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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2018

Overall rating
88.44/100
votes
113
Whiskybase ID
WB118968
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Casktype
1st & Refill American & European Oak Puncheon
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
58.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8197DQ001
Barcode
5000281054605
Added on
15 Oct 2018 12:45 pm by Lorien
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 288.45

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113 × member ratings

387 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2018

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.44 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Similar to a 12 CS, maybe a tad younger. You get what you expect: a very good youthful Lagavulin in cask strength.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dry, ashy smoke mixed with pear, fresh grass cuttings, straight bark-free branches, malt and oatmeal. A fresh and "green" nose, straight out and undisguised. Acts quite youthful, but does not look bad. Machine oil and kelp, Waddenzee at low tide and sunshine (with crab scorching in the sun). Oysters water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      With a run on the tongue, no prisoners are made here. Youthful brisk, with strong cold smoke, pears, green apples, machine oil, salt and pepper. Dry from the beginning.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, smoky, dry. The fruit sweetener has already said goodbye a while ago, here is now called brutal Islay feeling.

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A solid Lagavulin, but I do miss the sherried Jazz Festival bottles of yore, since this one doesn't IMO offer anything that the yearly 12yo releases would not.

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      Really pale color on this one, even for a young Laga. Sharp and mineral, and faintly lemony, with a bit of freshly carved living wood as well. Austere, even compared to the regular 12yos.
    • Taste
      Very much a Laga, but ashier than most. Oily on my lips and with this clean, fatty peatiness. Having just tried a young HP and Ledaig I gave both an 88 to, I think this one does not quite match up to them.
    • Finish
      The finish is surprisingly simple, mostly on Laga peat and faint lemons.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] Finally the new Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2018 is added to the Whiskybase so I can post this head-to-head tasting note with the 2017 Jazz Festival release…

    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...

    [June, 2021] I re-tasted this dram in a larger quantity tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. This is a clean and easy drinkable Lagavulin but it is not the leader of the pack. Too much "zeitgeist" in it, according to my taste buds (only)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      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
      87 87
      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
      89 89
      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).

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2018 58.5%. Consumed March 2019 at the distillery. "Are you sure? I don't recommend it." the staff member advised me and my friend. "Really, why?". "Everyone who tries that one says it's terrible." Well I tried not to let her advice affect my opinion! It is very pale indeed. The aroma is spiritous, light esters, apple and pear drop, oaked vodka. Taste has some smoke against pungent young-seeming spirit, very 'new make' in terms of those pungent esters. Some wafer biscuits from the limited oak character, apple notes, quite firey on the palate. Soft smoke and charcoal lingers. Not much oak, maturity or complexity on offer here. Maybe like a below-average mezcal in some ways. Really not that good. What happened here? 2.75/66

  5. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Does exactly what it should: campfire and sea salt. Excellent!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. alkisd8 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat,sweet,white fruits, mint,oak,iodine
    • Taste
      In the beginning,ginger,spiced until the wave of peat come through,with saltiness,bitterness,and sourness.Spices and saltyness alternate
    • Finish
      Longg peat,bitter,aftertaste very salty...Fantastic!!!

  7. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Ash green fruits a tad rough but still very drinkable

  10. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

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