Review #36 – Lagavulin 12yr

Review #36 | /r/Scotch Review #14 – Lagavulin 12

The Schtick: This is a 12yr old, cask strength, bottling from Lagavulin.


Distiller: Lagavulin

Bottler: Lagavulin

ABV: 55.1% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Sample


Review #36 – Lagavulin 12yr

Nose: Whew. Smoke, peat, acetone, some bandage funk but nothing like Ardbeg. There’s a little vanilla, citrus and sherry sweetness. I like this a lot.

Taste: There’s a lot more sweetness and a lot less smoke and peat. A couple drops of water really bring out the sherry and the cream which now balance the smoke very well. I like it, and a drop or two of water really helps tame the proof as well since 110pf here tastes a lot rougher than a good deal of the higher proof bourbons I own.

Finish: It’s long and surprisingly less vicious than I expected. Less peat here and a very pleasant amount of smoke.

Overall: This is really a very impressive bottle. If only it weren’t so hard to find / expensive. This really shows how good a peated dram can be and the blending is very well done.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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