Lagavulin 2001

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
15 years old
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

€ 133.85

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 2001

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.12 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. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. 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% ... 

  4. 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)

  5. 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!

  6. Dmz scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  7. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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


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