Lagavulin 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Ref. Am HH, Rejuv. Am HH & Bodega Europ Butts
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 May 2018 8:53 pm by Fabi805
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 382,59

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 18-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.60 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?

    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.  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 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! 

    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.

    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
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  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. 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!

  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. 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. Dionysus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. matts scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Character: Soft, intense, harmonious. An excellent Lagavulin. Wonderfully unruffled, just consistent, intense and with a really nice drinking. This filling seems to me like the old, elegant and gentle brother of Lagavulin 12y. Only those looking for roughnecks and corners and edges, is rather bad advice with this elegant bottling. And sherry? Does not take place for me here.
    Review: A great Lagavulin and the issue price for me a real large bottle candidate. With its balance and the extremely soft taste, it might seem almost boring to some. For me, it is a wonderfully relaxed, intense Lagavulin for the more introspective enjoyment moments and evenings. Overall, that makes me enjoyable 91 points.
    • Nose
      Even from afar, the glass exudes intense peat smoke. The first impression is soft and comparatively sweet. I have to think of sweet smoked ham immediately. Expressive maritime Islay notes add: algae, seaweed and sea spray. There are as usual rich malt and cereal notes. A few splashes of lime juice provide a nice freshness. The longer I smell it, the more subliminally bright fruits are noticeable: pears, apples, mirabelle plums and bright plums. Everything is very harmonious and soft. Blind, I would have typed on a pure Bourbon storage. Hard to believe that sherry casks and European oak should have been at work here.
    • Taste
      Soft and intense, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. As expected, smoky and felt mixed with the smallest particles of ash, which lie comfortably on the tongue and in the mouth. Followed by an intense grain and malt taste. The mouthfeel convinces on the whole line. For a moment it gets really peppery and spicy, but at no time does it occur to me to dilute this bottling with just a drop of water. The taste is just as good as it is. Every now and then vanilla flashes through and the almost perfect interplay of malt, peat smoke and seaweed leaves nothing to be desired. In the transition to the finish, the oak casually suggests its power, but remains as a secretive conductor discreetly in the background. The taste is fascinatingly unagitated, full-bodied and soft. As if you had a Lagavulin 12 CS wrapped in several layers of velvet. Just beautiful. Not that I would miss her, but also in terms of taste I can not make any sherry flavors with all my efforts.
    • Finish
      The finish is above average long, gentle and cozy-warm. Intense peat smoke, malt, seaweed and algae are extremely closely interwoven and appear as soft. A touch of vanilla resonates and again and again the small ash particles flash through. The impression of bright fruit remains mysterious and the oak is truly masterful: unobtrusively but extremely delicious and confident she pulls the strings in the background and conjures up a delightful smile on my face.

  9. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin 18 Feis Ile 2018 WID: 112975
    Abv. 53.9%, Refill Hogsheads, Sherry Butts
    Nose: the typical Lagavulin smoke can be recognized, but in a significantly degraded form, the smoke is mainly noticeable in many sweet nuances, which support the fruitiness of ex-Bourbon Casks, the sherry influence is very subtle and restrained, elderberry nectar , Spring flowers, surprisingly fresh
    Taste: distinctly darker and stronger than the nose, here comes the sherry to wear, the alcohol is very well integrated
    Finish: medium length, with a lot of ash firewood, Personally, I can not do much with the departure of the most Lagas
    Conclusion: Reminds a little of the 16er, only with more subtle sherry and significantly more bums. I like that. All in all a very solid malt and what is rare: a Lagavulin in CS. Unfortunately, he does not stint me, but I'm also not a big Lagavulin fan and I prefer Caol Ila or Laphroaig

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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