Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ref. American HH / Ref. European Butts
Number of bottles
57.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Islay Jazz Festival 2017
Added on
18 Sep 2017 8:58 am by Odessit
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 239.50

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.18 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)…

    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
      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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Baanaanaabob did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Rough herbal citrusy and peaty quite disappointing

  8. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  9. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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


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