Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.51/100
votes
436
Whiskybase ID
WB58219
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
14th Release Diageo Special Releases 2014
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
12 years old
Number of bottles
31428
Strength
54.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L4128CM000
Barcode
5000281038643
Added on
21 sep 2014 11:46 am by GLEN MAUR
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 230.00

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436 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

73 users have left 77 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.51 points.

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For all my love for a wine in sherry casks, I have to say that this Lagavulin really gets me, precisely because it brings out the best in ex-bourbon casks, great whisky
    • Nose
      Nice, it starts extremely creamy and sweet, honey, the smoke lingers, there is a lime note above, butter biscuit, some pencil, you can get lost in the nose, green apple, but in a fizzy version, vanilla, the butter biscuit comes fresh out of the oven and has turned a bit dark, hay, a pinch of cinnamon
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, full-bodied, honey, vanilla, creamy, fresh, lime, ashy smoke, also dry, slightly floral, the whole mouth is full of aromas, there is really a lot going on, which is fun, alcohol perfectly integrated
    • Finish
      Dry, citrus concentrate, but only a droplet, biscuit, vanilla, ripe apple, fresh smoke with a hint of mint, exciting

  2. Holzwurm scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  3. KDD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin doesn't disappoint.
    • Nose
      Dirty peaty notes, with sweet tar freshly laid and still bubbling. Some salted caramel, a touch of lemon, some engine oil and some damp clothes. Some pepper to go along with the salt, and what's this creeping in.....bacon?
    • Taste
      Typical Lagavulin, it's that sweet peat with an ashy mouthfeel. Hints of lemons but with a sweet edge. If you chew it on the palate the liveliness feels like sherbet, it's fizzy on the tongue. Has some elements of apples, again leading towards Calvados.
    • Finish
      Long but soft, a blast of salted caramel finishing dry on peat and autumn leaves.

  7. penumbra scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Compared with other 12yo, the style is not bright, but the taste is slightly more complex.
    • Nose
      Vanilla ice cream, oyster shell, salty flavor, lemon juice, apple peel, camphor, iodine, soot.
    • Taste
      Apple juice, pear, slightly complicated peat sweet water, ginger, kelp, vegetables, slightly spicy, peat salty and bitter.
      Better, the fat is fair, slightly sweet, no acidity, no tannins, no astringency, slight bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol, no irritation.
    • Finish
      Longer, oak, peat smoke, tea bitter, vanilla, sea salt, grease.

  8. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    scbp-7266, the original wine, basically does not rely on wooden barrels, and the overall performance can be called nothing. The tail is too salty, which hurts the overall balance. If it can be tightened a little, it may be called an 88+ wine.
    • Nose
      Sharp peat, ginger, strong alcohol irritation, raw lemon, sea water, salt particles from fish shops and salted fish, oil and fat smell, grapefruit tea, slightly turpentine, chilled milk and other cool and mysterious feelings . 88
    • Taste
      The richness is enough. The smoky sensation is moderately heavy, ginger sugar, sweet caramelized bread, sour grapefruit, ginseng, slightly honey, transition to sea water, sea salt, spicy, slightly scratching at the knot, too salty. The wine is medium to strong, with a strong oiliness, and average balance. p88b89
    • Finish
      Slightly astringent, slightly bitter, ginger, burnt plants, slightly warm, with a salty feeling. 88

  9. Paedi75 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  10. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Easy. Cool. It's just cool how Lagavulin manages to make these CS versions so simple and yet convincing. Citrus ash, wet newspaper, smoldering smoke and sewing machine oil - that's it.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Whisky for slow pleasure. I would take it with me to an uninhabited island. Perfect fit, the degree is not felt at all, very meaty.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Soft, unobtrusive smoke, smoked sour peat, dried pear, raw cellar, fish on fire, pollen, dust, some rubber, black bread "Borodinsky", ashes, baklava and other oriental sweets in honey and nuts , apple drying, refreshing mint, cookies with nut filling, sea salinity.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Smoky, very meaty, as if you are chewing a piece of bacon, skin, ashes, juicy sweet fruits, raisins, pepper, citrus, salt, noticeably oily.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Meat (bacon!), Smoky, long and warming, noticeably oak, salty, oily.

  12. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, that’s pretty great. Fantastic richness throughout, and filled with delectable savoury meaty flavours. The water added even more complexity with those fruit notes. Texturally, it has this amazing stickiness to it, and is incredibly easy to drink. What’s the term the craft beer hipsters saying these days, “crushable”? This is a crushable whisky. I only wish the finish was a tiny bit longer.

    Nose: Sweet, rich smoke. Al pastor pork tacos – topped with pineapple, white onion, and cilantro, of course. Shoyu ramen with yuzu and nori. There’s a good bit of barley-ish sweetness – chocolate-strawberry crepe, brown sugar, and peanut brittle. Fragrant spicy notes of white pepper, nutmeg, rosemary, lemongrass, fenugreek, and clove-spiked orange. Some tar and charcoal. Maybe a bit of petrichor.

    Palate: Medium-thick texture, with a certain stickiness. Sweet and salty up front, with barley sugar, orange, and muddy tidal flats. Rich earthy peat smoke, worn leather, tobacco, and sticky stewed beef on the development. There’s an ashy note in there too. Hot cocoa with marshmallows. Some slightly bitter grapefruit. Charred driftwood and distant ocean.
    Water adds some bright citrus and tropical fruit.

    Finish: Medium-length and nutty. Salty driftwood smoke and grilled poblano peppers. Dried herbs, black pepper, bitter orange, toasted sesame seeds, and pecans.

  13. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  14. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very ashy, dirty and intensely smoky on the nose. On the palate and finish, it goes more in the fruity direction. Very special, you have to like the aromas in the nose. I like it very well.
    • Nose
      intense fruity campfire smoke, ash, pepper, dirty, light fruits in the background and slightly maritime notes. The dirty ashy flavors predominate.
    • Taste
      smoky, slightly sweet, pepper, lots of light fruits, very spicy and hot. Slightly creamy, citrus fruits
    • Finish
      Smoke, sweet, fruity, malty, very slightly salty in the background. A bit bitter at the end, citrus-fruity.

  15. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    The usual great great Laga.. In these days I tasted a Port Ellen (I had a sample).. Ok, Lagavulin is at the same level in my opinion, maybe better.. Incredible quality/price, wonderfoul as the usual, peat, waxy, fruity, elegant..oh, i love Laga

  16. vveed4z0 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  17. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very good but a little simpler than in my memories.
    • Nose
      Pretty peat.
      Cold ash, lemon, camphor, nice dose of medicinal. Kiwi, pineapple peel.
      It is rather simple, but effective.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is more salty. Spray.
      Oily peat, wet green grass. Smoke, cold ash. Tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long finish on dry wood, hay, wet grass. Camphor, medicinal.

  18. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The 2016 batch at 57.7% was a complete mindblowing experience. I am very curious if this one can get close/get even/get passed or maybe doesn’t even come near that batch.

    Well..okay it is not as good as batch 2016, but that was near impossible from the start. But also this batch is of very high quality and very deserving! I doubt if there are better 12yo whiskies out there. Impressed again!
    • Nose
      Sold! Again this is high quality, high level stuff! Not your usual inyourface peat bomb Lagavulin is known for. This is, in terms of Lagavulin, subtle and delicate. Very well balanced at CS. Smoked ham, fresh oak, salty, herbal and little fruity. Splendid! It reveals more freshness when water is added which does improve this dram.
    • Taste
      Impressive arrival. Soft, silky, gentle. Smooth peat, woody and a little dry after a while. Smoked meat, old furniture. Solid body and very well balanced. Water makes the taste also more fresh. Almost like in a hint of peppermint.
    • Finish
      Pleasantly long. Peat is the strongest here but in my opinion it doesn’t completely takes over the finish. There is almost a buttery kind of mouthfeel at the very end. A more then perfect fall/winter dram.

  20. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice one, good combination of smoke and sweetness, with a remarkably smoother finish than body.

    Did this one H2H with the 2018 variant, this 2018 being stronger in alcohol in the nose, and fruitier. Also fruitier in taste, just a little lighter and smooth and attractive. Both are great whisky’s by the way.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Some smoke, sweet, caramel, fake leather, some earthy notes, autumn forest. Salty as well, and the smell of a motorboat at sea.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sal ammoniac and licorice. Lots of pepper, strong and full-bodied. Bonfiresmoke, ash. Also some sweet, peach and honey.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Remarkably softer and smoother now, less pepper, some smoke and sweet notes remain, pretty long finish.

  22. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  24. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      This sample is in my reserve for months, and each time, I balk at the snack. By telling me that I more want to make discoveries, test single casks, rather than return to a variation of a whisky that I think I know well, even if I like it. It's almost backwards that I start tasting ...

      Generous peat, rich, immediately expressive. Tires, rubber, but also creamy and fresh. Oysters ? Juicy lemon on a seafood platter, yes! Grapefruit, an orange zest. The malt that comes with citrus fruits.
      With water, the smoke is thick, like a fog falling on a seaside.
    • Taste
      Fresh, lively and round at the same time. Very "bourbon cask", with caressing vanilla.
      The addition of water makes it vary on the caramel and reveals beautiful fresh fruits.
    • Finish
      Elegant and spicy, on citrus fruits.
      The addition of water puts the smoke back in the center of the action. The finish is oily, persistent. Beautiful sweet spices and a note of coffee.

      Well then ! I thought I was bored by being on conquered ground. What a journey ! A hyper evolutionary whisky. Like what to go back on the classics.

      Enthusiasm 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1922

  25. berarith73 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with the 2016 version (89 pts.), which felt slightly harsher on the peat, brighter in general, and more citric, but equal in quality. One of my favorite current young releases.
    • Nose
      So simple, yet so characterful. There's this fattiness that no other contemporary Islay spirit has, along with a fair bit of pine and a slice of rubber from peat. It's almost like somebody found a way to peat a riesling... Water makes it fresher and brings out some ashes. With more water, salinity pushes through. This is just wonderfully honest, and as I keep adding water, it refuses to become tamed.
    • Taste
      Amazingly soft body for an over 50 % whisky. Grapefruit and oily smokiness. Water doesn't soften it much, but makes the body fuller and better rounded. Apart from the faint citrics, I don't think there's much of the cask here, which is refreshing.
    • Finish
      Without water it's a fleeting affair. Water unlocks some sweetness and plaster, and a proper, lasting finish. Quite elegant for such a youngster. The ashes make a comeback in the tail.

  27. Islaywolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very good!,
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  28. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  29. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

  31. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Peat, smoke, some salt, a hint of bacon, after a while the sweetnes kicks in, some vanilla, fruity, citrus as well, some spices and herbs. complex, a lot going on, really wonderful stuff. I love it - CS, age statement, perfect value
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. Zoltavar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Medium Body. Lovely Lagavulin. 
    • Nose
      Gentle and sweeter than expected.Peat smoke,grainy cereals , butterscotch sweetness,boiled sweets,apple sauce,spearmint and juicy fruit. Toffee note,leather, with spice in the finish. Complex.
    • Taste
      Complex.Sweet and lively. oily with lime zest and barley  sugar sweetness. Peat smoke. Dry and aromatic wood cut by a salty smoky sharpness. Also fruity , near a wood-fired stove. 
    • Finish
      Lengthy,warming and coating.Waxy,resinous and herbal  with burnt dried mixed fruit: sweet on the tongue with smoke on the breath. Lovely

  34. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    tasted 2014 together with 2015 edition. Both great whiskies. The 2014 with a more fruity lemon strawbery side whereas the 2015 with a bbq meaty more dusty sherry character and of course both with a strong peaty body and a lot of ashes towards the end. I think I prefer the 2014.

  35. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  37. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  38. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Michelangelo
    Did you know that until 1987 the Lagavulin 12 was actually their standard bottling? Some thirty years ago the 16 Year Old came in its stead and should be present in every bar. This is truly the quintessential Lagavulin, no doubt. But still the 12 Year Old is released on a yearly basis as Special Release at cask strength. I have tried two of those before, but today I have the pleasure of trying the 2014 release. It was bottled at 54,4% ABV.
    Smoky toffee! That is the nose in a nutshell. Creamy, sweet on toffee and vanilla, immediately followed by a grand smokiness of sweet peat, some stable scents and a good pinch of kitchen salt. Young apples kick in. Liquorice. Wet wood. Butane gas. Complex and very outspoken. I love it already.
    What a body! On the palate it is nicely balanced between sweet and salt. Butter and toffee on the left of me, brackish sea water on the right, stuck in the middle with lemon juice and a drop of olive oil. Nice smokiness. Some oak and pepper join in. Most lovely indeed.
    The finish lingers very long, warm and smoky with again a fierce fight between sweet and salt.
    Ah, this Lagavulin has a grand chiseled body. Michelangelo would be jealous.

  39. Vince scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Absolute Master-class from Lagavulin on this one again.  Probably the best price/quality ratio whisky out there.  Consistently excellent year after year.

  40. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  41. mishadoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky, even a barrel fortress. The saddest bit is the salt-bitter aftertaste.
    • Nose
      Smoky, peaty, some kind of medicine? The smell is very similar to tequila Espolon Blanco, citrus, pepper, sea salt. If a little bit of standing there are notes of sweetness and some strange smell (skin?)
    • Taste
      Very smoky, but not peaty, but more coal. Again black pepper, fruits appear, the salt is clearly felt (an unpleasant aftertaste, bitter salt)
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is long, there is less smoke, more pepper and salt.

  42. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's good, but definitely not among my favourite batches of this expression. Just as the previous batch, it has a strong salty note that goes at the expense of the fruity notes.
    • Nose
      Farmy peat. Quite salty as well. Toffee, liquorice, citrus. Later apple and vanilla. Damp cloth, as if there's more humidity in my glass.
    • Taste
      Again a lot of salt through the peat. Slightly brackish. Toffee, pepper and citrus.
    • Finish
      Peat, salt and pepper. Printen in dark chocolate.

  43. Dyno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Unclimbability scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Colour: Light Gold

    Body: Full

    Nose: Great balance of earth and citrus. Chocolate, sea salt, caramel, liquorice.

    Water: More citrus.

    Taste: Big, sea salt, smoke and citrus, then more smoke with a medicinal note then more earthy and mineral.

    Water: Less intense, more citrus, earthy development.

    Finish: Long length. Earthy chocolate and citrus.

    Notes: Great balance and complexity.

  45. HunterRomario scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Tasting at the Whisky Festival 2016 during the masterclass of Karel Pinky. Absolute top of all that I had the chance to taste at the festival (that is, together with Króčovo Štrudl). For me, a complete bomb, an incredibly harmonious yet distinctive whisky. Actually, I did not find a mistake on it (maybe apart from price and availability), I could give 100/100, but I have to reserve if I ever found something better. Of course, it's just the impression of one froth, it would be better to compare it directly with other pieces of my toe. It does not change the fact that I was excited about it during the tasting.
    • Nose
      Wow! Perfect scent, fresh, shiny (vanilla, zougou), shiny citrus, a portion of smoke. Everything is blessed here. (97 b)
    • Taste
      Smoothing the smell with the taste is perfect. The profile of the flavor is as sharp as the aroma, the second layer is fresh, the other is fresh, and the fourth dimension adds smoke with peat. With water he is drowning. The flavor is dense, peat. (97 b)

  46. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  47. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    very nice, benefits from the higher ABV
    • Nose
      smell like Lagavulin on steroids, more power in the peat and sea, but also a lot of fruits
    • Taste
      again more umph than expected, but it's rounded of by the fruityness with focus on slightly sour pear
    • Finish
      spicy and dry, a bit shorter than the standard 16yo which is surprising as everything else is "more"

  48. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  49. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  50. vmu scored this whisky 57 points Member Senior

    Sorry, but this issue is the biggest disappointment I've ever experienced in a Lagavulin. Zero complexity. Instead of clear peat smoke flavors, the memory of charcoal is more likely. This Lagavulin captivates neither by a complexity like the 16 or the different DE nor he has my own character, which makes him something unique, what I expect in a limited edition,
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      55 55
    • Finish
      49 49

  51. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  52. Opeth83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  53. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Young, strong, smoky. Not comparable to the 16yo or the DE, which have much more sherry influence. But the 12yo is still successful and fun.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet smoky, wet tar. Salt, pepper and iodine give a fresh sea flavor. The alcohol stings a bit in the nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very smoky beginning, which moves in waves over the tongue. Yeast cookies are added, next to an apple-fruity sweetness. Some wood.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and dry, at the end of a just smoldering campfire with fine smoke.

  54. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Colin Dunn describes this one as 'Lagavulin undressed'. For me it's supercharged.
    T: Water management is key. To say it’s racey, zingy, and punchy is an understatement. I brought it down to 50/50. It's peaty power is awesome. More arresting then Octomore.
    F: Smoky, clean, spirit. Massive finish.
    C: it's a brute that appears to have its own agenda. So engaging that it made me chuckle. Super stuff, but can the Feis Ile better it? WB

    Scores a B+ [89]

    Further reading: WF92

  55. Glennie scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  56. Toffie76 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful version powerful, elegant and subtle. A race beast. Race. Ash is omnipresent. A lemony touch brings a certain freshness to the whole. The development is long and offers a perfect balance between bitterness, smoke and spices. vertiginous

  57. EarlMobile scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    At the called price for a 12-year-old whisky I hoped for more or expected. However, that does not mean that this whisky is not good. He tastes very delicious. Overall, a bit stronger and more intense than the 16-year-old, but otherwise without much difference.

  58. euzlpz scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Ashy flavour from over-charred casks...c'mon now, why pay for that? Limited edition rubbish. The pre-red stripe Laphroaig 10 Cask Strengths put this to shame. (Score is for the whisky alone, ie; I didn't dock points for the silly price)...I think I am done buying whisky until the noobs wake up and realize how severely quality declines when demand goes up-- if you are one of those noobs: please stop being a hipster, you're making an ass out of yourself while simultaneously depriving us pre-boomers of our joy. (In other words, IT SHOULD BE BETTER THAN THIS!)

  59. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  60. Laga93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  61. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  62. Patrick93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  63. steinrich scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  64. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Yet again, Lagavulin manages to maintain an incredibly high-quality, distinctive profile for their 12yo special release. As with previous editions, this is crystal clean, sweet peat. I slightly preferred the 2012 release to the 2013 release, and the 2014 is closer to the profile of the 2012, but with even more fruity notes on the nose and the palate (both ripe orchard fruits and zesty citrus fruits) at the slight expense of peat. This whisky relies almost entirely on the quality and purity of the spirit, in contrast to the sherry cask releases where the spirit and cask work in close harmony. Perfect example of a 90pt whisky in my book!

  65. Ciro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  66. WillemvdK scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  67. dinis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I think if Lagavulin put it more 1 year in sherry cask ... ,we could have a LAGA 92 POINTS....to me this 2014 is very good for improve more 1or 2 years in other cask...

  68. whiskyroma did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    C: Straw Yellow.

    N: Smoke, Peat, Green wood, something like delicate mint and jasmine, and burned tire and a little smell of loose fat,then after few minutes liquorice and pipe tobacco ( Black Mac Baren). With the addiction of water it gets darker to see and much fruity as smell, Juniper berries.

    P: Ash, grease fro shoes, peat, roast tastes, bbq sauce and then something like vegetable/aromatic, wild berries. In a second time ABV and spicy comes out. With water: spiced pepper and tobacco.

    F: Long, intense and complex are the roast tastes like fat and bbq sauce, fresh mint and tobacco at the end.

    Very rich strong and sometimes contrasting elements but the result is much more than satisfied. One of the best Twelve years release that we drank, and the only dubt remains the consistent growing of the price, established by Diageo.

    90/100

  69. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/lagavulin-12yo-special-releases-die-letzten-vier-jahresabfuellungen-von-2011-bis-2014-35652/ Color: white wine
    Nose: Round-harmonious-young! Very strong, peaty seasoning with honey and maritime lemon. Aromas of vanilla, leather, sour milk cream, iodine, coal and pencil lead. A slightly floral undertone completes the nose.
    Taste: Thin consistency with prominent, salty lemon aromas . Sweet, peaty, smoky, harsh. Well-integrated honey with apple pieces, vanilla, cotton candy and notes of lemon yoghurt. The taste is kept mineral throughout. Delicious!
    Finish: Long - very peaty smoke with earthy notes. Iodine, charcoal, tar and sweet and tart notes of wood, which later combine with creamy vanilla. On the tongue remain peaty-woody notes.
    89 points (nose: 88 / taste: 91 / finish: 89)

  70. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Color: light straw
    Nose: intense tar, opulent sweetness and strong herbal notes
    Palate: really fat! Tar, pepper, ginger, light citrus notes and a dominant sweetness.
    Finish: oily, sweet and wonderfully long-lasting

  71. tomkandy scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    The notes don't really do what was clearly the best value offering of
    the night credit. A reminder that there ought to be far more CS Laga
    releases - and that the spirit is astonishingly good, and hardly needs
    numbing with age or sherry.
    • Nose
      Young, sticking plasters, petrichor
    • Taste
      Vegetal, new make

  72. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

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

  73. Wolv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  74. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  75. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, sweet, coastal hints, seewead
    • Taste
      Fruity (apples, pears, strawberries), smoky, herbs 
    • Finish
      Long, peat smoke, limes

  76. ThS scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    LMDW tasting note
    Color: Very pale and delicate gold. Perlant prolonged Nose: Smooth and a little sweeter than expected, with a hint of peat smoke in the background. Deepening, these aromas become appetizing, bringing together the classic notes of fireworks and cereal-like ash, an acetic mordant combined with the sweetness of salted butter caramel, then candy, applesauce, mint green and juicy fruits. Soft caramel and baguette out of the oven, also a note of leather that complete the spices in the final. Softer after dilution: everything is first purified before there is a subtle interaction of mint, white vinegar and volutes of wood smoke. A general impression of vibrant youth: for smokers of malt smoked without compromise. Palate: Immediate and intense. Smooth and full of going, pleasantly oily: zest of lime and sweetness of barley sugar soon wrapped in peat smoke. A note of dry and aromatic wood sliced ​​in the middle of the mouth by an incisive note of salty smoke. The addition of water magnifies it: lighter, always sweet and tasty, oily and fruity, slightly salty, the smoke is more autumnal. Like a slice of fruit cake tasted next to a wood stove. Final: Extended, warm and nap. Waxy, resinous; notes of aromatic herbs and grilled dried fruits. Sweet on the tongue and smoke from the wood at the olfaction. After dilution, a delicate sweetness supports late notes of resinous pine and autumn smoke.

  77. Remko did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - October 22, 2014

    Lagavulin 12 yo 'Special Release 2014' (54.4%, OB, 31428 bottles) Five stars This will probably be fast. Colour: white wine. Nose: yes. ‘Sweet peat’ at first, then mercurochrome, seawater, new plastic (in the best sense), cider apples and roots. Turnips and gentian. What I call evident spirit – for lack of a better word. With water: a pile of fruits in a farmyard, not too far from he sea. Mouth (neat): it’s metaspirit, it transcends the categories, you could try this along some great mezcal, pear eau-de-vie, white armagnac (blanche) or, indeed, alpine gentian. What I really love here is that it’s not about b****y wood. At all. Excuse me? Flavours? I’d say heavily smoked strawberries and pears, with a medicinal background and then rather grapefruits – on a bed of ashes. With water: gets easier to down, rather rounder, and a little more herbal, with pretty much the same herbal teas that we had found in the DE (please see above). Finish: maybe not excessively long, but clean, smoky of course, herbal and limy. Comments: everyone’s favourite, which gives you faith in humanity (oh S., shut up!) SGP:557 - 92 points.

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