Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
15th Release Diageo Special Releases 2015
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

€ 118.41

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

92 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.96 points

  1. Kumachan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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. 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

  3. tuemura scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    My favorite Lagavulin.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Minute differences notwithstanding, Lagavulin 12 is remarkably consistent in its austerity year after year. I just wish that sometimes its taste could be a little more rounded, with some streaks of fruitiness, but I guess lagavulin thinks otherwise, or perhaps they don't want to waste choice barrels in the vatt. While it is very good (89 points), I have stopped buying it because for me, it lacks excitement -- I know exactly how it will taste like.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 94 Euro in November, 2015.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90.  My notes state a clean and flawless "naked" Lagavulin.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is the kind of wonderful dram where words write themselves. Flabbergasting in quality and is definitely very fairly priced for what it offers.
    • Nose
      Textbook Lagavulin green
      olives, coming with the expected yet luscious combo of fish oil, acrylic paint, hot tar, anchovies. Medicinal subtle spice, camphor, slight sulphur and huge peanut butter. Everything in its right place. Something about warm vegetables is coming … think ratatouille ! Paprika, chickpeas, some kind of delicious Chinese broth. Thought I was done with this nose, it evolves again : bright puffs of vanilla soufflé, white chocolate, almonds, fresh rum and dairy cream … this is cask strenght eggnog ! Brilliant ! After yet some more time, an ethereal fruitiness appears. Macadamia nuts and wild strawberries on a bed of old rubber and wet pine needles. Holy shit.
    • Taste
      I could describe how amazing this palate is
      without even mentioning tastes because it is texturally and
      "alcoholically" per-fect. Not a single burn at this proof, one of the most velvety texture I ever encountered. Exotic woods, custardy side again, sardines, walnut oil and paprika. Wet gravel under a summer sun. Coal, then something like a platter of the freshest seafood. Greengage and coconut to add some of these American oak yellow fruits again. Lovely.
    • Finish
      Compact yet everlasting … Prawns, caraway seeds, shy strawberries, humus and beechnuts (you know, the ones we used to eat while we were walking in the woods on a rainy autumn day ?). Some green spiciness emerges, wasabi, coriander, gets quite medicinal again with dried raspberries, leather, unripe pears and … back on our green olives. The cycle is complete. 

  9. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    From a sample. Strong, sweet with medium smoke and floral notes in the background on the palate in the finish. Very refreshing, and packs a punch! Perfect for a summer evening dram!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The 12-year-old expression is always impressive, as well as this, which is clearly one of the better.
    • Nose
      First, minerals and iodine, some grapefruit, the smoke is in the background, although a slightly salty BBQ note is already to be guessed. After a while, a nice toffee note develops, which perfectly harmonizes with the still very minerally dry character. A little more time and leather, floor wax and even some freshly ground coffee complete the bouquet. On the other hand, notes of fresh, ripe fruit, peaches, pears and pineapple flash from time to time. Then roasted marshmallows and beef jerky again. You really can not have hunger here. Incredible, freshly grilled burger with sweet relish. Heated, he goes more to the fruity side, with honey, grilled bacon with mango chutney.
    • Taste
      On the tongue it is really great, strong without burning with grilled marshmallows, again bacon, dark toffee, coffee drops and behind out a pleasant bitterness, integrated in eucalyptus. A big movie theater!
    • Finish
      The bitterness also determines the finish, which is relatively short and salty at the end, after the mineral notes dominate again in the middle.


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