Lagavulin 1995

Overall rating
91.28/100
votes
335
Whiskybase ID
WB55102
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2014
Vintage
30.01.1995
Bottled
02.04.2014
Calculated age
19 years old
Casktype
European Oak Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
3500
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L4092LS000
Barcode
5000281037981
Market
Scotland Scotland
Added on
24 may 2014 6:05 pm by pilgrim77
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1117.38

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 1995

50 users have left 55 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.28 points.

  1. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A poem from the nose to the last fade. Finally a Feis bottling with a lot, but never overloaded sherry influence. Very round and balanced.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Gorgeous blend of furniture polish, greasy leather and tobacco, herbs, salt and orange. Maritime as always, but not as wild and greasy as some other Feis Lagavulin bottlings. The sherry is not dominant but present. The tarry smoke completes the whole thing perfectly. Simply wonderfully round!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, tart fruity start with sweet blueberries and cherries. Then immediately salty, deliciously woody. Heavy dark honey, leathery peat. Terrific!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Very long, heavy dark oak, wisps of smoke slowly fading away, chocolate with lots of cocoa, cherries again.

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  3. Tomek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smell: sea breeze, soft peat, molasses, echoes of sherry, wet stones
    Taste: thick, oily, peaty, sea, a little sherry, a little vegetable
    Finish: slightly bitter and cardboard, but pleasant
    rating: 5.5

  4. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    having had just a 3 cl sample is the only draw back of this gentle giant of a whisky!
    tasted in parallel with Laga 19 (WB132217), the 1995 is clearly deeper, softer, sweeter, and better integrated in all its elements.
    • Nose
      93 93
      fragrant green wood after rain,, takes awhile to open up.. old polish in the cabinet of granny's sunday clothes
    • Taste
      91 91
      sweet.. salty.. (engine-)oily.. dark teas and lemon rind..
    • Finish
      88 88
      bitter sweet.. slightly fizzy

  5. marsatwar123 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

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

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. hyc scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 92
    taste--------------------93
    End rhyme--------------------91

  9. DramJammin scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

  10. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I blind-tasted Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013, 2014 and 2015 in a session.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smokey cooked wax gourd, plasticky ash, mineral, moss, wet burnt wood plus some dark chocolate. In just two minutes, sun-dried shrimps, baked sweet potatoes, roasted mushrooms, beetroot, then turned into dried seaweed with salt, it came with iodine of course. Dried leaves and half dried mandarin orange were also there. More coastal aromas after a sip.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Condensed apple and pear juice, quite rich to start with. Citrus peel and cloves. A bit of pepper was added shortly, very mild. The fruitiness stayed through before turning into light leafy and woody notes, also honey green tea after at least ten seconds.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pear with peel, green tea. Then seaweed, beetroot and honey. Bitterness from wet burnt wood. Smokiness could be felt when you exhaled. Few minutes later, mild vegetative peat appeared.

  11. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  12. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    On the nose there's wood polish, candle wax, apples and black pepper, lemon and salt, incense and empty cigar box. All of that is concentrated onto the dense palate, along with added with lemon oils, tropical fruit syrup, tobacco and herbs, cinnamon and honey. The finish just carries on the same, along with a soft wave of smoke, tea leaves and mint.

  13. Gaija scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Quite simply the best whisky I have ever tasted, which is saying enough. When I say "tasted", I mean in an analytical way : if you check my profile you'll notice that I have one Karuizawa at 95, but I merely tasted a drop of it and it was more of an "instant impression".

    I might try to write a fully fleshed review in the coming times, but spoiler alert, it's gonna be a long one :P

    Anyway, just to say : it is highly deserving of its enormous reputation, and is definitely one of the best scotch whiskies ever distilled in the 90's.

    A major Islay bottling to say the least.

  14. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 0791.
    Super pretty, integrated, bold. The sherry is present.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Superb sherry aromas. Very well integrated, melted.
      Wood, leather, cigar smoke. Grilled bacon.
      Light solvent. White pepper, fresh mint, camphor.
      Light peat. Light salted butter caramel.
      Some berries and red fruits.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the mouth it is round, bordering on rubber.
      Leather, shoe polish, wax, liquorice, cocoa powder. Salted butter caramel.
      Aromatic herbs. Dried thyme.
      Oily, medicinal peat, camphor, pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish on candied red fruits, cold ash, cigar, peat, salt.

  15. TsiAI scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Red Orange Smell Nose: Comfortable and harmonious, lemon essential oil, herbal flavor, blood orange, mocha, Ophiopogon japonicus. Realistic cantaloupe, pectin, and tribute mandarin appeared in the middle section. This fruit smells so good. After a few minutes, it was completely dominated by fresh honeydew, tobacco, paper towels, mirin, sweet vinegar, fresh scallops, sashimi soy sauce, sweet and fresh, and then light smoke, minerals, and hyacinths. At the end of the nose, the feeling of coldness became even worse, and eight years of Laga’s green tea, mineral water and metals appeared.
    Taste Palate: relatively salty, slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly bitter. Start with green tea, minerals, chalk ash, and slowly turn to blood orange, grapefruit peel, lime wedges, and ice cubes. Then came cream, honeydew melon, gray ore, herbs and herbal spices, coffee grounds, thick tobacco, roasted oysters, black tea in the middle. The end is fried fresh octopus, flower of salt, baking soda.
    Final rhyme Finish: long, Hokkaido toast, coconut paste, honey red beans, a bit of saltiness, slightly coke, scallop soup Body: medium heavy, correct, rich in fat, slightly viscous

    Nose: 93/100
    Palate: 94/100
    Finish: 92/100
    Body: 92/100
    Overall: 93/100, from the smell to the flavor, it is sweet and fresh, with no peat. The salty and freshness brought by the minerals of seawater, with citrus, honeydew melon and green extract as the base, garnished with cigarettes, black tea and coffee.
    Eight years is the first raga I have ever drunk. The green tea and minerals have always been unforgettable, and this island festival, which has been more than twice as old, brought back the refreshing and lively memories in my memory.

  16. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    nose: peat, wood, attenuated by sherry casks, cooked wine, over time the peat is attenuated and a slight vanilla smell emerges, reminiscent of the basic version (laga 16) and its sweetness
    flavor: wax, oily, sherry, orange, delicate and slightly intrusive peat, still reminiscent of the sweetness of lagavulin 16 but with less influence than peat and in a much more delicate way, something springbank
    final: citrus notes of cedar and a vegetable, herbaceous peat
    with water the sherry barrel emerges more
    from lagavulin we can only have immense certainties and quality, and this feis ile neither is the confirmation, even if it is a little too expensive in my opinion

  17. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. hhc1212 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Lagavulin i have tried so far, Sherried, tar oil, a hint of elegant peaty flavor comes afterwards. Brilliant bottle !!
    I hope it's price stops surging !

  19. hhc1212 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Lagavulin i have tried so far, Sherried, tar oil, a hint of elegant peaty flavor comes afterwards. Brilliant bottle !!
    I hope it's price stops surging !

  20. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very refined peat there with fruity aromas, a winner

  21. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  22. wheatfield scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Light gold pour. Nose coastal, smoked peat, various essential oils, light licorice. Mouth nice crystallized orange, more salty coastal and licorice flavors. Good depth of flavor even though sharp smoke and peat isn't my favorite style. Body is pretty thick. Really good actually, approaches some of the older Brora malts a bit.

  23. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Epic stuff if you dig Lagavulin: intense arrival, beautiful balance between distillate, peat and sherry and a lingering aftertaste. Among the pinnacle what Laga is capable of these days. Similar to, but even better than the delicious Distillery Only 2010. The Feis Ile 2014 packs more oompf and is more chiseled after all and perhaps feels a bit older, too, in a good way.
    A strong recommendation, except you prefer Lagavulin ex-Bourbon cask maturation. Then stick to the very good 12 cs or one of the recent Jazz Festival bottlings. :-)

  24. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 1198 sold empty at ebay

  25. whiskycuse scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/lagavulin-19952014-547-vol-ob-feis-ile-2014/

  26. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 0753 that I bought for 124 Euro in May, 2014.

    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 this 92,5.  My notes state a dangerously quaffable Islay style dram.

  27. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2016]  I had another 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.

  28. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2016]  I had another dram during a private birthday tasting at Hamburg.

    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.

  29. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2014]  I had another dram during a "Feis Ile 2014" 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.  My notes state this is one of the best recent Lagavulin releases (if not the best at all...).

    I had my first sip at the distillery during Feis Ile 2014 and emptied a complete bottle until the end of the festival.  Excellent stuff!

  30. wheatfield scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Pours gold. Nose is peat forward, with a bit of juniper/gin and other botanicals, kind of on the dirty/jagged side which I enjoy here. Mouth is again quite dirty with big peat and some herbal touches, lime peel and medicine cabinet in the finish. Texture is lush and thick like a nice Brora. Lots of the the botanicals flare up on the finish. They make it interesting, and it's a solid whisky overall. Still not one I'd seek out.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. Ivynor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very melted and elegant. A high class lagavulin
    92 + / 93 -
    Thank you very much Tomy for sharing this beautiful traffic jam.
    • Nose
      Extremely fine, a large peat / sherry entry, on dried fruits, tar, iodine, a little black cherry. Nice oily impression (oily fish). Everything is incredibly melted. Difficult to define a precise aroma.
    • Taste
      In the continuity of the nose, superb texture, oily, with finely peated, iodized and spicy notes (pepper, clove), a nice touch of gentian, a little citrus peel, coffee, a little caramel . Difficult yet to describe the sherry, although present, everything is very well melted.
    • Finish
      Enveloping and long, slightly spicy, peat, black cherry and oily fish.

  32. tomy63 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    light amber color, beautiful peaty / sherry nose where everything is perfectly melted (at the 1970's Ardbeg) with a fat, oily, maritime peat, a lot of tar, rubber, dried fruits, tobacco, chocolate, medicinal herbs, cloves. The mouth opens on an impressive oily texture, it seems soft at first and then more powerful on the end, we find the aromas of the nose with a little more pepper and iodine, maybe a little black cherries and ashes too. Very long finish, on tobacco, spices (cinnamon, cloves).

  33. mister noll81 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The price winning whisky for Feis Ile 2014, absolutely a perfect balanced whisky from Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  34. SFWC scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The nose is glorious: Fresh Lemon verbena citrus spritz on a warm summers day. A hint of chamomile, sage, mojito sugar and fresh mint. Plum fruits and such balanced and beautiful peat delivery. Some varnish notes sit under the peat and draw you in. Addictive and moreish. So hard to put down!

    In the mouth: Bottled at cask strength 54.7% you wouldn't know it. It feels so balanced and confident from start to finish. There is no uneasy ethanol burn on the nose or the palate. Quite an achievement. Aged In a sherry cask for 19 years this is complex and mature for its age. There is chewy chewy smoke and lovely licorice, a little ginger in the cheeks, herbs and exotic spices from the oak and a wonderful long hot but pleasant, sauna experience like finish!

    I truly have no time for Diageo's slight of hand and corporate greed, however there must be some exceptions when a distillery excels with passion and craft. Seek this bottle out, enjoy and celebrate.

  35. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An ingenious drop that can be safely consumed without water. In the open bottle, he also increases from day to day. Are we curious to see what will be on offer in 2016 at "Feis Ile".
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  36. Laga93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  37. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    N: Colin Dunn describes this as 'Lagavulin in a fur coat'. My nose picks up cereal food stuffs, stuffing balls, oyster sauce [double-deep & dark sherry notes], musty sage & onion,... i just want to dive right in to this
    T: Yes, yes, sensational. The liquid peat floods through but the oily-onion-greengage-oak has a voice either side of the peat injections. Charred/smoked wood into the finish, perfect peat levels
    F: wow,... I want more onions, and there are more, with sage and dill and a touch of wild Keta salmon and more oyster sauce.
    C: Challenging, moorish, precocious, perfect, sensational!

    Scores an A [92]

    Further reading: WF94

  38. tuntime scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I tasted/scored four Lagavulin samples blind:

    Lagavulin 2010 Distilery - 20 points
    Nose:7 Palate:7 Finish:6

    Lagavulin Jazz 2012 - 22 points
    Nose:8 Palate:7 Finish:7

    Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 points
    Nose:7 Palate:5 Finish:6

    Lagavulin Feis Ile 2014 - 26 points
    Nose:9 Palate:9 Finish:8

  39. Peter87 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  40. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very nice peaty sherry, some sulfur notes, nice balance between peat and sherry. Powerful but balanced

  41. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Trying at the Bowmore Hotel, for 16 pounds the glass would spend the 16 pounds over and over again for this experience. ;)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  42. Ciro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  43. megabreit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fresh mown grass, ripe mango and lots of caramel, slight tobacco note
    • Taste
      sweet chocolate with nuts, fresh cake dough with lemon, pleasant smoke
    • Finish
      Chocolate with lemon cream, a light mocha powder that develops into smoke, long and warm

  44. businessdouche scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    A huge whisky as we would like to drink more often. Remarkable balance between sherry and peat, phenomenal power in the mouth. A rare pleasure.
    • Nose
      A school sherried Islay's nose like we no longer do. Peat is like embalmed in the emanations of wood. Maritime notes that impress the Lagavulin brand: iodine, salt, oysters and seaweed. It's almost like sniffing the air in Port Ellen Bay ... Beautiful macerated and tropical fruits, mangos and plums that with peat take on a mineral twist. Compost, manure and black olives that give the impression of being in the grove (junior?) Norman. We finally find a little coffee. In other words, there is something to do ...
    • Taste
      Very frank attack, maritime and smoke notes predominate: iodine, wood smoke, oil, motor oil, sea salt and seaweed. Phenomenal enough, we are as overwhelmed by the power of whisky. It was then done a wonderful job: Greek olives, cinnamon and leather, we even go to see a green curry. Invitation to travel. Something definitely Asian, soy sauce, the mixture of tannic and maritime scents reinforces this impression.
    • Finish
      Long and very mineral with notes of cola and licorice. We ask for more.

  45. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting BTC 2014 - #17
    • Nose
      peat, salt - briny, spices - paprika, fresh paprika and pepper
    • Taste
      oily, paprika, ahses, smoke, spices - cinnamon, creamy and later again salt like crystals in old cheese
    • Finish
      smoke, peat, vanilla and briny - salt

  46. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind sample in BTC2014. I lined it up (blindly) with a Port Charlotte PC10 and a Lagavulin 12 YO CS 2011 and found it to be more similar to the Port Charlotte.

    After this blind tasting, I compared the remainder of the sample to three other '95 Lagavulins: the Friends of Classic Malts, the 2011 Distillers Edition and 2013 Distillers Edition and couldn't conclude any different than that this bottling isn't really better than those. I sold my bottle because I found it over-hyped. It is really nice, but not 90+ for me.
    • Nose
      Peat, orange, vanilla, something vegetal, burnt sugar, toffee, a little perfume, dog food and a slight whiff of ammonia. After a while new leather shoes and a sherry fruitiness like cranberry.
    • Taste
      Peat, citrus, orange, pepper, dark chocolate and a saltiness like
      coquilles. Quite bitter as well though, as well as an off-note like cucumber. Despite its high ABV, a few
      drops of water pretty much kill it.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, orange, crushed black pepper, apple and gingerbread.

  47. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice whisky indeed. I tasted this twice, a couple of days apart. The first time I was really impressed, especially with the nose. I think I nosed it for half an hour before daring to take a sip. If I would've rated it at that time, I might've gotten a 92, but surely a 91. The second tasting session I was less impressed. That's why I took the final rating down to 89.
    • Nose
      Vegetal, licorice and nutty, with an obvious, but subtle peat aroma. Some damp wood and wet leaves are accompanied by sea spray. There's a fruity layer with orange and lemon. Also some cactus sap.
    • Taste
      Salt and pepper. A creamy and drying mouthfeel with wood smoke and charcoal. Fruity, some red but mostly green or white, like apple and pear.
    • Finish
      Peaty and fruity, with some floral notes.

  48. turfsmurf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Notes based on a blind sample. A very nice whisky with fruity notes and aged peat.
    • Nose
      A beautiful old peated and fruity nose. Pineapple, mango, smoke, soot, eucalyptus. Hints of smoked herring.
    • Taste
      Wood spices, biscuits, a touch of bitterness, motor oil. The smoke is definitely present, but a bit subdued. I think this is old stuff where the smoke breaks down a bit and becomes more camphory.
    • Finish
      Smoky, medicinal and bittersweet. Sooty medicinal notes last.

  49. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great things, but I miss something.
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke very behaving, a bit medically after some time. Then the smoke almost wastes and it leaves a nice sweet. Maybe some salt and iodine are added.
    • Taste
      Saline and strong in the beginning. Then much sweeter and he is syrupy in the mouth. The strong disappears and there is a nice sweet back.
    • Finish
      I think I just bit into a bar of chocolate. Nice long and a bit spicy.

  50. I_SPEY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 1995 Feis Ile 2014 bottling, 54.7%,

    A sherry-cask Lagavulin, with a rich, mellow power and some sandalwood and Lapsang Souchong! The palate is resinous and thick, unctuous even, with that scented pine/juniper tea note and lovely paprika-rubbed ham, currants as well as blackberries!

    I like it very much!!!

    Thanks, Vic. :-)

  51. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 1995 ‘Feis Ile’ (54,7%, OB 2014, European sherry oak butts, 3500 btl.)

    Nose: excellent, focused nose with a backbone of coastal notes: shells, oysters, waxed rain coats, flints and brine. Big medicinal notes, mainly iodine. Plasticine. Also sweeter notes like oranges and berries, as well as some honey, although the sherry doesn’t overpower in any way. Smoky lemon juice. Rose pepper. Tobacco. More on the sharp, edgy side of sherried Lagavulins, but quite perfect really. Mouth: oily, with plenty of tar, ashes and soot. Highly medicinal again, salty and immensely full-bodied. Sharp but it mixes nicely with yellow and pink grapefruits, Seville oranges and dark Lapsang tea. Then some honey sweetness and hints of dried apricots. Sweet liquorice. A fair dose of oak as well. Finish: very long, with lots of wood smoke and cigars. Cinnamon. Tobacco. Still a striking balance of sharpness and sweetness.

    Excellent Lagavulin, similar in style to the 2012 release of the 21 Year Old. Originally around € 125, which is really cheap for a near-20yo (considering the official 21yo was around € 500). Most of these Lagavulin Feis Ile releases are top-notch and this one in particular is just great. An instant classic.

    Score: 93/100

  52. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    a great nose ... so many flavors and no end
    with every sip this whisky gets better
    and stays longer
    ... scratchy and smoky and yet so mild and pleasing ...

    Yes, I'm in heaven

    ranking
    1st nose, 1st outlet, 2nd mouth
    • Nose
      in the room is a delicious detergent smell, something like fresh lemon
      You open the window
      salty sea air mingles with the embers of the campfire from the evening
      You take a deep breath
      the sweetish smell of tropical fruits
      mixes with sea air and campfire
      the smell makes you dream
      dream of yesterday
      dream of bare feet in warm bog water
      of wild mugwort which is pressed while exuding its tart smell
      from lips that taste like soft butterscotch
      then again the hot campfire
      and fish that hangs in the smoke
      Lips that taste like salt
      honey and vanilla
      the tropical fruits
      You look in the fruit basket
      Your hand includes a firm, velvety peach
      You feel like your mouth gets wet
    • Taste
      oily on the tongue
      in the mouth a load of sweet chocolate
      the whole barrel
      and immediately the change in everything from the nose

      a lot of caramel
      spicy chocolate
      Smoke in the background
      citrus
      burned wood
      peach
      sweet malt coffee
    • Finish
      like the credits of a nice movie
      he reviews

      chocolate
      Dark chocolate and some malt sweetness in the background
      Citrus & Mugwort
      the barrel
      Malt sweetness with smoked fish
      coffee
      Tobacco comes from the coffee
      Smoke in the throat
      Malt sweet on the tongue and
      Fish becomes sweet tobacco

      You will not forget
      how beautiful a Laga fire can be

  53. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/feis-ile-2014-lagavulin-19y-sherry-butts-vs-ardbeg-auriverdes-33471/ Color: golden yellow
    Nose: Smoked lemon juice with a lot of salt, peat and tar. Notes of fresh sea air, seaweed, iodine, coal and ash as well as sweet honey-vanilla aromas rise from the glass. Grapefruit and oranges, but also green notes of freshly sliced ​​limes and lime peel are included.
    Taste: Fat onset and oily-sweet with lots of peaty malt, sea salt, honey and vanilla. Ultra-smoky tar, soot, iodine and all sorts of maritime notes are found on the tongue. Slowly becoming slightly bitter and merging into the finish with rounded oakwood notes.
    Finish: Long with lots of sweet peat smoke and green tea. Notes of iodine are also retained in the finish. Wood and a little vanilla snuff are also included. Cocoa and cinnamon towards the end, bittersweet and very peaty.
    91 points (nose: 91 / taste: 92 / finish: 90)

  54. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Another majestic special release from Lagavulin. Very close to the 2013 Jazz, but slightly more 'edgy' (think the crisp attack of the annual release 12yo rather than sherried heaviness of the first release 21yo), especially without water. There is certainly a bit more of the sharp citrus on the nose here, beautifully balanced alongside the classic sweet/salty/peat profile so characteristic of recent Lagas. Masterful cask selection yet again! Kudos to Diageo for keeping a 19yo cask strength special release from such an iconic distillery under £100. I have a sneaking suspicion that the recent Feis/Jazz Lagas will be looked back on in a few years time as standout releases of this era.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  55. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Lagavulin 1995/2014 ‘Feis Ile’ (54.7%, OB, European sherry oak butts, 3,500 bottles)  £99 for an almost 20 yo Lagavulin, I find this extremely fair and very classy. Lagavulin truly is a classy brand… oops, distillery. I really enjoy the fact that they never compromise and never play it the ‘Miley-Cyrus-way’, or make these false innovations that just everybody does these days. A gentleman’s whisky, really. Colour: full gold. Nose: I was a little afraid it would be a fatty sherry monster, while it’s not at all. The sherry’s only another ‘spice’, all the rest is textbook coastal Islayness, and guess what – and I swear I’m not making this up – it does nose a bit like the 16 years old at cask strength. Same notes of rubber bands (or, indeed, wet-suit), oranges, walnuts, seashells, tar, pink grapefruits, almonds, a little tobacco and smoked tea… What’s more obvious than in the 16 is this massive iodine that mingles perfectly well with the grapefruits. Brilliant. With water: hurray, I managed to recreate the 16 all by myself! Mouth (neat): exceptional. Sharp, ultra-chiselled, even more ‘precise’ than, for example, the 12 yo CS, very flinty, ultra-lemony, masterfully peaty and briny… I’m truly impressed, the expression ‘sharp like a blade’ must have been invented for this one, although there is a smoothness as well that makes it relatively approachable. Don’t tell your visitors. With water: perfect. Swims like the son of Mark Spitz and Shirley Babashoff. No I don’t think they’ve ever been together, I’m just trying to sound smart despite the Lagavulinian assaults. Finish: sadly, yes. Comments: I think Lagavulin/Diageo have understood since quite some time now that it’s best to offer the pilgrims who fly/drive/swim to Islay for the festival the best they have, for the fairest price they can. And f***k bloody eBay. That’s very smart, and very fair. No we won’t talk about some of the other brand… oops, distilleries up there. A stunning bottle of Islay magic (and if it’s really Pinkie who did this, well we’ll call him Pinkie The Great from now on.)  SGP:458 - 94 points.

  56. gravity scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

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

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