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Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.54/100
votes
345
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
14th Release
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 11:30 am by GLEN MAUR
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 117,44

61 × in wishlist

345 × member ratings

1136 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.54 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. 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.

  3. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  4. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. berarith73 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. Usl1978 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Reakwoon scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Whisky-Tester scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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