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Overall rating
93.06/100
votes
473
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

€ 2864,83

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677 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 21-year-old

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.06 points

  1. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  2. 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

  3. 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 sulphury 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 tastebuds...

  4. penumbra scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Black pepper burdock, bacon, peat, violet, ink, iodine, seaweed, lemon juice, sea bream, sea breeze, citrus, fondant, honey, malt, oily.
    • Taste
      Peat, slag, soot, coal ash, fire, oily wrap, pepper, roasted, floral, soap, oak slag, 100% black without acid, fat.
    • Finish
      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. zydto scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    An amazing classic sherried Lagavulin

  8. zydto scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Amazing Classic Sherried Lagavulin
    • Nose
      96 96
      Classic lagavulin, red fruit, sour plum, ripe plums, grass, obvious but unobtrusive smoke, fig, very grand flavor, kelp, beach, dark chocolate, brownie, lemon, tobacco leaf, smoked black tea, sea salt
    • Taste
      94 94
      Burnt tires, bonfires, roasted seaweed, cigars, heavy smoky flavors, and very elegant sherry peat, red fruit, fruit vinegar, sea salt, sour plum, roasted pineapple, roasted orange sauce, Odette black pepper Pepper thyme baked pigeon crispy, slightly minty crisp, slightly bitter ginger
    • Finish
      95 95
      Very long, roasted pear, mint, sweet orange, honey, fructose, persistent smoky, ashes

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Peat sherry chocolate coffee leather tobacco, burnt tyre, a very punchy and delicious dram

  10. Teresa scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Drink the second best Lagavulin!
    That's great!!!

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