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Lagavulin 19-year-old

Overall rating
89.60/100
votes
320
Whiskybase ID
WB132217
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2019
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Sherry-Treated American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9066DQ002
Barcode
5000281057019
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
Added on
26 may 2019 2:50 am by maltaholic
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 558.48

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901 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 19-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.60 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Issue Price: £ 150 (€ 170)

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] What the hell are sherry-treated casks? I suspect they filled an amount of sherry wine into the cask and rolled it on the floor for some minutes before they filled these casks with whisky that matured in non-sherried casks so far. Did they really empty all of the sherry before re-racking? Obviously this is legal but how does it taste,,,,

    ...differently, for sure. This has nothing in common with traditional sherry maturations but it is not bad, actually. The fresh winey flavours nicely interact with the classic peaty Lagavulin and create a somewhat new profile which I like. More of this, please (and please do lift the secret behind the "sherry-treated casks" - if the result is that good you do not have to be afraid customers will not accept this treatment)...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers not a traditional sherry aromas profile at all. Actually, this really smells rather like a Lagavulin mixed with a small amount of fresh sherry wine. By no means this is comparable to sherry cask-matured Lagavulin but this does not imply it is not good. This is a pretty fine Lagavulin nose but forget the sherry as you know it (as a whisky drinker).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is layered on both the peaty-malty flavours and sour-fresh winey impressions. Again, this is different to traditional sherry maturations but it is delicious, no doubt. Chew it for a while to unlock all the different layers and flavours. The peaty and wooden notes are perfect in sync with the sweet malt and sour winey impressions.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and charming on the palate with a great creamy coating of all of the mouth. The finish is accordingly - long and satisfying with more barley sugars and peaty impressions. No distracting bitter or astringent moments, Water releases grassy-peaty aromas in the nose and more sweet barley sugars on the palate but to be honest: I like the neat dram better.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    That would be a really fantastic addition to the Lagavulin range "up" (after 8yo and 11yo, which came in recent times). Each pound of its issue price of GBP 150 worth.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very mellow roughness ... - no, that's not true, the smoky note is not so mild after all, it only took a while for it to fully unfold. Only patience...
      Smoked raisins and dried figs. A light sea breeze, seaweed, bacon strips. Mild spices, a little cinnamon. Leather, fir honey. The flavors very close together, looks classy and ripe.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Glides just over the tongue, is creamy and full. Light peat smoke mixed with blackberries, black currants, cranberries, ripe red grapes. Age has cut the smoke and made it a soft companion. Mild seasoning. Over time, dry with old wood, mushrooms, dry autumn leaves.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and only slightly dry finish, berry mix, wood, again increasing smoke. Also in the finish still very dense and compact.

  4. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    finish feis isle 2019!
    • Nose
      earthy peat, fruit confit, some moistened mushrooms
      back creamy and vanilla
      very complex in any case with cooked lemon, moist wood bark!
    • Taste
      spices, orange peel there, salt, more airy peat, fresh maderized fruits and anneals on the edge of the stove
      the spices come back in the mouth, drying the palate a bit, and making the peat more dry, humus and mushrooms are in order, with orange zest and licorice at the end, with a core of almond and lemon.
    • Finish
      a little seaweed, peat, candied fruit, liquorice and moistened and dried wood!
      long final.

  5. Dirk scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Not what I expected based on the tasting notes. Goes towards a muddy / mushroom type of taste that I after first tasting not really appreciated. Will do a re-taste but not completely convinced.

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 3429.
    Superb lagavulin where the barrel speaks.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose is sublime. Balanced, melted.
      Vanilla, custard, camphor, bandage, medicinal.
      Leather. Light undergrowth.
      Oily peat, cold ash, tobacco.
      You can smell the new cask as much on the sherry.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Well balanced.
      Cold ash, tobacco, oily peat, gunpowder, candied lemon, kiwi, large medicinal. Camphor.
      Light cola, leather, shoe polish cream.
      Black pepper. Light cinnamon.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish on lemon candy, fresh mint, basil. Oily peat.

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    could be more complex
    • Nose
      86 86
      cooled campfire with a lot of wet ash, citrus and leather, earthy with slightly acidic notes
    • Taste
      87 87
      hot, smoky, citrus, dusty leather couch
    • Finish
      86 86
      long and smoky - sour notes

  8. Barbone scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. voodoochile scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This one needs some time in the glass so let it rest for a while. You'll be rewarded with a very sweet smoky taste and some classic Lagavulin notes. Pretty different form their usual range but a nice escape.

  10. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose; musty and mushroom-y start to it, then your’e hit by soot / coal, and ash. On the 2nd wave of sensations the sherry influence kicks in with a sweet dark fruit sort of note, maybe ripe plums, smoky black tea leaves (Lapsang if you may), and a hint of cocoa and dark chocolate, with a touch of pine needles and pine sap as well. not and awful lot of smoke or peat, on the nose of this one. With water the oak is on, and it’s getting tarry and more coastal, and more pine-y.

    Palate: Lovely mouthfeel on this one, with thick and oily entry, the fruit is more pronounced with dark cherries, plums, and even sultana sweetness, well integrated with the tar / soot / smoke and bitter notes of wood, ash and a touch of salt, quite complex with wood fire, dates and prunes, with the ash / peat balancing the sweet sherried fruit nicely, towards a dry and oaky finish.

    Finish: Long smokey, sooty & ashy with oak spice, pepper, Lapsang tea, and a hint of sherry.

    Conclusion: When I first sipped this whisky in a tasting event we held for Feis Ile 2019, I liked it, but 2nd time around it felt much better. It improves immensely with the addition of water, and time. Beatiful stuff, complex and loads of fun, for the Lagavulin lovers who appreciate nice sherry notes as well. Happy to own one.

  11. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  12. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This Lagavulin takes time. Not only in the glass but apparently also in the bottle. I opened it after 3 years and tasted it again for the first time since the summer of 2019. I really noticed the licorice smell, for the Dutch readers: kokindjes. Subtle peat influences and certainly an oily mouthfeel on the tongue. The whisky now does more justice to the fact that you're drinking a small batch of a 19-year-old Lagavulin. Unique stuff, without further ado, but above all subtle. The beauty is hidden but there is an abundance. I went from 89 to 90 points, so this Laga meets the standard perfectly.

  13. megabreit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Notes of smoked bacon, behind it red berries, maritime hints, alcohol seems to be well integrated
    • Taste
      90 90
      Salty breeze, blackberries and smoked bacon
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and glowing. All components are present in a balanced way. Getting drier with a wave of cold smoke.

  14. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Lag with more fishy and sour lemon nose, and strong smoky medicinal taste
    • Nose
      90 90
      A lot of different smoke, rotten fish peat, sea salt, seaweed, butterscotch, spicy, sour lemon, a touch of cream
    • Taste
      89 89
      A lot of smoke, strong medicinal peat, herbal spiciness, savory meatyness and dry wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, dry, smoky, herbal, fruity apricots

  15. K C Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. nomad_soul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. mudshark scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  19. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    07/21/2021:
    The palette of components is not rich, but it is not necessary in this case. Perfectly fitted and balanced.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Salted smoked peat, slaked lime, candied candied fruit, noticeably farm, seaweed, protein cream with sourness, a bunch of sea salt, kumquat, halva, vanilla.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Lemons sprinkled with sugar, citrus acid, ash and smoke, vanilla.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Smoky, ash, lemon, long, candied, vanilla.

  20. The_Osprey scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin Feis Ile 19yo 53.8%. Consumed Jan 2020. Aroma is plasticky, nice floral oak, woody-floral and musk perfume. Taste is floral, high quality oak giving complex spice and woody notes versus crisp salty spirit ... lovely quality spirit. The favour is just great - salty boozy slightly oily and smoky with complex floral and oak spice notes. Very nice - almost Laphroaig-like - I would be confused in a blind tasting. I was a bit short in this review and didn't reflect the complexity or flavour notes to the best of my ability here. Maybe I was enjoying it too much! 4.0/95

  21. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Iodine and clay. A fairly spicy sherry but where the red fruits are difficult to assert themselves. It's more quince, pumpkin, butternut. Vanilla fillet. Thick, stringy smoke. Cool wind, tide, seaweed. We are in the bayou, marshy hints on a summer day. Custard. Gun flint. Thick peat volutes. In the mouth, vanilla éclairs, spices, paprika, ginger. Very light red fruits mixed with apricot and fig. Caramel sticking to the pan, sheet of wood. Yellow plum. Very long finish, on straw, hay, sand in the sun, a little coarse salt, cola, pistachios and almonds, dried corn. sponge cake, wheat cake. Chinese nougat. Lemon confit.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/06/lagavulin-19-yo-feis-ile-2019.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. Tastingbros scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/05/02/some-2019-festivals-bottlings/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22 22 23 22 89

    chic whisky for a long winter evening!

  24. Foudos scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  25. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. Sandman23 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. Suevia scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. Ulcinj scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Solid sherried laga, not the best of the fi

  32. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. sakis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose doesn’t immediately shout “Lagavulin” at me, as so many of their best releases have. It’s less defined and chiselled than I expected, with more earthy notes. The sherry is lurking in the background and doesn’t dominate. With a bit of time and water, some of the more classic notes do emerge...the super-clean peat and sea salt, alongside some old rope, dunnage warehouses, and wet dog. It certainly grows on you with time. Much more classic sherry lagavulin on the palate, with warm smoky notes mingling with citrus fruits and some darker sherry notes. Long, warming, smoky finish. Not an immediate classic then (c.f. Jazz 2013, Feis 2014 or the first two 21yo releases), but a rich and very satisfying dram (don’t rush it!).

  36. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Raw, harsh and delightfully a proper laga.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Earth raw soil, not the damp peat bogs of islay but the dried up soil on the mainland. Rather creamy and oily to the scent. Coastal smell, the scent of salt, seaweed, petrol (?)/ some sort of gasoline like scent like that at the petrol pump.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sesame oil, fish oil, grounded up garlic, medium peat, light lemon drizzle. Sea brine, tuna flakes in sunflower oil and kombu left to dry in the sun by the beach. Full of sea spray, reminds me of a traditional Bunna. Licorice and star anise at the end, followed by a warm orange citrus like sensation. Warm yet zesty and acidic like.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long lingering smoke, dense and non forgiving. Literally choking on a tobacco pipe. Rough earthy and grassy. Scorched earth and burnt out peat bogs over a sparse forest cover in the day time. Dry, dry and very dry.

  37. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Wonderful sweet sherry peat smoke, bbq charcoal, salted fish in east coast of Peninsula Malaysia, salt cured ham, with slight hint of medicinal peat and earthiness. With water, a lot saltier, and more pungent, and more earthiness. Seawater and sea breeze. Lovely.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet arrival, rather oily and dense, wood smoke, tar, roasted almond, vanilla extract. Rather creamy, with notes of mustard. The smoke is beautiful, and warming, and the texture is almost perfect.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, as usual, besides the smoke, there is nuttiness, probably from the sherry casks. Fresh oyster. Burnt sugar.

  38. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  39. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A clear and efficient Lagavulin.
    No big surprise but it's very good.
    After a slack in 2017, the SIEF Island take over.
    • Nose
      Warm on candied lemon, minerality (eggshell), citrus compote, peat oil and salinity.
    • Taste
      Alcohol perfectly integrated, it is unctuous, oily on flint, lemon, salt, peat oil and leather with spices.
    • Finish
      Nice length on smoked herring, lemon and spices.

  41. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In the blind I will have bet on an aging bourbon is, the peat is very discreet. Nothing special or exceptional for a special bottling.

  42. maltandgrains scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Mushrooms, peat, salt and seaweed. Smooth nose, and not very prickly.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Whilst some woody bitterness comes through the oily mouthfeel, the peat slowly envelops the mouth with a nice burning sensation. Cherries and vanilla.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Develops nicely, and whilst the peat continues, underlying tones of liquorice and sherry comes out. Nice and long, really smooth!

  43. CaskCariot scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately not the Lemon in comparison with the Jazz 2019 bad. 1/3 dram
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. xixit scored this whisky 55 points Expert Junior

    Tried it during their warehouse tasting.
    As usual with Lagavulin, it's really not very good.

    Nose: warm, spicy, malty. There's a rotten sweetness in the background, overlaid with malt, yeast, and everything bad about beer. And then a warm peat smoke appears, which unfortunately makes the experience even worse.

    Taste: warm, peaty, malty. Extremely beer like: yeast, malt, and that beer-note I associate with back alley piss. A warm peat does overlay everything, which is nice, but the taste of the spirit unfortunately kills it completely.

    Conclusion: this once again proves to me, that Lagavulin is not for me.
    I'll leave this for the Lagavulin fans, they may gladly have it!

  45. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The sherry was shy in this one. Quite an austere Lagavulin on the earthy side. Water brings more power, fruits and brine but I prefer it on the edge. Very good. It might "age" nicely in the bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
      First whiffs are oily and mineral with hessian and engine oil. Then come earthy and rooty peat and dried mushrooms. Time reveals candied lemons, hints of pine resin and damp wood. Light medicinal notes. Coastal notes arrive later with seaweeds.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily and peppery. Those candied lemons from the nose. Salt and a few ashes. An earthy and rooty smoke again.
      With water, the nose is more briny and citrusy, the palate is briny and medicinal.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, smoky, coastal and medicinal.

  46. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    With a release price of £150 this makes the 16 year regular release that retails in the UK for roughly £48 look like a bargain.
    The current prices for this bottle are a bit extreme to say the least.

  47. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Colour:
    gold
    Nose:
    Sweet peat, burning coal, smoke with BBQ and appetizing, fried ham. In addition to seaweed, iodine, soft and a total round, but "new-style" sweet nose.
    Taste:
    Very soft, slightly artificial-sweet and with notes of coal, ash, brooks, vanilla, a light sherry sweetness and again BBQ on the beach campfire - getting sweeter with burning wood notes.
    Finish:
    Long smoky and artificially sweet, with dry peat, smoke and dark gray notes. Coal, lead, sugar and artificially arriving fruit with underlaid wood.
    87 points
    N: 89P / G: 87P / F: 86P

  48. maltaholic scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Immediately I feel good, smell the fine, smoky aroma.
    The streaks oily run down the glass.

    He smells strong, aromatic.
    A light spice mixed with wood flavors.

    A force in the mouth.
    Violent start.
    Like chewing on a piece of rotten wood.
    Cloves, pine needles, a little furry, dry.

    A direct comparison with the 16 years would be nice.
    I like a Distiller's Edition better ...

  49. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Smells like a little used Bothy after pouring: Dusty, slightly stale air. After a little breathing: forest soil and chanterelles, pine needles, a really dirty Lapsang Souchong tea (rather a mixture of a strong earthy Pu-erh and a Lapsang). Soot, coal. The chanterelles are scorched and cocoon in the pan.
    Only after a good 10 minutes do I notice a touch of sherry sweetness, just a few overripe berries that have fallen into the forest floor.
    It opens with a few drops of water, and it becomes a voluminous and dirty 16er.

    Mouth:
    Lamb chops, cured meat, leather, fried mushrooms, licorice, again Pu-erh tea (which has grown too long), hints of ginger.

    Finish:
    Long, ginger, oak and again black tea.

    Conclusion:
    He has something. He's really earthy-dirty, but with a few drops he gets more complex and pleasing.

    89/100

  50. checkpointrk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  51. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      IT: 89
      B: 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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