Lagavulin 1995

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Jazz Festival 2013
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
10 Sep 2013 1:06 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 899.00

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1995

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.71 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Of all the currently operating distilleries Lagavulin has the greatest flavour profile to me.  In the past Ardbeg, Brora and Laphroaig were on eye-level to this - but Brora is gone and Ardbeg as well as Laphroaig went into serious quality issues over the last years.  Only Lagavulin stands firm in the eye of the whisky boom hurricane (obviously Diageo manages this distillery at arm's length and this pays off - hopefully they will keep it that way...).

    This dram is another proof of above:  A complex yet very rounded nose with an adorable sweet-peaty-sherry-spicy aromas profile that is simply delicious to sniff.  Bold arrival in the mouth, very smooth despite its 51,9% abv.  Over the next minutes wave on wave of perfectly balanced flavours roll over your tongue so that it is tricky to catch them all.  The finish is of medium length, quite complex and makes you addicted to this stuff.  It is hard to resist to pour another dram and another dram and another dram....

    I will light a candle every sunday if Lagavulin is able to keep this quality completely throughout the current whisky boom phase!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is just a dream of a Lagavulin... on certain days, I would probably rank this better than the legendary first 21yo bottling, depending on if you like something with more power and stickiness (this bottle) or something that is a bit more delicate, complex, and fruity (2007 21 yo). For further comparison, I enjoy this Jazz 2013 slightly more than the feis ile 2014 (which is slightly more austere, less fruity, but just as great). After tasting this Jazz from a sample, I went out and purchased two more bottles in an auction (I already had one in the bunker) -- three more bottles for the future, where this kind of great bottling at reasonable price will be rarer and rarer.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    I rarely revisit Lagavulin, perhaps because I know it’s there. Of course, it’s the 16yo I’m talking about. Until the 8yo and 12yo appeared relatively recently, alternative expressions rarely came up – none via the independents that I’ve tried. Sure, there are the festival bottlings and special releases, but they are, at best, annuals [if you can get your hands on them]. This festival expression came from the 2013 Islay Jazz Fest, the same year as I visited Islay for the first time in October. I picked up this samples from the Old & Rare show for a steal [just £5 for a very generous 25ml pour], from the equally generous Tomislav Ruszkowski.

    N: The abv-strength appears formidable but offers up glorious oils, most gentile/relaxed oily phenols, grated carrot & cabbage [that’s a new one], a dry-crusty saltiness,…. With the smoke being more of a passing glance, it’s the salty oiliness which is this one’s most attractive feature.

    T: My my, that is a glorious and effortless arrival, everytime. There’s me raving about a single cask 10yo Edradour and a 9yo SMWS Allt-a-bhainne as ‘divine’ and ‘composed’ respectively [reports to follow], but here, we are on an altogether different level. The arrival into the journey continues along savoury oily lines, the more bitter peat always quietly working behind the scenes yet present and expanding, the overall development so involving, and again, so effortless at 51.9%. Phenomenal!

    F: From start to finish, this keeps on dancing and dancing. What’s lacking? Nothing. The peaty earthy phenols seep deep, leaving a savoury-sweet ash on the palate top.

    C: Phenomenal indeed. A contemporary classic without a shadow,…. With thanks to Tom.

  4. hhc1212 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Lagavulin i have tried so far. It appears to be more sherried and strong body than the Feis ile 2014, beautiful peat with bacon and hay flavor are very relishing !

  5. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Smooth and nice dram at nose, but the sherry taste overcomes the liquid compressing the other flavours out of the sherry range. 

    Sort of beautiful wowan with too much make up.  
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [October, 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.  Pls. see detailed review below.

  7. Waykid scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Makes one anxious after the wonders of these festival bottlings. As a lover of the 16/DE OB:s this seems to be the only financiable way to reach the rarified atmospheres of something even better in terms of Laga.
    • Nose
      A dryish and medicinal smoke, a waft of herbal liquer, chicory, fresh tobacco, savoury and at the same time a liquorice-sweetness comes from thereunder, hessian. Opens up for a long time, lemon, and also sweeter citrus as in kumquats, a delicious and full cough-syrupy smoke, green apple and apple-seed kind of oakiness. Oranges, lemon-salmiak. Almond and hazelnut, a bit of smoked fish, maple syrup. Opens up layer by layer with more water: some chanterelles, a really nice toasted toffee, and smoky fudge, oven baked sweet red apples, liquorice toffee, iodine, phenols, dusty cupboards of an old apothecary, tar. All in a near perfect balance, nothing disturbing, no off-notes at all.
    • Taste
      Quite a chalky smoke at first, fisherman's friend lozenges, menthol, salmiak and a drop of butter, celery. Stays lightish and pungent at first, then some alga and mussels, cough syrupy savoury sweetness, umami. Starts to get slowly rounder and more layered. Green and red apples, toffee-malt, oat-cereal-sweetness. Mouth-watering. Campfire smoke, brown sugar, citrus liquorice, more salmiak and a very soft smoke. There is a kind of a sour dryness and a dark smoky sweetness working at the same time. 
    • Finish
      Good and long. Luscious liquorice and coal smoke, coughsyrup-malty.

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Phenomenal stuff. How can a malt be so instantly likable?
    • Nose
      Next to a glass of the OB 16yo it's impossible to miss the likeness in the two. Kind of obvious, but I think it says a nice thing about the consistency of Lagavulin that a randomly picked bottle from a large vatting and these specifically chosen casks can be so close to each other. You'll find the familiar fishing boat of aromas here (seawater, boat tar, smoked fish, iodine and perhaps vague diesel), but everything is really concentrated, much more vivid than in the normal 16.
    • Taste
      The base is the familiar 16yo except the slight wateriness is missing and replaced by most excellent mature sherry that gives that beautiful elderly wood vibe. The greatness is emphasized by a sweet component like marmalade made of oranges or tangerines. Not overt sweetness like in the DE. Instead, everything is in balance here. This is drinkable neat, but it's obviously closed up too since a couple spoonfuls of water remove the masking layer of alcohol and put the body together much better. 
    • Finish
      Once everything else has passed the mouth is left with bonfire ash.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I do not think water is needed to be honest as the flavours seem to go somewhat so only a few drops maximum but for me it was better neat.
    • Nose
      Tar, diesel, brine, peat, hints of orange and a little lemon.
    • Taste
      Peat is strong mixed with the sherry but its also very smooth and like the nose there is some orange in there.

      The orange seems to grow the longer it is in the glass.
    • Finish
      Long and the sweet peat just stays on your tongue for what seems like a very long time.

      Really good.


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