Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
15th Release
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon Oak Casks
56.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 Oct 2015 9:38 am by mds51
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 117,20

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.95 points

  1. Kumachan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    I loved it. A big whisky, fiery and complex. Dark and bright. Alcohol is perfectly integrated, it does not matter for a second. For lovers of powerful peat and marine, if you have not tried this version 12 years CS, run! The pleasure - price ratio is superb! Beside and despite its qualities, the 16-year-old does not hold the shock. If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 91.
    • Nose
      Very light creamy yellow color, regular tears, fine, long and fast. After rubbing, a taste on the palm gives me a glimpse of a day when we decide to burn the branches and "bad" herbs of the garden, ashes, burnt wood, freshly mown grass, and cereals. A garage nose, motor oil, fat bike chain, hot metal and wet rock. The burnt land of peat, gasoline, grilled fish. The seaside is not far, iodine and seaweed accompanied by salt, white pepper and licorice. We leave this beautiful ocean world and burned to be carried by the breeze and spicy floral. Violet and blackcurrant bud, lemon and zest as well as dark chocolate. A beautiful nose composing a beautiful symphony of peat, flowers, spices and fruits.
    • Taste
      It's dry and fat in the mouth. Very smoky, on ash, just burnt wood and coal. The distillate becomes round and sweet, the violet, spicy around curry and white pepper. The palate is hot and spicy. Lemon, but also a beautiful exoticism: pineapple and coconut. The metal and the wet rock offer a nice freshness. The finish is very oily, on bitter cocoa.
    • Finish
      The final is long. The Lajaunie cachou, the ash and the beautiful pear Helen. The empty glass resonates on grilled / toasted, peat and lemon zest.

  2. tuemura scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    My favorite Lagavulin.

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Ordentliche Kracher, also different / idiosyncratic enough to justify the individual releases. When it was still around the 50 ¬, that was a welcome addition to the quite narrow standard range, for today's 80-100 € Diageo can nail the neatly groomed knee.
    • Nose
      Direct comparison 2015 vs. 2016: both very strong, crispy, biscuit, grainy-sweet, vanilla, some white pepper ... salt and smoke are more restrained (compared to 16-year standard bottling), '15 is heavier, sweeter and rounder with licorice and some ricola, '16 is a bit fresher and fruity, has a light apple and lemon twist and bites a bit more and is a bit ashier (Water play tries, but does not hurt very much, you should only if it is really too sharp)
    • Taste
      both: very strong, lots of pepper, vanilla, malt, '15 is also sweeter here and looks fatter, fuller, darker, the ricola note is back, '16 is thinner, but also oily, is significantly sharper (white pepper) , rather bitter than sweet, wood, coffee, cough syrup, also smokier / ashier than '15
    • Finish
      both long, hot and spicy, '15 rather black pepper, ricola, liquorice, '16 white pepper, coffee, camillan, wood

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The smell is very fresh and intense and makes me immediately think of wind on the North Sea beach - very nice.
    Then comes the frontal attack on the mouth, the degree of astringency scrapes on the border of tolerability.
    The finish then shows some mercy again. A very powerful whisky that explores and sometimes crosses borders. I'm impressed, if a bit humiliated. A true giant.
    • Nose
      Sweet, smoke, some tangerine, orange, then medicinal, disinfectant, slightly sour, menthol, fresh, sea breeze
    • Taste
      The light body weighs me to safety, but then the Lagavulin hits. The mouth begins to glow, strong astringent, the mouth becomes furry, almost deafened, after a long moment it is then sweet and the smoke shows.
      In the second sip it becomes something (but only slightly) gentler, some oak, milk chocolate, some caramel, in the background always smoke
    • Finish
      In the finish the whisky leaves me out of the sweatbox and I can breathe again. Bittersweet it sticks to the palate, aniseed, bitter herbs, sage and burned oak. Long.

  5. Opeth83 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really one of the best releases of 2015, I think my memory is also better than 2014, I bought a bottle.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. drkrylov scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Very sooty, warm lemon rather than zestiness. Warming, rounded wood spice. Water livens up proceedings.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Plenty of peat smoke, oatcakes and salted caramel richness.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Dry and sooty.

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  9. andreapalma83 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    purchased online at the price of 80 euros excluding shipping costs:
    nose: the coastal side of the distillery emerges immediately, more marked in this full-strength bottling than the basic version 16 yo, smell much more pronounced and intense, smoke, seaweed, peat, sea water, iodine and medicinal herbs
    taste: 58 degrees incredibly and wonderfully disappear, pale gold color, first sip explosion of peat, tar, algae, sea salt, the strength of a wave and the sea foam on the Scottish cliffs, then the second sip gives way to a taste creamy, with hints of citrus, cedar, sometimes liquorice, cereals, wax,alcohol is aniway hidden by peat and the malt creaminess
    Final: long,persistent, lasting, the taste remained on the palate for almost 30 minutes or more.
    A giant, to have at all costs in your collection

  10. Bretorianer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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