Lagavulin 15-year-old Pure Malt

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ceramic Jug - White Horse Distillers Ltd.
Stated Age
15 years old
45.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
15 Dec 2009 1:24 pm

Average value

€ 1771.56

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 15-year-old Pure Malt

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.25 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2002]  I had this dram during a Grant Carmichael tasting while cruising the river Rhine aboard MS Godesia.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 92,5. 
    My notes state a light sherry colour and a heavily oily body. The nose is very complex and interesting to explore.  The most surprising aroma is that of champignon mushrooms.  There are some light sherry flavours too.

    The price of this decanter was about 500 Euros back in 2002.

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very mellow, seafood, cooked crabs, light smoke, not peaty at all, a touch of tropical fruits, it may have been opened for too long (especially for a ceramic bottle). Orange soft drink.
    • Taste
      Peaty and malty, lemony, barley malt, rather pure, light body, mint and herbs.
    • Finish
      Medium, a touch of sherry and oak.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice taste but could use a few more %abv to get is over 90 points, it is a little underpowered.
    • Nose
      90 90
      I suppose you would call this classically Lagavulin but just on the subtle side compared to the White Horse 16 year bottles.
      The peat is mixed with the sherry and fruit in nice proportion.
      Some nice medicinal notes on show too.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Much more coastal than the nose suggested, there is a lot going on here but everything is in proportion.
      The peat is on the sweet side, creamy, brine, very fizzy the fruit is on stewed plum and some prune with a little spice.
      Date and cherry liqueur/dark chocolate also put a show in but they are very faint.

      Has a flat spot where it just fades in the mouth which is a shame,
    • Finish
      90 90
      Good medium length, remaining sweet,

  4. corbuso scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An excellent, juicy, fruity and maritime Lagavulin, well balance and long round peat smoke influence. Just love it. We do not really feel the 45%

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N: Not dislike the previous old blends in stewed complexity, depth and befuddlement, such was the style & range of the day. I see this as more Talisker-esque than Lagavulin with my contemporary eyes. [Much to learn].
    T: Herbal=allium and soft peat, perfectly integrated into the mix. The sweet/sour/bitter flavour camps are all here, though there’s no umami.
    F: Hums the same wonderful tune.
    C: Fab, really fab. Accessible and challenging all in one hit.

    Scores an A[-]

  6. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/lagavulin-moon-import-in-the-pink-2030-und-der-15y-centenary-ceramic-jug-29543/ Color: full gold
    Nose: straightforward, powerful and salty! Heavy, peaty sherry aromas, very maritime, dry and tart. Heavy smoke and creamy, cream-refined bourbon vanilla, dried orange peel and notes of caramel. In the background green olives and fine herbal aromas, tarry underlaid.
    Taste: Dumpfer, old sherry with a lot of resin and salt. Maritime, liqueur-like honey note; getting better and better. Oranges, limes and lemons caught in tarry smoke. Add some oak and a wonderful malt note with perfectly integrated peat.
    Finish: Infinitely long for 45%! Peaty smoke with fruity notes, herbs and lemon vanilla cream.
    Note: The underlying herbal flavors stay from beginning to end!
    94 points (nose: 94 / taste: 94 / finish: 94)

  8. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The legend of the White Horsedes traditional Lagavulin Blends can be found here http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/die-legende-des-white-horse-blends-vintage-1957-und-americas-cup-1987-27997/

  9. Dede scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A superb malt, not immediate but that gives you a lot of pleasure if you give him time. Its resinous / camphorous side reminded me of the 1967 Ardbeg Pale Oloroso C # 575, even though this Lagavulin is still less complex.
    • Nose
      Less round than the dg 4/495 DE, more austere, with medicinal notes (camphor), turpentine, rubber, polish, pine resin and especially a surprising note of buffalo grass, very clear. And peat of course, a nice dry peat and smoke. It gains in sweetness with aeration, with some vanilla notes and even a hint of fruit (candied citron). Interestingly, the DE lgv 4/495 appears caramelized after this nose, with notes of duck and lacquer for cough for child, very sweet.
    • Taste
      The attack is done on pine resin before the appearance of light citrus notes, then gives way to a beautiful bitterness (gentian / liquorice) mixed with salt and light peat. The texture is fluid, the mouth is compact, very pure, concentrated and, to be honest, difficult to analyze. But very easy to appreciate!
    • Finish
      Missing a chouïa intensity, it does not lack length, and extends on resinous notes and salty bitterness of the mouth.


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