Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release Diageo Special Releases
Stated Age
12 years old
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Nov 2007 9:41 pm
ColoredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 454.74

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50 × member ratings

139 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.72 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2008] Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 42 Euro in October, 2005.

    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.

  2. Max70 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Dry peat, vanilla, honey and barley. Good balance
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spices, white peeper, less peat than in the nose, some "amaretto". Round and warm.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spices, stay longer in the mouth with a dry wood finish.

  3. Gilles_V scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Ah but what a whisky.
    In comparison, the 16 year old (OB) is very watered down. This 12 year old CS is uncompromising, wild and enormous.
    (notes dated 15.06.2020)
    • Nose
      97 97
      Smoke, lapsang souchong, cold tobacco (latakia, English mixture). Surprisingly not greasy, rather dry.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Salty, hot, huge.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Huge. The sensations of the mouth last a long time.

  4. Gilles_V scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Just perfect: brutal and complex at the same time.
    • Nose
      98 98
      Visit a bog on a misty morning. Rhododendrons and rose hips.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Lamb's lettuce, a certain softness of texture but ... (see "Finish")
    • Finish
      95 95
      ... a very long peat smoke that troubles you.

  5. helmutgw scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: distinctly fruity and just the commensurate amount of smokiness. Well-balanced.

    On the palate more powerful: fruity and even floral but iodine and tar are dominating the impression. Well integrated alcohol despite 57.8 abv. It's just a warm feeling in your mouth. Firm and oily body.

    Warm and lingering finish. A bit too alcoholic.With water more balanced. The peaty flavours are less impetuous. Smooth finish.

    Bought it for EUR 60.00 in 2003. So great value for money.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. markkerr02 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 12Y Cask Strength - 57.8% Released at the end of 2002 - beginning of 2003. Released with a limited number of bottles each time. The last is the 4th or 5th release. In 1991, Lagavulin increased to full production after using only one third of the production capacity for a number of years. Thus, through 12Y Cask strength, a new product has been established when you have access to a large inventory again. Had hardly been good at bottling a 12-year-old with normal strength. Color: Gold-colored. Scent: Smoky, somewhat one-dimensional. Taste: Long with salt and smoke. Score: 83 http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2046%20Lagavulin.html

  7. Rustamich did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Excellent. Lagavulin isn't as peaty as it used to be? Pull the other one.
    • Nose
      Pungent, complex. Smoked eel, coal tar, applewood, smoked cheese, bitumen. Frisky.
    • Taste
      Intensely peaty. Rounded with big kick: marine character, fragrant smoke, touch of black pepper, but balanced by sufficient sweetness.
    • Finish
      Smoke belch.

  8. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. TheMue scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    A wonderful Islay malt. A drop of water unfolds some more flavors, like oranges and raspberries. Additionally it make it more soft.
    • Nose
      Seaweed and salt, wet wood and smoke.Everything very well balanced and adulating, not too strong for the cask strength.
    • Taste
      Strong, an explosion of salt and pepper, with a fine bite. Nuances of wood, hazelnuts, strawberries and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Warm and long lasting, enables to follow the liquid gold until it reaches the stomach.


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