Lagavulin 1979

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
18 years old
Double matured in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Added on
14 Feb 2010 1:24 pm

Average value

€ 1825.91

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102 × member ratings

220 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1979

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.77 points

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  2. CherryHeart scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose: Warm and bright tropical style, smoked, pineapple juice, passion fruit, candied lemon, honey, fine salt, ore.

    Palate: Light and smoky, with a fragrance half of fruit basket, coal gangue, mate tea, honey water

    Balance, Body: Heavier on the body, moderately fat, lack of balance, cheap alcohol at the end, spicy taste.

    Finish: Medium to long, lightly smoked, pepper, ore, honey pineapple water, sea sand.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    For my glass I take a 1979 Lagavulin for £10, for a good value highly reputed malt.

    N: Sugary smoky deliciousness is all I noted.
    T: With a relaxed entrance, this one delivers more crystallised smoky-oaky sugary deliciousness.
    F: Sweet smoke.
    C: I needed more time with this one, and simply, more! With what I could muster from a fairly precise 1cl pour, it’s cracking juice! I’m told this is Lagavulin’s first Distillery Edition. What a way to start a series!

    [Provisionally scores 90+]

  4. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I love Laga and PX wedding, in this old one is the best so far in the DE line.
    • Nose
      Slowly open. Peat, salted caramel, herbals and waxy fruits.
    • Taste
      Sweet PX sherry, honey, milk caramel, lemon peel, seaweed, peat, ash and smoke. Fruits and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I had a load of Laga 16 last week, this is on another level, like a Gentleman's 16.
    Great stuff.
    • Nose
      88 88
      I think the nose is a little closed at first then a wave of charcoal , creosote , peat, coal smoke, ashes, possibly some faint fruit but hard to detect.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Compared to the white horse 16 year this is definitely richer, the sherry is more pronounced and the classic Lag profile is more rounded, much less assertive peat and yes the fruit is there, stewed dark fruits too many to list in all honesty.
      Some nice sweet sherry mixing with the fruit.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Not massive or anything but so classy, leaves you wanting more

  6. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Body; Full and syrupy.
    • Nose
      Fresh attack,with hits of peat, tar, sulphur and salt. Soothed with beeswax.
    • Taste
      Rich and sweet, then smoky,becoming medicinal, and eventually seaweedy.
    • Finish
      Pepper, salt and sand. Long and warming.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2000]  I had this dram during a "Taste the difference" tasting at Rolandsbogen. 

    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 90 points.  My notes state a very dominating sherry influence within a complex aromas profile.

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Whizzkeykid scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  10. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur



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