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Lagavulin 09-year-old - House Lannister

Overall rating
86.00/100
votes
278
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
100% Ex-Bourbon casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9016CM008-00021802
Barcode
5000267173771
Added on
14 Jan 2019 9:35 am by Dirk
Colored

Average value

€ 81,57

39 × in wishlist

278 × member ratings

1875 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 09-year-old - House Lannister

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Casterly Rock

    Ah… the Lannisters… those bastards with the sexy queen Cersei; the funny, drunk dwarf Tyrion and the handsome, sword wielding prince Jamie. The Lannisters are top dog in Westeros and it comes as no surprise that Lagavulin is their chosen dram. And one with an age statement to boot! For me, this is my 25th Lagavulin expression. Party time!

    The nose is quite interesting, to put it mildly. While the smokiness is there, it smells more like molded wood and rotting plant roots than real peat, but it works wonders. Woodsmoke and even a hint of burning plastic. Cow pat in the sun (I know, I know). Wet moss. It has a fruity side too. Think oranges, nectarine and banana, I kid you not! Hint of cinnamon. Tobacco leaves round out this wonderful nose. Good fun!

    It is wonderfully oily. The sweet notes come first (caramel, marshmellows, red berries, nectarin, mandarin), followed by smoke and soot. Cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Chewing tobacco. Walnuts. Hint of Abroath Smokies. Powerful, even though only 46%. Well done!

    Wonderfully long finish on sweet peat.

    A Lannister always pays his debts. And this one too hits all the right spots. Nice Lagavulin! I’m getting me another bottle of this. For me – together with the Talisker – the highlight of this Game of Thrones series!

  2. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    To be honest, my expectations weren’t high, although Lagavulin is my fav distillery but I thought this whole series was all about PR and ripping off malt and TV nerds.
    But I was surprised by the high quality of this stuff! Top notch LG! I think there’s older stuff in that Lannister and I think it comes from heavily charred casks. Cannot understand some remarkably low ratings! I will surely buy some more bottles and I will have to try some of the others GoT. Oban? Talisker? Ahhh Btw I have not watched GoT! Should I perhaps?
    • Nose
      90 90
      Just the right amount of peat smoke, some coals too. Salty to very salty with lovely aromas of caramel, apples, bananas, black pepper, leather and unlit cigars. Hints of liquorice and coffee beans
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very salty, very malty, sweet. Liquorice, apples, overripe bananas. There’s a faint floral touch to it. Strong tea and quite some caramel! Touches of glue but in a pleasant way! And it’s sooo gentle on the tongue!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long and very salty, still hints of banana and liquorice

  3. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I like Lagavulin, and I'm a part of GoT right from the start - it was not a must-have for me, but rather because it's an original Lagavulin age-filled bottleneck that's not known to be a dime a dozen gives. Could have been a "dream ship special edition" because of me (it would have cost me a lot of overcoming, but still ...).
    Only two words for the price (about 72, -): too expensive.
    Aside from all the marketing tidbits, the whisky pretty much delivers what you would expect from a nine-year-old Lagavulin with 46% from the Bourbon barrel: neat smoke, not too pleasing, but not too complicated either. As a bonus, he even brings a certain amount of sweetness - with "easy-drinking" probably only for friends of smoky Islay-Malts should apply.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A spicy, greasy smoky note: the first few seconds of the first contact still behave, but then with a run in the nose. Over the campfire roasted bananas in the shell, some vanilla. Here is the Bourbonfassreifung, on the one alone because of the color of the whisky (most likely colored, in my UK bottle is nothing on it, because there is no compulsory) would not close.
      Bacon and spice stay long, the spice crystallizes out as pepper, spicy paprika and nutmeg. Mild chocolate notes after a while, coffee with milk, coffee beans.
      In between a little bit pointed.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong peat smoke taste on the tongue and throughout the mouth. Very dry at the beginning. Not very strong, but anything but thin. The smoke is initially very dominant, but makes after a while room for bananas, kiwi, gooseberries. Warm tar, seaweed, a ham in the smoke. Salt liquorice, pepper and ground cloves give neat spice and light spiciness. Coffee beans, toffee, milk chocolate. Remains stable for a relatively long time - maturing for nine years - stable in the aromas.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The still intense smoke makes the finish medium to long, in the end, when the bananas and gooseberries have said goodbye and spice and chocolate notes are just a distant memory, the mouth is only filled with dry peat smoke ...

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N- A walk in to a fruit farm at the backyard with abundance of fruits left on the tree dripping with nectar. Smokes just to give the aromas a gentle dress with more mineral shown up. Old damped oak nuance that leave a layer of odd sphere, some liquorice, some melamine and more rust. (87/21)

    P- Zesty with liquorice, waxy and saline, solid spiciness command over the burst of oaks. Rock candy, dash of rising smokes, but not giving too much. (86/20)

    F- Medium, lime peel, toasted tea leaf and saline. Ended up shorts and all the ripe fruit nuance sunk into the abyss. (85/19)

    B/B- 86/20

    Cereal- 1, Fruity- 2, Floral- 0, Peaty- 2, Feinty- 1, Sulphur- 0, Woody- 2, Winery- 2, Spicy- 2

    Weighted Rate- 80pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- A walk in to a fruit farm at the backyard with abundance of fruits left on the tree dripping with nectar. Smokes just to give the aromas a gentle dress with more mineral shown up. Old damped oak nuance that leave a layer of odd sphere, some liquorice, some melamine and more rust. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Zesty with liquorice, waxy and saline, solid spiciness command over the burst of oaks. Rock candy, dash of rising smokes, but not giving too much. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, lime peel, toasted tea leaf and saline. Ended up shorts and all the ripe fruit nuance sunk into the abyss. (85/19)

      B/B- 86/20

      Cereal- 1, Fruity- 2, Floral- 0, Peaty- 2, Feinty- 1, Sulphur- 0, Woody- 2, Winery- 2, Spicy- 2

      Weighted Rate- 80pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    series of a series not seen, so just to see !!
    • Nose
      caramel honey herbs
      sweet spices, light peat, smoke, earthy
      fruits on zests
    • Taste
      fairly strong, peppery spices (white pepper!)
      a mineral side in the mouth,
      the alcohol that attacks a little, rough, it attacks,
      the peat gives way to a dense, grassy, wet smoke, which contradicts the honeyed impression of the beginning!
    • Finish
      caramel, woody on one side and spices, pungent smoke on another!
      interesting!

  6. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    And to say that it is my favorite distillery .... I have a pain in my Laga.
    Marketing when you hold us.
    I forgive you but do not try again :)
    • Nose
      Enough Monolithic as a whole.
      It is light on antiseptic and mineral notes. There is also a lot of sugar.
    • Taste
      46% but very alcoholic, there is sweet smoke, a lot of bitterness and no relief.
    • Finish
      Floral smoke, big bitterness and burnt tire.

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I was not expecting much and didn't like the price/age ratio compared to Lagavulin 16: 7 years less though 3% Alc Vol more, which doesn't account for the roughly 20 Euro price difference of the more expensive 9yo.
    Though having drunk this twice in tastings now, I have to say it derserves its place. In my mind the 16yo creates the image of an olde english club - when the Empire was strong and not in disarray as today - leather arm chairs, a ticking clock on the wall or mantlepiece and the sounds of turned newspaper pages. The 9yo GoT creates an elegant lounge bar on the top floor of a skyscraper with a nice view over the city. The 9yo is much fresher and seems to contain more first and or second fill casks (normally Lagavulin is filled into third fill casks) and more sherry influence with a peat and smoky note that fits the lounge bar and the dram perfectly.
    So actually, to me it is worth the price eventhough I think it couldn't have hurt Diageo to knock a few Euros of the price to start with.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    young and unveiled - just looks pretty - I do not need it.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. avansele scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat smoke, but a lot less then what I'm used to from Lagavulin. The nose reminds me of a bhutan - propan gas mixture. Some coal and a mossy smell in there as well. Next to the smokey tones there's quite some sweetness in there as well, strong flavoured candy and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peat smoke, smoked salmon, something vegetative as well. Somewhat peppery mouthfeel with again some cinnamon and a slightly sour tone.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Strong long peaty and gassy finish. Some freshly lit tobacco and even a whiff of dark chocolate.

  10. grinface scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Not a bad whisky, but Lagavulin can be so much more. Both the 8 and the 16 year old are both better and cheaper for example.
    From nose to finish this feels diluted. Besides that I found apples, iodine, some sweetness and salt. Also nuts and pears. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/05/20/lannister-vs-greyjoy-lagavulin-vs-talisker/

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