Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
16th Release Diageo Special Releases 2016
Stated Age
12 years old
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
200th Anniversary
Bottle code
Added on
03 Jun 2016 7:57 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 267.26

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

115 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.63 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Immediately after the pouring begins, thick clouds of smoke pass over my balcony. The alcohol content of almost 58% is initially noticeable by a slight stinging in the nose, which gradually fades after 15 to 20 minutes. The dominant smoke notes are accompanied by intense citrus fruits. Ripe limes, green apples, mint, grapefruit and a noticeable vanilla sweetness set pleasant contrasts. In the background there are maritime notes (towards algae and seaweed) and a touch of oak.
    • Taste
      Powerful start, coupled with a light pepperiness / ginger sharpness that settles on the tip of the tongue. The strong smoke is immediately present and takes over the flavor of the upper hand. The mouthfeel is pleasantly oily and stimulates the saliva flow. Fresh fruits are crystallizing: I perceive green apples, limes and subtle peach notes. Vanilla, mint and maritime notes follow. Fine oak notes complete the aromatic variety, leaving a slight dryness.
    • Finish
      Long. Again, the smoke immediately forms the flavor foundation, which is reminiscent of a campfire on the beach. The fruity notes and vanilla show short-term presence, but overall fade very quickly. The oak spice increases and ensures a noticeable, but pleasant, dryness.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Manager's Masterclass tasting at Feis Ile.

    These cask strength editions usually are very carefully selected casks that represent Lagavulin at its best (and at its best maturation age to me, that is 12 years).  As a lot of members already did excellent review and tasting notes I skip this standard description here.  I like this dram best with some drops of water added that increase both its sweetness and its smokey/peaty flavours.  It takes out some of the slightly bitter/adstringent feelings of the neat dram too.

    A great dram and another excellent annual edition of 12 year old Lagavulin...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Horny part
    • Nose
      Sweet ashy smoke, citrus notes, typical spicy Lagavulin nose, freshly cut wood, floral notes with lavender, chewing gum and heather in the background
    • Taste
      Oily, peppery and slightly spicy with lots of smoke and light oak, citrus, creamy
    • Finish
      Typical Lagavulin smoke spreads, the smoke carries everything, and the oak slowly dries everything up

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=231 Color: white wine Nose: spicy-salty lemon, cayenne pepper, lime, vanilla, caramel, honey, maritime and smoky. First fresh and more green. This malt needs time to breathe - it gets better and better. Apples, wax, hemp rope, old ship's rope, seaweed and a pinch of iodine. Taste: Round, balanced and bursting with mighty power. Straightforward, yet harmoniously spicy - just great! The honey sweetness goes with caramel (no sugar), plus salt, pepper, iodine, seaweed, lemon, and peat, as well as smoked ham, lime, leather, vanilla, charcoal and ashes - everything you would expect from a young Lagavulin from the Bourbon Cask expected. Finish: Extremely long and with the same flavors as the taste fades away. Wet ash, charcoal and caramel remain on the tongue, accompanied by copious amounts of phenolic peat. Note: For us, the best 12yo of the Special Release Series! Finally, a direct, straight-line Lagavulin without much pettiness - CLASS! 91 points N: 89P / G: 92P / F: 91P

  5. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Distinctive toast of roasted aromas, peat smoke, cocoa, salt and floral notes. With time follows a sugary sweetness. Grilled lemon and pineapple; then soapy floral aromas (lilac?), iodine, bandages, fishing nets, stables, campfire at the beach or smoked fish? With water: softer, salty, citrus notes, lime, peat, medicinal accents, raw turnips, fresh wool, apple juice, lilacs and full roasted aromas. Top!
    • Taste
      Heavy onset but perfectly balanced: oak, peat smoke, salt, grilled crustaceans, grilled pineapple, coffee and nutty-oily aromas. With water: perfectly balanced: citrus zest, salt, peat smoke, grilled pineapple and apples, oak and fragrant florality.
    • Finish
      Very long with a perfect balancing act of fruity aromas, peat, roasted aromas and oak.

  6. peatbogger scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    A beast in a bottle!
    • Nose
      Oompa-oompa! Having this after a rather weak expression of Smokehead. Now we're talking!

      Massive coastal peat, coal, rubber, tar, not directly medicinal but maybe some menthol, some vanilla sweetness and some pepper.
    • Taste
      Sensory attack at a grand scale. Huge ashy peat smoke from the start. Rather hefty warming spice feel at 57,7%, not lingering like chilli but rather more like a horse radish rush.

      Rich dark and bitter chocolate. Thick creamy feel.
    • Finish
      Long, quite oily, with the spicy part fading oh so slow.

  7. Flyrider scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Very, very intense but still well belanced between the smoke and sweet fruits in the aftertaste.

  8. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The 12 CS always makes me feel sick again. A real hooligan. Great.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Apple-sweet smoke, grated lemon. Salt. Seaweed & seaweed, but not freshly washed up, but rather in the form of Noriblättern.
      If the nose gets used to the smoke, the lemon gets through, the whisky now looks fresh, light and airy. A spring day by the sea.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Charcoal kills on the tongue and decomposes there into ashes. At the beginning oily, it gets dry quickly. Lemons and limes give fruit sweetness without dominating. The ash layer on the tongue gets thicker and firmer. A pinch of salt, a hint of pepper. Marine scent. In addition a medical note. Tar paper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A smoldering campfire. Dry, ashy, with over-roasted orange peel.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Had rarely such a thick and creamy Lagavulin - great stuff
    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla with smoke and peat combined in a good way, hints of citrus, spices and salt - not bad
    • Taste
      Very heavy oily and creamy, mellow, lots of citric notes, subtle sweetness and then a full blast of smoke and peat, more like a bonfire which I like and less medicinal
    • Finish
      Long and burning, a little zesty and a tad bitter in the end

  10. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Absolute must for Islay lovers
    • Nose
      light pepperiness, beautiful citrus fruit to sweet grapefruit vanilla and a mint bush around the corner
    • Taste
      Tidy start with chilli catch on the tongue the citrus notes stay with a nice sweetness, slowly it turns into beautiful ex bourbon oak and beautiful heat
    • Finish
      long and warming a neat pattering campfire.


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