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Lagavulin 2002

Overall rating
87.67/100
votes
100
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
2002
Bottled
23.08.2018
Calculated age
16 years old
Casktype
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Casknumber
lgv.4/507
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8235CM 00100017218
Barcode
5000281052908
Added on
18 Oct 2018 8:45 am by Astrid
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 80,06

35 × in wishlist

100 × member ratings

552 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 2002

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] The Lagavulin Distillers Edition is one of my favourite all-days drams and so I have to check the latest edition, for sure. And when I saw a special offer as low as 58 Euro I could not resist to buy a bottle...

    ...and guess what? It proves the consistent high quality of Lagavulin releases with pride! No flaw or off-note (anyone had a sulphur-spoiled Lagavulin ever?) but an impressive, balanced and dangerously quaffable dram at a very reasonable price (it is a real bargain at 58 Euros these days). Beside Glenfarclas and Caol Ila the most reliable high-quality distillery out there...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is tawny (using caramel to fix it) and the nose offers what I expected and hoped for: An adorable mix of maritime-peaty, PX sherry and sweet malty aromas in a perfect balanced setting. No off-note that I can find (how come that I never ever had sulphur-spoiled Lagavulin? Congrats to the guys that check the quality of the incoming empty casks, hopefully it stays that way...).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is delicious sherry and barley sugary sweet that is perfectly countered by the rather bitter phenols and delicious spicy woods. It is not truly layered but who needs different layers if all works in such a perfect harmony? Later some herbs and tasty chocolatey flavours show up again without any flaw or imbalance. This is very, very quaffable (as usual)...
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is creamy and instantly coats all of the mouth - ooh, how I like such an arrival! No distracting bitter or drying moments at all, again a perfect cask selection. The finish is long and gets spicier with more herbal flavours towards the end what is a nice counter-point to the very sweet first tasting impression. The chocolates grow stronger too as do the phenols, turning the finish even more impressive than the taste itself. No distracting moment at all and water is not needed - this dram is perfect as it is...

  2. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A lagavulin rather faithful to itself, although a little too diluted alas
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose well peaty, very ashy, sherry remains little marked. Aromatic and quite fine
      Strange notes of soap.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouth much more convincing, on dark chocolate, sweet mocha, peat, ashes, medicinal plants, raisins, prune, smoked sausage. Creamy texture despite dilution.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finale shorter alas, on peat, dark chocolate. A lot of ashes and peppery notes.

  3. Max70 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An unexpected surprise. Curious to taste the difference between the classic, and always good, 16 yo, I was expecting a peat with an hint of sherry. Instead, I found a wonderful balanced Islay whisky where the peat wan't the protagonist but a well mixed participant of the complex character. This will become quickly one of the "must be always available" bottles in my shelf ... :)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Not aggressive at all, sherry and peat are well balanced, malt and vanilla supports other flavors in a very pleasant mix.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Unexpectedly sweet, no predominant ingredient, sherry, vanilla, candied fruit, light peat, marzipan, all mixed in a warm and very enjoyable dram.
    • Finish
      87 87
      White pepper, spices, peat and wood, in a medium/long final

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good signature Lagavulin nose, arrives a little bit thin on the palate but then builds up to a surprisingly long, extremely satisfying finish. Curious to try older releases of these Distiller’s Editions!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Andreas W. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  7. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. magicdino scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin Distillers Edition is my favorite everyday dram. Anyway I checked the new 2002/2018 release today when I got it as offer 63 Euros.
    I am not disappointed and this Lagavulin Edition proves the consistent high quality. However, I think its a little bit less good and sweet than the 2000/2016 I drank before.
    • Nose
      The nose is sherry, caramel and a bit salty-peat.
      Nice as always.
    • Taste
      First sip is peat, dry and a bit of salt.
      Second dram is more peat, sherry and salt.
    • Finish
      Long with PX sherry butt, salt and peat

  9. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Headhunter666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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