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Lagavulin 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.49/100
votes
304
Whiskybase ID
112975
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2018
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Ref. Am HH, Rejuv. Am HH & Bodega Europ Butts
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
53.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8032DQ002
Barcode
5000281051505
Added on
29 May 2018 8:53 pm by Fabi805
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 485.77

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 18-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  I had this dram during this year's "Feis Ile" tasting session.  Usually Lagavulin offers decent drams for the Feis Ile but even at Lagavulin the high quality of the Feis Ile bottlings seems to degrade over time - at least for the last two years.  So what will this year's release be all about?

    This is another excellent Lagavulin with a rather questionable cask setting but a fine result, nonetheless.  I really like it, just the nose was too shy for me (given this is a Lagavulin)...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the texture shows small tears that consolidate to bigger ones with slow legs. The nose is rather subtle on a fine autumn floral and herbal profile (what indicates European oak, usually) with almost no sherry aromas at all. So, what does ex-bodega butt mean? Was there ever sherry in these butts or were these casks that much "rejuvenated" that all of the flavours are gone now? Rejuvenation of casks seems the "miracle approach" of the Scotch whisky industry to the ever growing cask shortage crisis (due to the ongoing whisky boom). But a rejuvenated cask shows more the profile of new oak (after planing off all the depleted wood there is virgin oak only as the prior content did not reach the inner wood at all). So they can write ex-sherry (or in this case bodega) butt legally but actually this is cheating on the customer - it is new wood, finally! Nonetheless, this nose is quite fine and balanced but it is not impressive at all.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is richer than the nose (what is good!) and greatly chewable on fine barley sugars, maritime peaty flavours, some fruits and herbs in a firm and just about right wooden framework. That is really good and the Lagavulin-style I adore (again: Age DOES matter!). It is layered and interesting to explore, after some chewing I detect even some shy sherry flavours, perfect!
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with no distracting moments (compare this to the mouthfeel of this year's Laphroaig Cairdeas that I had just before and you will see: Age DOES matter!). The finish is long and sweeter than the taste with a minor drying end (that is not very much distracting). Water releases more aromas both in the nose and on the palate and it turns the whole dram more pleasing to the taste buds. But to be honest, sometimes my taste buds prefer not to be pleased (but challenged) and so I like the neat dram better.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Spring Fresh
    In 2018 Lagavulin launched for the third festival an a row and 18 Year Old (for Feis Ile 2019 it was a 19 years old and I presume that trend will continue). I had to admit that those Feis Ile release, the distillery exclusives and mostly the Jazz Festival bottlings are very much to my liking. I wonder if this 18 years old from 2018 is also a winner (when I poured it at my Feis Ile Masterclass in Ghent, it was the winner). It is a vatting of refill hogsheads and sherry butts. I pour from bottle 4.025 of 6.000.

    The nose if spring fresh on vanilla, lime and mint, even some banana and pear. Some elderflower. Would that be from the sherry butts? It has a medicinal edge, but not overly much. Soft smoke. Some horse stable and rocky coast. Yes, I can imagine that. It is very good, to say the least, albeit somewhat restraint (for a Lagavulin).

    The taste is very good! A touch sweet with a lovely smokiness. Citrus fruit takes charge. Orange liqueur with sugared lime peel. Reminds me somewhat of yoghurt with pieces of fruit, but wrapped in a smoky jacket with green garden herbs. Softer than the standard 16, despite the ABV. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. The sherry is present, but clearly plays second fiddle. Very good, like I said.

    The finish is medium long (I would have loved for it to be longer), sooty and oily with lovely peat smoke until the very last moment.

    A winner and then some.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Quite restrained for a Lagavulin OB this is not kipper juice but a nicely creamy peat and pepper combo more in the style of some Talisker I have tasted.
    No need for water this is really good and in my view not you typical Laga.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A nice Feis Island, in the same vein as the 2016. A real lagavulin, mineral, fresh, lemony and successful.
    • Nose
      Fresh, lemony with its fine smoke and minerality (iron).
      Some candied citrus perfume the whole.
    • Taste
      Nice balance.
      There is lemon, salt, iodine, iron and always this sweet and beautiful smoke.
    • Finish
      Beautiful length, vegetable, spicy.
      There is leather, salt and a slight woody bitterness (the good).
      Smoke almost absent.

  5. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It would not be a dream to think that this is an 18-year-old smoker. Is that good or bad now? No matter. Class whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoked bananas, pear sauce, lemon jelly. Very yellow-fruity, very refreshing. The smoke then pushes forward. In addition: Grease, fresh tarred road; even a little hospital corridor, which one usually has with the neighboring styery. Maritime notes. Vanilla and honey give extra sweetness.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fruit sweet and very smoky for a maturity of 18 years. A reflection of the nose with the yellow fruits, the dry smoke, the summer road-building associations. Slightly oily, with hints of pudding particles. Sea salt, seaweed. Coffee beans, mild spices, mild herbs.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and still slightly oily, strongly smoky, phenolic, with pieces of pear and lemon.

  6. SteveW110 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The last jazz and last two Feis bottlings could not convince me, but this one is better again.
    Beautiful fresh lemon and light coconut notes are succinct for this malt, in addition to the usual Lagavulin notes. No bitter Departures and with a little water, he wins clearly!

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 2494.
    Still a little closed, but in the mouth, it is already very pretty. Quite typical.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very round nose, a little closed, bordering on rubber. I taste the opening of the bottle, it is obvious that it will gain in wisdom with aeration.

      Very fatty peat. Lime. Motor oil, molasses. Pineapple peel.
      Black pepper. Bandage, medicinal.

      It's a bit simple.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth we are on cold ash, tobacco, oily peat, gunpowder.
      Lemon, candied, in candy.
      Aromatic herbs, barbecue.
      A little farmer, dusty, earthy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish on lemon candy, thyme, tarragon, oily peat, pepper and cold ash.

  8. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Pale gold color, rather young nose and not very marked by the barrels, very lemony, mineral, iodized, smoked salmon, a little austere but rather classy. Mouth powerful, austere too, very iodized and very peppery, mineral and maritime, with ashes, rubber, lemon, long finish on pepper. Very good in his style, it lacks a bit of sherry for my taste.

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An understatement malt. Restrained nose (at first) especially if compared the the 12 cs. But the palate has a wonderful build up with the malt taking room and getting fuller in body by the second. Great refined herbal and oak notes the younger siblings are missing. Wounderful casksing, sherry in missing but not missed in this edition. I like it a notch better over the follow-up 19 yo. Underrated imho.

  10. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

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