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Lagavulin 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.45/100
votes
275
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

€ 361,86

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275 × member ratings

903 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 18-year-old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.45 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. SteveW110 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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!

  6. 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.

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. penumbra scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    If you have a chance, you must taste Lagavulin vertically. If you drink separately, you will always remember that Lagavulin is very delicious, and then it is over. There will always be face blindness between them.
    • Nose
      Pure peat (I finally feel like I'm drinking island wine), peat, iodophor, pipe, ladies cigarette, violet, cream, vanilla, herbs, lemon juice with smoked salmon, dry oak, sherry.
    • Taste
      High sweetness, low saltiness, lemon (but not sour), peat, oak, citrus, oily.
    • Finish
      Long, peat, sweet.

  9. A0525 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Color: Straw

    Nose: A mellow, nice combination of farmy notes (not just a euphemism for manure as it sometimes is), peat, juicy apple, citrus, and grain. I don't find this particularly medicinal. I suppose it makes sense given the age, but not especially assertive. A little bit of wood spice makes an appearance with continued nosing. Overall, a well-balanced whole with nothing particularly standing out. Instead, I just come away thinking "good nose." Water doesn't really add much.

    Taste: Good mouthfeel and not any appreciable heat at a healthy cask strength. The smoke is there on the palate, but it's mild. Again, not especially assertive, but nice. This is distillate-forward despite Diageo's usual elaborations about wood in their special OBs. Not much else really springs to mind here. It's good, but not exceptional.

    Finish: Average.

    Comments: Very solid whisky. Let's just agree on that first. However, I think it's maybe a tad overrated around here. Normally, with this many votes, any whisky approaching a 90 on WB is a stone-cold winner. I think this is worth having, and I'm glad I purchased it on my sojourn on Islay last year. However, it's only in the middle-of-the-pack in terms of the peaters I own. I have to think this gets inflated a tad both because it's Lagavulin and because it's a Feis Ile bottling. Very good, not great.

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