Lagavulin 1991

Overall rating
91.67/100
votes
288
Whiskybase ID
WB35109
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2012
Vintage
1991
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Sherry European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
2772
Strength
52.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
06 sep 2012 1:06 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2032.11

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462 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 1991

48 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.67 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I would describe the nose as composed, gentlemanly, not in your face etc, basically very good.
    A gentle peat on the nose, nothing like the best versions of the 16 year that in comparison are brutal, but in a good way.
    The palate has more of the regular peat and pepper that Lagavulin is known for just not what I like to refer to a kipper juice of the best 16 year.
    White fruits, stone fruits, slight menthol note, very faint mint leaves, lime skins (maybe), the balance is good, the peat does not overshadow the fruit, which I like.
    The finish is very easy indeed, but not very long.
    With water
    The nose is actually a little better now and the palate has more fruit but then a big spice kick and the finish is longer, so my advice is keep adding tiny drops of water as the sweet spot on this is very good.
    A restrained Lagavulin that translates into a very fine malt indeed.
    Excellent on so many levels, great flavours.
    I think this is much better than the last time I tasted this about 5 years ago, this is from a different bottle to then.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Ed Radour scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. hyc scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 92
    taste--------------------92
    End rhyme--------------------91

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Lagavulin. Complex, expressive, which brings its share of emotion.

    93.5
    • Nose
      94 94
      Superb nose, with enormous concentration and a personality that shouts "LAGA".
      The peat is present, chiseled, on the charcoal, the grison, the bacon that cooks on the barbecue. But it's not overwhelming at all.
      We have hay, a little stable, aromas of horse saddle leather.
      We also have a very pretty tarte tatin, caramelized, with pear wrapped in rose leaves. Small almond cookie.
      Then a dusty, precious woody, old furniture type, with cinnamon, milk chocolate.
      We finish with a big camphoric note, fresh, which balances all the aromas.
      Superb complexity.
    • Taste
      94 94
      In the mouth, we start with a much more saline peat, on the spray. It's creamy, with a bit of ash.
      The hay is still there, cleaner.
      When it comes to fruit, we look a lot more at citrus, even if the pear is still there. Lemon, bergamot, orange, all three in juice and zest.
      The sherry is more indented than on the nose, with cloves, pepper and a millimeter oak.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish is endless, on a creamy, saline, herbaceous and camphoric peat. We have spray, lemon zest, graphite, milk chocolate and a nice camphor freshness.

  6. TsiAI scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Smell of fragrance: It is a magnificent smell of fragrance. Laga's wine always gives people a sense of integrity. The beginning is smoked, herbs and ginseng tea float on the surface, followed by peat and ashes as the second layer, and in the depths are melon ham, sweet and sour candied fruit, and fruit as the core. Soup of leather, cloves, elderberry and Chinese medicine. Wake up, red berries, red grapes, loquat paste, honey roasted pears. The peat is always shrouded like smoke, which can only be sensed but cannot be touched. 93/100
    Taste: refreshing of honeydew melon and cucumber, honey citrus, sweet and rich fruit candy, very mature. Ores, leather, male cloves, laurel and other spices, black chocolate. Tar-like peat, a combination of oak and coal 95/100
    Body: heavy body, well-structured, solid and full, smooth and smooth 93/100
    Ending rhyme: long, deep coax coffee beans, bean to bar, torch 92/100
    Overall: 93.5/100, all of Laga's great wines make people feel magnificent, the appearance of each element is orderly, and the smooth and smooth feeling of drinking is unforgettable.

  7. Jimi13 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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

  10. riegerjonas scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    2020-12-31: a beautiful old Lagavulin
    • Nose
      gentle smoke, saltiness, seaweed, vanilla sauce, shortbread biscuits, sherry sweetness, caramel
    • Taste
      light sherry, almost too spicy for a Lagavulin, that's exactly what makes the difference!
    • Finish
      long after oak seasoning and especially dark chocolate

  11. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  12. robse211 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  13. steinrich scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Our Christmas whisky, simply fantastic :)

  14. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Review on Christmas 2020
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  15. Patrick93 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Foudos scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  17. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Lagavulin 12yo CS (2017) WID: 95722 vs. Lagavulin 18yo (Feis Ile 2018) WID: 112975 vs. Lagavulin 21yo (DSR 2012) WID: 35109

    Interestingly, the 12 looks almost more sedate and warmer in the nose than the 18. And that although he is 6 years younger and also has a little more volume percent.
    The 18 looks pretty fresh for its age. But that doesn't mean that he looks youthful. But I would have guessed it when I was younger. But after the first sip that subsides a little and he opens.
    While the citrus fruits are more candied with the 12, they are rather fresh with the 18. At 12 you sit right by the campfire with marshmallows and the sea breeze blows moderately towards you. At the 18er you sit on a stormy beach in front of a light fruit salad and a campfire is burning a little further away.

    In the mouth, however, the 18er shows its strengths. Here it somehow shows more depth and elegance than the 12. A nice mixture of sweetness, smoke, maritime notes and light acidity. The 12 is fuller and fuller in the mouth, but the 18 looks more nuanced.

    Both really delicious Lagas. At first I liked the 12 in the nose better. In the mouth, the 18 has won the race right from the start. Over time, the nose of the 18er developed more and more.
    In comparison, the 12er is the uncomplicated malt, the 18er is the slightly finer whisky, but it also needs a little attention.

    The 21 is a bit different. But that's not surprising, since he saw sherry barrels. On the nose, however, the sherry does not look really sweet, but rather a bit tart and sour. There are also slight hints of wax. The smoke is - probably due to the age and barrel - a bit more subtle, but still clear. Initial sweetness in the mouth, which gradually becomes less and makes room for beautiful wax notes, tart sherry and wood notes.
    A really great Lagavulin. It's still a league higher than the 12s and 18s. The sherry actually only complements the malt without under-buttering it. A nice interaction. But of course that has to be paid heavily. The price is absolutely absurd. Unfortunately.

  18. Segens scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    not far away from perfect - no false notes - a true beauty

  19. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Spectacular! Big fat olorosso sherry, speculoos, orange, honey, sea, earth, coffee, almond, tropical fruit and smoldering fire.

  20. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. Jnpons scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    color: Deep mahogany, copper highlights

    Nose: Smoke, fine and daring, not taking over all other flavors at all, hints of cocoa, spices such as pepper, but also some sea spray, sea salt.

    Palate: a fresh side, orange zest, hints of almond. a game of savory sweetness that never stops in the mouth.

    Finish: a smoke well present on the finish, long, and captivating, invigorating. It's true my type!

    Comment: I am very happy to have a bottle aside. Alcohol perfectly integrated and controlled. A well-mastered distillate, it reminds me of the old lagavulin 12 white horse, but with a more intense alcohol.

  22. Teresa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. CherryHeart scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Elegant peat spice dish! Ore, cumin, begonia, daisy, clove, cardamom, dried apple, very "Lagavulin-ism".

    Palate: Picnic party sitting by the sea, ore, salt biscuits, lemongrass, nectar, baked banana, apple pie, hazelnut dark chocolate, white pepper, cloves, cardamom cured meat.

    Balance, Body: Heavy wine body, moderate oiliness, impeccable balance, full-bodied wine strength and evidence of advancement and retreat.

    Finish: Long. Ore, coarse salt, honey water, white pepper, cardamom, hazelnuts.

  24. sakis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  25. 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.

  26. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Perfect peat, oak, sherry and spices in a more matured, more elegant robe.
    • Nose
      Peat, camphor, sherry, candied orange peel, dried fruits, smoked ham and ash.
    • Taste
      Powerful and creamy. Sherry, oak and peat. Pepper. Touch of waxy fruits.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, spicy.

  27. 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. 

  28. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  29. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo 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

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is a really nice dram and in my view on a par with the 1985 21 year but that one just beats this by a whisker in my view

    This is much better than some people give it credit for, a category the original 25 year OB also falls into.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  32. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    H2H- Lagavulin through the ages - as usual logic would dictate that the older ones would be better, but will that be the case? I already did a head to head of the 21, 25 and 30 and found the 25 to be better than most other people and between the 3 not that much in it so it will be interested to taste again. Lagavulin 16 is favourite of many on here for a go to islay dram and once price has been taken into account I  can gauge the best value and I suspect the 16 will do well here. Mid 1960`s to present 37 year, all official bottlings Drams 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/100508/lagavulin-guaranteed-pure-malt-pot-still
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/51469/lagavulin-16-year-old 
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/75648/lagavulin-islay-jazz-festival-2015 
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35109/lagavulin-1991  
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/613/lagavulin-1985  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12/lagavulin-25-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10/lagavulin-30-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/44217/lagavulin-37-year-old
    In theory the nose and palate should all have similarities so I will knock a few out from the start, tasting 8 heavy peaters is a lot for  my palate.   Nose The first to be discounted was the Jaz festival2015 and the 30 year but that might be because they were more delicate. next was the 21 year 1991 then the 37 year which left the NAS 1960`s, 16 year, 21 year 1985 and the 25 year.
    A difficult decision 1 - 21 year 1985 2 - Pure Pot Still 60`s 3 - 37 year 4 - 16 year 5 - 25 year 6 - 30 year 7 - 21 year 1991 8 - 2015 Jazz festival Palate 1st tasting (tentative) 1 - 21 year 1985 2= - 21 year 1991 2= - 37 year 4 -2015 Jazz festival 5 - 25 year 6  - 30 year 7 - Pure Pot Still Nas 8 - 16 year
    2nd tasting 1 -1985 21 year 2 - 1991 21year 3 - 37 year 4 - 25 year 5 - Jazz festival 2015 6 - 30 year 7 - 16 year 8 - Nas pure pot still (been open a while)
    After 2 tastings my top 3 were the same with the 25 year moving to 4th the Nas was bottom with the 16 year just beating it. The 30 year was a little delicate in this company. The big question is and the one that should give us all hope is that there was little in the first 6 placings and the 16 year was not far behind but the exta years maturation told. If You took price into consideration then the 16 year can hold its head up high.

  33. 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.

  34. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is
    one of those drams you won’t easily forget. Lagavulin at its best. That
    combination of mature spirit, well balanced sherry and earthy peat is a sheer unbeatable
    combination. Hats off to this dram.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sweet
      sherry. Dried fruits, nutmeg, cloves. All this sherry sweetness lies on an
      earthy bed of smoked ham (<- I think I just described this amazing nose in
      one sentence). A powerful older Lagavulin profile shines as much as it can.
    • Taste
      Bacon,
      smoked ham, peatsmoke, dirt. That were the first flavours that attack the
      mouth. Only after that the dried fruit and sherry tones make themselves present.
      And how! One big taste-explosion in the mouth!
    • Finish
      Long,
      dark, beautiful. Just stunning.

  35. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Compared with Lagavuling 25 - 2016. Tasted with Aby.

    The 21 is a lot more raw. 
    • Nose
      Meaty, pepper, ashes and bbq-sauce.
    • Taste
      Meaty, peat, pepper, spices and a sea breeze.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with sausage, (Dutch) Taai-Taai cookies and spices - cinnmon and cloves.

  36. squaadgras scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  37. trompjes scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  38. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  40. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  41. autowatch092 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark amber
    Nose: Dominant spices over wafting smoke, cloves, nutmeg, freshly crushed cardamom, then some dried fruits join in.
    Palate: Medium strength peat, toffee, dried fruit, bergamote, 99% dark chocolate, toasted nuts, mixed oriental spices, mild pepper.
    Finish: Very long, smoky and spicy.
    Overall: This Lagavulin is virtually blasting with oriental spices, the fruit stays in the background here. An exquisite whisky that succeeds in combining boldness and gentleness.

    http://www.dramming.com/2012/10/12/lagavulin-21-yo-2012-release/

  42. whiskyroma scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Ok, maybe we annoyed you so I’m leaving a brief comment. There’s only one disappointing aspect of the distillate: the high and always-increasing cost. But if you can, don’t pass on it: take it and drink it. And love it.
    • Nose
      On the easily recognizable, although maybe a little bit more weakened than usual, smoky Lagavulin carpet spread out floral scents: we had the perception of a field of daisies and cyclamens on a rainy day. Then cream, a little bit of vanillin and candied banana go along with cumin and seltz.
    • Taste
      When finally the distillate reaches the tongue, the amazing journey made of celestial views begins: an incredibly fruity sweetness suddenly pervades the palate; we could say chestnut honey, almond pastry. When you’re still asking yourself “it is really this beauty at 52 abv?” bitter notes like cocoa, coffee, burned wood begin to emerge; anyway, in this phase, they just play a secondary role.                                                                     However, when you start realizing how much oily the body is, and also how the scent of young oil begins to take the stage, you figure it out that a significant evolution occurred: now the predominant characteristic is the bitter one, with a never-ending crescendo of sparkling spiciness.
    • Finish
      Not even with the fire you’ll be able to get rid of it. Licorice, coffee and bitter herbs rule the roost, together with the constant presence of extinguished fireplace, able to recall the sensation of onion baked under the ash. And yes, that sparkling spiciness is still there tickling your palate. And will not stop. For a long time.

  43. whiskyroma scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Rustamich did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Everything you would expect from a relatively old Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      Plum pudding, dried fruit, black treacle, buttered smoked fish, gravalax pencil shavings and warm cornbread.
    • Taste
      Marine notes, seaweed, sage and onion sausages, but there is sweetness in these savoury layers, sugared almonds and roast sweet potato.
    • Finish
      Long, peated and pretty big.

  45. numen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I like this a lot. But, in the scheme of things, is it worth $600? It's
    really great, and I'm glad for getting the samples because I don't see
    myself paying that type of cash for this expression, especially when you
    can get the DE without too much trouble. To be fair, this is a much
    cleaner and precise profile, and it's got a bit more balance, but it
    also lacked the power and seductive chewiness that I love about the 16
    and DE.

    purchased sample
    • Nose
      Peat, camphor, medicinal, and good salty brine. Really reminds me of the
      usual Lagavulin profile at this point, even without the usual oxidized
      sherry element. Suddenly, emerging from behind the curtain, comes some
      red fruit - it's the sherry! It takes some time to develop, but it comes
      through and turns to oranges, red grapefruit, and red currants.
      Something rather plastic, rags damp from petrol. Mint, red sweets,
      all-spice, a really dry sweetness. It's no sherry bomb, and nothing
      overwhelms. Finesse is a pretty good way to think of this. Reminds me of
      a tighter, more elegant version of the Lagavulin DE.
    • Taste
      Medium-body. Honeyed, bitter ginger root, tobacco, pinch of pepper.
      Polish and very heavy leather (it's good) that leaves an imprint. Ashy,
      and a bit cool. Sea-weed and good ol' peat.
    • Finish
      The sherry returns a bit with the salted meats, dates/figs, dark
      chocolate malt, and coffee notes. Peat remains lightly smokey and very
      much like antiseptic. This is very good, and I do like the more clear red and orange fruit
      compared to the 16, though the '95 DE was a bit sweeter. It's elegant
      and very well composed.

  46. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. LENINOSLO scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The price in Norway was only ca,nkr.1.200. It is hard too open this now. Can it go up for pound 700 Very hard too find at any bar in Norway.

  48. bakerman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    the nose is supreme, while the palate and finish are "only" very good
    • Nose
      minty, fresh, leather, iodine, bandages, smoke, sherry, custard, very complex and changing
    • Taste
      sweet, fruit jelly, honey, smoke, tobacco and leather, balanced and clean
    • Finish
      medium long with the tobacco leaving last

  49. Sonett scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Lagavulin. Together with the 1979 Distillers Edition the best I have had from this Islay Distillery
    • Nose
      Wow, nose comes with intense smoke, charcoal, coastal nose. Behind this a light vanilla with an elegant touch of oak. After having rested a bit you can also detect some nose from horse stable. 
    • Taste
      Enters the mouth with an impressive but soft taste of smoke and peat. A balanced sweetness and soft spices grows after the fist impressions
    • Finish
      A long finish dominated by soft spices, accompanied by light smoke and sweetness as from cane sugar mixed with vanilla

  50. Furtia scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  51. 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)

  52. 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

  53. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Today, Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun released his tasting notes for the highly anticipated new version of the Lagavulin 21 year old Special Release 2012. Only the second ever solely sherry matured version from this high class distillery, after the first 21 year old released in 2007 (which scored 95 poins). By the way, the new version was rated at 91 points.

    Serge concludes the new version as "rather less impressive" and "more civilized" as the old 21yo but still of "very high quality".

    Hmmhh, considering the expected crazy price increase to come, maybe not a must have.

    For the complete tasting notes: http://www.whiskyfun.com/  

  54. 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

     

    http://www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/diageo2012specialreleases.htm
     

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