- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Spanish Sherry European Oak Casks
- Number of bottles
- 56.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Added on
- 27 Oct 2007 2:46 pm
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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
- Bottles # 1145, # 3376 and # 3428 sold empty at ebay.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- [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...
Black pepper burdock, bacon, peat, violet, ink, iodine, seaweed, lemon juice, sea bream, sea breeze, citrus, fondant, honey, malt, oily.
Peat, slag, soot, coal ash, fire, oily wrap, pepper, roasted, floral, soap, oak slag, 100% black without acid, fat.
Long-lasting, peat, oak slag, black and delicate bitterness.
- Not the most complex Lagavulin, but the sherry with peat and the creamy milk chocolate is amazing! 93/94.
Peat and smoke, camphor, herbals, burned tire, sherry, forest fruits, antique leather and kerosene.
Powerful. Big sherry and peat. Very creamy milk chocolate. Honey and mixed fruit jam. Earth.
Long, peaty, sweet.
- Yum, fine peat, complex with smoke, fruits (citrus fruits), chocolate, coffee ... one slap this Lagavulin and I tend the other cheek with pleasure.
- An amazing classic sherried Lagavulin
- Amazing Classic Sherried Lagavulin
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
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
Very long, roasted pear, mint, sweet orange, honey, fructose, persistent smoky, ashes
- Peat sherry chocolate coffee leather tobacco, burnt tyre, a very punchy and delicious dram
- Drink the second best Lagavulin！