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Overall rating
93.05/100
votes
488
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1985
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Spanish Sherry European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
6642
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281022918
Added on
27 Oct 2007 2:46 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2936,49

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488 × member ratings

686 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1985

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.05 points

  1. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottles # 1145, # 3376 and # 3428 sold empty at ebay.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 87 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 87,5.  My notes state without the unpleasant and significant sulphurous flavours this would be a delicious dram that I most probably would have scored 90+ points.  But sorry folks, sulphur is simply a "no go" for my taste buds...

  3. peatjens did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Gods - what a epiphany !
    First of all I like and love Lagavulin in general because of its own fantastic character ( normally they would call me prejudiced ). So it was only a question of time to come across with that one.

    At first I heard about it at a bicentennary in a taste blindness tasting. Reasons enough for me to test it by myself.
    In my old rating system (not drinkable but drunken; don’t want more; got to much; not translatable into WB points) I forgot to score it. ;)

    I also cannot get that fuzz about this Lagavulin bottling is all about. But having it in your glas once means, try one of best ever created compositions of whisky possible. It apears to me to be magical.
    Apologies I won‘t bash this bottling to much.
    O.k., we should not take it too seriously. Important you will have it in your glas before you jugging truth.
    • Nose
      Extremely rich, complex and with an impressive aroma density paired with sweetness and creaminess. A veil of smoke reminding of peat and bonfire and the subtle sherry combine wonderfully with the rest of the impressions as orange marmalade, lemon cake, light fruitiness of dark and red fruits, fig, plums, toffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, brownie, fresh mushrooms, earthy, wet forest soil, woody, grass, licorice, smoked salmon, tar, peat, ash, tobacco and leather, sea salt and seaweed ...
      An impressive nose and despite of 56.6%, alcohol is barely noticeable, as thick as aroma density is.
      .
    • Taste
      Miam - intense and powerful.
      The texture of maritime notes, citrus, peat and sherry is unique and multi-faceted.
      It starts out soft and very, very creamy. Milk chocolate. Then it shows a fruity sweetness, dark honey, which begins in the background and extends to the tip of the tongue. The malt quickly feels a bit dry as it rolls through the mouth in an intense yet elegant manner, unfolding the full range of flavors.
      Tobacco, earthy peat more than smoke, charcoal, burning wood and ash, iodine, black powder. Smoke and peat are getting stronger, underlaid with a great spice. A subtle fruit note flashes, from which aromas of tangerine and oranges develop. Plum, dried apricot, candied cherry, rose hip and apple. Finally he shows a little peppery sharpness.
      .
    • Finish
      Also in the end, no weaknesses are shown. In the slowly fading aftertaste, saltiness, ash and sweet peat smoke with fruit aromas from orange peel, dried apricots and plums, complemented by milk chocolate, caramel and tobacco notes and a hint of delicate bitterness. It will stick to the palate for a long time.

      Comments: What else is there to say?
      Just a great sherry malt in itself.
      Getting botteled at the age of 21 year was perfect time. Unmistakable Islay character has combined perfectly with the sherry oak cask and gives a wonderful elegance and balance. 99 points because I wouldn't expect much more what whisky could offer you.

      Auction results:
      13.11.2013 602,- € on Ebay
      27.05.2018 1.300,- € on Ebay
      30.11.2019 1.563,- € on Ebay
      11.12.2019 1.578,- € on Ebay
      16.02.2020 1.568,- € on Ebay

  4. penumbra scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      Black pepper burdock, bacon, peat, violet, ink, iodine, seaweed, lemon juice, sea bream, sea breeze, citrus, fondant, honey, malt, oily.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Peat, slag, soot, coal ash, fire, oily wrap, pepper, roasted, floral, soap, oak slag, 100% black without acid, fat.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long-lasting, peat, oak slag, black and delicate bitterness.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Not the most complex Lagavulin, but the sherry with peat and the creamy milk chocolate is amazing! 93/94.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Peat and smoke, camphor, herbals, burned tire, sherry, forest fruits, antique leather and kerosene.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Powerful. Big sherry and peat. Very creamy milk chocolate. Honey and mixed fruit jam. Earth.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, peaty, sweet.

  6. stf92 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Yum, fine peat, complex with smoke, fruits (citrus fruits), chocolate, coffee ... one slap this Lagavulin and I tend the other cheek with pleasure.

  7. penumbra scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Compared with the last time I drank this wine, it was still black pepper steak-style peat that made people drunk, but it lacked the power of three points into the wood, and added some unclear fruits.
    • Nose
      Turkish cuisine with ginseng sherry, black pepper tomato oxtail soup, yellow mustard, saffron, sage, herbs, lemon juice with smoked salmon, heavy oil billowing with thick smoke billowing to charcoal roasting Block fat, a good bacon dish. Obvious red phosphorus or tannin, but I prefer to call it tomato and garlic stew, very cooked red fruits of Solanaceae, Rosaceae and Citrus. Some white reefs, seaweed and maritime breath appeared briefly in the middle, but the whole is still very earthy and heavy, and the peach smell of ink, camphor pellets, diesel, fine cigarettes, grilled tricholoma, etc., shows a bit of violet quality, as for those Lagavulin No need to mention the iconic peat sherry smell. Finally, it ends with a hot mouth Italian concentration, a small amount of hazelnuts and pecans, and tar.
    • Taste
      The peat ppm is not high but it appears extremely depressed, roasted coffee beans, gingerbread man, white pepper, tar. Very special fruit, bitter orange, slightly astringent apricot, with nutty lipid and half-ripe unripe twisting feeling. Vanilla, toasted oak, Italian herbal liqueur, lower salt, creamy cream, toffee. On the whole, the background of rolling peat and fat is basic. Herbs and sugar are calm, but there are yellow peaks in the middle.

      Strong, rich in fat, low in sweetness, slightly sour, no tannins, no astringency, bitter bottom.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, roasted hazelnuts, 80% cocoa, textbook-style Laga Shirley.

  8. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    best laga I‘ve already tried,gift to fans
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      95 95

  9. CherryHeart scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Nose: The smoky, mild fragrance wrapped in sea mud, kerosene, hawthorn, sherry vinegar, camphor balls.

    Palate: The flavours are long and thin, and the flavor of deep roasting is impressive, such as mountain spring, smoke, bonfire, oil fume on the barbecue, cumin, cigar leaf, and yaga snow brown.

    Balance, Body: Moderate weight on the body, outstanding balance, strong alcohol but not spicy

    Finish: Long and strong, oak, frosting, wax oil, earth, espresso.

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    The best Lagavulin i've ever tried!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

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