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

€ 1450.00

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 15-year-old Islay Malt

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.06 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points 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

  9. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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