Review: Lagavulin 12 Years Old Limited Edition 2019

Review: Lagavulin 12 Years Old Limited Edition 2019

A 12 year old version of Lagavulin is invariably a part of the Diageo Special Releases, though this one isn’t going to be available in the U.S.

There are no big surprises in this release, aged in refill bourbon barrels, and that’s probably for the best. The nose is heavy on the smoke, the usual base of the whisky, with notes of wood and coal fires — no sweet barbecue notes to speak of. A slight seaweed note is detectable, but otherwise there’s minimal brine/saline.

Push through the smoke on the palate and you’ll find a sharp fruit character, with some toasted hazelnuts in the mix, too. The palate is sharply smoky, of course, leading to a rather ashy, dusty finish. Peat and chimney soot notes linger as the fruit slowly fades away.

All told, it drinks largely as expected. Lagavulin superfans can plan accordingly.

113 proof. Not available in the U.S.

B+ / £110 /

Lagavulin 12 Years Old Limited Edition 2019




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Donald Mann on May 15, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    It’s not aged in bourbon casks . . .it’s aged in oak casks!

    • Christopher Null on May 15, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      “Bourbon casks” are American oak casks that have previously held bourbon — which is how this whisky is aged.

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