Lagavulin 1991

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2012
Stated Age
21 years old
1st Fill Ex-Sherry European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
52.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
06 Sep 2012 1:06 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1505.73

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1991

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.68 points

  1. penumbra scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The wine is also a medicine, and the good drink can be poured. This is really like medicine, ginseng and saponin are skin; peat, ash, and dried flowers are bones; fruits and preserves are gods. The peat notes that point to the end are like the smoke of the late autumn in the North, clean and warm without being aggressive, leaving an ensemble stage for cloves, cinnamon, ginseng and milk. The base color of the sweet fruit brought by the Shirley barrel and the slightly ham-flavored flavor make people want to believe that he has become a calm water from a non-stick hairy guy.
    • Taste
      The entrance is the ripe fruit of too much toffee, ore, tanned leather and slightly tannins. The combination of oak and peat is like the classic Lagavulin. As the sweetness decreases, the flavors of black and saponin slowly emerge, and finally spices, tobacco, tar, and pepper.

      The deeper flavor wheel discards the lighter flavors of various floral and milk foams in the smell of the scent. The oak and peat form the main color, and the majestic flavor makes it easy for the drinker to inter-textually serve the wine. The body is also at its peak.
    • Finish
      Longer, will endless fireworks, licorice, vanilla, deep-baked Mandheling, cocoa powder.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Lovely and elegant. This doesn't kick butt but sometimes, you don't want your butt kicked. 93 points. 
    • Nose
      Subtle sherry and subtle peat, with fruits hidden underneath. There is also distinct candied ginger note after a few minutes in the glass. This is certainly not one of those that will make you say wow right away, but you know you will very well enjoy the heck out of it. 
    • Taste
      Classic Lagavulin, in the same vein as the regular 16, but dialed up a bit -- an older, more elegant sherry backed up by some lovely oak, with perfect peat in the foreground and background. Lovely. Adding a few drops of water bring out some pepperiness, but also more freshness and perhaps a bit more fruits. 
    • Finish
      It's 52% ABV but certainly doesn't feel like it. Drinks around 48%. Adequate finish. 

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/diageo-releases-2012-port-ellen-12th-annual-release-lagavulin-21-1991-25977/ Color: Old Gold

    Nose: savory spice of salt, black pepper, Thai
    Curry and cardamom combined with dried lemon and something
    Orange. Toasted almonds, nuts and tarnotes with lots of smoke.

    Taste: Suesser entry. A combination of
    oriental spices, local herbs,
    Dried fruit, gingerbread, dark chocolate, tobacco, tar,
    Smoke, peat and charred (toasted) oak.

    Finish: Long, straightforward, clean. With above already mentioned aromas in the highest quality.

    Note: Absolutely straightforward in nose, taste and finish. Without any false sound!

    93 points (nose: 93 / taste: 93 / finish: 93)

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    Very balanced and drinkable but lacking a bit of fruitiness - to be honest you can have a comparable Lagavulin also for a much lower price
    • Nose
      Smoked ham and bacon, sherry wood, nutty, salty, whiffs of iodine - very good
    • Taste
      Punchy, fine peat and smoke, woody, little sea weed

      With water: just little fruity
    • Finish
      Medium long and warm

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 92 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 92,5.  I
    took no detailed notes.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  7. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin from ex-sherry casks rarely disappoints, and this new 21yo really is special. A perfect blend of smoke and sweetness on the nose, revealing additional layers of complexity with a drop of water. Some wonderful vanilla and tropical fruit mingles with iodine and salty sea air. Lots of leather and smoke on the palate, delivering solid islay characteristics. Very powerful finish that lingers long in the memory. Expensive, but definitely superior to the (wonderful) Distiller`s Edition. One for a special occasion (I`m glad that I bought a sample alongside the full bottle so I could try it straight away!). 
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 21 Year Old:
    Only the second 21 year

    old ever bottled by the original distillers. Vatted from first fill ex-sherry

    European Oak casks each at least 21 years old, filled in 1991. Limited to 2772

    bottles and bottled at a cask strength of 52% ABV. RRP £350



  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Astrid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Due to the storage time of 21 years, the malt is very soft and round, despite the high alcohol content it is not punchy. Compared to the 16-year-old standard from this time, however, it is less multifaceted.
    • Nose
      90 90
      tender smoke and ashes rise from the glass, enriched with sherry and raisins, black-smoked ham and peppers, caramel, pepper and vanilla, honey and ricola, salt, orange syrup, some oak and cinnamon, slightly earthy with asphalt
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smoke and ash, pepper, earth and asphalt, sherry, oak wood with sandalwood and gentle spices, caramel and honey, salt, hazelnut, cocoa powder, smoked ham, vanilla, orange, marzipan, tobacco
    • Finish
      89 89
      lots of dry ash and smoked wood, earthy cocoa, sherry and dried dates, molasses, tobacco and vanilla, cinnamon, hints of smoked ham and caramel


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