Lagavulin 2001

Overall rating
88.21/100
votes
310
Whiskybase ID
WB100934
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
2001
Bottled
08.08.2017
Calculated age
15 years old
Casktype
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Casknumber
lgv.4/506
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Label
lgv.4 / 506
Bottle code
L7220CM000
Barcode
5000281014036
Added on
15 sep 2017 4:27 pm by Astrid
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 406.46

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310 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 2001

40 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.21 points.

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    More sweet and less fruity than other versions of the Lagavulin DE series. Quite powerful ,smoky and ashy. Not as versatile as I would expect, still a very nice dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite some peatsmoke, some earthy touch and some sweet vanilla and caramel. Spicy, cinnamon,nuts.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite some power, spicy, pepper, ashy and peatsmoke, a clear salty, maritime touch.
    • Finish
      86 86
      More smooth now, ashy, peaty, sweet smoke, caramel and vanilla. Pretty long finish.

  2. Bembel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Light smoke, sweet vanilla, slightly iodine, malt, fruity after sherry.
      Overall much rounder and more harmonious than the standard 16er.
    • Taste
      Very sweet with nice dry smoke.
      Malt, Iodine, Fruits, Salty, Oak.
    • Finish
      Long with smoke and wood. Light fruitiness. hints of chocolate.

  3. Wilhelm58 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A great whisky!!! A little bit better, compared with newer variants of distillers edition
    • Nose
      88 88
      smoke, apricots, raisins
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, smoky, complex, slightly salty, lots of drooling
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long-lasting, smoky, oak wood, dry

  4. Wilhelm58 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A great whisky!!! Much better, compared with newer variants of distillers edition
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, apricots, raisins
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, smoky, complex, slightly salty, lots of drooling
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long-lasting, smoky, oak wood, dry

  5. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In a small Lagavulin tasting, it falls significantly in direct comparison to the 2000 and 2002 vintages. It tastes watery, I even like the standard 16y much better.
    So a vintage that you still have to have - especially not at the prices called today (07.2022 from 135.00 and up)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  7. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoke with pear and vanilla ice cream. Fudge in the background.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lovely legant peat smoke with salt and oak.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long smokey finish with vanilla and citrus.

  8. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, brown sugar, pineapple
    • Taste
      Fruits
    • Finish
      Smoke, black cherry

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin Distiller's Edition 2001 double matured 2017 green label.

    Consumed Mar 2019. A 'shaky hand' 35ml pour at Lismore, Glasgow.

    Aroma is lovely salty sherry more of a sherry bomb than a peat grenade, more salt than smoke.

    Taste is similarly sherry-led and much of the smoke has been swamped. Actually blind I would probably say this is an old sherry bomb from Speyside (but a really good one). The peat is quite faint indeed. Touch of menthol as it drains.

    Not exactly what I was expecting but that aside, it's an excellent, beautiful dram in its own right. (3.85/92)

  10. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great standard bottling. The surcharge for the 16-year-old is worthwhile if you like dark fruit in addition to smoke.
    How great would it be if we had 46 or 48% drinking strength here.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Delicate and elegant smoke. Vanilla, dark cherry, juice orange, tobacco, leather, oak seasoning, cinnamon plums.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very oily and strong for only 43% drinking strength. Very elegant (not biting). Cherry, vanilla, white pepper, orange, toffee, juicy chocolate cake, pipe tobacco, light-colored leather.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length and full finish. Chocolate cream cake with cherries and a little vanilla. Delicious!

  11. Dmz scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  12. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. thebonewolf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Big, smoke, wood, burnty stuff, very much like ham.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Woody at first, leather, bitter. Sometimes an unbelievably savory meat that really improves it.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Molasses, pepper, tobacco, oaky. Long.

  14. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Meaty Lag, more on the sweet side
    • Nose
      Sweet smoky salty meat character with a hint of mint, some oak tannins
    • Taste
      Sweetness, smoky bacon ends with little coal smoke
    • Finish
      Long, sweet meat smoke

  15. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. Dogs2 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A great, intensely smoky lagvulin. However, I expected a little more fruitiness, sweetness and complexity from the PX sherry finish.
    • Nose
      Intense, aromatic smoke. Salty sea breeze. Cooling menthol. Smoked ham. It gets cuter over time. Malt sweets. Vanilla.
    • Taste
      Light, liquid and oily on the tongue. First a lot of smoke again. Then some coffee. On the palate, however, it becomes pleasantly sweet. Unfortunately, despite the PX finish, I hardly find any fruit aromas.
    • Finish
      Smoky, dry, ashy. Fine-tart with oak.

  18. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. 11insomnium scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Somewhat fuller and slightly flowery with water. Difficult to determine without a direct comparison, but unfortunately the complexity of the Distillers Edition also decreases slowly but continuously over the years. The sherry influence is also no longer as clear as in previous batches. Overall, however, nice and round and pleasant to drink.
    • Nose
      Mild smoke, sweet, fine fruitiness and light citrus freshness
    • Taste
      Smoky, slightly sweet, spicy, tart, little fruit
    • Finish
      Aromatic and smoky, spicy, oak, somewhat dry

  20. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. sakis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  22. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  23. VollePulle scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  24. 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;

  25. 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
      Colour:
      Bright amber

      Nose:
      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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. Andreas W. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. jabguit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  33. 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% ... 

  34. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Very smooth and creamy, really not bad but a bit lacking of the typical Laga punch
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke as expected, little bit teaish, salty, hints of smoked ham
    • Taste
      Very oily and cream, notes of black tea, hints of bacon, rather fine peat and smoke, becomes more fruity, citrus fruits, hints of oranges
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, smooth

  37. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A great malt!
    • Nose
      Slightly smoky with dried fruit and strawberry jam.
    • Taste
      Pepper. Sweet, sherry, strong, round with citrus cool and later bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      Smoky, slightly salty, dry with a long-lasting, powerful finish.

  39. Goethe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Well, I had a lot of Lagavulin DEs so far but this one is very weak compared to other years. The PX influence is not as heavy as for example 1997 or 1998, therefore you don't get the berries at all, just a few dried red fruits. The smoke is there but the full-bodied Lagavulin 16 is missing here. Don't get me wrong, this is still a decent malt but not what you would expect from a Lagavulin DE. Of course the 80s where amazing, never thought I would say the late 90s where great compared to the following fellows. The first year I didn't buy the Laphroaig Cairdeas and now the first year I won't buy the Lagavulin DE.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Sweet bonfire smoke. Soaked scones coming along with the sherry. Plums, dried red fruits.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Sherry, salty, creamy seaweed.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke. Sweet pepper, tobacco. chocolate.

  40. 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

  41. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  42. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Less intense than the standard 16 year old. This is the best Lagavulin I have tasted. Top quality. How many bottles can I afford? 
    • Nose
      Smoky, sherry, sweetness, peat, chocolate, espresso, hay and iodine
    • Taste
      Spicy, chocolate, creamy, balanced and complex, mouth watering, light oak, cinnamon, 
    • Finish
      Long nice finish, full-bodied, smoke, peaches, creamy, chocolate, and almonds

  43. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: intense peat smoke, vanilla, subtle citrus notes, hints of iodine and seaweed
    Taste: strong peat smoke, malt, vanilla and citrus followed by the sweetness of Pedro Ximenez barrel
    Finish: very long and smoky with oak and chocolate notes

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