Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
14th Release
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

€ 124,18

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

60 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. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  5. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. berarith73 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.


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