitter at the end - apple peelings - but not at all unpleasant. Mainly fruits and peat.
    Overall a lovely dram of lagavulin, more complex than expected for a 12 yo, yet at the same time a relatively easy drinker. Needs only a small drop of water - gets too sweet if more added. And little or no sherry cask influence in comparison with the 16. An aperitif laga rather than the after dinner 16 yo. 91 ponts.

  51. Wolv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  52. taldish scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  53. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared to all earlier releases I know (7th, 10th & 11th), this one has much more toffee (sherry influence?) and that malty touch that I don't find in those, at the expense of fruitiness. In direct comparison, I prefer those earlier batches. This one lacks a little complexity, but it's still a nice whisky.
    • Nose
      Toffee, peat, dough, lime, gingerbread, orange, malt, cherry and salami. With water more orange.
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, toffee, citrus, orange, porridge and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, mocha, gingerbread, orange, lime, caramel and cranberry.

  54. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not too dissimilar to the 12th release on the nose, with crystal-clean peat alongside orchard and citrus fruits, mingled with salty sea air and vanilla
    tablet. A couple of drops of water brought out more of the salty
    sea air again, but also a touch of something more medicinal (iodine?) I usually associate with Laphroaig. Peat is
    again fully evident on the palate, but with the citrus fruits
    and vanilla balancing things nicely. Long finish, but not as crisp or clean as the 12th release (and a touch more bitter). In summary, not quite up to the lofty standards of the 12th release in my book (but still a cracking dram). Depressingly, it was also £15 more expensive than the previous release in my local shop!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  55. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

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

  56. Brave Jester scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Improvement compared to the 2012 edition. In my opinion it takes time after adding water to reveal its true value. The amount of water is also important and then closer to the 2011 edition then I expected after first tasting.

  57. checkpointuk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/special-release-2013-2-lagavulin-12yo-und-die-aktuelle-distillers-edition-lgv-4502-31568/ Color : sunlight
    Nose: Much sweet, earthy peat, embedded in lemons and limes. Smoky-bitter herbs with a little vanilla - but nothing else!
    Taste: Sweet and very maritime, peat and oily smoke, again the bitter herbs and grapefruit flavors and increasingly bitter wood aromas with carbonated ash and sooty soot - relatively unbalanced.
    Finish: Medium-long - earthy-tart, peaty-smoky citrus fruits, even more bitter with wood and green, unripe notes.
    Comment: So far, the Special Release 12yo, which appeals to us the least!
    85 points (nose: 88 / taste: 85 / finish: 83)

  58. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Serge says: "Lagavulin 12 yo 'Special Release 2013' (55.1%, OB)
    Colour: white wine. Nose: oh this is lovely. There's some sweet and
    rounder vanilla and fudge at first nosing, coating yet another
    crystalline peat, some superb earth (Pu-ehr style), wet gravel, some
    antiseptic and touches of our beloved gentian spirit. Maybe not that
    complex at this point, but simply implacable and superbly 'obvious'.
    With water: ultra-clean tincture of iodine and barbecued marshmallows
    plus always some roots. Fresh ginseng? Love that. Mouth (neat): instant
    pleasure. Lagavulin's trademark sweetness (wrt the other big peaters),
    with notes of butter pears, then an avalanche of all things coastal and
    smoky (like, a beach bonfire), then some kind of ashy oils, and lastly,
    grapefruits. Grapefruits make the great peaters, methinks. Also a little
    dill - or gravlaks-not-from-Ikea. With water: the best part. Just
    obvious, huge yet sharp and wonderfully balanced, with that Lagavulinian
    extra-sweetness. Finish: very long, with the roots and the earth having
    the upper hand this time. Less sweetness, which is welcome in a finish
    in my opinion. Comments: I think the Lagavulin 12 never stops improving,
    year after year. In a way, I'm considering it's the best 'simple' malt
    whisky money can buy, because it is simple whisky. To put in your cellar
    as a gift to the next generations. SGP:547 - 92 points."

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