Lagavulin 2001

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
lgv.4 / 506
Bottle code
Added on
15 Sep 2017 4:27 pm by Astrid

Average value

€ 94.29

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 2001

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.92 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  As usual I try the recent Lagavulin DE.  To be honest, the quality of this great dram unfortunately degraded slowly but constantly over the last years and I wonder if this is true for the 2017 release as well.  This year's profile is much more herbal and bitter (tannins) than the previous bottlings, obviously it fell victim to the cask shortage crisis too (it seems as if even Lagavulin has to use some virgin or refill caucasian oak, too).  It is not really bad, but the nice balance of peat-sweetness-spices is somewhat hurt this way.  There are some adstringent moments (tannins) both in the initial mouthfeel and the finish that I do not like.  Nevertheless, this is a bold and enjoyable dram, still.  But if it keeps degrading this way over the years to come I can imagine to stop drinking it at all (what would be a caesura as I ever, ever tried a bottle of the new Lagavulin DE release each year).  The growing quality problems of the scotch whisky industry due to the long-lasting whisky boom get more serious year after year.  Will it all burst in an exploding bubble or do whisky connoisseurs slowly adapt to these new tastes and profiles?  No one will know for sure, but if you prefer the rather old style whiskies I strongly recommend to build up a stock of your favourite drams (for your future own consumption only, not as an investment!).  I did this several years ago, already...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really love these Lagavulin DE's! 

    One of, if not probably, my favourite easy drinking peaty drams. Great combination of sweetness, spices, smoke and peat. Very curious to know how these would be on 46% ... 

  3. sakis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Like the standard 16yo only in sweeter. That would be really good with more revolutions (46 or 48). So it remains a very balanced-sweet-easy-drinking smoker.
    I like it quite well, but 70 € .....
    • Nose
      Spicy with wet wood, juicy / sweet after BBQ, ham and sherry flavors.
    • Taste
      Initiation is very sweet, then spicy. Nice consistency for chewing. The smoke develops slowly. After a while it gets dry, bitter and then slightly peppery.
    • Finish
      In the outlet, the smoke pushes forward powerfully and lasts a long time. The whole thing is very juicy and meaty with a certain sweetness, which is reminiscent of BBQ.

  5. VollePulle scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A Distillers Edition at its finest. A top painter, in which the higher price is well justified. Very successful combination of smoke and sherry!
    LAGAVULIN = the pearl of Islay's south coast !!!!
    • Nose
      91 91
      What a brilliant nose: wonderful smoke (campfire), lots of sherry, sweetness, heather, oak;
    • Taste
      89 89
      intense, strong, warming; sweet and fruity, malt, a lot of sherry, leather, tobacco, salt, herbs, above all lies gentle smoke; very complex;
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium to long finish; smoky, salty, slightly tart; in the end, pipe tobacco;

  7. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Was not my thing now. To be honest, it was not fun. but that's only my personal opinion. At the age of 16 I felt the same way. That's why I really praise the Classic of Islay range. The turn, I think is really great.
    • Nose
      Bright amber

      A dry smoky note comes first. Add smoked ham, some salt and cabbage. He smells really bad for me. Lemon comes to it. Some wet sand and hazelnut. The smell I find the rather light-fruited. I miss this typical PX sweetie here. With some durability in the glass, here comes a hay-like note. Add some licorice and berries. Vanilla and apple. Dry wood and a trace of marzipan. I still find mineral dust. What makes the thing dry properly.
    • Taste
      Sweet, smoky start. Tart leather, plum and fig. The taste is more orange. Cinnamon, liquorice, some chocolate. Tastes a bit rancid, after old butter. Again, this bitter nut flavor. Tastes a bit stale. Ne track rubber. The second sip is accompanied by medicinal aromas. Wheat and malt.
    • Finish
      Medium. Smoky with some salt and bitterness. A subtle sweet follows. Towards the end rather dry. A grain taste remains at the end.

  8. M134481 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's a real good whisky if you like peaty in combination with sherry. Love it!
    • Nose
      88 88
      First, when you open the bottle, you'll smell sherry, grassy, green apple, red fruit, banana and oranges. After a few minutes, the peat en smoke will be free. It takes a short time to develop.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoke and peat, sherry, grassy, green apple, red fruit, banana, oranges. Real good!
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dark chocolat, oranges, citrusfruit, green appel.

  9. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky, smoky and noticeably sherried. The taste is rather spicy at the beginning but quickly calms down opening fruity and minerally tones. Very well balanced but missing some complexity.
    • Nose
      Smoke, ripe yellow apples, prunes and dried figs, raisins, caramel, light minerality, smoked fish notes, some tarry touch
    • Taste
      Peppery, smoky, slightly sweet with light minerality again, dark berry jam, brine, some kelp, gentle oak
    • Finish
      Ashy, getting dry slowly, slightly sweet, minerally, a bit oaky at the end


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