Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
17th Release Diageo Special Releases 2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 May 2017 8:41 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 161.16

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

89 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.65 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    There are many reviews on this so mine is rather redundant. More of a personal note then.

    Had in a lineup that included: Laphroaig 10 CS (8), Cairdeas 2016, Kilchoman 10 yr first fill bourbon, 1983 Caol Ila 29 yr hoggie. There may have been another, but what was glaring in this lineup was the absence of wood influence on the Lagavulin. I never really understood the appeal before it was put in this context. I found it was closer in many ways to a very naked Dailuaine (108496), than the other Islanders. You get a sense of the wort, and new make. ‘Pristine’, ‘milimetric’, ‘like a blade’...just read Serge or Angus, they describe it perfectly. It’s completely transparent. I get it now.

  2. 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.

  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. 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

  5. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh, smoky, typical Lagavulin nose. Citrus notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      Massive in the mouth, noticeable alcohol, with a little water it becomes pleasing and slightly waxy
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short and painless

  6. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not as good as 2016 but better than anything thereafter. Yes, I've tasted them all up through 2020. In fact I have tasted every lag 12 since 2012 and some before that. On another subject, I just adored the Lag DE 2012. Such a good one. It had notes of bbq'd salmon!

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    - a very good crashing islay with a lot of force, volume and smoke,
    - however, is at least 1 point behind the 2016
    => not quite as balanced, round, harmonious, it lacks the very good combination between smoke and sweetness
    • Nose
      very strong peaty nose, earth, campfire, minimal typical Lagavulin ham smoke
    • Taste
      undiluted: burning, strong onset, massive smoke oak note, a lot of spice, campfire smoke, very powerful in the mouth,

      with water: but more pleasant remains its direction and the smoky, strong aroma, little to no sweet aromas
    • Finish
      medium-long finish, very long strong, powerful, smoky aftertaste, the smoke and the high% clearly dominate here!

  8. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

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

  9. SilentBeing scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Not the most complex whisky, but to me a benchmark for what a bourbon-matured islay whisky should be. Close to perfection for what it is.
    • Nose
      Intense rich vanilla with green apples, conference pears and lemon peel on a classic peated coastal background of brine and meaty smoke. A hint of rose develops. The smoke turns ashy after a while. Water intensifies the briny, peaty aspects of the nose.
    • Taste
      Creamy and salty sweet. Intense vanilla, salty liquorice, cream caramel and orchard fruits. In the end a burst of black pepper and ashy smoke. With water the palate is slightly less fruity and the notes of salty liquorice turns into notes of dark salty chocolate instead.
    • Finish
      Salty liquorice and black pepper, some sweet pipe tobacco and a hint of conference pears that lingers.

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    classic 12er Laga CS on good level
    • Nose
      wet leaves, dominant wood fire smoke, some grapefruit
    • Taste
      green apples, sugar syrup, full ashtray - with a little water it becomes creamy and round
    • Finish
      Smoke, campfire - sweet, long and warming


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