Lagavulin 1995

Overall rating
88.42/100
votes
334
Whiskybase ID
WB2657
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
1995
Bottled
10.06.2008
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
European First Fill Sherry Oak Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8162CM000
Bottled for
Friends of Classic Malts
Added on
01 jul 2008 3:04 pm
Colored

Average value

€ 401.72

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 1995

54 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.42 points.

  1. MaroFF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very rich, fatty whisky. A lot of smoke and smoked meats, but also lemon balm with notes of fresh mint, create an amazing impression.
    In the aroma at the very end it gets sweet and wild strawberry. And that smoke with judge and mineral residues! I like it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      delicate, sweet, molasses, fresh mint, some phenol, greasy smoke with smoked bacon in the background, wild strawberry end
    • Taste
      90 90
      oily, heavily burnt charcoal, spicy, quite sweet, hot asphalt, pine needles, traces of mint and molasses.
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, pleasant, warming, delicate honey bitterness, smoked plums, mineral finish, sugar syrup with delicate lemon balm.

  2. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  5. ep11ripee scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    the second half of a sample about 10 months after opening: 22 22.5 22.5 22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  7. eselsim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well sherried and wood-forward Lagavulin akin to those old style ones
    • Nose
      Balanced sweet smoke and gentle raisins, salted dried fig
    • Taste
      Almondy, malt and wood are well balanced, nice soft grassy peat
    • Finish
      Peat intensifies, brings out those charcoal, burnt meat notes, milk chocolate, dry long finish

  8. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great Lag, a bit more interesting than standard 16 due to herbal influence
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense meaty mentol and vegetal medicinal-iodine peat, with smoked candy bacon note on the back
    • Taste
      90 90
      First - sweet brown sugar, but almost immediately intensely dry, medicinal-vegetal peat with a lot of herbs
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, meaty, with some herby peat and sweetness

  9. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. sarthur71 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Sandman23 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. Jonathan Kleß scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    I've come to like this quite a lot. The strength ended up working out pretty well.

    (From an old sample. Slighty below neck level after a hot summer in the cupboard.)
    • Nose
      Medium. Spicy, leafy smoke. Overaged cigar, light oloroso. Fresh cut orange and apple skins.
      While there is citrus juice providing lift, the whole is balanced by cracked leather, aswell as pronounced earthy notes. Moist forest floor.
      Given a bit of time in the glass I get more and more intense, cooling menthol and even a touch of aniseed.
    • Taste
      Oily, measured arrival, with cracked black pepper and a medium, clean smoke. Then opens up on rather a lot of bright sweetness.
      Buckets of candied citrus fruits and grilled pineapple. Very ripe peach. Does keep a good amount of the minerality, though it is pushed to the back.
    • Finish
      Medium. Juicy. Oranges and peaches. Cigar ashes, charred sausages, grape skins.

  13. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    soft, intense, grassy, woody peat, then wet and dried seaside herbs with the spray that goes with it.
    orange, tangerine and cooked grapes, sherry well in place, woody also after that feels
    velvety softness that emerges from the glass
    mouth:
    sweet, fruity, fairly fresh peat, then a little liquorice, a little spicy on white pepper, cream of fine almonds and malt, a little honey
    the peat is more animal, meaty and with dried herbs again, the spice is felt more under the tongue, a little bitterness is released.
    finally dark chocolate with a return of creamy, bacon and grassy peat.
    the fruits are on cooked orange and the candied zest in a little burnt, caramelized.
    finish:
    oily, fruity, even sweet peat, salted caramel, wood, liquorice, all that lasts at the bottom of the glass.
    • Nose
      6

  14. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      94 94
      Peat, licorice, and a steady revealing Islay with well appreciated cask notes. The sweet, yet revealing oak notes drive it home, for me. I'm not phased by the 48% ABV. I derive more out of this.
    • Finish
      91 91
      It continues to haunt with its phenolic, licorice, wood notes long enough to merit attention.

  15. VollePulle scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice Lagavulin. In the nose it promisses some fruits, which I did not find later on, but still enough nice flavours to really enjoy this one.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peatsmoke, ash, tobacco, as usual. But then: Prunes, and when it develops, lighter fruits come through: Citrus, oranges. And spicy, cinnamon, and some coffee even.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sal ammoniac at first, licorice. Sweet smoke, ash, honey, some pepper, pretty strong. The fruits from the nose seem to have disappeared, but the dram itself is very nice balanced and attractive still.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still some pepper, sweet smoke. Strong and full, pretty long, honey, and the coffee is back now, with some chocolate.

  17. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A great and very good Lagavulin ...
    • Nose
      distinct sherry flavors, only moderate smoke;
    • Taste
      full, spicy on, plenty of sherry, a slightly "earthy" note, mouth-filling, stimulating the mucus;
    • Finish
      long-lasting, harmonious, pleasant finish;

  18. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    From top to bottom, a great malt, very pleasant and pleasing, great combination of flavors, even if the sherry barrel does not appear too clearly in appearance
    • Nose
      Incredibly creamy, smoked fish, salty smoke, some chocolate, grated lemon zest, tobacco, totally oily and supple, pleasant
    • Taste
      also very creamy in the mouth, starts sweet, then comes ashy smoke, salt, mineral, greasy, some cinnamon, great drinking strength, the sherry cask comes through in the end a bit through
    • Finish
      The chocolate also resonates here, becoming a bit drier, oak, the smoke is still there but not too dominant, long-lasting and warming

  19. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hmmm
    I really liked it
    • Nose
      earthy, iodine, sweet, dirty, nut
    • Taste
      soft
      Iodine, sherry, smoke
    • Finish
      long, smoke

  20. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Slightly better than your usual Lagavulin 16 but not by much... quite weak for a 48%

  21. Rom scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose well peaty, ash, candied orange. Oily texture, a lot of ash, charcoal, iodine, a little caramel, the mouth is salty. Long salty finish with flavors of ashes and fish. Very spirit driven, difficult to detect the sherry cask.A straight and well done dram, enjoyable when we love peat. Thanks Tomy for the sample!

  22. tomy63 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    light amber color, very nice well typed nose Laga sherry, peat, iodine, algae, tobacco, ash, chocolate, orange, soy sauce, level Feis Island. Beautiful attack on the palate, light, fine, with a thick texture, on the aromas of the nose. In the end, the 48% are felt, it lacks a little punch. Finale of medium length, on ash, spices, chocolate, slight bitterness.

  23. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose: light, smooth and floral, malty, fleshy and peaty with leather, sherry and orange notes Taste: sweet, malty and peaty, salty with oranges, tangerines and algae, slightly floral and aromatic Finish: medium-long and dry, woody, smoky, malty , slightly gummy and bitter with salt liquorice, grapes, chocolate and burnt sugar

  24. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great sherried
    Lagavulin. Something that you don’t come by too often. The only downside is
    that the taste is perhaps a bit too bitter.
    • Nose
      Ooh! This is nice!
      Lots of sherry influences, mostly nuts (sweet almonds) and some winter spices
      (aniseed?). Quite dry. The warming sherry spices integrate beautifully with the
      distinctive Laga peat. I say distinctive, but actually this peat has a more
      burned/smoky feel than Lagavulin normally expresses, makes me think of a
      fireplace that just went out.
    • Taste
      A really dry mouth. Sucks
      the saliva right out your mouth. More spices (cinnamon?) emerge, again with the
      burned peat. And, I must say, something that really reminds me of sulpher.
      Makes the taste quite bitter. That’s a bit of a let down.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and dry.

  26. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  27. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  28. LordBellamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: first comes a massive wave with lots of peat, carried by a dark sweetness. The alcohol is perfectly integrated with 48%. On the second nose it becomes more subtle, fir honey, wild strawberries, maritime notes after sea spray and some seagrass. He looks incredibly fat and oily, has a lot of substance. Now still dried figs and plums show up. and he seems more and more complex with every minute of the air, rich: meaty, mint, sour cherry. The peat tends towards more smoky notes, becomes mineral, earthy, plus some bacon - wow! Taste: at first a dark sweetness carried by Olorososherry with plum jam and raisins, then a peat smoke wave flushes this first impression of the tongue, it becomes salty, in addition comes some liquorice. Very oily, because you have something to chew Finish: long and dry, the oak mixes in, very spicy but not bitter, licorice, plum and again the fir honey, in addition to the all-encompassing peat smoke, which reverberates with smoked notes for a long time. All in all, the finish can not compete with the nose and the taste. In my opinion, water does not need water, it is so well balanced in its strength. Conclusion: A dream of a Lagavulin, which is very different from the 16yo and the DE - 90 points!

  29. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  33. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweetish smoke; smoked ham; "fleshy" with sherynotes; Cinnamon / cloves; scorched driftwood
    • Taste
      full; sweet; Smoke with ham; fine game between sherry and smoke
    • Finish
      long and warm; glowing coals turn to ashes

  34. fileosoph scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  35. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    has everything Lagavulin except the omph - 48% is just a little weak

  36. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This one is very different to the Feis or DE bottlings. There is so much different smoke going along with the Lagavulin of 12 years of age. This one is for the peat-hearted.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Burned iron and bonfire smoke. Smoked meat. Minerals, earth, ashes and sherry.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Smoked meat. Minerals and earth again. Spices, salty.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke. Dark chocolate.

  37. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. steinrich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  40. barryfox915 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold-amber
    Nose: Light, floral, minty, meaty, smooth and peaty,
    with some leather, sherry and orange notes. Not as peaty as you might
    expect.
    Taste: Sweet, malty, peaty, slightly rubbery, quite salty, on
    orange, with some tangerine and seaweed. Lightly floral and fragrant. The finish
    is medium, dry, oaky, smoky, malty, slightly rubbery and bitter, with some
    salted liquorice, grapes, chocolate and burnt sugar.
    General Impression: A
    good Lagavulin, but not as peaty as you might expect, with a rather oaky and
    bitter-dry finish. Should be available for September, with reserve.
    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting8.html#29Apr08

     

  41. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's nice, but I like the profile of the 1995 Distillers Edition even better. That mineral touch is something that really distinguishes this one from other '95 Lagavulins in my opinion. 88/89.
    • Nose
      Toffee, peat, cherry, orange, plum, raisin, minerals and limestone.
    • Taste
      Peat, toffee, dark chocolate, orange, cherry, oak, minerals and soy sauce.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, orange, plum, cherry and minerals.

  42. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby and JJ

    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl
    • Nose
      earthy, nice sherry, pepper, briny and ashes
    • Taste
      smoke, pepper, some sweet sherry, some citrus and ashes
    • Finish
      drying with ashes, cookies and lemon 

  43. GLEN STOCK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Sonett scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Oily peat, smoke, sea spray, wet hay
    • Taste
      Dominant peat mixed with some woody notes, plum jam and sherry
    • Finish
      Rather long with peat and ash

  45. Furtia scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. I_SPEY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quote from Uncut
    "Smoky, salty and farmy nose, sweet as well, bit bitter, grapefruit, fairly complex, tasty peat in taste, citrus, tea and caramel, long finish on sweet peat."
    As if I wrote it myself!

  47. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      faint nose, some peat, some (old) wood, some spices, some leather, slight sherry, distant wet earth, grist, mussle-shells (86)
    • Taste
      smokey & sweet, slight sherry sweetness, also caramel/butterfudge, nice mix of spices (cardamom, cloves), pumpernickel, and a distant slightly cardboard-y note. (86)
    • Finish
      more peat, oily, leather, lemon, dried plums, a touch bitter towards the end, but that fits quite well here. (87)

  48. Lafroy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. Willie JJ scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Lovely stuff.
    • Nose
      Leather, kippers, beef jerky and berry fruits.Works beautifully with the peat smoke, toffee and splash of iodine.
    • Taste
      Fabulous, sweet delivery, fruits to the fore and fizzy with heaps of smoke. Sherbet Lagavulin. Yum.
    • Finish
      Kippery return with smoked peaches. Long and lingering. Yum again.

  50. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  51. Melvin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    solid all-day play, price / quality OK
    • Nose
      Smoke, burnt fruit, slightly alcoholic
    • Taste
      Sweet, smoky, some alcohol
    • Finish
      long, finally a slight bitterness

  52. Feusi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Medical notes with sweet peat smoke and salt for bringing me a Lagavullin uncharacteristic bitterness in the mouth.

  53. Timo scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Who loves the 16 year old, should not resort to this 12 year old. Iain McArthur himself calls Lagavulins under 14 years too young.
    • Nose
      The nose is medium. Bacon, peat, smoke.
    • Taste
      The taste is medium. Peaty, smoky, peppery, slightly sweet, soft.
    • Finish
      The finish is long. Charcoal, warm, soft, spicy, dry, much sweeter.

  54. SilentStill scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In direct comparison with the 16yo, this Lagavulin can be seen, but remains behind the standard, despite a few percent more easily.
    • Nose
      In contrast to the 16er standard recognizable younger and "wilder". Mild to medium peat smoke notes, slightly moist soil and also sweetish undertones as well as traces of ham.
    • Taste
      Nice drinking strength, good symbiosis of sweet notes and dry peat smoke flavors. Overall but not overly varied and not very mature.
    • Finish
      Well in length, but not revealing anything new.

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