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Lagavulin 20-year-old

Overall rating
90.62/100
votes
325
Whiskybase ID
WB159532
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2020
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Refill & PX/Oloroso seasoned Hogsheads
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
54.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0029DQ002 00005278
Barcode
5000281062747
Added on
02 jun 2020 10:07 pm by Schubi2305
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 676.48

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 20-year-old

76 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.62 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    If only the word "classic" weren't so worn out ... oh, what the hell: a classic and great, older Lagavulin, which the distillery brought out for a slightly different féis ìle this year. From nose to finish, the thing is just a poem.
    • Nose
      Intense fruit sweetness of raisins and dried figs on a bed of dry autumn leaves, old wood chips and spicy forest floor. Subtle but haunting smoke. Black Forest ham, roasted orange peel. Jaffa biscuits, milk coffee. The aromas are not urgent, but they are all very closely connected.
    • Taste
      Very creamy and soft start. A peat smoke note that doesn't even creep up slowly (after all, the smoke had 20 years to break down), but lies directly on the tongue and completely fills the entire mouth. Dry wood, milk coffee, toffee, marzipan. Raisins, dried figs and dates, old leather, dry tobacco leaves.
    • Finish
      Long and slightly dry, but still with a certain viscosity. Very pleasant smoke note, toasted orange peel, marzipan bread, toffee, a little yeast dough, nutmeg and finally a pinch of black pepper.

  2. SteveW110 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    After the Feis Ile 2020 was unfortunately canceled, the annual special bottling could be ordered online from some well-known distilleries. Diageo limited the bottlings to two bottles per person and only shipped within the UK. After two days the bottles were already sold out ...
    • Nose
      93 93
      Visually, the Lagavulin has a deep amber color and you can see beautiful oily legs in the glass.

      The smell
      Unsurprisingly, smoke aromas rise in the nose at first, but not dominantly, but rather subtly and wonderfully harmoniously integrated. These beautifully integrated soft hints of cold ash gradually give way to a distinct sweetness! Wow * smells sweet !!!
      I find dried raisins, figs, plum cake with a thick layer of crumble.
      The bouquet of the whisky is great and I only realize after a long time that I was lost in my thoughts. I thought of Islay and many wonderful moments with good friends. After what felt like an eternity, the question came up inside me if I shouldn't even try ...?
    • Taste
      92 92
      ... let's go! I zip on the glass and think "oh god". Sweet, oily, thick syrup wonderfully smoky, the Lagavulin falls on my taste buds. The smell had announced it, but the taste is going a step further. Everything about candied fruit, forest honey, raisins, figs, plums, blackberries alternate with smoky aromas of glowing logs and light ash. The barrel follows closely with its influence of light leather, tobacco, dry wood and again the sweetness pushes through, but this time more marzipan, toffee and caramel.
      The alcohol fits and is neither too concise nor too defensive to not warm. Fine eucalyptus notes announce the end.
    • Finish
      91 91
      This Lagavulin leaves warm and sweet with a slight smokiness. Spicy notes stay on the tongue for an eternity without turning into bitterness.

      Conclusion
      Great Lagavulin that is second to none. No wrong notes and to the point.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    50ml purchased sample
    • Nose
      91 91
      Elegant sherried peaty nose, but is a bit spirity. Typical Lagavulin. Nothing more, nothing less.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oh, this is quite balanced. A warm and soft entry. Great strength. I tried this side by side with the Feis 2016 and this Feis 2020 is definitely a step up in class. Heavier mouthfeel with better depth. Very elegant, and the sherry is rather well-integrated. Classic modern Lagavulin. I purchased a sample to determine if a full bottle is warranted, and... yes, I am leaning towards buying a bottle. This would have been a must buy if more complex and fruity.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is good, but not perfect. It trails off quickly to a rather simple finish. An excellent product nonetheless.

      Not quite 92 points but close.

      After a bit of debate in my head... I bought 2 bottles from auction. It is a damn good bottle.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ** Digestive Biscuits **

    Due to the corona crisis (which will undoubtedly be the word of the year) no Islay Music & Malt Festival this year, but fortunately a special release for Feis Ile 2020 was released. Only problem: Diageo offered them online, but only if you could provide an address in the UK. Just called in a comrade who took the bottles (including Caol Ila's) for me and had them delivered to my front door by courier. Of this Lagavulin - which has matured for no less than 20 years - the 6,000 bottles left outside in less than two days (I honestly thought it was still surprisingly long). The malt matured on a combination of refill hogsheads and both oloroso and PX sherry casks. He is inviting amber with very thick tears.

    The nose is surprisingly soft on green herbs, linseed oil, hint of orange peel and a discrete dash of smoke. Hint of dried apricots at an extinguished campfire. But the smoke is really surprisingly soft. Suspiciously soft, even. Reminds me a lot of those typical Scottish Digestive Biscuits (delicious with tea, by the way). After a few minutes, eucalyptus and some red lace candy will appear. I can easily smell this glass for fifteen minutes, because it is delicious. But Lagavulin's DNA is well hidden.

    Oh, my, what a body! Oily to almost viscous. And now it is immediately very sweet and very smoky. The nose had not prepared me for this, but on the tongue it really explodes and it is again a textbook example of Lagavulin with those typical shafts and slightly drying. Another sweet as of candied fruit. The smoke is now very big. It makes it nice and warm.

    The aftertaste ... you cannot call this aftertaste or finish. This is a Finale with a capital F. Long, warm, dark sweet, light drying, spicy, smoky and everlasting. Absolutely fantastic.

    A classic Lagavulin with a dark sweet twist. The nose was delayed, but taste became a bomb and the finish is out of this world. What a wonderful Lagavulin. I hide it in my closet until winter arrives.

  5. Patrick93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. DillyT scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 1869.
    Superb. One of the best Feis Ile.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Superb nose.
      Coconut, vanilla, prunes, apricot, lemon zest.
      Light peat, fresh mint, eucalyptus. Pencil lead.
      Black pepper, licorice stick. Star anise.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it is superbly integrated.
      Pencil lead, graphite, oily peat.
      Candied lemon, orange, pineapple, plum.
      Light barbecue smoke, black pepper, bay leaf.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Final on pine resin, honey, candied blood orange. Pepper, ashy peat.

  8. steinrich scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty and multi-faceted Lagavulin, since the outstanding 2015 Feis Bottling definitely the highlight of the last few years when it comes to Lagavulin Feis bottles
    • Nose
      sweet, creamy, salty, first the PX comes through, light smoke, sugar-sweet, a little warmed up it then really accelerates, chocolate, bacon, plum, slightly sour, not even so sweet now, a little nutmeg, apple, cinnamon chocolate, minimal Iodine, again a little air and vanilla comes through, again creamier, a little lemon, clear coffee note, in the nose it already delivers a decent variety of aromas
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, creamy, lemon, chocolate, espresso, roasted aromas, slightly nutty, raisins, vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, yes also smoke, but only now I notice it active, caramel, ashy, good mouthfeel, intense, it has at the start Sherry is in charge
    • Finish
      Becoming ashier, light vanilla-like sweetness on the palate, apple, green and unripe, tart, a little oak, lemon, here now more fresh and light aromas, medium length

  11. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Restrained on the nose at first, but opens up on the palate. Everything really well integrated: Lagachatakter, smoke, sherry, tannins, alcohol strength perfect. They cut you off there.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  12. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. gossm01 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Earthy, tar, raisins, plums, nuts
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, earthy, plum wine, caramel, subtle vanilla, dryness, ash
    • Finish
      90 90
      Intense and long-lasting

  14. jttoft did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Official notes:

    Nose
    Feisty, with initial prickle and a spicy top note. Water brings up those pungent Lagavulin aromas of cake mix, digestive biscuits, linseed oil and eucalyptus. Scented bonfire smoke.

    Body
    Medium to full

    Palate
    At natural strength, smooth in texture with an immediately powerful sweet and smoky taste. Waves of smoke, and fruity in the development. Drying lightly. Good at natural strength and also with a drop of water, which makes this a richly textured, sweet and smoky dram.

    Finish
    Long, warming and drying, leaving a pleasant smokiness on the breath. Water softens the effect, while still leaving a pleasantly smoky aftertaste.

  15. Saftkenner scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic bottling. In terms of style and sweetness like a Distillers Edition in cask strength, only much more multifaceted, spicy and mineral. Elegant and harmonious with a powerful start and a very full body.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Elegant, soft smoke, enveloped by maritime, spicy notes and a wonderful sherry sweetness.
      The pleasant smoke is not in the foreground but acts like a nice support and enrichment of the other aromas. A distant fire on the beach. Sea freshness, salty and mineral notes, vanilla, dried orange slices, cocktail cherries, a hint of eucalyptus, juicy blood orange, leather and delicate oak spice.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Fantastically oily body and powerful, but still very smooth start.
      The smoke is wonderfully interwoven with the other aromas. Raisins, ripe cherries, oranges, salt, dark chocolate, caramel, marzipan, dates, tobacco, oak.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish with chocolate, cherries, vanilla, caressed by a delicate smoky note. Delicious!

  16. TP-Darknight scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    ... best Lagavulin I have ever had ...
    ... saves my life in 2020 corona sadness ...
    ... great Whisky - thanks to great People at work ...
    ... Thank you Nick Offerman - a fountain of love and Lagavulin joy ...

  17. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Not as easy drinking as a Laga 12 CS, but with a lot more behind it and a clear DNA of the distillery. Great part with a spectacularly grandiose finish.
    • Nose
      Citrus oil and wood smoke on the nose, with sweet and tart herbs. Not that smoky at all, but delicate.
    • Taste
      Charcoal and furniture polish, plus lemon cake from the grill. Oily, spicy, truly real Islay whisky, damn good! I can barely cope with the sweetness that overlays the whole thing - but it couldn't have been more!
    • Finish
      Relatively a lot of oak in the finish, but oily, smoky and complex as well as sugared grapefruit at the end. Wait a minute, if you think the exit is over, it is far from being. Wow, a real ruminant in the best sense!

  18. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/zUqk_lEwoKQ
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    once again very big cinema from Islay. The sherry barrels are always present but not as dominant as in the Distiller's Edition. Takes time and a little water. It will surely get even better with oxidation. Already enormously complex, but also very tasty.
    • Nose
      Although initially closed you know immediately that there is another great Lagavulin at the start. Pure enormous amounts of fruit, blood orange, apricot. Never had it at Lagavulin like this. Rather little smoke, but nice and maritime. With water and a lot of air, then more and more smoke, freshly grilled seafood wrapped in bacon on the Islay beach. Yes!
    • Taste
      Here, a lot of salt, typical of the distillery, moderate smoke, nice and dry and chocolatey sherry notes in the background. With water and time: The PX barrels now seem to be pushing forward somewhat like syrup. Slightly leathery, woody.
    • Finish
      long, sweet, creamy, greasy.

  20. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, the age has melded the peat and sherry so well here. Subtle, rounded, subtle nuances of sherry, oak, peat and sweetness. They nailed it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet dense cold smoke, syrupy raisins, nougat, leather
    • Taste
      92 92
      Boom, thick and creamy, the smoke is so well integrated, honey ham, light baking spice, sweet tobacco, figs,
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, ashy cold smoke, raisiny syrup, slight vegetal note, white pepper, cherry cough syrup

  21. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Lorion scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The whisky is very good, but something is missing that really excites me. 84 points.
    • Nose
      Earthy smoke, dry fruit notes (a whole mix of dried fruit), almost flattering. The smoke is pleasantly subdued.
    • Taste
      Soft and creamy. Rather dry.
    • Finish
      Medium length and dry, a hint of oak remains.

  23. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Moltostock Odessa-2021, festival testing
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. Ostap scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Festival tasting format:
    Typical profile, tender, slightly smoky, farm, fruit, candy, ash, smoked capelin.

  25. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    wonderful malt. I really like it. Great combination of flavors. Wonderful Islay Malt
    • Nose
      nice, delicate, spicy smoke, citrus fruits, some smoked ham, spicy herbs, slightly salty, maritime, some oak, slightly sweet, chocolate and vanilla come to the fore with a little more hand warmth. It also looks a bit minty now. Wonderful variety of flavors
    • Taste
      sweet at the beginning with lots of fruit and only minimal smoke. Then it becomes a little hotter with pepper and salty maritime. Citrus fruits, Now the smoke comes out more as well as the sherry aromas. Very salivary
    • Finish
      sweet ashy finish with vanilla and fruits, spicy oak. Later getting a little salty and drier. Very complex feeling

  26. gossm01 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of vanilla, caramel, dry peat smoke, salty notes, plums, raisins, creme brulee and honey sweetness. Relatively complex. Pleasantly sweet in taste. The alcohol is well integrated and has a relatively heavy body.

  27. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    ***
    ????: gold,
    ????: smooth-peaty, intense bourbon, super sweet, floral, slightly heather, awesome !!!
    ????: intense but velvety, super sweet and well-arranged peat! Delicious !!! : D On and on !!! Wow!
    ????: sweet, warming, loooong, comes back in waves of sweet peat! Wow!
    *
    Super sweet bourbon great peat! Proud!!! Great nose, mega-fleshy palette and a veeery long finish !!! Mega peat !!! Wow Wow Wow !!!
    *
    ????: 8/10
    ????: 94/100

  28. WillWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  29. TsiAI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Orange and golden smell. Nose: a little irritating, rough, uncoordinated, orange, vanilla extract, lighter peat, medical alcohol, disinfectant, stir-fry, yeast dough, watermelon frost. Wake up for a few minutes with coke, lime, cream, kelp, white vinegar, moldy cheese, temperate fruit.
    Taste Palate: medium salty, relatively sour, fruit vinegar, fresh cranberries, raspberry sauce, a little green extract, lime water, milk fat, sea salt, pepper and other western spices, a little bitter bitterness, gardenia end rhyme Finish : Long, seafood, grains, citrus, cream, smoked wine Body: medium weight, plenty of fat, still relatively solid

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 87/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 88/100
    Overall: 86/100

  30. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    23/22/22/22

  31. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For me this is not a “normal” Lagavulin. The fragile and delicate composition on lighter aromas up to the extreme fruitiness in the nose and mouth is rather unusual. The finish, on the other hand, is almost an act of violence. I'm in doubt whether the sum of the parts is more than the whole. You just can't really devalue it. This whisky is just too good for that. It goes best together if you keep it in your mouth for a long time before you swallow. This lets the bitterness slowly rise in the mouth. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/08/05/feis-ile-2020/

  32. DennisV scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  33. robse211 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Islay1815 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tastes like a typical Lagavulin in cask strength. Not too special though. I find it a little too sweet and spicy. Issue price £ 190
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Digestive Biscuits
    Because of the corona crisis no Islay Malt & Music Festival this year, but luckily a special release for Feis Ile 2020 was released. Only problem: Diageo offered it online, but only for people who could provide a delivery address in the UK. So I talked to a buddy to received the bottles for me (2 from Lagavulin en 2 from Caol Ila) and have them couriered over. This Lagavulin, which matured no less than 20 years, took about two days to sell out. With only 6.000 bottles, that surprised me a bit. It matured on a combination of refill hogsheads and both oloroso and PX sherry casks. It’s a very inviting amber with thick legs.

    The nose is surprisingly soft on green herbs, linseed oil, hint of orange peel and a discreet trace of smoke. Hint of dried apricots next to a doused campfire. But the smoke is surprisingly soft. Suspiciously soft, in fact. Reminds me also of those typical Scotch digestive biscuits (wonderful with a cup of tea, by the way). After a few moments some eucalyptus and some red lace candy. I can nose this glass for about a quarter of an hour and remain entertained, for this is simply delicious. But the Lagavulin DNA is pretty well hidden.

    Oh, my, what a body! Oily to almost syrupy. Immediately sweet on the palate and very smoky. The nose did not prepare me for this. On the palate it really explodes and becomes a textbook example of Lagavulin with those typical ashes. Mildly drying. A sweet note like candied fruit. The moke becomes very big. I’m getting cozily warm.

    The finish… this is not a finish. This is a Grand Finale. Long, warm, dark & sweet, mildly drying, spicy, smoky and everlasting. Absolutely fantastic.

    A classic Lagavulin with a dark and sweet twist. The nose kept you guessing, but on the palate it becomes a flavor bomb and the finish is simply out of this world. What a wonderful Lagavulin. I’m hiding this one in my cabinet until winter has arrived.

  36. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, peat, cooked fruits, quite balanced and drinkable

  37. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant peat, beguiling, smooth and woody, deep. Oil and varnish, slight astringency. Coarse salt and iodine, a drizzle of Bourbon, vanilla and honey. Very nice balance after a while. Wet sand on a northern beach, with sea spray and seaweed. White fruits, mirabelle plum, banana, ground almonds. The peat returns, slightly ashy. Very nice mouth, lemony, then quite intense spices, cumin, paprika, nutmeg. The caress of wood is rough and velvety at the same time. Some red fruits in the background, blueberries and raspberries, but it remains very discreet. Very long and pleasant finish, the wood becomes smoky, bag of cereals, greasy charcoal. Encaustic, shoe polish. Clods of earth.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/07/lagavulin-feis-ile-2020-20-yo.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Lagavulin, bright, saturated, deep, complexly composed, a wide palette of derivatives and a wealth of shades and midtones, excellent balance, an excellent combination of a fading phenolic beginning and an abundance of other derivatives blooming in a stormy color, there is a lot of sherry, but it also does not dominate, does not clog everything around, but harmoniously woven into the overall picture, emphasizing and shading the family features of the distillery.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, delicate smoky notes, smoked products, light mineral tones - stone chips, boulders heated by the sun; candied citrus fruits, dark chocolate, cappuccino, fudge, old furniture, some varnish and old leather goods.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, enveloping smoky peat shades, smoked meat, candied citrus fruits, caramel sweetness, monpensier lollipops, floral and honey motifs, notes of stout and salted caramel, teriyaki sauce, dried fruits - raisins, prunes; creamy notes, boiled condensed milk;
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, oak, caramel sweetness with a slight sourness, weak smoky peat motifs, smoked products, ash-mineral sour shades, toffee, salted caramel.

  39. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------90
    taste--------------------90
    End rhyme--------------------90

  40. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Concise greasy smoke with Lapsang Souchong notes (Chinese "smoked tea").
    Strong leather, dark fruits like blood oranges, blackberries, black currants. raisins and figs. Bacon-wrapped dates.
    Toasted notes of cocoa and coffee.

    Mouth:
    Thick and oily in the mouth, with a strong berry sweetness. Drinking chocolate and milk coffee.
    dates and raisins, tobacco. dry wood. Lightly braised caramelized walnuts.

    Finish:
    Long, very spicy, some time after leaving the mouth it becomes slightly astringent, but not annoying.

    92/100

    Conclusion:
    A logical and clearly complex continuation of the Distillers Edition.
    A very nice age, not too dominant barrels and a great distillate result in a really tasty whisky.

  41. yifulite_Boris scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      it's a typical Laga with dry smoking and peat smell, the peat and smoke is much more heavy than others like Laga 22. With smoked meat, then comes out preserved fruits, fig, boiled apple and pear. very sweet
    • Taste
      90 90
      strong peat and smoke, pepper, sweet orange, raisin, and preserved fruits.
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium and long,smoke lasts quite long,chocolate, but the finish ends just a little bit suddenly.

  42. nomad_soul scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  43. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Had a dram at the Collector's Corner at Whisky Plus Malaysia 2021. Newly opened bottle

    Pretty far from the best Lagavulin I had, and certainly below my expectation. It's sulfured, although not too prominent, but it sorts of mask all the other notes. Probably will get better after some air time.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. Simon Stood scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin festival releases are always masterpieces. This one is no exception. 22-23-23-23

  45. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Powerful smoky complex but still classic Lag with more refined nose. After water - becomes more salty and fragrant
    • Nose
      90 90
      Light smoke, salty fishy peat, fruity milk chocolate, brown sugar meat glaze, spicy orange, oily
    • Taste
      89 89
      Shockwave of fresh wood ash and medicinal smoke, oily, smoked sweet-savory ham, rotten peat, honeyed butterscotch, herbiness
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, honey, lemon, medicinal smoke, spicy

  46. Banzai scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  47. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  48. aryehf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoke, smoked meat, concentrated sweetness, cooked fruit, tobacco leaves, apricot leather, sea, orange peel, citrus, eucalyptus, old furniture, raisins, biscuits.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very fat, sweet liquid smoke syrup, ashes, sea, tobacco, citrus, biscuits, honey, raisins, marzipan, wood.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, ashes, ashtray, fades into dried fruits sweetness, oranges and other citruses, nutmeg.

  49. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 20yo Feis Ile 2020. Short review at Melody with Teresa. Muted aroma of caramel, ham, toffee apple. The taste is peppery, spicy not very Lagavulin to my mind, might have said Talisker - very peppery, spiritous, little rough edged, fine but not the character I would expect. Woody, salted, peppery, burnt wood. Was hoping for much more. This is perfectly fine but just provides more evidence, as if any were needed for me, that Lag16 is the best expression of the distillery character that I've encountered so far (and by far the cheapest). Last year's Feis Ile came closest to providing an experience that truly may be worth paying extra for, but even that fell short. 3.5/84

  50. PRV scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    23/23/23/23

  51. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  52. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  53. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An extremely well blended composition that highlights the mellower side of Lagavulin. The extreme sweetness on the palate is borderline (not sure I could drink more than 4 cl at a time), but the nose is ingenious. I love that it's refill all the way, so the oak always supports but never intrudes into, or distracts from, the main attraction: a world-class distillate aged to perfection.
    • Nose
      92 92
      In one word: velvety.

      Super creamy, sweet and softly fruity, with the trademark maritime peat – much transformed by age and cask – and a spicy/herbal/dusty overcoat.

      Sitting seaside on a fisherman's wharf with a platter of dried fruits and ripe apricots drenched in thick honey, garnished with pine and fir needles and rosemary twigs. Oh, and raisin bread!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Holy smokes...

      The sweetness (maybe manuka honey?) is almost overwhelming and just barely reigned in by the herbal/spicy/peaty aspects. Simpler than the nose, for sure, but still great fun.

      No need for water, I'd say. Why dilute this glorious viscosity?
    • Finish
      91 91
      All of the above, plus some camphor and eukalyptus. Ashy, still almost cloyingly sweet and oh so, so oily and greasy, with just enough of a kick from the oak to freshen it up a bit. Looooooooooooong, of course.

  54. Tastingbros scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/03/10/some-feis-ile-2020-bottlings/
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  55. Soderberg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  56. M134481 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Pickled meat, meat gravy, sausage, salt, light smoke, hardly any peat, old cheese
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pepper, salt and pickled meat, aged cheese, light caramel, gravy, sausage, smoke, peat, wood, light charcoal.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Salt, caramel, sherry, vanilla, tuff, smoke, charcoal, pepper, salt, sausage

  57. swk27844 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Roast meat, meat gravy, peanuts, smoked sausage, bacon, salt, matured cheese, light peat,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Meaty, salt, black pepper, steak with pepper sauce, peat smoke, mint.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long smoky finish, taste does not change. Nicely balanced

  58. maurisso scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Really beautiful.

  59. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22.5-22.5-22.5-22.5, I want such a bottle in the collection

  60. Teresa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  61. Tssthuang scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Fruity,strong, good smoky,long and nice
    Perfect smell. I like this very much.

  62. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Full Gold

    Nose: As one would expect, the peat doesn't slam you in the face right away. Instead, as is common from just about every Islay malt at this age and older outside of maybe Ardbeg and Laphroaig, it's skewing more towards subtle smoke, leather, and barbequed meat. The sherry casks in this vatting are clearly having some say, but it's well-balanced and hardly overpowering. Beyond just smoke, leather, and meat, there's clearly a sweeter, richer note that is suggestive of honey and brown sugar-cured ham: tomato paste, molasses, honey, etc. G&M released a '96 Caol Ila this year that had light sherry maturation, and we're not too far off from that. Things I would say I don't get that I often find in South Shore Islay malts: a medicinal profile and a lot of oomph. With a bit more time, I get a vegetal feeling from the peat, which is nice. A bit of water emphasizes the leathery side along with a bit of pipe tobacco.

    Taste: We might have a reverse splitter here (better on the palate than the nose, which isn't how it usually goes, in my experience)! We'll also have to see what this does for the nose, because it's also been my experience that a killer palate can influence one's nosing after tasting has begun. In any event, I really like the arrival. It's mouth-coating, oily, and packs that burst of flavor that I found lacking a bit on the nose. The peat is really well-integrated and provides a solid support for the other flavors to shine through, e.g., mild chocolate and a dirty smoke. This tastes a lot more like South Shore Islay than it initially smells. Water makes the chocolate element even stronger, even becoming somewhat reminiscent of room temperature cocoa.

    Finish: Big, big finish. This is exactly what you're looking for from this kind of malt--it stays strong well after you've swallowed the contents in your mouth.

    Comments: Very interesting dram for a couple reasons. First, as I already mentioned, when I normally encounter a "splitter," it's a strong-nose and weak(er)-palate. This reverse-splitter is pretty rare, but it's honestly a welcome experience. I had this hovering in the high-80s after nosing but before tasting. The neat palate and finish pushes this into 90-point territory. The second noteworthy thing is that this is not improved with water, in my opinion. What really makes the experience is the power that comes in the mouth, and any dilution simply detracts from that. This is a worthy malt, even with the expectations that come with being a cask-strength, 20-yo Lagavulin bottled for the Feis Ile.

  63. Ed Radour scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

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

  64. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An odd note of coconut chicken soup on the nose, mixed with a little wasabi, wood shaving and smoked vanilla. Much richer on the palate, with caramelised apples, burnt sugar, sweet peat, before moving into a spicier finish of old leather, black pepper, prune jam on buttered burnt toast, and herbal smoke. Not harmonious but certainly entertaining.

  65. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  66. face scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      86 86

  67. PeatyBlinders scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Shy nose when opening the bottle but which reveals itself with a little water. Elegant peat that lets the fruit express itself. In the mouth it bites a little without water but the 20 years are fully expressed. It looks nice. Pure Laga.

  68. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  69. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  70. Mapl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  71. Seanzhang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  72. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  73. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  74. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  75. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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