Lagavulin 12-year-old Pure Islay Malt

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Horse Distillers Ltd.
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Importato Montenegro S.P.A - Zola Predosa
Added on
07 Oct 2013 11:49 pm

Average value

€ 1684,35

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old Pure Islay Malt

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.33 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/lagavulin-12y-white-horse-und-laphroaig-10y-bonfanti-zwei-standards-aus-den-siebzigern-27494/ Color: Old Gold
    Nose: Cigar and ash, fresh tobacco leaves, heavy orange aromas, smoky tea and much old peaty sherry, delicious herbs, coffee roasted aromas with vanilla, hazelnut, coal, shoe soles, leather. This variety of flavors is just gigantic. Very old style!
    Taste: Salty resin, smoky peat, earthy notes, wonderful sherry aromas accompanied by dull herbs. With orange peel and vanilla, getting salty. Towards the end, the herbal flavors predominate.
    Finish: Very long, dry salty, tobacco and tar, slightly tart herbs with rather mellow orange, dry peaty finish.
    94 points (nose: 94 / taste: 94 / finish: 94)

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Potent stuff, compared to this the current 16 yo (though still a good dram) gives a cramped and almost flattened out experience.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very prominent: full barbeque smoke, bonfires and thick fruity sherry. Plum, figs and dates, salted bacon, tobacco, salmiac, mustard and piccalilly.
    • Taste
      93 93
      BBQ smoke, earthy peat, salted pork with soy sauce and herbs (oregano and marjoram), salted liquorice, black pepper, a rounded sherry sweetness.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Very long (as in several minutes): the fruity sherry, lots of salmiac liquorice, smouldering fires.

  3. MaltMartin scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Difficult to date, but with the help of Immanuel Dron's book I assume this Lagavulin was bottled at the end of the 1970's, beginning 1980's. Which makes this Laga distilled in the end of the 1960's.
    • Nose
      Beautiful old and dusty beeswaxy nose with lots of dried fruit (figs and dates). Some meaty flavours you would associate with Mortlach (Maggi!). Later on more on burnt wood and bonfire. Newly tarred roads. Whiff of smoked salmon at the background.
    • Taste
      Sappy and juicy oak intermingled with maritime influences of salt seaweed and kippery. Followed by earthy but gentle peat. Some sugared almonds. Raspberries as well. Black coffee and dark dark chocolate. Beautiful and very, very complex.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Lapsang Souchong tea with lingering peat. Very satisfying.

  4. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  5. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    OBE at work everywhere but that was good. A subtle and elegant dram to enjoy slowly.
    • Nose
      Subtle. OBE (Old Bottle Effect) took its time, did its work and melted the aroma. Let's take our time too. Candied fruits, orangey notes, caramel, earthy notes. Hints of leather. Smoke.
    • Taste
      Diluted but tasty. Caramel, orangey notes, walnuts, earth, mint, resinous notes. Once again the aroma are deliciously melted.
    • Finish
      Medium, resinous.

  6. VWWW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Here is your "once in a livetime dram", unless you've got a whole bottle of course...

    I need to say i've had better Lagavulins, but yes it is worth a try! You need to give it time to open up. The power develops within 10 or 15 minutes and than the nose keeps on changing from raisins and ashes in the nose. So much different than the current bottlings. Keep it as long in your mouth as you possibly can and this time capsule shows you every corner of paradise... The after taste is medium to long and delivers dry tannins and peat smoke.

    If i need to give it a score blind, i think i would give it 86 points, it is the fact that it is rare and from the early 70's that lot of people rate it above 90 points.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Lagavulin Bicentenary" tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95.  I
    took no detailed notes.

  8. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    (Montenegro Import Zola Predosa version) Deep golden color, rather fine and subtle nose, slightly peaty, some orange, caramel, hazelnut, tobacco, undergrowth, smoked tea, all with the side one little melted of the OBE. Less good in the mouth, it lacks power at 43%, a little more marked by caramel, always hazelnut, orange, a little smoke, iodine and pepper at the end of the mouth. Final a bit short. Slight disappointment in the end on this mythical traffic jam. The bottles do not seem all the same level.


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