smoky
spicy
sherry monster
roasted
peaty
vanilla
phenols
salty
maple
Spiral Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release 2018

Lagavulin
12 Year Old Special Release 2018
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden Maple 
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Intense peat, vanilla, chipotle, and roasted grain.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Full-bodied and thick with smoke, waves of roasted cinnamon, and sea-salt caramels. 
 
Finish 
Long, longer, longest… with smoked caramels.
 
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release 2018 is adored for its smoky, spicy, sherry monster and roasted flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Lagavulin distillery, Islay.

Based on 104 votes, the average rating for Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release 2018 is 8.5/10.

Top reviews for Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release 2018:

— Peaty, very smooth . Flavours are too good

— I love the Islay scotches; they're like swallowing a campfire. So, when I saw that not only does Lagavulin sell a 12-year-old scotch, but that it's somehow more expensive than the 16, I wanted to give it a try. I assumed the 12 would be a wilder version of the 16, like the campfire got out of control a little bit, but I was completely wrong. It's every bit as balanced as the 16, but with the smokiness just slightly subdued. Since I love smokiness, I was surprised by my reaction. I loved it. I'd say it's my favorite non-super-smoky scotch, and I don't think the flavor spiral does it justice. I think the vanilla and the sherry comes out a bit more than the smoke. Also, I definitely taste spicy, peppery-ness, and the phenols.

— If there was ever a 10 this is it! Smoky, peaty and medicinal, with a superb balance of sweetness.

Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release 2018

(0.75l, 57.8%)


8.5/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release 2018
guest
guest,
Got it for around 80€. At that price it is worth the experience, but obviously not for everyday drinking. Nose Peat, salt, lemon/citrus, artificial sweet lemon flavors, salt, sea breeze Taste Dark! Dark chocolate, dark honey, salty caramel, distant citrus kicking in... Finish Medium to quite long, smokey, ashy a bit, all the flavours tasted linger and re appear
 
Todd
Todd,
Nice smoke aroma on this one. Taste is very nice, with the Lagavulin expected peat and smoke, with some subtle fruit/sweetness ... just a lot of full flavor that lingers and lingers. A splash of water brings down the strength a bit, but still is very bold.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Too smokey
 
Nolan
Nolan,
I’m not always in the mood for it but when I am this is my go to for peaty goodness.
 
Sondra
Sondra,
Winter. Fires. Cozy. Special.
 
Lars
Lars,
My personal all time Favoriten.
 
Logan
Logan,
To be fair, I am not a huge Islay fan. When they say smoke and peat, they mean it. I like a little smoke, but this was completely overwhelming for me. If you like a more balanced scotch, look elsewhere. If smoke is your thing, you'll love it. For someone that wants a good middle ground, I found the Connemara peated to be a good trial.
 
Chetan
Chetan,
Peaty, very smooth . Flavours are too good
 
Jesse
Jesse,
I love the Islay scotches; they're like swallowing a campfire. So, when I saw that not only does Lagavulin sell a 12-year-old scotch, but that it's somehow more expensive than the 16, I wanted to give it a try. I assumed the 12 would be a wilder version of the 16, like the campfire got out of control a little bit, but I was completely wrong. It's every bit as balanced as the 16, but with the smokiness just slightly subdued. Since I love smokiness, I was surprised by my reaction. I loved it. I'd say it's my favorite non-super-smoky scotch, and I don't think the flavor spiral does it justice. I think the vanilla and the sherry comes out a bit more than the smoke. Also, I definitely taste spicy, peppery-ness, and the phenols.
 
Darren
Darren,
Peated and hot. I prefer the 16.
 
Eduardo
Eduardo,
Peat and smoke are just not my favorite flavors in whisky. Good to try and to understand the flavor, but not to buy it again.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Heavy on the smoke and peat.
 
Clayton
Clayton,
Pure smokeness love, a lot of character.
 
Will
Will,
If there was ever a 10 this is it! Smoky, peaty and medicinal, with a superb balance of sweetness.
 
guest
guest,
As good as the 16y old and cask strength. Can it get any better? Absolutely recommended. Do not miss out on this heavy weight among the Islay malts.
 
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