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Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating 299 votes 88.69

Tastingtags

51 Notes

HammerHead
Expert Senior HammerHead Review note
03 Nov 2017 4:56 pm
HammerHead gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
91
Nose
92
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
91
Presentation
91
Whisky-Tester
Expert Senior Whisky-Tester Review note
01 Aug 2017 3:31 am
Whisky-Tester gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.9
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
89
Achany
Connoisseur Achany Review note
26 Jul 2017 7:01 pm
Achany gave this whisky 89 points

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

Weighted Rate
89.2
Nose
88
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
86
Zoltavar
Expert Senior Zoltavar Review note
22 May 2017 10:43 pm
Zoltavar gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.9
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
91
Allandale
Connoisseur Allandale Tasting note
27 Feb 2017 5:21 pm
Allandale gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale straw
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


Comments

Medium Body. Lovely Lagavulin. 

Eilean a' Cheo
Expert Senior Eilean a' Cheo Note
22 Feb 2017 7:08 pm
Eilean a' Cheo gave this whisky 91 points

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.

mer1973
Connoisseur mer1973 Review note
07 Feb 2017 11:19 pm
mer1973 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.6
Nose
91
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
89
Presentation
89
Cubey666
Expert Senior Cubey666 Review note
01 Feb 2017 7:03 pm
Cubey666 gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.1
Nose
90
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
88
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GIORGOS
Expert Senior GIORGOS Review note
29 Jan 2017 11:54 am
GIORGOS gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.1
Nose
92
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
95
Presentation
90
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
03 Dec 2016 11:38 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 87 points

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.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man

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