Lagavulin 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.66/100
votes
461
Whiskybase ID
WB95722
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2017
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L7089CM000
Barcode
5000281047973
Added on
01 may 2017 8:41 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 263.62

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 12-year-old

97 users have left 108 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.66 points.

  1. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A powerful dram with loads of Lagavulin spirit character shining through. Like the 8 year old but much sweeter and more flavour punch. Overall my impression of this whisky is sweet and peaty, not sweet-peat but 2 separate entities. The refill casks have left behind loads of sweet vanilla character without any of the tannins and has allowed the peat content to be shine through. Value (£95) : 6/10
    • Nose
      Huge marine influence with seaweed and salty seabreeze. A big, dirty, tar-like earthy peat with an iodine note. Almost like dying embers by the sea that just had smoked salmon and barbecued meats smoking. Salty kippers. Bright lime and lemon citrus notes, almost effervescent. Some baked apples and poached pears. Loads of vanilla, salted caramel and boiled sweets. Unripe green bananas as well. Some fresh cracked black pepper heat as well and a cooling peppermint just at the end.
    • Taste
      A very oily mouthfeel. The alcohol is beautifully integrated. Citrus peels burst out up front followed by bright peat notes, on the palate seemingly more ashy and earthy. A touch of green malt. Barbecued meats with some savoury herbs of thyme, rosemary and cumin. More boiled sweets and honey that combines with the salt aspect beautifully. Black pepper warmth punches at the end. A touch of minerality.
    • Finish
      A long and smoky finish, the oiliness allows this to linger. Here it becomes darker and more earthy and TCP-like with just slight nuances of the lemon peels and apples carried over from the palate. Some roasted coffee beans well. More minerality.

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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      90 90
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      89 89
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      88 88

  4. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. peteofbryne scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 12yo 2017

    Nose
    Sharp and prickly. Few drops of water releases phenolic peat, maritime note and some fleeting Kaffir lime.

    Palate
    Sea salt, vanilla, dry grass, grapefruit, a bit waxy. Peat is unexpectedly light.

    Finish
    Relatively long, lingering light lime oil fused with fish oil with, oh! that salty yet mildly sweet finish.

    I think of the savory and mildly sweet gravy of steamed white pomfret with some pinch of salt, a dash of soy sauce, ginger and a slice of Kaffir lime, and mixed with white rice.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose
      Sharp and prickly. Few drops of water releases phenolic peat, maritime note and some fleeting Kaffir lime.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Palate
      Sea salt, vanilla, dry grass, grapefruit, a bit waxy. Peat is unexpectedly light.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finish
      Relatively long, lingering light lime oil fused with fish oil with, oh! that salty yet mildly sweet finish.

  7. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  10. MLE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. peteofbryne scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 12yo 2017

    Nose
    Sharp and prickly. Few drops of water releases phenolic peat, maritime note and some fleeting Kaffir lime.

    Palate
    Sea salt, vanilla, dry grass, grapefruit, a bit waxy. Peat is unexpectedly light.

    Finish
    Relatively long, lingering light lime oil fused with fish oil with, oh! that salty yet mildly sweet finish.

    I think of the savory and mildly sweet gravy of steamed white pomfret with some pinch of salt, a dash of soy sauce, ginger and a slice of Kaffir lime, and mixed with white rice.

  12. jykoo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A blind taste Sample from @Whisky.Hedonist.MY.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Medium Intensity, malty, apple, flora, peat, white pepper, burn rubber, some seashell note. The peatiness combine both smoke and medicinal. I would say smoke is more dominant in this dram.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Medium + intensity. I love the oiliness mouthfeel. Sweet with a bit of bitter and salty
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium + finish.

  13. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      A rather clean and sooty nose, quite refined and elegant. Sharp sweetness, together with that Lagavulin-sque medicinal nose. Baked almond, sea breeze, seaweed.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Big salty arrival, with equally big sweetness. Smoky of course, medicinal as well. As clean as the nose suggested, citrus fruits and nuttiness, dominates after the sweet and salty arrival.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Refreshing and vibrant, with nice and surprising fruity finish. Slightly bitter at the end. Long finish.

  14. chrisyeo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Blind Tasting in July 2021, Organized by Whisky Hedonist

    Nose - Initial Peaty smoke, some bourbon wood, zesty citrius, green apple
    Taste - ash peat first, then some warmness, smoky
    Finish - medium lingering peat, some smoke
    • Nose
      89 89
      Initial Peaty smoke, some bourbon wood, zesty citrius, green apple
    • Taste
      89 89
      ash peat first, then some warmness, smoky
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium lingering peat, some smoke

  15. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  16. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Very full and intense. Slightly sweet peat. Lots of vanilla. Sea salt. There is some herbalism in the background. Then comes the caramel. The cannon is fully cask distillate aged in bourbon casks. Despite such a high power (56.5%), it is practically imperceptible on the nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very intense, full and rich. A lot of sea salt. Salty caramel. Lots of spices. Pepper. Clear spiciness and even sharpness. Thick and oily. At the second sip, it's not that hot anymore.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet peat. Sea salt. Sea. Caramel. Salty caramel. A pinch of spices. White pepper. The finish is not very spicy. Long finish.

  17. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 12 (Special Release 2017) (56.5%). Consumed Aug 2018. Very pale by comparison to the 16 - they decided not to dump a few hundred kilos of caramel into this one. Plastic, woody aroma, dampened hot coals, estery notes of peach. Taste is boozy, salt, faint clean fruit esters, peat but less smoky than the 16. Good and clean and well made but not as cohesive as the 16. 3.4/81

  18. Apikalov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. dimitrios scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  20. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  21. 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

  22. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The yt community threw lorels upon lorels on this one, at least indirectly claiming it to better than a bunch of its predecessors. I disagree. This one might be a notch more complex than some but imho lacks the clean ex-bourbon power I am looking for in a Lag 12 cs. It feels tamer than the 2015, 2016, and even 2018 edition and while it is still a very good malt, ranks a notch lower than most I know for this very reason.

  23. Monstruo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Foudos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  26. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Dogs2 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. 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!

  29. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  30. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  31. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  32. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Lagavulin 12yo CS (2017) WID: 95722 vs. Lagavulin 18yo (Feis Ile 2018) WID: 112975 vs. Lagavulin 21yo (DSR 2012) WID: 35109

    Interestingly, the 12 looks almost more sedate and warmer in the nose than the 18. And that although he is 6 years younger and also has a little more volume percent.
    The 18 looks pretty fresh for its age. But that doesn't mean that he looks youthful. But I would have guessed it when I was younger. But after the first sip that subsides a little and he opens.
    While the citrus fruits are more candied with the 12, they are rather fresh with the 18. At 12 you sit right by the campfire with marshmallows and the sea breeze blows moderately towards you. At the 18er you sit on a stormy beach in front of a light fruit salad and a campfire is burning a little further away.

    In the mouth, however, the 18er shows its strengths. Here it somehow shows more depth and elegance than the 12. A nice mixture of sweetness, smoke, maritime notes and light acidity. The 12 is fuller and fuller in the mouth, but the 18 looks more nuanced.

    Both really delicious Lagas. At first I liked the 12 in the nose better. In the mouth, the 18 has won the race right from the start. Over time, the nose of the 18er developed more and more.
    In comparison, the 12er is the uncomplicated malt, the 18er is the slightly finer whisky, but it also needs a little attention.

    The 21 is a bit different. But that's not surprising, since he saw sherry barrels. On the nose, however, the sherry does not look really sweet, but rather a bit tart and sour. There are also slight hints of wax. The smoke is - probably due to the age and barrel - a bit more subtle, but still clear. Initial sweetness in the mouth, which gradually becomes less and makes room for beautiful wax notes, tart sherry and wood notes.
    A really great Lagavulin. It's still a league higher than the 12s and 18s. The sherry actually only complements the malt without under-buttering it. A nice interaction. But of course that has to be paid heavily. The price is absolutely absurd. Unfortunately.

  33. yellowcake scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin, baby! This whisky defines what the distillery can do.
    • Nose
      Smoke, ashtray, phenolic, smoke, smoke and smoke the way it should be! Later you can see more sweet tones, such as overripe fruits and molasses.
    • Taste
      Smoke and sweetness harmonize wonderfully, coffee is noticeable. Do I have some hints of salt and iodine here? I guess so. In any case, this whisky keeps what it promises. No frills, just a smoky whisky!
    • Finish
      long, surprisingly pleasant and mild, of course still smoke, but which goes well with the sweetness

  34. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  35. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  36. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  37. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Fine fruit notes of pear and grapes as well as sweet malt flavors are subtly present. It quickly becomes more spicy with oak and pepper and maritime salty. The medical smoke is drawn over the malt like a veil and has a tar effect.

    Taste:
    In the mouth, the peat smoke comes to the fore and reminds of smoked bacon. The malt is very oily and full. Herbs and oak spices are very present, but I also notice cereals, hay and vanilla. A few fruit notes like apple and pineapple flash. Finally, I recognize chocolate and Christmas spices.

    Outlet:
    Relatively long with cold ash, becoming maritime and dry. •

    Comment:
    Versatile and complex for 12 years.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lacks a bit of complexity but very good laga, citrus, farmy peat.

  39. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    - 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!

  40. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 12 2017,

    We were only talking about you. You were on everyone's lips, in all the baskets of wine merchants online. You were the chosen one, the nectar of the gods. You proudly bore on your label the year of birth of my daughter Madeleine. So I could not help but get your services.
    Nothing to say, you did the job, without cheating like your big sister. But your charm has obviously acted much better on others than on me.

  41. Moses did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I have to be honest here. That is why I will also refrain from evaluating in numbers. I had actually already checked off the topic with my colleagues Lagavulin & Ardbeg. I can't tell and I don't like that type of whisky. I got the sample because I thought that the high percentage of 56.5% could do something with more or less water. ... unfortunately no :( ... but now there is a catch. Period.
    Then I even made a direct comparison with a Ledaig2005 ElD Fassstark 57.3% / Sherry Butt also for 100 €, which I like very much.
    Conclusion: Against the Lv. is the Ledaig of the Gentleman Dram A +! 88 P.

    PS: Except for the nose of Lv. I think that's great.

  42. blacknapkins scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  43. sakis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.

  45. penumbra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Sometimes after drinking Laphroaig, you will feel like you are spitting smoke rings (and haven't smoked). After drinking Lajia, you will feel like you are chewing sweet grains while swallowing. If you compare the two models, it smells sweeter in 8 years, and more than 12 years in degrees, rich in fireworks, and has a long aftertaste in the mouth.
    • Nose
      Peat, fire burning grain, malt incense.
    • Taste
      Generally spicy, peat, fireworks, sweet and vanilla at the end of chewing noodles.
    • Finish
      For a long time, peat and burning smoke.

  46. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  47. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  48. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  49. IIIZIII scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sharp on the nose, smoky meat. It is very meat forward, which...yes...sounds very strange. Extremely distillate forward, with just a very few oak influence.
    • Taste
      Smoky, peaty, but sweet development.
    • Finish
      Lingering cigar smoke

  50. Joband scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  51. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Lightly smoked, fruity, ham like meat. Dried grass and hay.

    A good follow up to the 2016 release which was more of a favourite without the light smoke.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  52. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  53. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

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

  54. davidloosli scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good clean and solid peater. A safe value
    • Nose
      Lemon, sweet peat, fresh sea breeze, something mineral, sweet cereals (toppers)
    • Taste
      Sour fruit, ash, oranges, peat, sharp lemon, peppery
    • Finish
      a lot of ash, strong black tea, sweet pastry, bitter orange

  55. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Of course smoke first, but less than I thought. The feeling has less than the 16er. The alcohol is very well integrated, vanilla and bright fruits such as pear come up. Compared to the younger Islay representatives much nose nose. Mint with campfire smoke, iodine, earth, wood and again a bit medicine chest.

    Mouth: light, supple, when swallowing unexpectedly sweet then strong spiciness, ash, chocolate, spicy herbs, herb, oak. The flavors change very quickly, wow it tastes really great. Very nice change of tastes, maybe a little too tart at the back. Would have said so just 50% so.

    Finish: medium in length, strong smoke, the sweetness fades from the taste, bit of sage, oak, the herbale remains with a note that I can not really classify. Definitely mineral and slightly salty again.

    Mmmh very good, he doesn't like me in the back but I like it anyway.

  56. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If you've tried any of the 12yo releases from the past ten years, you know what to expect, although I do think they've become a bit less fresh and lemony as time goes by.

    Tasted with Lagavulin 12yo 2018 (89 pts.) and Elements of Islay Lg9 (88). Of these, Lg9, thanks to the casks used, had a noticeably harsher peatiness to it, and also much more straight up bourbon on the nose.
    • Nose
      Some freshly axed wood, oily peat, smoked fish, and a dash of salt. A bit of bacon grease. Bigger and slightly rougher than Lagavulin 12 2018.
    • Taste
      An oily mouthfeel with heavy sootiness. A funny sweetish note, as if someone mixed white wine with a bit of toothpaste, but not in a bad way. Reminds me quite a bit of Elements Lg8 (90 pts.), but isn't quite as exquisitely detailed and balanced.
    • Finish
      Long, mostly on soot and lemon. Unusually oily, even for a young Lagavulin.

  57. 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.

  58. 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

  59. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  60. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really great, very good Lagavulin - on the last year but he does not reach!
    • Nose
      fresh mint, grapefruit, sweetness, aromatic smoke, ashes;
    • Taste
      powerful sweet, citrus-rich onset, intense smoke, iodine, salt, wonderful sweetness, pepper, ginger, oak, mouth-filling, complex;
    • Finish
      long with lemons, smoke, ashes; spicy salty echoes!

  61. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Good Lag, as always (88)
    • Nose
      Iodine, citrus ... berry notes, raw earth, vanilla, mineral water ... sweet pastries, light home brew. (22)
    • Taste
      Powerful, ash and fruit, salt, iodine (22)
    • Finish
      Fruit and smoky finish, salt and mint ... iodine, the effect of wood is very delicate (22)

  62. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    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.

    Mouth:
    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.

    Finish:
    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.

    90/100

  63. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: phenolic, vanilla, honey, lighter than the 16er, tart herbal tea,
    Taste: Concise Lagavulin sweetness, honey, surprisingly mild for cask strength, pleasant and intense onset, warming smoke, ham
    Departure: long and warm, but little bitterness and emphasized by malty and fresh herbs
    Conclusion: Really great whisky, which I like better than the 16er, but also costs twice. For 80 euros one could like to lead this Malt to heart. One wonders how much more voluminous and interesting the 16er would be with a few more percentages. To gild a cask strength is in my opinion a bit greedy.

  64. 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

  65. Moses did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very difficult for me to rate this bottle. I'm unfortunately not a friend of this special kind of smoke. Therefore I leave out the points. I have great respect for these bottlings and I don't want to undermine the rating.
    • Nose
      With water I can even smell lime, apple, fig and peat minerals with a little vanilla through the unloved smoke. I never expected it. Respect. Good barrel choice.
      But I don't like the fishy note behind it.
    • Taste
      Here the smoke strikes. Anise, liquorice, tar ... the full program against my taste buds. The smoked fish again. Then in the aftermath what the nose announced. Lime, apple, fig with a little vanilla. Very complex. Earthy mineral and a lot of tar.
    • Finish
      Endless until the next morning, of course! Peat with seasoned toffee. Getting dry. Now slightly salty, he leaves the stage with a small vanilla pod.

  66. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 89 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.

  67. McMoulis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  68. 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

  69. mandragoru scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  70. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    very full of character, will not be everyone's friend
    • Nose
      full sulphurous notes, smoked bacon, gum (disappears with time), sweet peppermint, grilled peppers, a pleasantly pungent pepper of cinnamon?
    • Taste
      peppery, salty
    • Finish
      Saline maritime finish paired with bittersweet, peppermint chocolate
      Hammer!

  71. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This doesn't seem like a Lagavulin with the lack of sherry but it is a pretty good Islay, reminding me of Caol Ila with that lemon aroma. However, it is typically rather expensive for what it is.
    • Nose
      riesling, peat, lemon, bacon
    • Taste
      lemony peat
    • Finish
      medium

  72. detachedblue scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A bit weaker compared to previous releases.
    • Nose
      Young peat, very distillate driven, pear drop, salty, burned sugar.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet and sour apple, strong ABV and relatively simple
    • Finish
      Medium, coffee beans, bitter

  73. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like this! Laga 12 is always a journey, it successfully show us that what a younger laga can differentiate from other prayed whisky. Complex with sweet peat without being harsh to drink.

    A great picture I can get from this.

    Having BBQ beside the waterfall of Islay with family where children run around the coastal fire eating salty lemon candy! And my favorite honey chicken wing!
    • Nose
      Waterfall beside the sea? Spring water, earthy notes, BBQ chicken wing with honey, roots, oily, lemon oil. So powerful and complex yet so balance! After a sip, there’s sweet buttery vanilla honey all over the place!
    • Taste
      Great complexity! The smooth spring water still present with honey peat, kelp, lemon, coastal, and sugarcane sweetness. Powerful yet smooth! The peppery sensation still present but it’s a lot lesser than 2016 version. After rest for sometime, the fruitiness slowly present.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and salty like the Japanese lemon salt candy. Lovely!

  74. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  75. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  76. 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

  77. 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.

  78. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    advantage & tamed by WB #92516 - never would I have thought that this would be possible.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  79. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (22) Delicious ... salivation is frenzied! I like it! 89
    • Nose
      Peat, bun with cinnamon, orange, caramel crayfish, herbs ... very soft and fresh fragrance (22)
    • Taste
      Smoke, creamy sweetness, cinnamon, pepper (22)
    • Finish
      Pepper and dried charred wood, wrapped in herb collection, poured with iodine and sprinkled with large crystals of sea salt ... delicious! (23)

  80. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  81. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  82. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I was quite disappointed with 2017's release. Not up to past releases in my estimation. 
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  83. berarith73 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  84. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another high quality and a pretty fruity release.
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke. Fruits. Bergamot oil, camphor, salted minerals and seaweed.
    • Taste
      Restrained, creamy. Sweet and spicy. Peat, ash, citruses, pepper, vanilla and salted caramel.
    • Finish
      Long with ash and citruses.

  85. 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.

  86. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  87. 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 !!

  88. Simo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  89. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  90. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    yet again a lovely 12yo, these do not dissappoint. powerful explosion of peat and co in a beautifull bourbon matured style! hopefully the price will remain unchanged forever!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  91. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another very good annual release. Tasty and easy drinking.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, citrus, mineral (pencil shavings) and coastal notes.
    • Taste
      Punchy, smoky, citrusy, peppery and slightly sweet with some vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty, spicy and sweet.

  92. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/lagavulin/lagavulin-12-years-2017/

    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. 

  93. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  94. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    It is so yummy I do not want to water it.
    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, tar, iodine, oak, tea, anise and licorice, dry
    • Taste
      Spicy, peppery, mouth watering, bonfire, ashy, smoky and tarry, 
    • Finish
      Long smoky, tarry and mouth watering.

  95. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  96. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  97. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  98. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose slightly different than its predecessor, the vanilla is there, the peat a little more iodized.
    • Taste
      In the mouth we find the salt / iodine side of the peat, pepper is a little more "sweet" than the 2016, the lemon is always present and a fruity side super nice, some pineapple, why not?
    • Finish
      The finish is peaty, sweet, shorter than the 2016 but quite long.

  99. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  100. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    again very good. no easy drinking stuff.
    I always rate it very high but to be honest I do not have it very often.
    91/100
    • Nose
      very smoky and tarry. iodine, sea breeze, liquorice, aniseed pastilles, a little vanilla. year after year this expression is very similar to me, this might be a bit more accessible but I´m not sure. with water it becomes a little fishy.
    • Taste
      very tarry and smoky, earthy, slightly salty, smoked fish, becoming dry very quickly. unsweetened liquorice.
      very straight.
    • Finish
      endless, dry, tarry, slightly salty

  101. whiskas did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    90 points on Whiskyfun: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveoctober17-2-Clynelish-Balvenie-Lagavulin.html#251017

  102. croz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Classic big cask strength Lagavulin!
    • Nose
      Peat, citrus and some vanilla
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, lime, fruit and some medicinal
    • Finish
      Lime, pepper and then an explosion of peat

  103. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The 15th release surprised me with its fruitiness, but this one even surpasses it in that respect.
    • Nose
      The best batches of this expression had a lot of fruitiness not being overpowered by the heavy peat. This one does again. Sweet lime, apple and fig. Peat, minerals and vanilla shortbread. Water releases quite a dose of pineapple.
    • Taste
      Peat, sweet lime, fig, vanilla pudding, apple, pineapple and strawberry. 
    • Finish
      Peat, salted toffee, sweet lime and vanilla.

  104. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes: Nose: Clearly phenolic, if not really smoky, sourish, slightly fermented, citrus, malt, fresh, with some vanilla, earth and freshly cut grass. Fine minerality and floral tones are added.
    Mouth: Strong, sweetly sweet, salty, maritime, elegant and balanced. He has a creamy mouthfeel, with powerful but not intrusive or bubbly distension. Vanilla biscuits and cereals, later with more charcoal and smoke.
    Finish: Pretty long, earthy, slightly floral and with more and more charcoal.
    Conclusion: It does exactly what you expect from such a Lagavulin, although I have to say that compared to earlier versions, it appears a bit easier knit and maintains the quality of the previous year's bottling. https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  105. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: clear and smoky, citrus and mint, maple syrup, sugar and a hint of grilled meat
    Taste: sweet and mild, some salt, chocolate, smoke, mint, gin and tannins
    Finish: long-lasting, smoky and slightly bitter

  106. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, lemony peat, spices!
    On the palate, fresh orange-yellow fruits, smoky peat more present, fine spices, a little fresh wood!
    In the finish, well-targeted aromas giving a long and tenacious length!
    A dram that gives more youth, less than 8, more than the 16 standard, but that leaves me a little on my hunger!

  107. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  108. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

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