Lagavulin 12 Year Old Sample
18th Special Releases 2018

3cl / 57.8%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old Sample / 18th / Special Releases 2018
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A Perfect Measure sample bottle of the 2018 bottling of Lagavulin 12 Year Old in Diageo's Special Releases. With the typical smoky seaside character of Lagavulin, this Islay single malt has a subtle sweetness throughout the palate, adding balance and elegance.

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12 Year Old

This is a 3cl sample from the original bottling of:

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Lagavulin 12 Year Old 18th Release Special Releases 2018



  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Leaves Leaves
  • Mint Mint
  • Orange Orange
  • Lime Lime
  • Brine Brine
  • Smoke Smoke

Lagavulin 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting note by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Singed leaves, sweet peat and damp earth – a mismanaged forest campfire after a rainstorm. Sweeter notes build, with pink shrimp sweets, joined by crashing waves and damp leather. Soft spicey notes develop, along with pine trees and a touch of lime.

    Palate: Chocolate-covered pine needles and leafy undergrowth. The sweetness from the nose is here too, with icing sugar and barley sugar balanced by zesty lime.

    Finish: Minerally and minty, with leathery smoke and sawdust touches.

    Comment: Definitely sweeter than I expected, but still a raw but well-balanced display of Lagavulin’s ‘other side’.

3 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    16 January

    A wild whisky that feels very vibrant on the palate. The nose is not very different from the 2017 expression with several citrus fruits and mint dominating. The palate is a little sweeter but still very fresh. I can’t think of a whisky even remotely similar to this, maybe it’s just me but this is like heaven at sunset.

  • 5
    14 December 2018

    Oh my word! I was given a Christmas present of a sizeable sample from my Ain;'t no foolin' Lagavulin Ambassador friend. It's definitely a much sweeter Lag 12 - Almost the Distillers Edition, cask strength! Amplified fruit and farmyard on the nose along with what I misread Billy's notes for "Sweat peat" . That'll do! A little more surprise complexity on the palate than I remember. A wee bit richer. Tarry chocolate and...DAMN! My Sample is finished! Gone! A slightly short finish, though the slightly sweet ( and yes, Billy - minerally and mentholated ) hints linger on the Islay breeze! Well, I HAD to order a bottle from you....a Christmas after lunch treat. 5 1/2 points. OK, folks. That's a dram you owe Colin...

  • 5
    3 October 2018

    Another year another 12 another beautiful cask strength laga