sherry monster
Spiral Lagavulin 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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 
Long, longer, longest… with smoked caramels
Flavour Spiral
Smoky, peaty, phenols, sherry, vanilla, oak, spicy, burnt sugar, roasted
Lagavulin 12 YO Cask Strength is a spicy, peaty test of true grit. 
If you know your Islay single maltsand we don't doubt it — then you know what to expect. The entire Lagavulin line has that savory-sweet smokiness that Islay lovers love to love; the unique character won them more medals than the Brazilian soccer team.
John Jonston and Archibald Campbell “officially” started making Whisky in 1816. The distillery is famous for their extra-long, low & slow distillation process and the unique, pear-shaped stills. Islay Whisky fans love them for producing an exceptionally smooth, sophisticated, and flavorful single malt.
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Single Malt Cask Strength Scotch Whisky is a monster of a dram. All Lagavulin Whiskies are classic examples of the heavily peated Islay Whisky. Lagavulins are normally offered it in 8 YO and 16 YO varieties — along with a few special "wood" expressions. But for a few months each year the distillery issues a limited edition of 12 year-old Whisky at cask strength — nearly 115 proof. 
So imagine a smoky, spicy, peated single malt aged by the salty shore and then turn the volume up to 11. That is what we have here. Drink it neat to prove your post-pubescence or, as we recommend, add a splash of water and savor the enhanced tastes of Sublime.

"Best single malt 11-15 years (Multiple Casks)"
- Whisky Bible, 2017

  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Lagavulin 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

(0.75l, 56.8%)

Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Lagavulin 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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.
Peated and hot. I prefer the 16.
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.
Heavy on the smoke and peat.
To be fair, I am not a huge Islam 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.
Pure smokeness love, a lot of character.
If there was ever a 10 this is it! Smoky, peaty and medicinal, with a superb balance of sweetness.
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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