Lagavulin 2005

Overall rating
87.42/100
votes
211
Whiskybase ID
WB166554
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
2005
Bottled
04.11.2020
Casktype
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Casknumber
lgv.4/509
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0309CM007 00009472
Barcode
5000281062648
Added on
30 sep 2020 10:27 pm by 11insomnium
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 144.23

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 2005

41 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.42 points.

  1. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  2. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Still a very high quality dram, but it lacks the depth of previous years, with the finish particularly short, and rather flat. Quality down and price up…seems to be the story of the modern whisky world. Not the absolute “must buy” that it used to be for me.

  3. professor_vsop scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Gloin did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The smell is intense, harmonious and stimulating. Immediately the desire is awakened to try,
    The taste is nice, but you would like it to be a little heavier.
    This wish is fulfilled in the finish, which is intense and long and very pleasant.
    The Laga DE has lost little of its magic. When it comes to taste, you want a 46-48% version. A rock solid whisky and still a reference for a smoky single malt. Still worth buying for less than 100 euros. It shouldn't be more expensive.
    • Nose
      Fruity and smoky, peach, orange, yellow apple, barbecue, with a hint of grass behind it
    • Taste
      Light body and gentle attack, juicy, smoky but less than expected, peach, apple, a touch of bitterness, a bit spicy, beer
    • Finish
      Warm, pleasant, gentle smoke, spicy, again barbecue and beer, fruity, very long

  5. TimkoT scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ...a delicate, very pleasant and wonderfully complex malt - the smoke flavors are rather soft and light this year - I still see it as a great malt!
    • Nose
      88 88
      very light smoke, clearly wood, malt (sweetness), dried fruit, spices;
    • Taste
      89 89
      a gentle, creamy, oily start, sweetness, raisins, sherry, wood, spices, dark chocolate, light peat smoke - beautifully delicate, complex;
    • Finish
      89 89
      a long sweet finish, dark chocolate, light spice, gentle smoke aromas;

  8. Chris_V_Swan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    For me personally it's not the right thing, but I have to acknowledge its quality.
    If you like southern Islay peat, this is the place for you.
    That paired with a great finish!
    Very well done.
    • Nose
      Smoke, raisin, wood and fruit.
      A multi-layered nose.
      You have to like peaty smoke
    • Taste
      Smoky-peaty paired with the sweetness of the PX cask.
      It's fascinating how these two directions harmonize.
      Below is a pleasant oak foundation.
    • Finish
      Long,
      everything will continue.
      The smoke lingers on the palate for a very long time.

  9. checkpointrk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another great classic Lag. For every day
    • Nose
      87 87
      Medical, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, milk chocolate, meat glaze
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong medicinal herbal peat, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, coal ash, mentol
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, sweet, sticky herbal peat, raisins and meat glaze

  11. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    S 9
    A rather peated one compared to Laphroaig sherry oak, given the age, my guess is the PX finish is shorter than 3 years / the blend portion is less than 30%. But overall way smoother and complex given such a level of peat.

    N 27
    Earthy peat smoke
    Iodine
    raspberry dark chocolate
    Coastal aroma, seaweed saltiness
    Mild oak spice accompanying the fruitiness

    P 26
    Smooth, creamy and sweet, almost like a fortified wine
    Bonfire all along
    Continue being oaky and spice gradually picking up the pace

    F 26
    Mid-long finish
    Baking spice
    Sweet smoke lingering

  12. JohnnyTheSmoker scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Basically a good whisky! Is it worth the money? No Sadly not anymore"! In my nose I had the well-known Laga DE notes: Maritime, smoke, cold smoke, bacon, ham, some charred gum, raisins, Christmas cake, salty (mackerel?), Chocolate, herbs! There is not much in the mouth, which is probably due to the weak 43% in combination with the increasingly weaker barrels. The flavors and nuances just seem to be pressed on, unfortunately there is a short and flat finish at the end

  13. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Initially sweet peat smoke. Later a rather "fat" peated nose. Ashes and smoke from fresh embers mix. Kilchoman? Not sure. Caol Ila? Is there just enough bacon after all? I wonder. Actually I think so. (88p).
    TASTE: The arrival is slightly sweet and ashy. Reminds me of good black overbrewed tea with one teaspoon too much sugar in it. On the mid palate more strong, overbrewed black tea with sugar, wood tannins (not very peppery). Apricot flavoured iced black tea. Anyway, it's nice. (89-90p).
    FINISH: Like the finish of a cup of strong, overbrewed tea with sugar. Except better. Medium long. (88-89p).
    OVERALL: Quite a delight. On the nose rather Caol Ila, on the palate rather Kilchoman. Total score 89 points.

  15. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Sporx scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Raisin sweetness, not that much smoke, dark fruit sweetness, raisins, tobacco, spicy, greasy

    taste
    Full, raisins, sweet, plums, greasy, some wood spice, nice smoke, salty, some coffee

    finish
    long. fruity, oak flavor

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Pretty good for sure and the price is ok, not outstanding or anything but a good solid whisky .
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. CRuphoff scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    One of, if not the best, Islay.

  19. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Satisfying

    Sorry, but can anyone explain to me how this can be a 16 years old Lagavulin? Even if this was distilled on the 1st of January 2005 and bottled on the 31st of 2020 – which is not the case, to be absolutely clear – this will still not reached the age of its classic counterpart. This might have something to do with the popularity of Lagavulin, which means that the distillery often is confronted with shortages of malt. Was the distillery silenced in 2004? I don't think so. Whatever may be the case this ‘Aristocrat of Islay’ got a second maturation on PX sherry casks and I am happy to put it head-to-head with the release from 2019, which was in fact distilled in 2003 and so did reach the age of 16 years.

    Delicious nose on seaweeds, wet papers, earth, eucalyptus and red fruit. Chocolate with raisins. Soft peat smoke. The difference with the edition from last year is significant! But it is definitely no less good, don't get me wrong.

    On the palate as well it is less sweet and more classic on apples, raisins and figs that are wrapped by a grand peatsmoke, lots of cold ashes and tobacco leaves. And yes, it is quite excellent indeed.

    The finish is medium long, spicy and sweet with a wonderful maritime twist at the death.

    Why plunder your bank account for this or that special release when this is available for only €80 and is so satisfying? Oh my, look at that: it's my 35th Lagavulin already!

  20. ForestMan scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Magnificent dram!

  21. peej84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  22. peej84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  23. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2020, 43%. Aroma is oak, apple, faintly medicinal, light caramel and vanilla. Taste is rounded, punchy smoke, peat smoke takes front stage, burnt wood, bready,some slight apple. A little muddled. The smoke is quite nice but there's no complexity behind it and only limited interest. One of the least good Distillers Editions for me over the last few years. 3.5/84

  24. Apikalov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2021] The Lagavulin DE was always one of my favourite standard drams even if the quality slipped a little through the last years (most probably because all casks for the standard Lagavulin releases mature on the mainland and no longer on Islay since the turn of the millennium). Nonetheless, a new DE release is always worth a try (I am a little late, I know)...

    ...and still this is a very quaffable dram. The nose offers a little too much (virgin?) oak notes (according to my olfactory cells, only) but luckily this did not continue in the taste and during the finish. So I simply skip nosing and go straight for the pleasure.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is russetmuscat but this information is useless because Diageo uses caramel on almost all standard releases to adjust the colour (they have to state this on all bottles imported to Germany and it is stated on this bottle too). The nose offers the trademark fat Lagavulin profile with significant wooden notes, if my memory serves me well this is much more wood than in previous batches. Do they use some virgin oak casks on the DE now? It smells this way and I do not like it. But this is the whisky zeitgeist which came out of the "whisky-bubble-bottle" about 15 years ago. Still this is a nice nose, but it used to be much better.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste offers the traditional DE trinity of malt, wine and wood in a balanced setting. Compared to the nose the wood is absolutely okay in this setting without trying to dominate (which was the case in the nose). This is the Lagavulin DE profile as I like it even if it is a little less complex than older versions. Still very quaffable and without any flaw.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying moment from heavy peat (not tannins) which is absolutely fine. The finish is long and adds some dark chocolatey impressions and roasted coffee beans towards the end. No bitter-astringent moments here and the wood stays calm, as it should be. Water is not needed - it just flattens the dram.

  26. YD84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  27. leeho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  28. robse211 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  29. riegerjonas scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-24: in comparison, the 16 rumbles over the tongue
    • Nose
      90 90
      a little softer, more balanced, a little more sweet than the 16, gooseberry, yellow-fruity, mossy, pear, acidity, floral
    • Taste
      92 92
      significantly sweeter (PX influence noticeable), cocoa
    • Finish
      91 91
      long after dark chocolate

  30. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A Lagavulin DE .... As always with the typical Lagavulin DNA, but in my opinion much creamier and sweeter compared to the normal 16er. I haven't had a Lagavulin or Lagaulin DE in my glass for a long time, but I imagine that the 2020 DE has smokier and more burnt wood tones than its predecessors ... All in all, as always, tasty and extremely drinkable!

    22/22/22/22 (88P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber shimmers in my Premium Snifter, and slightly smoky peat is noticeable from afar. Hints of burnt wood, wet and earthy peat with sweet dried fruits, zest from oranges and minimal abrasion from old lemon peel, in the background there is a fresh note of menthol and citrus. Wonderfully gentle smoke wafts through the nose, followed by fresh herbs and roasted hazelnuts, hints of semi-dark chocolate, here and there you can see burnt caramel. Slightly malty and nuances of wet grain ...
    • Taste
      The first sip flows gently and creamy over the tongue. Peat smoke, sweet raisins, juicy oranges and zest of citrus fruits spread warming on the palate, slowly emerging spiciness envelops the tongue, slightly salty, burnt wood tones and wet peat come into their own. Once again there is a fresh note of menthol or herbs in the background and refreshes the palate.
    • Finish
      For minutes, gentle peat smoke has stuck warming to the palate, hints of burnt wood play with sweet dried fruits and juicy oranges. Fresh herbs come into their own again, my saliva is slowly stimulated. A mixture of brine and wet tobacco leaves emerges, hazelnuts rest on the palate, caramel and chocolate merge with peat and smoke. With a refreshing herbal note, the aftertaste gradually fades ...

  31. obst scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    I've been trying the Lagavulin Distillers Edition for a long time. The Islay / Sherry combination is well received. This whisky couldn't quite meet the ratings of the past few years, but is still a great product.
    • Nose
      89 89
      medicinal, smoke, wood, sweet, apricot, malt
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pepper, smoke, seaweed, slightly bitter wood, subtle sherry sweetness
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, medical

  32. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  33. RandyAndy17 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    rauchig

  34. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. whiskytornado scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Bright, energetic and even slightly aggressive smoky whisky.
    • Nose
      Bright, smoky through and through, with hints of dried berries and dried herbs. Deeper - lard, barnyard, spices.
    • Taste
      Astringent, very smoky, salty, peppery, with a bright malt bitterness and raisin sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, smoked, dry and at the same time fatty, oily, with a burnt bread flavor, strong coffee and a sherry note, somewhere at the very end of the aftertaste.

  37. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22-21,5-21-21,5

  38. Rand0mWalker scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    The ideal balance of smoke, sweetness and sharpness, beautiful oily texture.

  39. Rand0mWalker scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    The ideal balance of smoke, sweetness and sharpness, beautiful oily texture.

  40. Koning scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This distillers edition really delivers. It's (almost) on the same high level as the 2015 edition I compared it to. The vintage of that edition was 1999, so it's 16 years old : the regular 16 years old plus 3 to 6 months additional maturation in PX-casks according to Diageo. This one however only matured from 2005 to 2020, did they shorten the cask time for the DE by a year by skipping the 2004 vintage?
    • Nose
      87 87
      Relatively mildly peated, with sweet notes of raisins, chocolate and vanilla. It's a bit flowery too, and contrasting notes of wet newspaper and eucalyptus. The nose is a bit closed at first and requires some effort compared to other Lagavulins I tasted in the same session.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Heavier and medicinal peat followed by sweet apples, raisins, figs and bit of vanilla. It has a nice mineral touch, a menthol-like freshness and even some tobacco. Very nice, although it becomes a bit tart after a while.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Roling waves of peat accompanied by a warm spiciness and treacle-like sweetness. Maritime/salty notes give it even more depth.

  41. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  42. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The last one I bought of this expression was the version from five years ago. This one has a much sweeter cask influence.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, gingerbread, blueberry and orange.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peat, blueberry jam, gingerbread and spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat, gingerbread and blueberry.

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