Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
17th Release
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 May 2017 8:41 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 112,51

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.83 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This powerful malt can handle a teaspoon of water to a nice dram, then it is even fruity, without losing substance, clarity or smoke.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. matts scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Once again, really great. Hard to say without a direct comparison, but I feel the 2017er a little softer and rounder, as the 2015er and 16er. In addition, even less fruity (really fruity Lagavulin is never ;-)). As always, really powerful and just beautiful: the 12er still brings the campfire evening on the beach in the living room. For me a real Islay classic and even if it seems little differentiated, I remain at the same rating as in previous years: whopping 92 points.
    • Nose
      The 12er remains true: immediately fruity-sweet peat smoke in combination with the Laga-typical seaweed. In addition a very intensive barley malt - almost like "liquid bread". Incomparable - I love that. With all this there is a decent portion of spicy oak, which goes a touch to the peppery and exudes subtle vanilla flavors. In the background very light citrus notes resonate. I can not make out any other fruit notes.
    • Taste
      Peat and ashes in combination with sweet gesture malt make up the music here. As always, really intense, but this year, the bottling seems a little more "gentlemanly" than in the previous two years. The mixture of sweet barley, peat and maritime basic tone makes the water run together in the mouth and reflexively I would like to chew this drop almost. Simply beautiful and light pepper gives a pleasant warming gut feeling. The search for fruits is not easy and remains unsuccessful even after several sips. With a little imagination maybe pear and lemon, but for me de facto nonexistent. Presenter, however, is the pleasant taste of salt. Algae, sea breeze, campfire, peat, bread and hay - wow!
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and warm. The echo is so beautiful that I wish he would stay for hours. Sweet barley malt, peat, ash and salt full. Again and again the association of bread dough.

  3. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


    Nose: sweet, deeply sooty, with lots of medicinal notes, coastal notes, shells on a beach, putty and earthy notes. As expected. Some gherkins, but there’s a gentler side too, something of butter pastry, almond cream and lemon oil. Sharp and powerful, but somehow very balanced.
    Mouth: same intensity. Big peat with pepper and lemon. Smoked fish, leathery notes, ashes, wax and salted caramel. Medicinal and very coastal. Just a few fruity notes in the background. Big, big sooty notes.
    Finish: very long, ashy, lemony. Perfect sharpness.Pretty much a benchmark for this medicinal, robust, hugely sooty style. I often had problems with its fierceness and dryness but for me this is slightly sweeter, more balanced and the most enjoyable batch I’ve had. Recommended. 

  4. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Smoke rises from the glass vigorously, it is slightly greasy. But above all strong maritime flavors, salty sea air, kelp on the beach, wet dew.
    After the smoke has settled a bit and the malt has breathed a bit, malt and vanilla, freshly brewed Lapsang Souchong and a fine citrus note stand out, almost reminiscent of limoncello.

    A nice smoky start, here more medically. Vanilla again, lots of barley malt. The alcohol is very nicely involved, barely a prickle, just a light pepperiness (Szechuan). With some time in the mouth, something limoncello comes through again, the smoke is greasier.

    Long, strong smoky and malty-sweet.

    Simply a great filling that is fun and focused fires its flavors. For 12 years an above-average complexity.


  5. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    peat, some fine salty note, hints of bacon, some more peat, and suddenly the yellow fruits kick in. the maltines of the dram, some spices, again with a salty note. all aromas mingle perfectly, the finish is long and peaty as heck. incredible fine malt
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: creosote, ripe fruits, sea salt, dust and sweet fruits. Mouth: sweet, strong peated smoke, dryness, spices, sweet fruits, oily, sea salt and dust. Finish: long, spicy, creosote, vanilla, dust, sweet fruits. It has very good balance between sweetness and peatness.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A real phenolic beast. Ashy maritime peat, even the smell of hot tar is present. Although what really sells me on this series is the sublime mouthfeel. For me the balance between the beastly smoke and the caramelised malty body is unique.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Dense, compact, typical, strong. The 12 CS in the 17th edition is now my favorite Lagavulin from the well-available standard range, even before the Distillers Edition and the 16er-Standard.
    • Nose
      The beautiful phenol-peat Lagavulin smoke is immediately present. The bright color indicates the Bourbon barrels, in the nose the 56.5% are a pleasant mint breeze and the light grape fruit is also present. The vanilla notes do not react until after the addition of a little H2O.
    • Taste
      It tingles and smokes quite neat, as is customary on Islay. Sometimes both the Prickelschärfe and the phenolic are stronger, sometimes weaker, it also depends on the form of the day and the surrounding environment. But always there is the fundamentally exciting interplay of phenolic swaths, peat, grape fruit, vanilla, a little thyme, salt.
    • Finish
      The medium long to long finish remains intense, the typical aromas linger in the mouth and throat.

  9. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Incredibly complex: salty, maritime, gently peaty, lemony notes, beautiful fragrant floridity of lilac, slightly sugary, cooked crustaceans, seaweed and beach walk. Later also ashen after burnt nutshells and iodine. With water: fresh, salty, citrus-toned, the sweetness of cooked seafood, subtle peat smoke, coffee, jute, tang and wet rope.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully powerful approach: peaty, smoky, salty, lemon zest, pineapple, iodine and boiled seafood. With water: soft, balanced, pungent saltiness, oak, pepper, peat smoke and green apple.
    • Finish
      Very long, charred lemon, peat smoke, roasted aromas and cocoa.

  10. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft and sweet aromas. Peat, smoke and ashes. Maritime notes and light medicinal but very pleasant and refreshing.
    • Taste
      Didn't expect the oily entry but it doesn't make it a bad drink. Sweet but full of hot spices. Some peaty smoke in the middle with some citrus notes. It's getting hotter again before ending with oak and ashes.
    • Finish
      Good finish, no bitterness, not drying out too much. Very yummy !!


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