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Lagavulin 2002

Overall rating
87.66/100
votes
138
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

€ 82,51

44 × in wishlist

138 × member ratings

724 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 2002

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.66 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. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: peat, cooked grapes, dried, spices forward, woody and maritime return
    B: sweetness of peat, vanilla, candied fruit, sweet sweetness at this time, the smoke takes the front, unctuous sensation in the mouth with dark chocolate that hides a little more peat.
    F: dry peat, cold ashes, candied fruits (grapes, tangerine, orange zest), spices and quite short length, sweet, but lacking somewhere of character.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Mild, powerful, and just delicious! A Lagavulin 16 is always a welcome guest in my glass, whether a DE or a "normal" 16s. For a long time I did not have a 16er in the glass, since today I know again why these bottlings are so popular and popular and annoyed me that lately I have not often poured a laga into the glass.
    Good, honest, tasty and tasty, just to enjoy!

    22/22/22/22 (88P)
    • Nose
      Wonderfully reddish shines the 2018er DE with an orange shimmer in Premium Snifter, tough and oily "legs" adorn the glass wall. A beautiful sight, even if it was unfortunately colored here. Sweet fruit flavors mingle with minimal smoky peat, caramel and toffee rise up. Raisins blend with oranges and apricots, sour cherries are discreetly accentuated with blackberries and other red berries. The next moment, the DE shows its maritime side: salty seawater, algae and seaweed, charred driftwood blend in perfectly with phenolic peat, burned logs, embers and a hint of fly ash. Sweet vanilla flashes, chocolate and slightly oily bacon creamy on the nose, hints of citrus fruits stimulate the salivation. Creamy and oily, the wonderfully mild and harmoniously harmonious aromas through the nose, right now I know again what I appreciate and love the 16er standard bottlings of Lagavulin. Mild, creamy, fruity, sweet, peaty, pleasantly smoky, spicy oak, dried grapes and berries ennobled with a few splashes of lemon juice ... Wonderful!
    • Taste
      Mild yet strong peaty Lagavulin wets the tongue. Burnt wood tones tickle the tongue, smoky oily bacon and dried berries stick to the palate, a few drops of bitter grapefruit and sour lemon juice provide a wonderful contrast to the creamy sweetness. Caramelized sugar and liquid toffee drip from the tongue, milk chocolate and a hint of old walnuts are suddenly whitewashed by smoky wood tones and fruity peat. Once again, the maritime side comes into its own. Salt, algae, sea surf, wet wood and slightly "fishy" echoes end up in phenolic peat fire and campfire. Also in the taste I discover the oily and creamy bacon flavor, even if the smoke flavors dominate more than nasal. Embers, ashes and coal massively stimulate the salivation, I am also looking forward to the next sip.
    • Finish
      The last sip still warms the palate, wooden sharpness sticks with a film of white and black pepper on the tongue, chili massages the tip of the tongue while creamy and oily this wonderfully harmonious melange of dried fruits, smoky peat, ash, beguiling sweetness, caramel , Toffee and spicy oak tones turn their lap of honor. Old walnuts come on, the mouthfeel becomes earthier and "wet". Loamy soil, wet leaves and of course peat give the finish an earthy note, in the background are the fruity sweetness and the greasy elements. Slowly the reverberation sounds, mild rests the enchanting potpourri of various flavors on the palate and calls for another dram of this delicious and uncomplicated malts.

  4. Maltlife scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    peat, earth, grapes, spices, candied fruit, dark chocolate
    cooked vanilla, tangerines, candy sugar, cold ashes, pencil and herbs!

  6. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Lots of opinions that the DE is not as good as it used to be. Bought a bottle at 58 ! Euro. Let´s see...
    • Nose
      It might be different to my last DE (2014) which I remembered a little "darker" in it´s profile with perhaps a little more sherry influence.
      But hey, it´s only different not less good.
      The full load of smoky, maritime, leathery flavour with cigars, ashes, walnuts. hints of baked apples.
      perhaps a little oaky but only when you swirl it in the glass. (yes Ralfy, I know!)
    • Taste
      ahhh, shut up! It´s still a wonderful dram and what a bargain at not even 60 Euro.
      The sherry influence is more evident on the palate, wonderfully balanced. Just the perfect grade of sweetness! smoke, leather , tobacco, walnuts, malt candies.
    • Finish
      medium to long, leathery, malty, a bit of pepper. Warming!
      Conclusion: I don´t understand all this complaints about lacking quality. Best value in years!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

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