Lagavulin 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Jazz Festival 2019
Stated Age
21 years old
Refill & Recharred American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles
50.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Sep 2019 8:27 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 870.19

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386 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 21-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.44 points

  1. KGB110 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    First, I find lemon cake and fresh light fruit. Followed by fully ripe raspberry, wonderfully integrated smoke, light mint.
    They are filigree notes, not overpowered in any direction, the malt has to develop!
    After some time in the glass, the whisky opens and the notes of prunes and some cinnamon sound through.

    Full-bodied round and oily onset, followed by a thunderstorm of hot ash rain and many different fruits. First bright fruits, such as quince or fresh green apple, closely followed by darker fruits, such as raspberries, to blueberries.

    slightly smoky, with a neat character, the whisky goes down its path for a long time. Here light crystalline salt notes remain on the tongue.

    There is and was little Lagavulin's at this level. The interplay of tastes is exemplary for a smoky malt, with sherry influences.
    93 points!

  2. jjkmlss scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Maybe the softest Lagavulin I've ever tried

    Nose: All kinds of stone fruits, lemon and orange, little bit clams and sort of shellfish

    Palate: Umami flavor with some lemon, flowery, not sure what the casks are doing though.

    Body: Oily and thick.

    Finish: rather long flowers and lemon.

    It seems that Lagavulin is having a hard time to make any of it's Feis Ile/Jazz Festival bottling better than Laga 16. Many of 91+s are kind of hard-to-believe though, I wish flippers can leave Lagavulin alone, it's, anyway, among the only few REALLY good distilleries we've left for now. This Jazz, just isn't as good as the distillery gets.

    And come on, who ever really tasted this would give a 94+? If you gonna be a flipper, do it the right way.

  3. Jack McClane scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A good whisky - a regular Lagavulin. Regarding the VFM its pretty disappointing.

    Can't really understand all these high ratings.. Might be flippers.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Classy peated Laga style. Quite shy. Laga 16 is more intense.
    • Taste
      87 87
      This comes in a way higher ABV than the standard - still this is quite boring on the palate. Peatsmoke, lemon bacon and some cold ash. Next to the former 21 year old releases this does not impress me at all.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finish is medium long. Peatsmoke, sweetness and some citrus notes. No surprises here.

  4. kanpai79 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

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

  5. Mark-E scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  6. wwurzel scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Very mild in the nose, almost flowery.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very soft. The typical Lagavulin taste is still present even after 21 years.
      Hardly oak despite his age
    • Finish
      91 91
      Finish is long. Arrows on the flower meadow

  7. SherryDrone scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Colour: Pale straw.

    Nose: One needs to let it evolve. Floral notes. Very soft ash. Bit of white wine notes but only subtle. Briny. Mild citrus notes. Very distant menthol & dry ginger.

    Palate: Very oily, rounded, smokiness, lemon zest, with some oak spice and rounded feel. A gentle white pepper spice. Lemon drizzle cake. So nice. Golden sultanas, bacon, and a very mild black cardamom note.

    Finish: Long, briny and smoky. A silky finish.

    I loved this whisky a lot. It has its place. Probably age has made it more softer. I do not know about flippers but those who say it is not as good as the 16yo need to appreciate the fact that this whisky is aged, and is a cask strength whisky and would have different behavior not just a peat bomb.

  8. Lorzinator scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This Lagavulin is a very elegant, smooth and balanced malt, which should therefore be given enough time in the glass. It is a very successful malt that makes you hungry for more.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Light fruits, especially citrus notes, with green apple, vanilla and a little caramel. The second nose becomes more floral and herbaceous, notes of elderflower and chamomile are added. The typical ashy Lagavulin smoke is present but rather reserved, the alcohol perfectly integrated. There are no bad notes here.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Pleasantly balanced, the citrus is immediately on the tongue, with a little salt, the smoke is noticeable but not dominant. The alcohol is pleasantly warm and also very well integrated in the mouth. You don't feel any sharpness, no bad notes. Later you can still taste the oak wort which does not become too bitter.
    • Finish
      90 90
      In addition to the oak flavor, the light herbal notes of chamomile and the salty remain longer. The finish is medium long, but I still lack that certain something for the absolute upper class. Overall, this Lagavulin is a really great malt.

      Many thanks to @islaynd for the sample.

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22 22 21 22 87

    good, and the farther the tastier!

  10. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The smell is wonderful, harmonious and intense. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, there is no stinging in the nose.
    This impression continues in the mouth. Perfectly balanced aromas, no alcohol.
    The beautiful finish is the perfect finishing touch
    What can you say: that's how smoky whisky works!
    • Nose
      Peach, ash, vanilla, grass, lemon, smoke, apricot
    • Taste
      Gentle start, thick, soft body, sweet smoke, apricots poured with vanilla sauce, light wood notes, slight bitterness, a little roasted aroma, North Sea ham, and above all the sweet fruit again and again
    • Finish
      Smoke and spicy notes dominate the finish, the fruit fades into the background without being lost, bitter vanilla mixes with it. The impression remains on the palate for a long time.


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