Lagavulin 12 years (16th release)

"A very good edition, this 2016 version, which I preferred to the 2013 that I tasted in the previous session with more complexity, less acrid, and farmyard touches"

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Another version from the annually released 12-year-old Lagavulin, this time from 2016. It seems it has the same type of maturation (American oak), but we may get slightly different results. Obviously, this version was also applauded by many whisky enthusiasts. Nothing more to add really, we might as well get down to business right away.


Instantly an invasive nose with a mixture of ink, bark, pine resin with a sweet, fruit-ish undercurrent. It gets slightly sweeter after a while with some roasted marshmallows. I find it slightly less focussed than the 13th release we had on our table before, but it is also more complex. What is particularly present is something smoky and fruity, which I can only described as smoked peach skin. There is also something of a chemical solvent, I cannot determine which exactly, and lots of farm-y notes, like stables and silage. The peat remains sweet with added touches of mint. After adding a few drops of water it becomes softer, with an additional scent of a wood fire in a chemical lab (strictly not allowed, mind you) and peach liquor.


The palate is very potent with (as on the nose) lots of ink, supplemented with coal dust, bonfire smoke, and again that slightly chemical solvent thing. Rather drying with lots of pungent ashes, and very much focused, as we become to expect now from this series. A few drops of water add rounder side to it, with an even better balance. Still very focussed on peach skin, smoke, ashes, tar, ink and a few peculiar notes of plastic toys or perhaps Tupperware, which are certainly not unpleasant within the whole array of tastes. In addition, a hint of rubber appears and almonds. A long finish with more of the same, supplemented with roots, a faint hint of undefined red fruits, could be something like red berry compote or berry-flavoured sweets, and a fresh touch of lemon verbena.


A very good edition, this 2016 version, which I preferred to the 2013 that I tasted in the previous session. More complexity, less acrid, and those farmyard touches always fall rather well here at WhiskyWobbles. I think this one shows the potency of the 12-year-old really well and shows thatit forms a perfect addition to the standard release from this distillery.

What others say

Whiskybase: 89.75 (375 votes) * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 92/100 * @Whiskynotes: 86/100 * @Distiller: 92/100 * @WhiskySaga: 89/100
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these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
Nose 88%
Taste 87.5%
Balance 87%
Depth 86.5%
Finish 88%