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Lagavulin 2002

Overall rating
87.74/100
votes
230
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 1000 ml
Bottle code
L8235CM 00100017218
Barcode
5000281052908
Added on
18 Oct 2018 8:45 am by Astrid
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 88.03

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230 × member ratings

1022 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 2002

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.74 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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is exactly what it says it is, a classic Lagavulin 16 meatiness with an added punch of PX. Imagine honey glazed barbecued meats. If you like the classic Lagavulin profile and have a sweet-tooth, I would definitely recommend this. Value (£75) : 6/10
    • Nose
      Immediate caramel sweetness, amplified by the PX influence, dried fruits and sweet plums. Classic Lagavulin peat smoke, earthy and slightly mineral with brine in the background
    • Taste
      Think sweet black tea. The peat is more present here, developing into darker, deeper flavours. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. The sweetness is more prevalent here as well but is balanced out by the spices in the end
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length and carries the earthy peat smoke with it. More bitter here than on the initial palate but nothing overpowering.

  5. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Slight smoke is over the salty iodine, raisins and ripe banana (ripe), ripe banana (bottle is now about 3 months up and half full, but I never had banana with a dist. Ed.!) From the sherry barrel, subtle note of vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pleasant tingling in the mouth, fruity ashes with seaweed. The second sip is even more fruity with cherries and blackberries under thick smoke. Chocolate cake with a liquid core from the grill
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, longer .... good salivation, kelp, smoke, herbs

      Even at the beginning of my whisky passion about 20 years ago, that would not have been a drop for me, meanwhile one of my favorites depending on the day's form! Taste develops, qed
      Nothing better can be found at this price and if please notify me!

  6. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    2002-2018 Vintage. Much mellow than the 16 yo, I think the finishing period in the PX casks reduced too much strength of the smokiness without adding enough flavor into it. So, it is a very complex one covering very aspects and still in the Lagavulin profile. But not that phenomenal.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Deep complex, mid-high aromatic. Upfront is the heavy sweet creamy cake, more oxidized ashes, brine water, iodine, ham. Some black tea water, and dry fruits in behind, like dates and raisins. Cucumber freshness. Then the lemon, and stewed fruits underlaying. A little more subtle than the 16yo.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The first few seconds, mild and mellow, round. Then, the sweetness of the briny water, the malt, and the sherry. The black smoke appears, along with some briny taste. A little tingling sharpness, not too heavy nor too oily. The finish is a little watery and weak.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Mid-long, briny water, iodine, some ashes. Much mellow than the 16yo.

  7. Thorstii scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    If you want the classic deluxe
    • Nose
      Intense, phenolic smoke, fresh sea air, distinct sherry aromas
    • Taste
      Powerful interplay between intense smoke and the sweet dried fruits (cherries and currants)
    • Finish
      Strong oak note, espresso, strong oak, intense smoke, maritime
      Finish: very long

  8. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. sarthur71 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

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