Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
14th Release Diageo Special Releases 2014
Stated Age
12 years old
Number of bottles
54.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Sep 2014 11:46 am by GLEN MAUR
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 200.96

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.50 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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"

  9. 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.

  10. 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.



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