Overall rating
89.56/100
votes
150
Whiskybase ID
WB191578
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Manzanilla Sherry Butt Finish for 24 Months
Number of bottles
419
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Market
de Germany
Added on
11 sep 2021 11:35 pm by RaggaeShark
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.00

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150 × member ratings

324 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Islay South Coast 21-year-old BW

30 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.56 points.

  1. kringo86 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Quite shy on the nose at the beginning, but then a beauty in the mouth. Very oily, slightly smoky and the sherry well integrated - top bottling!

  2. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately brings much too little for the key data and the money. The nose is still very nice, but the taste is one-dimensional (maximum sweet + ashtray). I expect more
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin Session

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/124498/lagavulin-09-year-old-house-lannister
    84+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/140080/lagavulin-12-year-old
    89+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/132355/lagavulin-2008
    88+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/75648/lagavulin-islay-jazz-festival-2015
    90-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/191578/islay-south-coast-21-year-old-bw
    89-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12/lagavulin-25-year-old
    94+
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Overall restrained but pleasantly complex. I would say the long maturation ensures exactly that. Balanced, not intrusive but with depth. I would exclude Ardbeg and Laphi at that age. So it should then be Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very light peat slowly crawls out of the glass. Then there is slightly simmering bacon that sizzles on low heat. It becomes medicinal. Then there is vanilla and peanuts.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A campfire is crackling. A certain pepper sharpness spreads. Herbs burn over peat. There is mussel soup.
    • Finish
      87 87
      It ends with nuts and a clear sweetness. Lemon is squeezed over the mussels. The fire is slowly fading. After more than an hour in the glass, pancakes are surprisingly added.

  5. oleg.wx scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Good, interesting, and pretty much tasty stuff, whisky changes in a glass all the time, however something strange and unpleasant is present all the way, either moldy cheese, or a damp and wet rags, or rotten fruits, a little bit of unpleasant perfume. Those tones fades with time, but it still remains in the aftertaste... There is not much peat after aeration, but it is noticeable. Pretty oaky. Age is not so obvious, apparently "finish influence"... Yup label somehow emphasizes the profile...
    Unfortunately i got only one sample, bottle can bring a lot more emotions.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fruits, rot dark fruits (become less noticeable over time), fresh light fruits, lemon zest, menthol, some kind of wet basement, ashes, air after rain, spices, sweets, perfume. Peat is pretty delicate, smoke and ash quickly fade into the background, but the peat trace still remains. It is difficult to describe everything that is happening, but it is very interesting, despite something kind of unpleasant (like mold) appear time to time
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet. Fruits, fresh and baked, something rotten, ash, oak tannins, smoke trace, chocolate, a little bit of perfume or even soap...
    • Finish
      88 88
      Fruits, spices, ash, blue cheese, tannin bitterness, sourness, long

  6. larswehmeier scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Perfectly mature Lagavulin. Amazingly strong smoke for old age. Hearty and spicy with great residual sweetness at the same time. Very nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      Black Forest smoked ham. Black Bread, Teriyaki Sauce, Pea Soup, Sweet Malt
    • Taste
      Clear grill aroma, a bit tart, salty, nice residual sweetness on the palate
    • Finish
      dark chocolate, mild, long smoky.

  7. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This whisky has everything that Lagavulin is so loved for: fatty, oily tones, smoke, sweetness, smoked dried fruits.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Bold, warm oily tones. It can be either an animal, for example, fatty smoked mackerel, or used motor oil. This is a warm smoke from factory work and from a noble pipe that your bearded neighbor smokes. Smoked prunes and raisins, salt, autumn forest, when fallen leaves slowly turn into humus, sharpness of varnish, dryness.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste for me lost a little in the density of colors, but retained the profile: sweet tones of dried fruits, oiliness, peat, coal dust on the teeth.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet, fatty, with technical tones of medium duration, with a residue of technical oils.

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Old Lagavulins have become rare. That's why I was very interested, but blindly didn't dare to buy a large bottle. I have to say this, fortunately. Not that I don't like the malt at all, but I liked some other, younger and much cheaper Lagavulins from Marco's ADOS series much better. This is of course always subjective. To me, the malt doesn't seem fully 21 years "mature". I can still make friends best with the nosing.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Alcohol integrated very nicely, distillery and cask character to identify. Also goes well together, harmoniously. Relatively dominant Lagavulin Peat for its age. The 19 years before the finish presumably didn't work particularly subtractively here.
    • Taste
      84 84
      This is confirmed on the palate. The malt presents itself relatively rough. Islay typically salty, a bit dry, unfortunately less complexity here. Already quite drinkable, but it falls behind the nose and expectations.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Salt remains, a little ash and even less grapefruit. Too one-dimensional for me here, albeit strong and long

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite young in terms of sensations, but already established whisky, dense, rich, not very wide palette, not enough depth, but overall not bad, no failures, drinkable, pleasant.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, salty-mineral notes, frying fat, floral-herbal shades, lemon peel, a little salty bacon with garlic, light peat tones.
    • Taste
      Dense, woody-mineral, salty notes, ash, slightly smoky peat notes, lemon peel, floral-herbal tones, sweet candy notes, fruity motifs.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, woody-mineral tones, salty and ash-metallic tones, floral-herbal motifs, lots of syrupy sweetness.

  10. Anthaeus scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Emergency brakes at 180 km / h - rubber in the nose, burned tires, clutch ... this whisky tastes like the above event smells ... a mystery to me why it has so many fans ...

  11. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  13. riegerjonas scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    2021-12-30: A dream - I could sniff it forever
    • Nose
      94 94
      Nutty, smoky, brittle, spicy, iodine, salty, maritime sea air, behind it slightly fruity like mango, but also raspberries, very slightly still sweet banana
    • Taste
      93 93
      tart and spicy, and not very smoky, sweet, barbecue, campfire, raspberries
    • Finish
      92 92
      pleasant and long, one wishes it would never end

  14. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  15. fradin11 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. glen efze scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A Dream of Scotland - the whiskys from Marco Bonn and the Brühler Whiskyhaus are sure to split. There are the squeaky sweet bottlings from Speyside, which are sometimes annoying. There is the pathetic hype about bottlings that are sold out within a few minutes - and the following rants about pinball machines, etc. And then there is the Islay bottlings ...
    South Islay is called Lagavulin by Marco Bonn. And for everyone who doubts it, the zombie lady on the label's facial features slip away - her brooch is clearly legible. This 21 year old Islay whisky was finished in Manzanilla Butt for two years. This is a dry type of sherry that contrasts with Marco's sweet side.

    Oh, just this smoke ... You don't even have to drink this whisky. You’re glad to be able to sniff these aromas. This is Islay, this is Lagavulin, it has nothing to do with the standard bottlings. The smoke is elegant, it is stately, fits the fireplace in a mansion on the island, in which the gentlemen and ladies sit, in decent clothes and with peat slabs on their boots. And yes, the lady of the house is already up to date - but who cares when the wind roars outside and the spray blows against the window?

    The whisky is carried by the smoke, how could it be otherwise? But even after 21 years it is still stable, strong and ashy. This is a fire that has retained its strength over the years, that has stayed in the fireplace and has not missed the armchairs and the table. But it also burned up the remains of salty algae under the peat to ash. All the caramel, all the herbs and flowers have long been charred, the whisky is dry but not bitter.
    And the alcohol? Which alcohol? Sure, whisky must have 40%, it will already have ... No, the 51.6% vol. are wonderfully integrated, maybe you could add water - but why?

    Finish? With this whisky one hopes that it never ends ... The maritime-ashy smoky note sticks in the mouth, it is pointless to drink another whisky afterwards and it would be a sacrilege to brush your teeth afterwards. Look at the label, you whisky zombies!

    Sure, that's A Dream of Scotland. For the price of the sample, you can certainly get a good bottle of whisky. But I don't want to think about it now. What we have left is decay. Let's hope it's as awesome as this whisky!

    www.glen-efze.de

  18. jazzvilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  19. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good, but a little frustrating because we feel that it does not give its full potential.
    To taste again when the bottle has a little more breathing.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Light peat, but oily.
      A little lemon, bergamot.
      Graphite, pencil lead, mixed with a light melted plastic.
      Not that complex but well balanced.
      I am told in the headset that the ventilation did him a lot of good and that it was more difficult to open a few weeks ago.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth we start with harlequin candy and sugar. It's a bit rude.
      The peat is oily, with a good dose of pencil lead.
      A little something is missing.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish on graphite, lemon candy. A fatty and herbaceous peat.
      A bit monolithic.

  20. wijke010 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    very tasteful

  21. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Noble smoky note, carried by light red fruits (such as raspberries), which should certainly come from the Lagavulin house.
    Smoke, light red fruits, subtle sweetness and set mineral notes merge in the mouth. The finish convinces with ash smokiness and accompanying fruit sweetness.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. Jour.Ray scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  24. robse211 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  25. dominikbraun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      After about 5 minutes in the glass, the whisky opens up more and more. First, light, multi-faceted smoke emerges, which fluctuates between a classic campfire and extinguished firewood. There are also clear maritime notes with fresh sea air, iodized salt and a little ginger.

      The manzanilla barrel with sun-dried citrus fruits only becomes noticeable relatively late. The balance between smoke, maritime notes and fruit is extremely good. The firewood, together with the citrus fruits, forms a typically fruity-tart mixture that is partly reminiscent of chocolate and fruit tobacco.

      Everything looks very balanced, dignified and mature - and yet there is a lot of power and liveliness in the aroma.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very oily, again smoky and now noticeably more fruity than in the aroma. Light wood, campfire, jam, plums, nectarines, forest honey, berries, pleasant spices and subtle herbs - an outstanding interplay!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Oak spice and wood, smoke, some peach, more jam, slightly dry, long and round.

  26. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Hmm very good, harmonious smoker.
    Nice nose, set key, matching finish.
    I see the same classes as the Volxwhisky and would like to try the two at the same time.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Swirling smoke. Sometimes cold, almost ashy, sometimes warm.
      Behind it smoked sea bream, sweet fruits, orange juice.
      Pushes very hard out of the glass. Citrus notes emerge, a bit of fresh rosemary. Also lies nicely in the glass: Thin legs only loosen late, run back into the glass very slowly and leave beautiful windows behind. A smoked ham note now wafts from the glass and reminds one of 12 CS.
    • Taste
      89 89
      For me, the alcohol content is perfectly interwoven with age and barrel influence. Nice oily mouthfeel and quite stimulating for saliva. Salty and sweet, salted caramel, a bit of red berries, barrel spice, dark gravy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoked ham, barrel seasoning, sweet berries, slightly salty.
      Long finish that remains nice and fruity and never dry.

  27. MaltRogers scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    After giving the Dram some time in the glass, the nose reveals just a touch of subtle smoke, which hides itself behind some wonderful light fruit aromas, where the Madeira cask clearly left its footprint. The mouth again reveals some tingling citrus fruitiness before the typical Lagavulin character strikes, which reminds me of the good old smoked ham Lagavulin bottlings. The finish continues the journey with the light citrus fruits and a long lasting portion of smoke, which sticks to the tongue paired with a nice sweet flavor. Not much to complain and as it was formerly said, this is more the gentleman or better to say the very gentle woman from the label, than an offensive in-your-face-flavor.

  28. rampah scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    According to some hints, this is Lagavulin.

    Tasted this head to head with the Feis Ile Lagavulin 20yo from 2020.

    Qualitywise those two bottlings are on the same level for me:
    This one here is more rounded, sweeter and quaffable, while still having a clear Islay profile.
    The OB 20yo has more depth and power, but isn't that well rounded.

    Overall a stunning release and I believe this is my favourite bottling from Brühl so far.

  29. RaggaeShark scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    *inhales deeply to enjoy the full bouquet of aromas from my own flatulence*
    How does anybody dare to rate this stale horse urine higher than 80? This doesn't even come close to the legendary Lagavulins from the 50s and 60s that I tried at all the fairs and meets that you cockroaches didn't even know existed.
    I wouldn't even wash my dishes with this plebeian beverage. And it's still available. Yuck.
    Before presenting to you an unreadable wall of text including all the other great bottles I have tried that have nothing to do with this whisky, let me first address the distillery management and the CEO of Diageo directly, whom I'm sure are hanging on my every word.
    I'd like to give them my long-yearned-for approval of the great work they did 50 years ago with the all good bottlings that you poor lowlifes will never lay your grimy fingers on.
    Of course I will never let you taste any of my old bottles (that I'll secretly end up selling) but I still expect you to have the same frame of reference as me, someone who has been a devout semi-professional whisky snob for several decades.
    If you don't, don't even think about rating a whisky here! Your insignificant opinions are polluting this database.
    *inhales again*

    On a side note:
    This whisky is great and it blew the ridiculously priced 21 y.o. Lagavulin SR WB35109 out of the water. 91 pts from me, but I'm just a guy who enjoys a dram from time to time.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. svenske2015 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bottler's notes:

    "The South Islay 21 Years - Manzanilla Sherry Cask Finish reveals light fruit notes, marigolds, ripe oranges, a beautiful nose of old oak, Christmas cookies with almonds, honey and sultanas that set the pace. Only in the second nose reveals itself a nice campfire smoke note that combines with sweetly marinated meat.

    On the palate, the South Islay is characterized by oak wood, a fine smoky note, a slightly salty, bitter sherry note of manzanilla and again oily, complex notes of light fruits, honey and Christmas cookies. The orange comes through, but your friend brought grapefruit with her.

    A powerful and at the same time elegant Islay whisky that is looking for its equal. "

  31. 3_243F6 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    South Islay, and if you look closely at the label, you see '1816'. Ardbeg and Laphroaig were established in 1815, Lagavulin 1816.

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