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Lagavulin 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.60/100
votes
210
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
Barcode
5000281051505
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
29 May 2018 8:43 pm by Fabi805
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 316,68

60 × in wishlist

210 × member ratings

779 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 18-year-old

20 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  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. 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.

  6. 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

  7. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/feis-ile-2018-lagavulin/

    Crazy as it may sound, some people actually buy to drink! Can you imagine buying a pair of £100 shoes and not being able to try them on first? - just look! The apparent lack of opportunity to try the Feis Ile bottlings was a frustrating theme that continued throughout the festival. However, if you went on the [Lagavulin] tour [not actually available on the Open Day itself], you got to try it. So here we go.

    N: A unique combo of oyster sauce & cherry aid sweetness. Not one for the cookbook, but it works here.
    T: A similar savoury sweetness to the nose, the barley intact with sweet light smoke.
    F: A dryish malty oaky, decent length & competent finish with a medicinal touch.
    C: I get why people can buy blind, a bottle-in-a-bag from Lagavulin. They have faith in the integral quality of the distillery and its output, and this festival release will surely reaffirm their belief.

  9. Usl1978 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

  10. Reakwoon scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Fantastic Lagavulin!

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