Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

Overall rating
88.17/100
votes
255
Whiskybase ID
WB101137
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Refill American HH / Refill European Butts
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
57.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7188DQ001
Barcode
5000281049953
Bottled for
Islay Jazz Festival 2017
Added on
18 sep 2017 8:58 am by Odessit
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 379.54

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

48 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.17 points.

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    So the nose has raised false expectations here. If you like real smoke bombs with corners and edges, then their taste is just right. I think it's okay if I let the nose flow in positively, but for me it is a bit too salty.

    After a second tasting I had to correct the rating upwards.
    • Nose
      The first impression is very light and fresh, yellow fruits with a slightly rather unripe acidity, but also a strong sweetness that goes into the fermented, vanilla brings a nice creaminess, light campfire smoke is there, but not superficially, the fruit dominates, the sourness almost goes already in the direction of kiwi, a little waxy, light roasted aromas, overall it looks rather young, but not uncomfortably alcoholic or something

      Water makes the nose rougher and edgier, and tickles a little preview of the somewhat rough taste
    • Taste
      bam, in the mouth it starts with huge smoke, then a big load of salt, wow is the salty, spice, oak, cinnamon, too much salt to be honest, dry, the fruit can only be guessed at in the background after the first sip there is also a strange note, as if I smell a gas stove.

      In the mouth, water helps to soften the first impact, the basic notes remain the same, but overall a little better with water

      Addendum: In a second attempt much better, sweet start, not too salty, actually very tasty, probably had a bad day the first time.
    • Finish
      Salt covers the mouth, really dry and spicy (cinnamon) smoke on the palate, tart, over time the yellow fruits come through better, slightly acidic, now also a light nut note

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  3. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    takes a while to take off, but then.. when it finally does, it explodes into a lively combination of lemons, smoke and salty oil that is just so elegant.. a really elegant, albeit simple Lagavulin! vibrant, minty peat in the finish.

  4. Marequiers48 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I was lucky to get one sample from a friend
    Wonderfull Lagavulin
    I like
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. robse211 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Rollinstone scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Kerosene which is cut through by a lime/key lime pie note and fresh bread.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet lemon with well integrated smoke. Very oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Slightly drying with an ashy smoke.

  9. Dionysus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Lovely nose. Savory smoke, peat, and roasted nuts. Some stone fruits, and mocha perhaps. Very balanced.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Yup. Very good. Would love to have a bottle of this. It's not very aged, and lacking a certain complexity, but the ABV is perfect, the mouthfeel is nice, and it's got an oomph to it. I don't need to give you the notes of a modern Lagavulin, but it's all there.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish, but simple.

  11. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fiery, smoky and sweet whisky, like a fire on a seasonal fruit store.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke, at first a little industrial, technical, then with hints of sweetness. From sweet tones vanilla, yellow apples, yellow pears, some dried apricots, candies.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky, hot, with candies, vanilla, powdered sugar on a yellow apple.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoky, slightly oily, with sweet tones of apple jam and ash.

  12. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      That Laga bold sweet peat, yellow fruit sweetness, hazy, hints of salty BBQ meat, crepe bandage, mineral, grilled mussels, salty sea breeze, smoldering coal.

      Put this simple, cloudy peat and tons of sweet.
    • Taste
      Bold and bare Lagavulin, with sweetness and delicate peat smoke.
    • Finish
      Fairly long, oily, salted lemon candy.

  14. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Grassy, floral, creamy with vanilla, honeysuckle, peat, grains, almond.

  15. Nklto scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Wow! This is definitely one of the better Lagavulins out there. It requires a great talent to combine the right casks and be able to achieve such an outstanding complexity I guess. Thank you Iain McArthur. This whisky has all the flavours a good Islay whisky can offer plus more. You will never get bored drinking it. Give it a time and attention and it will reward you greatly. The alcohol is very well integrated and doesn’t require water to calm it down. But if you have a full bottle you can try and play with it. Powerful and smooth at the same time. I like it as it is. Nothing excessive- fruitiness, peat, sweetness and dust from an old book shelf. A smell that I simply can’t find in any other well aged whiskies. All perfectly done. Very delicious.

  16. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. RobbievdB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A solid, but also a bit middle of the road Lagavulin. As expected earthy, with clay, limestone, salt accompanied by sweet citrus and a nice mix of vanilla and some sugared cinnamon. There’s an unmistakable southern islay peat aroma revealing the what this is. More a fan of Lagavulin on sherry or px.

  18. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Dry peat smoke, earthy and vegetal, lots of vanilla, lemon candy, charred wood.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry smoke and vegetal peat, salty, vanilla, lemon oil, black pepper and nutmeg, ashy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long: the vanilla still going, citrus, drying charred wood notes, mild sweet liqourice.

  19. MikerG2k scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Part of the first ‘HetWhiskyForum Thuisfestival’! Tasting note is in dutch and is based on the available 2cl.
    What a great Lagavulin with an even more great story from the one who shared this whisky!
    • Nose
      Hansaplast, lots of fruit, fresh apples, unripe pear, clean peat, charred wood, peat.
    • Taste
      Straw, vanilla, cinnamon, apple, pear.
    • Finish
      Sweet apples, soft pear, cinnamon tea, soft grains.

  21. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This whisky was part of an online Whiskyforum tasting. As not peat-fan a positive surprise in an already high level line-up.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Bang; this is from Islay. Without a shadow of the doubt. Lot's of sweetness and fruitiness in combination with heavy peatsmoke.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Spices, peatsmoke, sweetness and loads of vanilla.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long and very nice till the end.

      Conclusion: I not had the right Islay whiskies yet. Time to investigate Islay a bit more.

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite good! Loaded with classic Lagavulin flavours. I love the briny and pork-y notes in here. The slight hint of sherry helps elevate the whisky a step or two. It’s hard to spot, but definitely adds a nice richness to support the brine. The palate is nice but falls a bit short of the nose and finish, as it’s quite peppery. Still, a flavourful and very enjoyable peaty whisky.

    Nose: Peaty, peppery, and briny. Some ash, white pepper, sea salt, and a distinct oyster note. There’s barley sugar and a touch of caramel tucked underneath the wall of peat. Some richer savoury notes emerge after another moment: hoisin sauce, peanuts, and smoked pork. It’s actually reminding me a bit of the homemade smoked pork in Alabama-style vinegar sauce that we ate for dinner earlier in the evening! Just a touch of raisin way in the back, as well as a vaguely soapy note.

    Palate: Medium texture. A blast of peppery peat right up front. It’s more savoury and vegetal here than on the nose, with more of that smoked pork as well. More black pepper on the development, along with salt, earth, ash, clay, herbs, lemon, and burning grass. There’s also a little bit more of that sherry sweetness here. Some cooked strawberries perhaps, as well as some toffee.

    Finish: Medium-length and peaty. Ash, brine, pepper, and more smoked pork. It does turn sweet towards the end: there’s some subtle pear, honey, and a hint of vanilla.

  27. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good, crisp Lagavulin with a decent complexity and plenty of richness. 
    • Nose
      Waxy, sweet and fruity, mainly apricots and peach with some bitter lemon peel thrown in. Some salty sea spray and vanilla too, accompanied by soft and gentle peat smoke and a nice minerality. Finally a tinge of menthol and tobacco. Really good!
    • Taste
      Quite intense yet restrained, if that makes sense. A peppery arrival that goes hand in hand with subtle peat smoke, sauerkraut, and porridge. Somewhat briny too, as well as green olives and charred lemon.
    • Finish
      Lingering vegetal peat and herbs. Long.

  28. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Rough herbal citrusy and peaty quite disappointing

  30. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  31. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Big and bold, full bodied, naked Lagavulin - medicinal smoke, sweet charcoal, Taiwan sausages, olive oil, honey mustard, salted fish skin. A lot going in the nose itself. With water, a lot saltier, and fresher, with seawater, full of lime juice.
    • Taste
      Salty arrival, hot smokiness, seaweed, salted meat, salted peanuts, and slightly tarry. The briney side is really taking over, and it's definitely not a bad thing.
    • Finish
      Very long, with loads of citrus fruits, dried orange peel, and mouth-watering.

  33. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great Lagavulin that is just fun with its intensity and presence.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Mmh, great: cold, ashy smoke and at the same time velvety-soft fruit notes, based on lemon and orange slices. Wonderfully balanced, so that the peat smoke and the fruit keep their intensity in balance. Sea salt, pepper, hot tar are added. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Strong, but very pleasant start with ashy smoke, bacon strips, salt, lemon and lime. A few fine-herbaceous herbs pull through, but do not stay long. Fresh wood, chocolate powder and coffee beans. Vanilla and honey support the lime sweetness.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium to long, dry and spicy. The smoke is still very present, as are the lemons and limes. Both components are very well connected, not running side by side.

  34. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] Because still the new Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2018 is not added to the Whiskybase I do a head-to-head with this release from last year (to be able to save my notes online)…

    Both drams are typical Lagavulin and very enjoyable with different spikes: The 2017 is more balanced and smoother while the 2018 is more spiked and wild - there is a one points difference between the two in my book what is a draw, actually! Nevertheless I like the new "Distillery Exclusive" (WB id 98058) bottling much better, honestly...

    [July, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. This dram benefits greatly from a reduction to about 48% abv.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The 2017 is one shade darker at pale gold than the 2018 which is at pale straw. The nose is very comparable at the first sniff with slightly more wooden notes in the 2017 and more peaty-ashy aromas in the 2018's nose. Both are pretty fine with a minor (one points) advantage to the 2018.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The 2017's palate is rich, bold and quite complex - pretty good by Lagavulin standards I would say. All there that one would expect, no flaw or off-note at all. The 2018 is a little sweeter but a little more bitter too - actually I like the 2017 better than this year's edition on the palate (by two points). Some water really improves the 2017 both in the nose and taste while the 2018 profits less from a reduction (the bitter notes increase in sync with the pleasant ones, so actually it stays in the same balance).
    • Finish
      90 90
      The 2017 arrives bold, a little hot and instantly coating on palate while the 2018 does … the same, actually. Maybe the 2018 is a little bolder but it owns a slightly bitter-astringent moment too (that is not with the 2017). The 2017 finishes very long, more spicy and without any distracting moment - actually this is the best about this dram. The finish of the 2018 is a little shorter (not much, almost of the same length) but very bitter-drying on cold ashes, tannins and cold metals. If you prefer the extremes the 2018 is for you, but honestly I prefer the 2017 over that (one point).

  35. Islaywolf scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Very good, Lagavulin rocks

  36. LordIslay scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  37. Dionysus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice smoky mole, soft and delicate, well balanced, velvety.
    • Nose
      Clear, dry, ash, scorched branches, lemon peel, mineral notes, a loose grain, sweet syrup-lemonade shades.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, juicy, smoke and ash, peat, sweet and sour candy notes, lemon zest, bitter young bark.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, light notes of ginger, smoke, ash, light metal sour, vanilla.

  39. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Oh yeah! that is what I call a peat bomb. that really "hits" the taste-buds. A lot of peat, smoke, salt, bacon, barbecue, some more salt and at the very end some sweetness. nearly sweet citron, some hints of yellow fruits. the peat and salt are always around, the just get fruitier at the end. finish is nice and long. that is some nice dram. Heavy peat and salt!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful whisky, stimulates all the senses.
    • Nose
      Peat, wood fire smoke, ash. Salty, strong sea air. A lot of alcohol in the nose. After the peaty smells comes some sweetness, vanilla, at some point.
    • Taste
      Firm, pricking, pepper. Salty again, and smoke and ashes. Caramel also occasionally comes through. Very full and intense taste.
    • Finish
      Slightly peppery, roasted meat now a bit. Ash and peat, and also a strong BBQ air. Long aftertaste.

  42. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  44. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  45. checkpointuk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=307 Color: white wine Nose: Very "young" first impression - salty lemon, applied artificial sweetness with lots of smoky peat. Cold ashes, as well as memories of a barbecue with ham flavors on the Islay beach. Maritime salt air, seaweed, vanilla flavors and then again this cold ashes. Taste: Salty, hot and tingling on the tongue. Sweet, slightly musty peaty notes of malted barley and bland herbs. Vanilla, pepper and predominantly applied phenols are complementary. Finish: Long - bitterly sharp and somehow too artificial for us. Fresh and green with a lot of young and unripe wood. Comment: Well, one can only say: Lagavulin, welcome to the present! For a long time they resisted, but the "modern age" seems to have overtaken this distillery! 84 points N: 84P / G: 85P / F: 82P

  46. Albaron scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    He is great. Tasty, lots of nice flavors and the mint does not bother so, this creamy vanilla is very tasty, the smoke is also good, nice dry and very light phenolic
    • Nose
      Smoke, pear, smoke again, then some beer, gooseberry, vanilla, toffee cream, a little mint and a herbal mix
    • Taste
      Smoke, pear, a little pepper, vanilla, toffee cream, the herbal mix is ​​here, but the mint is very weak, a little bit of barrel wort
    • Finish
      the dry smoke is still there, fun, subliminal still the pear and especially vanilla and toffee cream, tannins are only very noticeable in the background

  47. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Starts wonderfully fresh and salty. Then citrus zests, peat, iodine, anchovies, cooked crustaceans and smoked fish and a laurel laurel. Picnic on the beach, tide pools and fresh clams. Overall, well balanced. With water: still fresh and salty, citrus zest, filigree peat and seafood, but more herbaceous and ashen. Lilac, dark smoked bacon and the fruitiness of light gooseberries.
    • Taste
      Balanced with sweet sooty peaty, salty and maritime flavors. Tang, oily accents, Driftwood, strong roasted coffee, fried fish, tidal pools and campfire on the stand. With water: soft and balanced. Peaty, smoky, salty and wonderfully focused. Coal, roasted aromas, smoked fish and burned herbs.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, coffee, cocoa and peat smoke.

  48. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Only 6000 bottles of this stuff were released, but to my surprise I found dozens of them on the shelves in the shop (even from the 2016 edition as well), something that cannot be said of the Feis Ile bottlings. Strange, for this is very good stuff.
    • Nose
      The nose is surprisingly fresh and the emphasis is on vanilla and lemons. The typical maritime elements of Laga are certainly there, but the peat is very subdued. Ashes to no end, though. The salt kicks in after a few moments. This is a lovely, but rather simply nose. But nothing wrong with that.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it is a veritable peat bomb. While again very sweet (lot and lots of vanilla), I know get a truckload of ashes and lots of smoke. Pear, lime, flowery honey and a bit of liquorice. Despite the high ABV, this goes down very easily. A peppery note offers some prickling on the tongue. This is dangerously quaffable.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long, with vanilla and some warm peppers at the death.

  49. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Easy to understand, easy to like, but not at all on the level of the glorious earlier Jazz Festival bottlings.

    Tasted with the following Lagavulins: 18yo Feis Ile 2016 (88 pts.), Distillery Exclusive 2017 (87), Lagavulin 16yo White Horse late 1990s (90), 25yo 1977-2002 (93), 25yo 2016 "200 years of L. Distillery Managers" (91), and 1991-2016 200th Anniversary Charity Bottling single cask (92).
    • Nose
      It's so much on citrus and refill ex-bourbon vibes it almost feels like a Caol Ila (minus that distillery's signature coal notes of course). Unsurprisingly, Lagavulin 8yo from last year comes to mind. A very simple, straightforward nose with young, yet nicely rounded and not at all harsh peat. Water brings out some peat rubber and sea water. 
    • Taste
      Sweet, probably on account of the first fill in the mix, and very straightforward. The body is astounding for how young (under 10yo) it feels like. With water it seems to get hotter in the mouth, and the fruitiness (sweet pears, lemons) comes out more.
    • Finish
      Long on the peat, but otherwise short. It's good but not exceptional.

  50. fgg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  51. fgg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Typical Laga nose full of smoke and peat. And a nice salty background.
    • Taste
      Creamy, full flavor. Many earthy flavors: wood, smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium to low finish. Keep sticking.

  52. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Lovely pungent Lagavulin. Tastewise it trends towards the 12yo. Nose and finish are slightly stonger for me. A very no nonsense straight forward dram perfectly suited for the upcoming autumn storms.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

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