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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

Overall rating
87.98/100
votes
129
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Ref. American HH / Ref. European Butts
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
57.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7188DQ001
Barcode
5000281049953
Bottled for
Islay Jazz Festival 2017
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
18 Sep 2017 8:40 am by Odessit
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 192,49

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.98 points

  1. 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)…

    Nose: 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: 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: 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).

    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...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. 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.

  3. Usl1978 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Very good, Lagavulin rocks

  4. Reakwoon scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

  5. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    So the nose has raised false expectations here. If you're looking for real smoke bombs with rough edges, then it's just the right flavor. I think it's alright, if I let the nose flow positively, but for me it is a bit over-salted.
    • Nose
      The first impression is very light and fresh, yellow fruit with a slight rather unripe acidity, but also a strong sweetness going into the fermented, vanilla brings a nice creaminess, light camp fire smoke is there, but not superficial, the fruit dominates, the acidity almost goes already in the direction of kiwi, somewhat waxy, light roasted aromas, overall it looks rather young, but not unpleasantly alcoholic or something Water makes the nose rougher and more edgy, and tickles a bit of a preview of the slightly gruff taste
    • Taste
      bääm, in the mouth it starts with huge smoke, then a big load of salt, wow is the salty, spicy, oak, cinnamon, too much salt to me honestly, dry, the fruit is to be guessed only in the background, after the first sip Add a funny 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 a little better with water
    • Finish
      Salt occupies the mouth, really dry and spicy (cinnamon) smoke on the palate, tart, over time, the yellow fruit get through better, slightly sour, now a slight hint of nut

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.

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