Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.93/100
votes
575
Whiskybase ID
WB73371
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
15th Release Diageo Special Releases 2015
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Casks
Strength
56.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L5133CM000
Barcode
5000281041902
Added on
19 oct 2015 9:38 am by mds51
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 221.80

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

107 users have left 119 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.93 points.

  1. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and balanced, very drinkable
    • Nose
      88 88
      Yellow fruits, apple, pear, peach, citric, vanilla, honey, hints of peat and smoke - not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, oily, fruity, citric, vanilla, apple, pear, honey, subtle sweetness, hints of green tea, spices, herbs, peaty, smoky - still not bad
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, citric, fruity, peaty, smoky, herbs

  3. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great representative of bourbon Lagas. In a direct comparison to the 2021, I'm inclined to award a point more here. But these are certainly only nuances and it may also the other way round on another day.

    Full review in a session of six Lagavulin: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/10/lagavulin-der-moderne/
    • Nose
      91 91
      A dirty and nutty note immediately after pouring. Peanuts roasted over coals. Then it quickly goes to more green, also herbaceous and farmy notes. Like an ocean breeze. In the third "stage" the peat comes in. Fruity, especially light and yellow, notes are added.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Immediately it grabs and takes the tongue captive. Citrus sharpness spreads tingly. With a few turns and a little saliva, it becomes milder, but remains expressive. Peat, vanilla and citrus on seafood. A lightly smoldering campfire and some menthol.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The nuts come up again as soon as you swallow. This time with chili. What remains is dry, with pear, smoke and ash. Some salt and seaweed on top. It stays long, although perhaps less long than one might wish.

  4. Gil firth scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sooty and thick. Great edition.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Coastal peat, candied citrus, yellow fruits, quite good

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fresh smoke, slightly buttery, light bacon, a nut toffee
    Taste: Sweet trophy fruits: apricot, melon, young avocado
    Ocean: 88 | 100 - Finish good long long fruit. I think it's worth a try

  8. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Citrus, smoke
    • Taste
      Lemon, apples
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, peat, smoke

  10. STL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very fine whisky, party in the mouth. Quite expensive for a 12 year old so I would not buy it myself but I got a 6cl dram from a friend and am glad to have tasted this whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Strong, dirty, untamed, that's how an Islay malt should be. Really great malt.
    • Nose
      When pouring, there are already coastal aromas in the air with old algae and sea salt. If you smell, this impression is reinforced again. The iodine and the mineral hospital flavors that I know from the standard 16-year-old are also here, but much less pronounced. The smoke goes more towards the campfire in the forest, with lime, lemon and grapefruit on the one hand, and sweet peat and malt aromas on the other.
    • Taste
      Very strong in the mouth without being too alcoholic. Oily with herbs, anise, pineapple and menthol.
    • Finish
      The dry finish is salty, mineral with burnt leaves and apples stays on the palate for a long time.

  13. Don Cassi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    creamy, fresh, maritime. Not a complexity monster but intense and round, Lagavulin concentrate.
    Length: 6/10

    Note 1-

  14. Jimbeau scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  15. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Citrus, oyster, barbecue pineapple and smoked almonds on the nose. Oily citrus and pineapple syrup on the palate with smoking charcoal, vanilla and black pepper. Aniseed, herbal smoke, ash and lemon cake on the finish. Delivers an intense peat blast but balanced with unctuous fruit syrup, so never one-note and constantly evolving.

  16. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very enjoyable and pure peat bomb, especially the sauna-like freshness is remarkable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Starts on medicinal peat, followed by some wet dog and a waves of freshness: lemons, sage and turkish steam bath. There's some vanilla and banana (yes, it's bourbon matured!), and even some green olives and bacon.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Heavy medicinal peat with an oily mouthfeel. Incredibly fresh with sterremunt herbs: liquorice, aniseed, fennel, peppermint. Some sweeter notes like vanilla, banana and a bit of pineapple. Rhubarb and menthol tobacco.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Waves of peat with green apples, lemons, pineapple and vanilla. It's a bit mineral too, and the fresh sterremunt herbs of the palate are very present in the finish too.

  17. sengaia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is good whisky that comes out guns blazing, and it is a good demonstration of what young Islay whisky from a bourbon barrel does best - a kick in the teeth that makes you feel very much alive,

    But, there is a but. To me this is just too generic to score big points. Many of the undisclosed young Islay whiskies available today will give you much the same pleasure without paying the premium for a named brand. I miss the complexity Lagavulin is able to deliver at age and even though I know that is not the point of the 12-year old I am still left unsatisfied. This is a matter of taste - this is good cask strength Islay whisky by any standard and as such recommended.

  18. Lakerfield scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I've read about the 12CS many times before and those raving reviews are hereby confirmed. This is excellent whisky. What you get is a naked Lagavulin that is powerful, harmonious and pure that makes you forget any exotic cask treatment to improve a whisky. Diageo may do more things wrong than good, calling this a special release is rightful in my eyes. Damn you Lagavulin, you brilliant bastards.
    • Nose
      Extremely lean and clean without getting in your face too much. Obvious notes first: peat, brine, camphor, salt and pepper, smoked fish and ash. Followed by peach, fig, lemon, banana, plum and sour cherry. Some extra sweetness comes through after a while like strawberry yoghurt, jaffa cake, honey, fudge, vanilla and almond. So, not a pure smokebomb but a well crafted peater with many subtleties.
    • Taste
      Arrives in big fashion. Oily, smoky, powerful, almost effortless. There's peat, ash, brine, pepper and smoked meat. After that initial hit: orange, lemon, cherry, fig and kiwi. Then cacao dusting, honey, licorice and caramel. Creamy malt, almond, and a kind of balsamic vinegar complete the picture. Flawless basically. Of course, if you could tweak a malt there's always something to improve.
    • Finish
      Lasts a very long time. Smoke, camphor, dark chocolate, sweet licorice, sultana, malt and sour cream.

  19. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very straight ex-bourbon style. Takes no prisoners, powerful, malty sweetness, austere, smoky. Complexity is not one of its fortes, but not needed here, its strenghts lie elsewhere. Highly recommended.

  20. JeanChan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  21. NXI scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin in its purest form. Fresh and bright. Breathtaking complexity for a 12-year-old single malt that has only matured in used bourbon barrels. Probably the best Islay that any connoisseur could afford.

  22. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Thick peat and smoke. We recognize the Lagavulin profile but without the slightly sweet side of the 16 year old. This time it's steep, rocky, almost hostile. Coal, a stifling mist, it's like putting your head in the chimney of a steam locomotive. Acidulous hint, lemony, scrub, dry shrubs, wood fétu. Fresh iodized wind. Country Gadoue. After a while, very nice balance, with a little icing sugar, citrus fruits, and a little mineral peat. White chocolate. Very oily palate, vanilla, spices but light, just right, paprika, saffron, ginger. Powerful and charcoal finish, slightly buzzy, not extremely long however.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/01/lagavulin-12-yo-diageo-special-releases.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. thebonewolf scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This is just really well put together, and nearly exactly what I want in a whisky. I’ve heard a lot about batch variation, but unless it strays very, very far away from this it’s a definite win. If this was all Lagavulin made, they would be just as if not more infamous.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Big smoky brine, smoked fish, but musty. There’s a meaty feel to it but it’s indistinct.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Pepper/heat, peat, salt.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Amping up smoke, salt. Long, salt last the most.

  24. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Classic South Islay style peated whisky. Honest, strong, straight forward. Not complex but not too simple either. That's my thing!

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    And recognized! One of my favorite whiskys, luckily I still have some of ...
    Today one point less than the first Notes.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Strong ashes and sweet campfire smoke hit you immediately after pouring. After just a few moments, strong mineral notes appear, the smoke becomes increasingly phenolic, the sweetness disappears and disinfectants are added. With movement more open flames, more in the direction of coal firing. Put the lid on and wait ...
      After a while, a citrus fruitiness can be felt, the sweetness is back in the form of dark toffee, the smoke overall is more subdued and a delicate peach note rounds off the whole thing. The nose is well integrated. Warmth makes it incredibly mineral and phenolic at first, sweetness or fruit can no longer even be suspected. Later, sweetness and now significantly darker fruits come back, while it still remains mineral and phenolic, but barbeque notes also appear occasionally.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it is very soft at first, again minerally with a clear peat sweetness, dark toffee and block malt. The mouthfeel is quite creamy, with tart notes clearly emerging towards the back. In the second sip it has a much more mineral effect and also develops a little liquorice towards the back.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is quite long, continues to dry out, until there is only ash on the tongue at the end. It warms up the chest area quite clearly.

  25. Commandant Pastor scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Magnificent, glorious, powerful.
    Serve Valentin from Whiskyfun compared the 12 years old cask to Porsches, fast, powerful and regular, I see more of a warship: the flagship of the Lagavulin fleet!
    • Nose
      Peat, but what a peat! Salmon, bacon, a campfire under the stars.
    • Taste
      The palate takes up the notes of the olfactory symphony, but adds a few sweet lines, more or less discreet depending on the amount of water you have decided to add.
    • Finish
      A Beethoven finale. Which begs the question: Did Beethoven know Lagavulin? What is deafness when all we have left is taste and smell.
      The finish is long, tumultuous.

  26. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 88 points Shoplink Moderator

    Nothing but love for the first sip. If one likes smoky whisky and Lagavulin 16yo, then 12yo is an absolute must. Something like one of the syllable whisky's pages. Yes, compared to others, it is a damn expensive salvation (especially in the Czech Republic), but I do not regret the only crown I have put into it.
    • Nose
      I slowly finish the bottle, so the smell is no longer as intense and smoky as after opening it. Plastic ashtray and thinner.
    • Taste
      It fills the whole mouth. Very intense and very nice! Sweetness just right. Gently peppery. White chocolate, yolk cream with lemon peel. It will incredibly thick with time. Vanilla pudding, crème brûlée.
    • Finish
      Lots of coffee flavors: coffee cream, coffee wafers, coffee bean. Gradually lightly acidic. Lemon peel, unripe gooseberry and unripe hazelnut.

  27. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    These Lagavulin 12yo CS never disapoint. Year after year after year it offers cracking quality. This is not an exception. For me personally the 2016 version is the best ever but this comes real close!
    • Nose
      Spot on from the second it hits the glass. This offers loads of maritime, industrial and peat influences. Just love it! Smoldering wood on a campfire, earthy peat, bbq’ed ham, flavored pipe tobacco, motor oil, steel chains, seaweed, salty, sour green apples, unripe pear and also some toffee notes. Everything on this nose is balanced and it screams complexity. Just beautiful!
    • Taste
      A fresh, oily and earthy sensation seeps into the mouth. There is an more aggressive note to it here, I take white pepper into account for that, but it’s being taken over by sweet and buttery flavors. On the palate campfire, dirt and peat dominate in a very pleasant way. Smokey vanilla and salted cream butter.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and offers quite a lot. Obviously peat is responsible for a big part here but hey, it’s an 12yo heavily peated Islay whisky what else would one expect. Furthermore I get quite some tropical fruit influences all of a sudden. Nice touch!

      It’s close to being perfect in terms of autumn and winterdrams for me!

  28. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Scent Nose: Vanilla ice cream, cream, medium smoke, lemongrass, shredded perilla and other herbs, sea salt and umami, some red pear water, apple juice, smell soft and stretch the taste Palate: extremely salty , Slightly sweet, no acid, no bitterness. First, perilla, rosemary, chopped pepper, then some salted butter and cheese powder, and then salt and seafood, apple tart, nectar, ginger, grilled saury, thirteen spice powder.
    Finish: long and salty, oak, smoked, char-grilled seafood, rosemary, skimmed milk wine Body: medium weight, no tannins, rich fat, firm body

    Nose: 90/100
    Palate: 90/100
    Finish: 90/100
    Body: 90/100
    Overall: 90/100. I have drunk 2019SR before. I was disappointed. Not only does it stimulate restlessness, but the level and coordination are far worse than this.

  29. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  30. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    WF: 92

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveoctober15-2-Rye-Bourbon-Mortlach-Lagavulin-Caol-Ila-Aultmore.html#291015

  31. keizerjos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The fragrance is a celebration of complex smoke, citrus, rhinocaps, mint - in short, a promising Islay. THE first nip makes it clear that this is not a simple smoke machine - it is a wonderful spectacle from the tip of your tongue to the back of your mouth and rising back up your nose. Wood, smoke, fire - but also citrus, cream, vanilla, custard, honey, chocolate, faint iodine and pepper. That pepper sings through into the dry finish that leaves a bouquet of herbs, meter hose, stoneware, great, excellent, and so on. 90. Yes, of course.

  32. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    Stones me but I don't get warm with it: too alcoholic, not very balanced and in my opinion too overpriced and hyped! Only the belief that he the 16y standard and the Dist.Ed. subsidized make it bearable ...
    What you have to give him: he numbs toothache and other things, e.g. tattooing an Edradour still ^^

    No offense, but it won't be my favorite!

    Slàinte Mhath
    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      63 63

  34. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 12 2015,

    Everyone has only been talking about your little brother lately, the 2017. I tasted it, I liked it ... but hey ...

    I wanted to try again by falling on you, but it was not the same story. Thank you for this first divine sip and all the others. I savored you from the first to the last drop. I played with your impetuous titration by adding more or less water and I could discover your many faces.

    I hope to meet you again one day my wonder.

  35. Likudi scored this whisky 83 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What to expect, a good ex-bourbon smoker in CS, intense, vanilla without end and relatively complex.
    • Nose
      Nice intense smoke, dry, ashy, almost chalky, with vanilla, greasy, apricot, overall quite dry, although the fruit has a slight sweetness, slightly grassy, maritime, salt, you have the feeling that you are standing by the sea
    • Taste
      Intense, vanilla, strong smoke, cinnamon, chalky, sweet, but also dry again, salt, fills the entire mouth, yellow fruit, but I just can't grasp it, it lies under the vanilla, which overlays a lot, slightly grassy, some caramel, I like it
    • Finish
      the mouth is dry, vanilla, the fruit goes towards the floury sweet apple, ashy smoke, persistent

  37. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  38. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  39. 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.

  40. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  41. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    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

  42. Bretorianer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  43. lsy did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    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.

  44. sbosse scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  45. berarith73 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. Kumachan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  50. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasted, during the trial Olympics 2017
    • Nose
      Iodine, seaweed, lemon, peat smoke, apple, butter butter, pear and melon.
    • Taste
      Cotton candy, iodine, lemon, campfire, tobacco, hint of melon and pear.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, campfire, lemon and green herbs.

  51. mullos scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    EVERY SINGLE YEAR AT A TOP LEVEL
    WHAT A WHISKY !!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  52. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    We find all the markers at Laga but I find the whole less mastered than usual. This is not the first release of 12 years OB that I taste and I was rarely out of this range. Case to follow ...

    The whole remains good all the same.
    • Nose
      We are on a mineral peat mainly. It also contains saline notes (spray), ash and a hint of leather. Behind the fresh lemon grass walks to bring this point of freshness.
    • Taste
      It piquers a little taste buds, something quite rare at Lagavulin (OB). Pass this light anesthesia we find the spray, peat oil, lemon, ashes and even dark chocolate with mint. The mineral side is also very present.
    • Finish
      Nice length on cocoa peat, salty and on dried fruits. A slight bitterness is felt.

  53. jhut did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Trial Olympics 2017, day 14
    • Nose
      Real islay scent, deep peat tones ,. Laphroaig like
    • Taste
      Very smoky, charcoal
    • Finish
      Aaah, very nice. Real islay taste and smoky

  54. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very good Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      The nose holds its promises extremely peaty, salty, smoky and tarry it's powerful !! With water vanilla and lemon.
    • Taste
      On the palate it takes off first pepper then vanilla, lemon and peat some fruity notes across.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, creamy, the smoke holds the place in a very pleasant way.

  55. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    used to sell for just $80, now (2017) prices have skyrocketed to $120-140, don't get me wrong, it is still a very good whisky, just not worth the price anymore

  56. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A really good whisky, but not outstanding. I had hoped for a little more, I admit.
    • Nose
      Soft fruity, subtle smoke, citrus, effervescent tablets, herbs and sewing machine oil. Pleasant, I would have expected stronger.
    • Taste
      Despite cask strength easily drinkable, soft onset. In the mouth but more direct, peat, slight bitterness, very oily, a subtle fruity sweetness.
    • Finish
      On the finish then slightly peppery, ashy, slightly bitter, a little (Lagavulin) sewing machine oil.

  57. tuemura scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    My favorite Lagavulin.

  58. Georges scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  59. Georges scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, leathery, tarry, salty, coffee, pears
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, leathery, tarry, salty, coffee, oily, fruity, tea, meaty
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, fresh, warm, liquorice

  60. 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.

  61. hans1971 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    PO2017 - Day 14
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  62. 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.

  63. rb854 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it blind during PO2017 (june 2017) and loved it.
    • Nose
      Sweet and oily, vanilla, citrus, chocolate, peat, diesel, smoked fish, some dried fruits, rubbernotes and leather. After a while some tropical fruits appear, peach, mango, pineapple.
    • Taste
      A little burn on the tongue, pepper, sweet, vanilla, chocolate, waxy. Some fruit, peach, citrus. The presence of peat is quite subtle.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, peat, smoked fish, chocolate, creamy and some leather and tobacco

  64. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted and scored during a blind tasting competition in May/June 2017. (PO17)
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  65. erikz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this blind. "In your face dram", feels young and uncomplicated. I had this bottle myself, rated it 92 the first time, now 80 the second time. What blind tasting can do!
    • Nose
      Sharp, solvent, chalk/minerals, citrus, hint of peat, vanilla, conference pears.
    • Taste
      Warm, peat, briny, medicinal, citrus influences, fresh after a while. Bacon. Reasonably uncomplicated and no real layering of flavors.
    • Finish
      Bacon with maple syrup, sour, bitter, briny, white pepper, finish middle long.  Warm and pleasant finish.

  66. 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

  67. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Remote campfire smoke. Lemons, raw eggplants. Salt, hay and a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      Honey and sweet malt. Then strong smoke, lemons, pepper, some wood varnish. Dark chocolate and some ashes.

  68. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  69. yggr scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  70. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    tasted 2015 together with 2014 edition. Both great whiskies. The 2015 with a bbq meaty more dusty sherry character whereas the 2014 with a more fruity lemon strawbery side  and of course both with a strong peaty body and a lot of ashes towards the end. I think I prefer the 2014.

  71. Sherrybomber scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      87 87

  72. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  73. Vexer scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Smoky bacon & kippers on a bed of fruity olive oil
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  74. Dionysus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  75. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  76. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Rarely experienced such a dry malt. I did not notice so much at the 14th release. For 12 years already very far.
    • Nose
      Fruity-sweet smoke, sea salt, pepper and rainy tar - always wonderful, after a long time a 12yo to verriechen.
      The fruits (oranges, tangerines) give the smoke something fresh and cooling.
    • Taste
      Dry smoke spreads in the mouth. Quite fast behind are already fine orange and citrus notes. It stays dry - and gets drier and drier. Burnt ashes of a campfire and still fruit sweetness, which after a while receives accompaniment of vanilla and oak planks.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, ashy, smoky.

  77. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Smoke complex fresh Islay whisky. This verion is dry on the nose and the palate. But still very delicious.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke. Coal, citrus, medicinal, wet flintstone.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Citrus, hay, ashes, almonds, tar.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoky and clean. Very pure in it's character.

  78. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  80. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Great peated single cask whisky!

  81. 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.

  82. jankes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  83. 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. 

  84. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Photo 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

  85. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Exceptionally fine, better than Laphroaig 10 CS in my opinion
    • Nose
      Big peat smoke, banana, seaweed, sea air, stewed apple
    • Taste
      Smoke dominates, banana and coconut, very spicy, chocolate
    • Finish
      short to medium, smoke, a little bit dry.

  86. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  87. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  88. Avdboom scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This is stunning stuff! The fruit is awesome and still the power of an Islay...

    Need I say anything more...?

    Just buy and enjoy!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  89. mer1973 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  90. 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.

  91. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  92. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    n: the 12yo laga always smells a bit younger than it is. at least in my humble
        opinion. it´s tarry, ashy , smoky, salty. that is what we know from this expression.
        this year we have additional mandarins, a bit more herbs and a bit more oak,
        I believe. liquorice and french aniseed pastilles. and a little vanilla as well.
        very good as usual. a clean distillate.
    t: oily attack, ultra punchy and it covers the whole tongue. by no means flattering
        stuff. a straight copy of the nose. nothing more to add.
    f: can it be , that this is shorter than previous batches? still salty, liquorice.
    comments: I´m a bit tired of reading that this cannot compare to the 16yo.
                      of course it can´t and of course it does not want to. otherwise
                      nobody would need it!  this is a true belter of a whisky.
                      not an everyday dram but for moments when you need a glass
                      of profound spirit and nothing else! and it´s consistent, have never
                      tasted a bad one.
     90/100

  93. LairdOlli scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  94. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  95. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  96. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2016/lagavulin-vertical-39555/

    Color: Chardonnay
    Nose: Ultra-salty and alcoholic tickling. Here you can find less peat in comparison. 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 at the end and not necessarily what one hopes for the finish.
    87 points (nose: 89 / taste: 87 / finish: 85)

  97. ThS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A la fois fermier (lait de chèvre frais), fruité (fraise des bois, grenadine), malté, tourbé (encre d'imprimerie), iodé et fumé.
    • Taste
      Attaque épicée (poivre) et tourbée-fumée. La bouche est grasse, avec un côté viandé assez inattendu (bœuf maturé saignant). On retrouve après quelques instants le caillé de chèvre frais enrobé de miel, de génépi dilué et de notes plus lointaines de fruits rouges.
    • Finish
      Épicée, légèrement saline, bien fumée et persistante.

  98. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  99. Shane_IL scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A lovely dram, complex all the way through. 
    • Nose
      Ashy peat. Green bananas. Peaches n' cream oatmeal (fruity and malty together). Castile soap. New leather upholstery (the real stuff). Hint of kiwi shoe polish too? Lemon drops. Some aromatic green herbs, menthol, wintergreen, parsley. 
    • Taste
      Woah, huge smoky note and big mouthful of black pepper. Followed by sweetened lemon juice, honey and malt. Chamomile and honey on the swallow, some oil smoke too.  
    • Finish
      Long. Dry charred wood. Leather on the tongue. Hints of fruits in the mouth. Pepper at the back of the throat. A lingering saltiness. 

  100. Akoo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A big lagavulin like every year. These raw drum versions are a safe bet. It's clean, neat, rich, powerful, complex. An excellent whisky for a decent price. What more ?
    • Nose
      crisp and salty, like a squall charged with sea water. It is very mineral: wet stone, gunpowder. Notes of sulfur, smoke, earth, but also shellfish, seaweed, smoked herrings, bacon. There are also notes of leather and tobacco. A little sweet side: fresh mint - oysters to finish on a small can of lemon, perfect to raise the whole!
    • Taste
      explosive and dense! Our mouth is filled with a smoke scented with lemon and thyme. It is vegetal but the opening does him the greatest good. Notes of oysters, iodine, salt, pepper, but also some other rounder and sweeter (without excess) such as vanilla, herbal sweets, green tea, eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Long on smoke, cigarette tobacco notes, cold ashes but also a sweeter and tart side.

  101. 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

  102. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  103. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:

    Lagavulin 12 yo 'Special Release 2015' (56.8%, OB) 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.

  104. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N: Super vibrancy, yet soft and welcoming, clean, peat monster. All sorts here, theres real scope which will be discovered and written about many times over I’m sure. Ill just leave one key note: lambs lettuce [nothing to do with meat this time].
    T: Yes, yes, nods, more nods - perfect! Hands waving, fingers wiggling,.... It seems i’m speechless. Such an abundance of flavour - chocolate-sweet, herbal, salty, peat.
    F: More, more white & milk chocolate, herbal, more chocolate peat,...
    C: Flawless, perfect, every sip hits the mark.

    Scores an A [92]

    __________________________________________________________________

    Thought i’d compare my two favourites from tonight’s Malt ’n’ Copper Christmas tasting, ‘Yule be Glad’ -  Lagavulin 12yo [15th release] WBvs Linkwood 25yo Ob WB. Laga to start:

    N: Boom! Super clean, peaty-polished boots
    T: Superb, smiles around the table
    F: Superbly neat and permeating
    C: Perfect

    Linkwood

    N: Soft, minty, passion fruits, herbal, a touch meaty. The nose is sensational with much consensus
    T: Fruity, oily old wood and importantly, the palate is far better than an hour ago. Delicious medicinal/herbal-sweet - this is Linkwood all over. Time has allowed this to sing
    F: Vanillas, wood, depth of age
    C: Come on G&M, 46% please. Im prepared to pay the extra premium for that extra 3% - this 25yo is worth it!

    Scores in context then: the Lagavulin drops from 92 to 91 whilst the Linkwood rises from 87 to 88 - and that’s all to do with that extra [13 years+] information extracted from the wood. Two different worlds here.

    __________________________________________________________________

    Jan 2016 [Diageo 2015 release tasting]

    N: It just so happens I've tried this more than any other whisky in the last few months. It's everywhere, or so it seems - maybe because it's affordable? Today it's hitting me with, oily-buttery horse meat, mango & papaya (dried chunks & fresh slivers), ‘five spice’, paprika, tamarind and coastal notes, with an abv that leads to a umami oomph! Food pairing would be unnecessary here as it pairs up with itself rather fantastically.

    T: Wowee, everytime I try this I meet an exquisite, graceful giant - beefy and big, yet always polite, respectful even.

    F: A long finish of smoke with body, iodine, seaweed,... with the grain always in view. Lovely combinations of things throughout.

    C: Beats the Port Ellen WB alongside with ease

    Scores an A[-] [91]

  105. Brave Jester scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For me a bit overrated now.  I liked both the10th en 11th editions better and with this one you need to be carefull with the amount of water and it takes more time and the right amount of water  it seems to develop this wonderfull peppery finish

  106. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding dram as expected from a Lagavulin special release.

    (Rating interval 88-92)
    • Nose
      Honey sweetness, honey melon and soft overripe pears, heavy peat smoke, salt, vanilla sugar, soil, earthy, almost some propellant gas for spray cans and some raw vegetable. I am thinking celery.
    • Taste
      Steady arrival with peat smoke, salt and licorice and salmiak. Vanilla candy, marshmallows appear in the development with the licorice growing stronger, oak and lemon grass.
    • Finish
      The finish is really long and powerful with heavy peat smoke, white pepper, celery and lemon grass.

  107. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  108. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  109. Fernjef scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  110. Zumbar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  111. Laga93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  112. ThS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beginning of sample. 1.5 cl pure. Not very packed.
    • Nose
      The very first nose is amazing because it inevitably evokes the smoke of a candle that has just been blown. This impression gives way to a more classic smoke of wood fire but comes back from time to time. Latex, hot plastic, and cooler notes of aromatic plants (a bit of génépi).
    • Taste
      Rather dry texture and rather angular body. Slight astringency The 56.8 are felt. Coffee with milk, infusions with plants, ricola candy. It is clearly vegetal.
    • Finish
      Spicy and smoke, quite short, much saltier than the mouth.

  113. Patrick93 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  114. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  115. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    On the nose this is unmistakably a Lagavulin 12yo, but this year's release seems to have added an extra layer of complexity. Still the crystal-clean peat style, but now with layer upon layer of additional fruits. Both sharper citrus fruits and sweeter/tropical fruits come through, alongside notes of hessian, new leather, roast coffee beans, and salty sea air. A drop of water brought the fruity notes to the fore. Really incredible and a whole level above the previous editions I've tried. As with previous versions, the peat becomes more present on the palate, but it is a crystal-clean smoke that I find distinctive to Lagavulin. The fruity notes do make their presence felt here too though, bringing a lovely sweetness to balance the smoke. Very long, lingering smoky finish. Excellent stuff from Lagavulin, with this year's edition being (rather unbelievably) an improvement on what has gone before.

  116. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What an improvement compared to the (slightly disappointing, but still good) 14th release. This one is so much more vibrant and fruity, without losing its peaty power. This is about as good as it gets in heavily peated whisky. 89/90.

    Also comparing this one to the 11th release my first impression is confirmed: This release is exceptionally fruity. In the Distillers Editions the older editions cannot be beat by the new ones, but with this one I've got the impression that it's the other way around (although I've never tasted the first 6).
    • Nose
      'Printen' in milk chocolate, including the gentle gingerbread spices in there. Surprisingly fruity: Pineapple, citrus, pear and a little peach. Of course there is peat, but it's disguised as those chocolate and spice notes. A little bread dough and mocha in the background. When adding water the fruity notes completely overtake the rest.
    • Taste
      Peat, pepper and again more fruit than I'm used to in this expression. Mainly pineapple, candied orange and lemon. Some toffee as well. Water really turns it into a tropical cocktail.
    • Finish
      Peat, candied lemon and pineapple.

  117. erikz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Just wondering, whats this with people rating this whisky without actually tasting it (re: SGP ratings). Just ridiculous.

  118. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Delicate and a little sweeter than expected. First, you get the feeling that you are in an old, freshly cleaned dairy, over which lies a profound scent of just yet perceptible peat smoke. The fragrance gains depth, and quite appetizing aromas arise, reminiscent of burned fireworks and ashes over cereal flakes; but also an acidic piquancy, which blends with the sweetness of butter caramel and hints at applesauce, peppermint and juicy fruits. At the end, toffee and freshly baked baguette, leather and spices appear in the scent.
    With water, the fragrance softens, at first merely cleansing, then develops a subtle interplay of mint, white vinegar and fresh wood smoke. The whole appearance is youthful and alive. A malt for all who want the full smoking pleasure! Taste: Abrupt and intense. Sweet and sparkling, oily, with lime zest and the sweetness of malt sugar, which soon wraps in peat smoke. Then, in the middle of the palate, the impression of dry and aromatic wood develops, roughened by salty notes and a smoky pungency. Water improves the taste: it is lighter, but still sweet and spicy, oily and fruity, a little salty, the smoke is autumnal - like a piece of substantial fruit bread, which you eat in the vicinity of a wood-fired oven. Finish: Long-lasting, warming and enveloping. Waxy, resinous with herbal notes and the smoky aroma of various dried fruits. Sweet on the tongue with wood smoke in the breath.
    With water, the delicate sweetness is supported, later unfold pine resin and autumn smoke.

  119. St. Pauli did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Lagavulin 12 yo 'Special Release 2015' (56.8%, OB) Five stars 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.

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