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Lagavulin 1991

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
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 1:16 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1113,43

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222 × member ratings

376 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1991

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.79 points

  1. 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.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

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

  5. 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

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 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

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    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
      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
      dark, beautiful. Just stunning.

  10. Erik Elixer 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.


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