- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Feis Ile 2019
- Stated Age
- 19 years old
- Sherry-Treated American Oak Casks
- Number of bottles
- 53.8 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Feis Ile 2019
- Added on
- 26 May 2019 2:50 am by maltaholic
87 × in wishlist
281 × member ratings
843 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 19-year-old
44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.56 points
- Issue Price: £ 150 (€ 170)
- [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)...
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).
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Long and only slightly dry finish, berry mix, wood, again increasing smoke. Also in the finish still very dense and compact.
- finish feis isle 2019!
earthy peat, fruit confit, some moistened mushrooms
back creamy and vanilla
very complex in any case with cooked lemon, moist wood bark!
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.
a little seaweed, peat, candied fruit, liquorice and moistened and dried wood!
- 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.
- could be more complex
cooled campfire with a lot of wet ash, citrus and leather, earthy with slightly acidic notes
hot, smoky, citrus, dusty leather couch
long and smoky - sour notes
- Bottle 3429.
Superb lagavulin where the barrel speaks.
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.
Cold ash, tobacco, oily peat, gunpowder, candied lemon, kiwi, large medicinal. Camphor.
Light cola, leather, shoe polish cream.
Black pepper. Light cinnamon.
Long finish on lemon candy, fresh mint, basil. Oily peat.
- 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.
- 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.