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Lagavulin 2005

Overall rating
87.19/100
votes
96
Whiskybase ID
WB166554
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
2005
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Casknumber
lgv.4/509
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281062648
Added on
30 Sep 2020 10:27 pm by 11insomnium
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 92.50

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 2005

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.19 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. obst scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    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

  5. Apikalov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. YD84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  7. leeho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. robse211 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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

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