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Lagavulin 12-year-old Pure Islay Malt

Overall rating 43 votes 92.29
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
it Italy
Added on
07 Oct 2013 11:21 pm


6 Notes

Expert Senior aphex Note
24 Jul 2017 12:30 am
aphex gave this whisky 91 points

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.

Mouth : Diluted but tasty. Caramel, orangey notes, walnuts, earth, mint, resinous notes. Once again the aroma are deliciously melted.

Finish : Medium, resinous.

OBE at work everywhere but damn that was good. A subtle and elegant dram to enjoy slowly.

Expert Senior VWWW Note
08 May 2017 9:17 am
VWWW gave this whisky 86 points

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.
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Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 May 2017 3:40 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 95 points

[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.

There is no accounting for taste...
Expert Senior tomy63 Note
18 Oct 2015 12:08 pm
tomy63 gave this whisky 89 points

(version Montenegro Import Zola Predosa) Couleur or profond, nez assez fin et subtil, légèrement tourbé, un peu d’orange, de caramel, de noisette, de tabac, de sous-bois, de thé fumé, le tout avec le côté un peu fondu de l’OBE. Moins bien en bouche, ça manque de puissance à 43%, un peu plus marquée par le caramel, toujours des noisettes, de l’orange, un peu de fumée, d’iode et du poivre en fin de bouche. Finale un peu courte. Légère déception au final sur cet embouteillage mythique. Les bouteilles ne semblent pas toutes du même niveau.

Expert Senior checkpointuk Note
09 Jun 2015 2:37 pm
checkpointuk gave this whisky 94 points


Farbe: Altes Gold
Nase: Zigarre und Asche, fri­sche Tabak­blät­ter, schwere Oran­gena­ro­men, rau­chi­ger Tee und viel alter tor­fi­ger Sherry, leckere Kräu­ter, Kaf­fee­rösta­ro­men mit Vanille, Hasel­nuss, Kohle, Schuh­sohle, Leder. Diese Aro­men­viel­falt ist ein­fach nur gigan­tisch. Very old style!
Geschmack: Sal­zi­ges Harz, rau­chi­ger Torf, erdige Noten, wun­der­bare Sher­rya­ro­men beglei­tet von dump­fen Kräu­tern. Dazu Oran­gen­scha­len und Vanille, immer sal­zi­ger wer­dend. Gegen Ende über­wie­gen die Kräu­ter­a­ro­men.
Finish: Sehr lang, tro­cken sal­zig, Tabak und Teer, leicht herbe Kräu­ter mit eher mil­der Orange, tro­cken tor­fig aus­klin­gend.
94 Punkte (Nase: 94 / Geschmack: 94 / Finish: 94)


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