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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 9:23 am by mds51
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 116,74

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

79 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. Bretorianer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. lsy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Serge 92
    Integrally ex-refill American oak. Who would be against that. This baby’s a hit everywhere every year, including at WF Towerz.
    Colour: white wine.
    Nose: we’re extremely close to Lg5, this official’s just got a little more malty/coffeeish notes, as if the wood was a notch more active, and a peatiness that’s a little more leathery/tarry, so a little heavier and less bright and lively. But the whole remains a bright and lively Lagavulin. Love these notes of earthy pear pie. Beach sand.
    With water: just more proof that Lagavulin Distillery and its people are doing the greatest job. What a pure, yet fat, yet bright, yet heavy, yet elegant smoky spirit. What I especially like at Lagavulin is the fact that it’s not only about peat.
    Mouth (neat): exactly the same feeling. A tad fatter and oilier. Barbecued marshmallows and sausages grilled over a bonfire. Ah, our boy scout days… Love this. Less wood, more spirit, that’s our motto.
    With water: what? Can you smoke and salt multi-vitamin fruit juice? And add chamomile, eucalyptus tea, and bits of bacon and kipper?
    Finish: long and warming, but remaining fresh, which is quite an achievement. Liquorice allsorts in the aftertaste, which reminds us of what Wise Pinkie MacArthur always says, ‘Lagavulin is sweet’. Also a little new oak, bizarrely. Pencil shavings. That can’t be!
    Comments: Lagavulin’s annual 12 is like Sticky Fingers, everyone should have it in his stash. And I like it just as much as the new Port Ellen ’83.
    SGP:657 - 92 points.

  6. sbosse scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. berarith73 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=205 Color: Chardonnay Nose: Ultra salty and alcoholic tickling. Here you can find less peat in comparison. But he goes more in the herbaceous direction. Eucalyptus, mint, citric acid, vanilla, leather, wet cardboard and hints of green apple Taste: Very alcohol-based aromas and a slightly musty undertone with slightly sweet aromas of peat, honey, smoke and citrus fruits. The dry-peaty notes are complemented by some less beautiful herbaceous notes. Finish: Long - salty-fresh and peaty-smoky but also slightly flattened woody. Partly even a bit bland the end and not necessarily what you hoped for the finish. 87 points N: 89P / G: 87P / F: 85P

  9. AladdinVonSane scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Really good, I feasted, to discover if it is possible!
    • Nose
      Immediate peat, follows the rubber type marine buoy. The sea is not far away with iodine that appears immediately. Burnt wood too.
    • Taste
      Peat is confirmed, firewood and iodine also. Also citrus fruits (lemon).
      It is greedy, round, dry, fat, balanced, rich: excellent!
    • Finish
      Beautiful length in the mouth, with the previous aromas adds dried fruits

  10. Kumachan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior


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