Lagavulin 1998

Overall rating
88.15/100
votes
502
Whiskybase ID
WB59417
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
1998
Bottled
25.09.2014
Calculated age
16 years old
Casktype
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Casknumber
lgv. 4/503
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Label
lgv. 4/503
Bottle code
L4268CM000
Barcode
5000281013480
Added on
27 oct 2014 3:36 pm by sherryrauch
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 249.00

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 1998

92 users have left 97 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.15 points.

  1. Spoerkel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. remono scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peaty, fruit
    • Taste
      Salty
    • Finish
      Smoke

  4. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet smoky sherry, smoked sausage
    Taste: Mild sweet smoke. Well folded. Notes of sherry
    Rating: 88 | 100 - Extremely supple, well-built position. Pleasant Finish. Recommendable

  5. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  6. mudshark scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very attractive whisky, nice mix of smoke and fruitiness, with also a clear soapy edge. The low Abv makes it smooth without getting pale or thin.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very rich and full nose, smoke, leather, earth, ash, fruits. Roasted meat. No stinging alcohol. Later on it gets more alcoholic.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sal ammoniac, licorice. Pretty some power, creamy. Smoke with a odd soapy edge. Fruity as well. Leather. Some prunes. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smooth now, again this mix of soap and smoke, middle long finish. Fruity, prunes.

  8. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  12. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. VollePulle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    My favorite Diageo DE. Really tasty and the PX finish gives a real push compared to the normal 16.
    • Nose
      Starts very sweet with raisins, the PX finish sets the tone, there is also the medium-strong smoke, slightly spicy, a little vanilla, a breeze of cinnamon, then bacon comes to the smoke, with some salt, I like it very much, is getting sweeter, Add honey, creamy, very light chocolate, almost white
    • Taste
      oily in the mouth, creamy, sweet, raisins, the smoke is more reserved, but still present, here too light spice, some oak,
    • Finish
      back, a little weaker, drier, still smoke, nuts, not really sweet anymore, just written, then it flashes again

  15. YuraLM scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Well union of smoky and sweet fruits
    • Nose
      Smoky, red berries, seaweed, salt, red currant. At the end sweet red berries
    • Taste
      Smoky, red berries, light species, red currant
    • Finish
      Average lasting, average saturated, red currant, light species

  16. Koalafant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    # 191

    Notes dated 2015-05-01
    • Nose
      Sweet scent of fresh figs and dates paired with blood orange and raspberries ... complex and round
    • Taste
      Complex and sweet with light, ethereal notes
    • Finish
      long and sweet

  17. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, iodine, maritime, sweet, a touch sherry; sweet vanilla and maltiness; Fruitiness, the Sherry keeps coming back
    • Taste
      Spicy, spicy, chili, smoke; then sweet and sherry; harsh, coffee comes over pretty well; sweet vanilla; a salty and maritime touch
    • Finish
      short; Smoke; tart; little sweet, rather salty and maritime

  20. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    After the Laga 16 gateway to the whiskys, the whisky lobby distillers!
    • Nose
      velvety on fine peat, on chocolate, on vanilla, caramel and lemon, plus a little seaweed, a little spray!
    • Taste
      it's sweet, creamy, spicy,
      there is wet wood, slightly and characteristic Laga peat that comes out,
      it's really like a candy with dried fruit, almost "watery" even, it lacks something to stay stronger in the mouth!
    • Finish
      on smoked peat, spray, some salt, caramel, candied fruit, lemony vanilla, good but simple

  21. Highlander1965 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  22. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The good Distiller's Edition - bottled in annual batches - always very good malts, but they lose a bit of the typical Lagavulin character!
    • Nose
      light campfire smoke, strong sherry, fruits, herbs, oak;
    • Taste
      powerful, warm onset, lots of sherry, oily, light smoke, pinch of salt, getting dry, oak, tobacco, complex;
    • Finish
      long finish, tobacco and pepper fade away;

  23. Bretorianer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Wonderfully soft, hint of smoke, little sweetness from the sherry.
    • Taste
      85 85
      More smoke, bit salty, earthy
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pretty long and fairly dry. I really miss a few% alcohol in the dram.

  26. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An overly sweet lagavulin in my view. The sherry coats the whole experience and tames the smoke. Nonetheless it's a quality sherry influence with nice dried fruit notes.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I like this series because PX is good for Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke, citrus, ripe fruits, sawdust, sherry and camphor.
    • Taste
      Citruses, sweet fruits, honey, salted caramel, pepper, burnt barbecue, smoke and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, bittersweet.

  28. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke from damp wood, lime cream, a dash of mint. Lemon thyme, orange peel, cookie dough. Sawdust, a touch of olive oil.
    • Taste
      Grilled lemons with honey. Caramelized apples, green tea with candy sugar. Milk chocolate. Peach ice tea. Burnt bread crust.

  29. MiJo1881 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. uap304 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Enjoyable but not complex. Maybe an off bottle? I’m not sure how this ended up with a 10-point lower score than the standard bottling. 
    • Nose
      Sweet and rich, but not cloying. Softer campfire smoke than the original, but still mostly smoky and difficult to find any fruit or sherry. 
    • Taste
      Rich mouthfeel.  Sweet attack, then smoke and chili. 
    • Finish
      Turning anemic, brief finish. Peat and dark chocolate. 

  31. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (21) It's not bad "(86) The
    • Nose
      The aroma is soft, pleasant ... candy-fruit ... raspberry ... light peat ... orange jam ... old mint ... wet stones ... barn (22) The
    • Taste
      Taste ashy ... salty-sweet ... watermelon (21) The
    • Finish
      Finish paper and fruity ... smoked prunes, eucalyptus oil ... smoked fish (22) The

  32. DrBardamu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    A very creamy expression - very drinkable
    • Nose
      Pretty reluctant peat and smoke, little bit cheesy, sea breeze, salty
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, citric, little bit meaty, butter
    • Finish
      Medium long warm, still oily

  35. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An excellent combination of classical ayles with a sherry barrel, developing from the dominance of the base in the taste to the predominance of the barrel at the finish of the Molot has a solid character, excellent depth and richness of the components, and this under commercial strength - no questions arise - 43% is enough. In general, another classy Lagavulin, but if you put the question squarely - DE or 16YO, I would choose 16YO for myself, somehow a cleaner and uncomplicated version clings.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, classic, smoky-smoked on a peat substrate, lagavulin notes in a frame of dried fruit and raisin tones, dried apples.
    • Taste
        Here the sherry influence is already more powerful than itself, and competes on an equal footing with the base - a dense wave of raisins, dried apricots, sweet creamy tones, bitter chocolate along with smoke, smoked products, peat and charcoal, just a lot, deep and rich.
    • Finish
      Here it seems that both the barrel and the base are slightly exhausted, but the remnants of strength turned out to be greater in the barrel - the finish is clearly raisin, dried fruit, sweet-creamy; smoke and peat somewhere on the periphery, trying to take revenge, but still a little nedobirayut.

  36. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not very complex but interesting!
    • Nose
      A typical nose of the laga, smoked but soft enough in fact, not aggressive.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is slightly fruity, refining in sherry futs has done its work, pepper is present.
    • Finish
      The finish is very peppery and salty (Talisker?).

  37. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal notes, fruity (oranges), maple syrup, tobacco, hay, farmy
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, salty, bitter, fruity (oranges), tobacco, chocolate, tar
    • Finish
      Long, bitter, salty, tobacco, peppery

  39. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great whiskys through the bank, scratch with ~ 80 € but now significantly on the price tolerance limit. I did not feel the differences so much in the "daily use" over the years and as a rule I do not look at the vintage. Of course it's obvious here. Personally, I liked the berry fruit in the 98s best.
    • Nose
      Direct comparison 98/14, 99/15, 00/16:
      The basis of campfire with raisins and a hint of salty sea air is common to all, the similarity is great, but also the differences are quite clear: 98 is the most fruity, while the other two are limited to raisins and possibly dried fruit, I have gummy bears here , Grapes, red gooseberries, 00 is the freshest, saltiest and tickle in the nose, later comes ashtray, 99 is very shy at first (compared to the other two), but then develops a strong smoked salaminote.
    • Taste
      The smoke is in all three "harder", as the nose suggests, more charcoal / ash than campfire, plus pepper, salt and coffee. 98 differs significantly, it is the sharpest and in contrast to the other two I have here again fruit in the taste, wine gum, red gooseberry, blackcurrant. 99 & 00 I can not tell the difference, both less stinging than 98, but strong grassy-bitter, coffee, licorice ... with a lot of imagination, 00 is perhaps a little sweeter, chocolatier, but without guarantee.
    • Finish
      In the finish, they are the most similar, long and warm, with pepper, salt and coffee, at 98 still slightly a dark berry note sounds, 99 has the most pepper, 00 is the softest.

  40. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    First nose typical of Laga but with more sweetness and with the malt put forward. On the palate, lacks a little attack, but a nice balance of peat and sweetness with a touch of chocolate. Final quite sweet but at the same time well peppery.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  41. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not so complex, but very welcome.
    • Nose
      Lovely Islay ; with all the ingredients, smoke,peat.fruity, dept, rich, intense  nose, sea-weed. 
    • Taste
      Full bodied; richly seated,smoke a salty edge of sea spray. Also found some dried-grape sweetness. Lovely fruity.
    • Finish
      Long warm and intense. Completed  with all the Islay ingredients.Lovely good. Rich flavored.

  42. maltsabine scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  44. hansreitzema scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    16 april 2016
    • Nose
      Turf, kers, misschien wat dennenbos
    • Taste
      Turf, rokerig, beetje ziltig, leer, wat branderig mondgevoel
    • Finish
      Middellang tot lang, blijft wat branderig

  45. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. Murxus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Had a long way to decide if it´s a 90 pts. or not. Sometimes it´s just too smooth, too blendy, missing individual edges. But then there are times when there are these deep flavours which keep me caught... it´s a Standard whitch stays at the borderline from very good to excellent.

  47. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    easy and pleasant to drink, but not very complex
    • Nose
      dark red fruity, soft, sweet, smoke, maritime, phenol
    • Taste
      slightly hot on the palate, smoky, lemon, dark fruit, phenol, light barbecue taste, light notes, licorice,

      almost a reminder of Pastis with a lot of water on the palate
    • Finish
      Smoke, water, lemon, liquorice, pleasant ..

  49. malthead-sven scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I tried it directly after the 16er, the sherry ripening is much more elegant and dignified, but lacks the bite, which characterizes the normal Lagavulin. Overall, both get the same rating.
    • Nose
      appears closed and restrained, after a little hand warmth was given to the glass it opens, forest fruits, slightly cherry, oily sweetness, slowly comes the smoke, heavily charred wood, fire, pickled fruits, woodruff jelly, English wine gum, herbs, vegetable broth, greasy grill after grilling marinated steaks
    • Taste
      creamy nutty with plums, slowly developing the smoky-intensive character of Lagavulin, but predominantly sweet
    • Finish
      first inconspicuous, takes a long start, very spicy, wild garlic, fennel and anise, set but at the same time intense

  50. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh attack, with a barrel of tar and punches of peat, sulphur and salt. The victim, enjoying being a masochist, is then soothed with beeswax.
    • Taste
      Rich and extremely sweet, then smoky becoming medicinal and eventually seaweedy.
    • Finish
      Pepper, salt, sand.

  51. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  52. Wolv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  53. kv-schmidt did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    He sets his peat smoke perfect and very voluminous, without too much miss a certain refinement.
    • Nose
      Smoky with woody tones, with a hint of damp forest soil, hay, rum and raisins.
    • Taste
      Creamy with a pleasant hint of smoke! Much peat smoke, nut oil, hazelnut, cocoa, crispy bacon.
    • Finish
      Well matured rum and dark dark chocolate. After a while you can discover some nutmeg.

  54. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like the nutty and salty profile of this Lagavulin. Apart from the nose, it isn't versatile enough to be a stunner, and it's close to the edge of being too tannic for me. Still good, but not a winner in a competition.
    • Nose
      Carbolic soap, wet peat, dunnage warehouse, damp earth, oil, tar, salt, clamps, marzipan, and a bit of lemon. Classic profile. After a while, a layer with vanilla and grapefruit shines through, along with some fern and moss. Even later, red fruits and apple syrup complete the nose. 
    • Taste
      Medium bodied, yet a tad harsh. oily, yet pepper-y , with ginger, rather on wood smoke, salted cod, walnut, and grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Medium, rather bitter, leaving notes of pepper, walnut skin, but also peat, bbq smoke and lemon. 

  55. HunterRomario scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A well-tuned combination of smoked sherry whisky (Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks). Tasting at the Whisky Festival 2016 during the masterclass of Karel Pinky.
    • Nose
      Peat, dark dark fruity, tobacco, sherry, orange jam. (90 b)
    • Taste
      Super reflection of the fragrance. Orange marmalade, cinnamon, acidic fruit. Smooth, smoky peat flavor. (92 b)

  56. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. Dyno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Segens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I have the possibility to get the Laga Distillers 1995 next to the 1997 and 1998. By far the 1995 is the best. This 1998 is a good dram and I can fully recommend to buy it for 80€. Nevertheless the gap to the 1995 is so big that I would always recommend to go for the Distillers Edition 1995/2013 one as it is outstanding from my point of view!
    • Nose
      Sea salt, smoke, pepper, lemon and a bit of sherry ... I am missing complexity in this dram. If I compare it vs 1995 & 1997 it is the fewest interesting dram considering the nose
    • Taste
      Very sweet start where the sherry shows up immediately and brings honey, barbecue sauce and apples. The taste is much better than the 1997 but cannot compete to the 1995 one.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long and nice and the sherry salt sweetness remains for several seconds positive in the mouth

  59. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An impressive nose, sweet, gentle with a subliminal power, a predator on the chain. It is also gentle in taste, the predator only growls softly, you can feel the power, but it remains hidden. The finish is long and lets not forget the rumbling.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, ripe red fruits, blackberry, weaker raspberries, raisins, wet wood, caramel, oak, wet soil, campfire, all sweet and tightly interwoven, after a while a touch of cinnamon, baked apple
    • Taste
      It starts cool and soft, slowly the sweetness gives way and the whisky becomes drier, a slight pungency is on the tongue, such as too hot food, red berries, oak, slightly astringent, whole milk chocolate, sweetened orange juice, the smoke is reserved in the background Everything is very harmonious
    • Finish
      Smoke, the distant memory of smoked ham, the palate tingles, slightly bitter oak, dark chocolates, long, the tongue sticks to the palate, the baked apple tastes, slightly burnt

  60. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  61. steinrich scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  62. Laga93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  63. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  64. lupowolf63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  65. p4blo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Unmistakeable Lagavulin, a very good release, especially concerning the price.
    • Nose
      Very fruity with raisins, pineapples and apples complemented with soft smoke. Alcohol is very nicely integrated.
    • Taste
      Soft, rounded and nicely balanced. At first the fruitiness with apples, vanilla, raisins and prunes dominates. After a while the typical Lagavulin smoky notes come forward.
    • Finish
      Quite long with the fruitiness quickly taken over by the notes of smoke and white pepper.

  66. Landryn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  67. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The aroma already confirms why I like Lagavulin so much: a pleasantly pleasant smoke, paired with sweet sherry. Wow! Balanced taste, nothing tastes good, oak, smoke, sherry - that's it! Great.

  68. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A typical Lagavulin. The Distillers Edition is much sweeter and milder compared to the "normal" 16-year-old Lagavulin. The smoke is comparatively not so intense. Whether the higher price is justified in comparison to the "normal" Lagavulin is difficult to say, since both have the same Brennereicharakter but yet somehow different. Nevertheless, I like the Distillers Edition 2014 very well.
    • Nose
      Fine, sweet and subtle smoke pours out of the glass. Malted fruit mixes pleasant smoke. An orange aroma meets vanilla and, of course, slightly peaty smoke again.
    • Taste
      First come citrus fruits, oranges, to the fore. These fruity aromas are immediately covered by fine peaty smoke. Light salt and iodine over the tongue and go into a pleasant peppery pungency.
    • Finish
      The sharpness of the taste becomes more intense. The smoke comes back and ends in a slightly bitter coffee note. The finish is medium in length, finely smoky and ends with a fine hint of coffee and a hint of nut.

  69. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Iodine, sea air, pineapple, lemon, touch of tropical fruit, chocolate, cinnamon and honey
    • Taste
      Greasy, tropical fruit, little salt, caramel, coffee and smoke
    • Finish
      Medium, oily, slightly warming, lemon, little oak, ash and dark chocolate.

  70. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blindverkostung
    • Nose
      Complex with fruity aromas and peat bag. Plums. Cloves. Cinnamon. Citrus fruits. Grilled pineapple. Iodine. Dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Getting oilier. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Salt caramel. Torfasche. Strongly roasted coffee beans.
    • Finish
      Long. A lot of ash right at the beginning. These are joined by citrus fruits. Vanilla. Drying. Oak. Dark chocolate.

  71. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  72. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  73. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  74. Dionysus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  75. webdiver scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  76. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted during a blind tasting competition in June 2015.
    • Nose
      Prikkelend; alcohol blijft aanwezig.  Groene appel, fris. Bij terugruiken verdwijnt de scherpheid niet. Subtiel rokerig, met een hintje leer. Mooi!
    • Taste
      Licht ziltig en rokerig, hout, later komt er wat kruidigheid naar voren. Frisse whisky. Bij afdronk komt zoetigheid naar voren (richting marsepein). 
    • Finish
      Redelijk lange finish, niet met uitgesproken smaken.

  77. Paulski88 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  78. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Lagavulin Distillers Edition (2014)
    Tasted 2015-07-17 @ Whisky InTeam Spaden:
    N typical Lagavulin, sharp salinity
    G, voluminous brute, long sweetness, no significant difference to the 16er
    85

  79. Glenladdie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  80. NamorX68 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  81. Maczet scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  82. Ties scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  83. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  84. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  85. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It is the sweet fruity smoke complex Islay whisky which has been married to sherry oak.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Sweet fruity smoke. The nose is sweeter and gives more fruitiness along with the smoke than previous versions. Raisins, plums, sherry (not as big as 1997), vanilla.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Sweet, salty.
    • Finish
      Long. Salty smoke. Some red dried fruits.

  86. wataya scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  87. wataya scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    nose: sea breeze, salt, driftwood, a hint of caramel, dried fruits, seaweed, a little citrus fruits and some smoke. palate: paraffin lamp, wax, soap, again wood, dried fruits and some smoke. finish: wax and soap with citrus, salt and sherry. love it.

  88. Remko scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - April 23, 2015

    Lagavulin 1998/2014 'Distillers Edition' (43%, OB, lgv 4/503)
    Another one that I’m always trying to follow. Colour: dark gold. Nose:
    it seems to me that the ‘DE’ got closer to the ‘16’ in style, with maybe
    a little less wine influence, and a general profile that would rather
    be on ‘the 16 plus oranges and a touch of maple syrup’. So it’s
    marginally more aromatic and rounder than the 16… Although, I have to
    say that after a few minutes, there’s rather more Havana tobacco and
    hay/farmyard that are coming through. But globally, as I had noticed
    with the 1997/2013, this baby rather got cleaner and straighter. Not
    that there’s anything to complain about, mind you. Mouth: maybe a touch
    of gingery oak in the arrival, then this maelstrom of all things from
    the sea plus tobacco and bitter oranges. Some bitter chocolate too, a
    drop of crème de menthe and liquid tar, then herbal teas and more
    tobacco. Little sweetness from the PX, which is great. The body’s not
    huge. Finish: long, appropriately bitter and tobacco-ish, with drops of
    seawater in the aftertaste. Plus pepper, quite a lot of it. Comments:
    very, very lovely dram, but this time, I’ve enjoyed the straighter side
    of the 16 a little better. That didn’t happen every year. SGP:457 - 88 points.

  89. afrb scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      82 82

  90. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Orange, lemon, smoked salmon, pity that the reduction handicaps this nose. Acid attack quite pleasant, a beautiful peat unfolds but unfortunately lacks watts, caramel. Long finish on a salty peat. Good, lemony enough.

  91. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  92. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  93. Sybramsky scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  94. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lovely nose. Creamy rounded smoke. Sherry finish at it's best. Delicate, sweet and fresh spirit.
    This should be marvelous at 48%.

  95. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sweeter nose than preceding editions of the DE, with more ripe fruits (tinned desert fruits, strawberries and pear drops) and slightly less peat and tobacco. Despite the slight shift in profile, the wonderful balance I associate with these DE releases remains. Notably thinner on the palate than the 1997 or 1996 editions, meaning that it can't take any water without damaging the mouth feel. This is a bit of a shame as I found that one drop of water really helped to release wonderful additional aromas and flavours in previous versions. Long, lingering and warming peat smoke finish so distinctive of the Islay South coast distilleries. Yet another very high quality Laga DE release, but more than ever I'm left feeling that a higher strength bottling (46%?) would bring massive benefits.

  96. addyhd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Verry sweet strawberry juice with blackberries, later on more peat. unfortunately for me it is not cask strenght . goes in as easy as lemonade .
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  97. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very good continuation of this expression. I like it a bit better than its predecessor from 1997 which is peatier, spicier and by far not as fruity as this one. The sherry influence is very present, but in a fresh sense rather than the treaclier early '90s versions.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, like grenadine syrup, strawberry and plum. The peaty and toffee notes are only secundary.
    • Taste
      Now the profile towards the peat and toffee notes. Still the same fruitiness, but more in the background now. Some pepper as well.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, strawberry and cranberry.

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