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Overall rating
93.44/100
votes
173
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1976
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
37 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak and European Oak casks
Number of bottles
1868
Strength
51.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L3164LS000
Barcode
5000281033884
Added on
03 Sep 2013 5:18 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 3.607,27

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207 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 37-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.44 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this during the Brand Ambassador tasting with Donald at the Feis Ile.

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows very late small and slow tears.  The nose is unbelievably complex and rich, absolutely stunning and adorable (for a sensoric description please see other tasting notes).  It arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate, no distracting moments.  The taste again is multi-layered on a hell of different flavours and aromas all in a perfect balance.  I would call this "harmony on the palate".  The finish is long and vanishes slowly in different waves, but it gets drying at the end (paper, cardboardy).

    A superb dram that for sure is worth a lot of bucks, but as a drinker I would not pay more than 500-750 Euro for such a bottle.  So I have to wait until the whisky bubble bursted for my next dram of this way too expensive stuff...
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    many complex notes
    especially in the nose one seems to discover endless new ones
    altogether a deep complex whisky
    You can easily feel the alcohol in the nose and mouth
    the overall impression when drinking
    is not harmonious and has no tension
    the notes are rather individual and do not form a composition
    Price, age and distillery had promised more
    no Heaven :(
    • Nose
      unmoved:
      blueberries
      Glue
      slightly burning
      a little black radish juice
      floral note
      heather honey
      Tanine
      Wood
      Strawberry jam emotional:
      Serges sandalwood note
      wood veneer
      wonderfully soft old oak wood
      the black radish note in between
      dark strong mocha
      caramelized ivy leaves
      Wick MediNait
      Iodine & salt in extinguished embers
      moist forest mushrooms
      the smoke is medical camp fire ash
      Herbs, smooth woodruff
    • Taste
      cool chocolate in the start
      then immediately tingling hot
      spicy campfire on the tongue
      Salt and chocolate
      bitter wood on the palate

      From the wood it flows moist and sweet
      Dark dry chocolate forms on the tongue
      grated coconut
    • Finish
      long
      medical
      dry wood notes
      a lot of dark chocolate
      Baked apple juice to the end

  3. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very well structured and beautifully aged Islay malt with incredible complexity and depth, although the 1985 21 years old is a very high standard for me. 93/94.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Amazingly complex and deep. Sherry, creamy peat, honey, vanilla, salted minerals, earth and hay. Herbals, freshly cut grass, banana, strawberry, melon and orange peel.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Powerful and floral. Sherry, cocoa, salted caramel, peat, spicy oak and citruses. Creamy milk chocolate, orange peel, walnut and gerbeaud. Jasmine green tea. Earth.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, creamy, bittersweet, spicy, peaty.

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The smell is soft, sweet and harmonious, the smoke very gentle. The taste is very close to orange chocolate, complemented by gentle smoke. The expectations were huge, the whisky tastes great, but quite he can not quite live up to the expectation. Unfortunately, my sample was very small.
    • Nose
      Light smoke, sweet orange, vanilla, grand style, cinnamon, some oak, soft, no alcohol, warm vanilla pudding
    • Taste
      Soft body and soft start, the impression of def nose continues, soft smoke and sweet orange dominate, a delicate oak note stands in the background, milk chocolate, a delicate almond note
    • Finish
      The orange steps back a bit and leaves the oak more room, the smoke becomes even more reserved, the chocolate more distinct, long but not as long as expected.

  5. Teresa scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Drink the best Lagavulin but it's too expensive!

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nice herbal notes , pepper black tea citrus, really enjoyable laga

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Very fine and "smooth" - however, not necessarily my favorite Lagavulin
    • Nose
      90 90
      Little peat and smoke, oak wood, vanilla, old books, sea breeze, iodine, smoked fish - not bad
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, creamy, smoked cigars, little sweetness, vanilla, little fruitiness, sea shells, smoked oysters, oak wood, spices - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, spicy, zesty, a tad bitter

  8. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    An incredibly complex nose. The smoky notes are subtle, and vary between smoked eel, ham, cigar smoke and incense sticks. Frankincense, Sandalwood, Orange Liqueur, Menthol, Leather, Tobacco. Subtle fruity notes of mango, pithaya and subtle cherry.
    With some time come various tea flavors: rosehip tea, black tea, Lapsang Souchong, chrysanthemum tea. Various wood flavors, tree bark. Some nutmeg and cinnamon.

    Mouth:
    Orange marmalade, dark chocolate, salt, dark forest honey. Walnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little vanilla. Bilberry, blood orange.
    Over time, the oak comes stronger, it gets bitter and bitter. Some grapefruit joins the flavors.

    Finish:
    Very long, spicy-dry. Old and rotten wood.

    Conclusion:
    Very difficult to judge. Surely one in its complexity and variety of flavors top-class drops. But here he also stands in the way of being an absolute top whisky, because some aromas suddenly appear and are then gone again, which makes nose and taste seem quite unsteady. In hindsight, I could not even call a truly dominant flavor, which was conductive to taste or smell, no clear line.

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