Lagavulin 1988 Sa

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Samaroli (Sa)
Bottling serie
Natural Strength
Number of bottles
56.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 may 2012 12:27 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 3420.13

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32 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 1988 Sa

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.00 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Very powerful and complex - definitely water needed - fantastic!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Seabreeze, salty, iodine, truck loads of smoked ham and bacon, whiffs of vanilla, bananas, little citric, dry way, cigar tobacco, bonfire, also some seaweed and smoked fish, band-aid - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very punchy, creamy, little sweetness, more salt, lemons, smoked fish and seashells, also a bit meaty, cold cigar ashes, charcoal, lots of peat, herbal notes - excellent!
      With water: more fruitiness and sweetness
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, burning, zesty, spicy, herbal - water recommended

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Maritime citrusy herbal nice peppery peat very drinkable

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Soft on the nose, but at the same time also with a certain sharpness of lemon and lime slices in salty breading. The peat content is enormous and the farmy notes of cowshed and hay greet each other. Vanilla in perfect form with green-yellow fruit flavors of mirabelle plums, yellow apples and some marzipan.
    Soft, salty, spicy and ultra spicy, then peat, peat, peat - the phenols roll over! The yellow fruit announced in the nose unfolds here sensationally with mirabelles, yellow apples, limes and soft lemon. Now, vanilla, toffee and delicious cereal notes - and this taste experience is done!
    Very long - peaty, smoky and still provided with a powerful phenol content. Leather, grains and malt notes with vanilla, cream, white chocolate and the lingering fruit notes of lime and apple.
    Definitely no comparison to current bottlings of this age !!!
    93 points
    N: 92P / G: 94P / F: 93P

  4. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Lagavulin Bicentenary" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95.  I took no detailed notes.

  6. helmutgw scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    oily, nose dull - closed G: more smoke than fruit, first warm then sharp, finish long but reserved, + H2O: becomes sweeter, Departure astringent - dry! + H2O: finish even drier, definitely not a flatterer
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. fileosoph scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      97 97


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