Lagavulin 15-year-old Islay Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 1599.00

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 15-year-old Islay Malt

19 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.07 points.

  1. hyc scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    End rhyme--------------------92

  2. Seele scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Italian version
    N mothballs, wormwood, ginseng taste very obvious, smoke (not smoked), some mint, compared to the other 15 years, a little fresh and a little sweet 93
    The oil in the mouth is almost the same as the smell, with some OBE feeling, smoke, dust, sea salt. Body 92, Taste 93
    F long, spice, smoke has been 92
    C is the taste of the white horse 15 I drank before

    UK version
    N mothballs, ginseng, mint, wormwood, these flavors are all there, but these flavors are less than the Italian version, and there are more ripe fruits, cakes, and bananas in the later stage of smelling the fragrance.94
    The T entrance is more oily than the Italian version, motor oil, mothballs, wormwood, but it feels that the taste is suddenly interrupted, and then it is the feeling of the end rhyme. Body 93, Taste 91
    F is long, sweeter than the Italian version, smokey 92
    C Judging from these two shared bottles, the tone of the two versions of 15 years is the same, and it is the same tone as the porcelain bottle 15 years I drank before, so fortunately these two are real wines, but There is no doubt that in the case of direct comparison, there are still many differences between the two wines, but due to the 15-year storage condition of the porcelain bottle like a lottery, it is impossible to verify the difference between the Italian version of 15 years and the British version of 15 years. Of course, it can be found. It is a great honor to compare these two versions
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. Seele scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    N smoke, lemon, tropical fruit, passion fruit, spice, motor oil, a little bit of essence, smells very moist, after a while, there are some old Bowmore herbs or mothballs, the same as two years ago. The point of the share bottle is exactly the same
    Slightly sweet in the mouth, smoky flavors are evident, dusty, meaty, orange zest, sea salt
    F medium and long, spice, smoke smell always lingering
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. penumbra scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The camphor-flavored peat and sweet fruits smell really good, but maybe because the preservation state is average, the entrance is not as expected, and overall it is inferior to the Italian white horse 12yo in the same period.
    • Nose
      Camphor sherry, soap flakes, wet wood, corrugated paper, herbs, dried flower incense, ice grass, ginseng, dehydration. The specific gravity of Shirley should be slightly stronger than contemporary 16yo, watermelon bubble gum, honey, powdered sugar, brown sugar, mango, cherry, sweet orange sauce, lemon pie crust. A faint marine flavor, dried smoked fish, salted water, and finally finished with dark chocolate, spiced melon seeds, and dried mud.
    • Taste
      Gentle, sweet ginseng tea, soap, licorice, sea salt, texture, plant scent, turpentine, latex paint, 85% black, the fruit is dry compared to the smell, gingerbread, pepper.
      Generally, the fat is normal, sweet, no acid, no tannins, maybe astringent, slightly bitter, no spicy, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Generally, ginkgo, light peat, honey.

  5. riekio scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      salty, coal smoke, chocolate, orange liquor, rubber, honey, leather, tobacco
    • Taste
      91 91
      rubber, machine oils, Pina colada, sweet and cinnamon, strawberry lollipop, iodine, stewed ginger, tobacco
    • Finish
      90 90
      smoked BBQ chips, grilled mussels squeezed with citrus, vanilla almonds/mesquite

  6. SFWC scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Better than the white label 12's bottled in the 80's. More medicinal peaty, earthy and mineraly. Real cask harmony with the distillate. Our favorite Lagavulin bottling of all time.

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Promising but unfortunately my sample has most likely lost quite some punch, thus it felt a bit tired - not on the same level like the 12yo white horse
    • Nose
      91 91
      Tobacco, fine smoke, little toffee, little brown sugar, little peat, some spices, little herbal, little cooked and dried fruits, hints of sherry wood - very good
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, more tobacco, cigar ashes, soot, little peat and smoke, little fruitiness, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium short, warm, little farmy and earthy

  8. Saika scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Delicate dram, the peatiness is so soft and velvet, this is a unique bottle from Lagavulin. But the condition is very important

  9. HansG scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A newly opened bottle of this version can display both warmingly strong peaty smoke side of Lagavulin and ripen tropical fruit side of Lagavulin. Superbly complex and delicate.

  10. MaltMartin scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful delicate and subtle Lagavullin from the old days. According to Immanuel Dron's book, this Laga was bottled in 1985, so the distillate should be from 1970 (or earlier)
    • Nose
      I always have a sweet spot for these old skool Islay whisky's with its delicate and subtle nose full of juicy fruitness. This one is not any different. Seaweed and dried crab-shells intermingled with yellow apples, mango and gaia melon. Followed with hints of iodine, kelp and bath-salts. Whiff of smoke at the backgound.
    • Taste
      The peat becomes more at the forefront now. Bonfires on the beach. Peel-zest and orange-rid intermingled with kippery notes of anchovies and smoked mussels. Cough-syrup. Later on also touch of tobacco and cigar boxes. It's all very subtle and fragile but complex.
    • Finish
      Medium long. A little white pepper, Nutmeg. Gentle peat. Salty at the end. Perfectly balanced.

  11. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  13. 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,

  14. 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.

  15. 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%

  16. 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[-]

  17. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur 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)

  19. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    The legend of the White Horsedes traditional Lagavulin Blends can be found here

  20. 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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