Lagavulin 19-year-old

Overall rating
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
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 452.88

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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

  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. wisekycourse 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. 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

  7. 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.

  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.


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