Lagavulin 12 Year Old
Bot.2011 11th Release

70cl / 57.5%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old / Bot.2011 / 11th Release
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As reliably excellent as ever, the 2011 Special Releases Lagavulin 12yo was distilled in 1999 and vatted from refill American oak casks. As you'd expect, this is a very upfront, sooty-sweet Lagavulin in the classic style.

Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old
Bottling Date
Cask Type
Refill Bourbon

Lagavulin 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    Nose: It's very interesting to try this one after the old OB, because there are obvious similarities, especially the seaweedy notes and the coal/motor oil. What I also get in this one - and which I don't seem to have found in earlier incarnations of the 12 CS - is this wee combination of fennel, aniseed and gentian in the background. Quite some brine too but it's a fairly gentle expression so far, no true peat monster. Should we complain? Probably not…
    With water: Becomes more tarry and earthy, sooty, dry, medicinal…

    Mouth (neat): Sharp like a blade and sweet at the same time. Lemon drops and kippers, oysters and gentian again. Wonderful earthy/medicinal profile developing after that. Crystal clean, as they say.
    With water: It's the fruitiness that got enhanced, with more lemon and grapefruits, as well as more freshly ground black pepper. I feel it's kind of straighter and more peppery than earlier versions once diluted.

    Finish: Long and, again, rather less sweet than earlier 12s.

    Comments: Sweet when neat, dry when diluted. Excellent in both cases, of course. Closer to the 2009 than to the 2010. SGP:447 - 90 points.

  • Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate

    Brought back as an annual limited edition to satisfy the cravings of those who like their peat full-on and never understood why Lagavulin moved to 16 years of age, this is the Kildalton coast single malt at its most boisterous. Aromatically, it blazes a seaweed-strewn, zigzag pathway between sea, shore, and land: bog myrtle and samphire, beach bonfire, sea spray, and melon before, with much-needed water, there's slow-burning Latakia pipe tobacco and Lapsang Souchong tea. 85 Points

4 Customer Reviews

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  • 10 December 2013

    I normally keep a bottle of the 16yr 43% close at hand (which is my all time favourite so far), but I'm receiving a bottle of this as a Christmas present. Looking forward to a few drams on Christmas eve...then probably a few more!

  • 9 January 2013

    Simply put CLEAN & STRAIGHT LAGAVULIN !! No make-up on it... TRUE TERROIR !! Once again,,, CLEAN & STRAIGHT !! NO-MAKE UP TO MASK ITS TRUE FLAVOR.. IT IS 100 MPH FAST BALL !! You will need enough bat speed to enjoy this beauty.

  • 17 October 2012

    Superb!!! cant get any better.

  • 19 May 2012

    From what I heard, I was expecting all peat, no sweet. This malt surprised me. Even at cask strength, in my opinion, it's less intense (flavour-wise) than the 16 year. Great balance. Can't wait to explore this one further.