Overall rating
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Bourbon Barrels & Refill Sherry Casks
56.8 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
28 Nov 2009 1:23 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 431.21

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Lg1 SMS

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.18 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Character: A beautiful, strong barrel Lagavulin that does what you expect it to do. Not particularly complex, clearly peppery and looking rather young overall, it trumps with a delicious maritime basic character and its intensive mixture of charred oak and peat smoke.
    Rating: Delicious, without anything to complain about. However, I would prefer to use a 12 CS in direct comparison. I find their taste profile more interesting in direct comparison. I find the 12s somehow denser and more multifaceted in terms of taste. By the way, I don't really taste the refill sherry casks here. Maybe next time in the glass. I have a total of 88 points.
    • Nose
      A little surprise right at the beginning. The peat smoke is less massive than expected. Peat and smoke are naturally present, but grain notes and powerful citrus aromas are hardly inferior to them. Lemon juice, grated lemon peel and lemon thyme give the nose a herbal freshness. The flavors in the background remind me of a dusty linen cloth. A fresh sea breeze is a constant and welcome companion. A subtle dose of iodine rounds off the coherent, but not too complex overall picture. Undiluted, the alcohol stings easily in the nose. It doesn't bother me, but a few drops of water can help if necessary. The nose then becomes a little sweeter at the same time.
    • Taste
      The drop hits the tip of the tongue slightly creamy and intense. The peat smoke looks like it is trapped in a thick breading of malt and butter cookies. Initially, he comes across a bit muffled. After about two seconds, however, he blows up his jacket with a good pinch of white pepper. Accompanied by a warm spiciness, the first ash particles lay on the tongue. At the same time, a taste of charred oak wood is noticeable. Every now and then a little vanilla flashes through, but the last third of the taste development clearly belongs to the peat smoke-pepper-oak glow. The mouthfeel is comparatively clear regardless of the creamy start.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long. Charred oak, ash, grain and pepper are the main lines of life. The latter burns spicy and spicy for a remarkably long time. A few splashes of lemon juice and some iodine are added. Over time it gets drier and more maritime. Maritime iodine, seaweed and algae are getting through more and more. Accompanied by a pleasant warmth in the stomach area.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pretty average Lagavulin for me.
    • Nose
      Old cardboard, cardboard, macadamia nuts, ash, vanilla, toffee, almonds, some honey and cookies
    • Taste
      Bitter almond, pine nuts, chestnut, resin, hazelnut, rye bread, lightly burnt toast
    • Finish
      Dry, sticky, resin, nuts, medium length

  3. hfos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bursting with life and character, with a real rugged depth and some very appealing sweet notes, particularly when lightly diluted. A very engaging, exuberant dram.

    Cask details;

    Bourbon barrels with a small amount of refill sherry.Tasting Notes by Speciality Drinks Ltd
    • Nose
      Classic honeyed flapjack character. Porridge, hot milk, sweet oatcakes, shortbread, cranachan. Wet peaty phenols and burnt toast in the background. A drop of water releases more sweetness and a hint of lychee and rosehip.
    • Taste
      Absolutely massive.   Coal.  Huge, warm, peppery surge with a delicious honeyed edge and a faint hint of the exotic fruit from the nose. Mouthwatering. Intense smoked barley. This is clean as a whistle and sharp as a stiletto. Dangerously drinkable with water.
    • Finish
      Extremely long, and very warming as the pepper slowly fades. This is exactly what you'd want to find in your hipflask during a long hike in the rain.

  5. Dede scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Do not ask the moon complexity, but what he gives, he gives it well, with a nose full of tarred peat, iodine and lemon, a mouth to match, peaty, sweet / salty, full of gentian and licorice, and a long finish, obviously salty and peaty where licorice and sugar mingle to evoke the small "English sweets", licorice flavored marshmallow. In the 88/100, because I'm fond of these unfussy profiles that give you a friendly slap in the back on rainy days.

  6. Furtia scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Willie JJ scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I love Lagavulin and this has nothing to be ashamed of. Really good stuff.
    • Nose
      Classic Lagavulin nose: sweet peat, iodine, seaweed and shellfish with an elastoplast over the top. What's not to like?
    • Taste
      Hugely salted rhubarb roasted on a peat fire with lashing of toffee.
    • Finish
      Chewy heavily salted caramel, that leaves waves of salt and soot on the palate. Delicious.

  8. lexus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A real pleasure and very good value for money.
    • Nose
      A very nice nose on peat, liquorice, iodine, a little smoky too, slight note of leather
    • Taste
      A salty mouth, faithful to the nose, very coastal, a sweet nothing, peat / chimney smoke.Final persistent on the ash, the
    • Finish
      Persistent final on the ash, the


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