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Lagavulin 1995

Overall rating 140 votes 91.64
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Jazz Festival 2013
Vintage
19.01.1995
Bottled
26.06.2013
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
1500
Strength
51.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L3177LS000
Barcode
5000281031460
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
10 Sep 2013 1:57 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 602,43

2 bottles available

Lowest price on Market: € 520,00

Buy in Market

Member rates

273 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 23

Tastingtags

12 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
26 Mar 2017 12:03 am
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[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!

Weighted Rate
91.9
Nose
93
Initial taste
92
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
91
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
Dram Dracula
Expert Senior Dram Dracula Note
08 Jun 2017 9:26 am
Dram Dracula gave this whisky 93 points

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.

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 May 2017 3:52 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[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.

There is no accounting for taste...
Waykid
Expert Junior Waykid Tasting note
08 Aug 2016 11:54 am
Waykid gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Old gold
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.

Comments

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.

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
16 May 2016 2:16 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Burnished
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.

Comments

Phenomenal stuff. How can a malt be so instantly likable?

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
21 Nov 2015 11:35 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.9
Nose
90
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
86
Presentation
87
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
17 Oct 2015 11:59 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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.
Comments

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.

croz
Expert Senior croz Tasting note
27 May 2014 4:56 pm
croz gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Oranges, smoke, leather and tobacco leaves

Taste

Surprisingly sweet, delicate, creamy, the peat appears after a couple of seconds.

Finish

Long and lingering with more and more peat coming through

Comments

Truly an amazing Lagavulin!

tuntime
Expert Junior tuntime Note
07 Apr 2014 4:21 am

Like a soft leather soufflé on the tongue, balanced. Very drinkable.

checkpointuk
Expert Senior checkpointuk Note
26 Oct 2013 1:46 am
checkpointuk gave this whisky 92 points

http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/lagavulin-islay-jazz-festival-2013-die-dritte-29493/


Farbe: Vol­les Gold mit leich­tem Bern­stein

Nase: Recht fruch­tige Orangen-Sherry-Honig-Kombination
mit viel Koh­len­staub, Asche und Russ. Dazu ver­brann­tes Holz,
Lager­feuer, Tabak und alte Gum­mi­rei­fen. Auch medi­zi­ni­sche Noten
von Jod, Aether und Mull­bin­den fin­den sich in der Nase zusam­men. Die
kom­plette Aro­men­pa­lette ist hol­zig unter­legt.

Geschmack: Weich begin­nend auf honigsuesser
Oran­gen­ba­sis. Dazu gesel­len sich feine Sher­rya­ro­men, die von
einer ele­gan­ten Wuerze beglei­tet wer­den. Schwar­zer Pfef­fer, Torf
und Tabak­rauch wer­den inten­si­ver. Hinzu kom­men Jod, viel
mari­ti­mes Salz, dumpfe Kraeu­ter­no­ten und immer mehr Eichen­holz.

Finish: Lang und tor­fig. Rau­chi­ges Holz mit nur noch
zar­ten Oran­gena­ro­men, her­ber und tro­cke­ner wer­dend. Nun setzt
sich doch noch eine zarte, suesse Apri­ko­sen­note mit unter­leg­tem Honig
durch, die wenig spae­ter aber von Eichen­holz und ver­brann­tem Torf
voel­lig ver­drängt wird.

92 Punkte (Nase: 93 / Geschmack: 92 / Finish: 90)

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