Lagavulin 1985

Overall rating
92.91/100
votes
549
Whiskybase ID
WB613
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2007
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
Bottle code
5000281022918
Barcode
5000281022918
Added on
27 oct 2007 2:46 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 4531.34

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549 × member ratings

766 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 1985

66 users have left 70 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.91 points.

  1. Schollus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: milky-creamy, very powerful, blazing embers, peat
    Palate: rough and wild, salty, Giotto, bacon, sulphur, power meets sherry
    Finish: extremely long and persistent, like a bear hug

  2. Barsho scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

  3. kanpai79 scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

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

  4. whiskas scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Up 1 point from my last rating

  5. skyrunner scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    N96
    T95
    F95
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. Segens scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Best whisky - thanks Roland!

  7. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. sakis scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. Eternatus scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    legendary

  10. zstone scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    This scotch is very dense and it has an incredibly long and evolving finish. The flavor is so long and intense that it is hard to say where the taste ends and the finish begins.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoke, peat, rubber, slight saltiness, honey smoked ham, some tobacco but it's rather integrated with the rest of the whisky.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smoke, honeyed ham, slight rubber, grilled meats, plenty of sweet dark fruits. Intense, but rather balanced, in the sense that no single note dominates.
    • Finish
      95 95
      One of the longer and more complex finishes I've tried in a scotch. At first it's quite sweet on dark fruit, jam, and milk chocolate. Then the smoke and peat reappear, there's a flash of sunflower seeds and olive oil, and it suddenly becomes less sweet (it's still sweet, though). It persists for a very long time on sweet peat, smoke, dark fruits, and rubber.

  11. Leessang scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  12. qxk990101 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    best whisky ever tasted. big sherry and peat

  13. hyc scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Smell

    94
    taste

    96
    End rhyme

    96

  14. MichRich scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Best ever Lagavulin. Simple as that.

  15. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  16. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/11/08/whisky-website-rankings-the-worlds-top-100/

    Following on from that fabulous 18yo comes this 21yo, rated by Serge at a whopping 95 points. How can one not have expectations?

    N: Objectivity, go! Wow, that is awesome though, an old Old & Rare style nose with oodles of freshness and strength. It reminds me of a number of [G&M] 45-50yo bottlings [Glen Grant, Strathisla etc,..] that I’ve tried and been disappointed by their fragility and impactfulness at 40% abv [and dropping]. A bottling like this, presented at cask strength, gives us the best of it all. Being creamy, phenolic and slightly mucky yet beautifully composed, those Spanish sherry butts help support that O&R air, with a certain nudge towards TTR [tamari, tomato and rancio]. Without doubt one of the most amazing contemporary old skool noses I’ve ever smelt, not quite in tOMoH’s 1955 Bowmore league [WLP96] just yet, but give it a few more decades. It’s delectable now with only 13 or so years in glass.

    T: The nose translates well on the palate, the sherry casks present yet respectful and positively influential. Unlike the 18yo, this needs a little water [in the mouth only], to help clear away any prickly palate shocks and allowing the flavour compounds to work their magic. Add a little water for a luscious yet slightly dry and somewhat heavy sweet < bitter peatiness to slowly emerge and expand. Reminding me more of a heavier dirtier Ledaig, this hasn’t the finesse of the 18yo, yet held in the mouth, the taste-combos are a real treat.

    F: Slightly drying oaky dried-fruity chocolate on the turn, eventually into light creamy milky chocolatey [again] barley – all slightly salty – and with any number of older whiskies & other spirit references from various eras that may ensue. Oaky O&R-sherried salty earthy-peaty coke combos ring and ring with a herbal Vermouth note at the death. There’s a slight lighter fluid note somewhere along the tail not to mention Milk of Magnesia and rose water, but these are fleeting top notes.

    C: With 6642 bottles released, is there a fair chance of finding one for a fair price one day? For the nose alone, I wonder how much I’d be prepared to pay for such an aromatic treasure? I find it less sublime on the palate but I’m nit-picking at this high level. Cracking whisky!

  17. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: The 16yo has long been to Lagavulin what the 911 was to Porsche but we’re more than happy to see more variants coming out, especially since those are more Turbos than Boxters in our opinion... Okay, enough crappy analogies, let’s try this brand new 21yo, due for later this autumn (we already had a taste of a pre-vatting at the Islay Festival). It’s an important bottling, as it comes from Spanish sherry European oak casks only – not American oak like often with sherry. Besides, we’ve been told that there won’t be any other ‘full sherry’ versions in the future. Colour: full amber. Nose: what is striking are the obvious common roots between the old 12yo and this new 21yo. This one is more ‘direct’ at first nosing, though. Sweeter, creamier, immediately on peat plus sherry plus the assembling of both (if you see what I mean)... Simple? Indeed, but just for a few seconds, as it then starts to shoot aromatic arrows one after the other. Menthol, hazelnut oil, oxtail, prunes, orange marmalade, smoked ham, curry, mustard (hints), walnut liqueur. Slight hints of phosphorus (although not like a ‘simple’ bunch of matchsticks). And it goes on, getting wilder now... Game (just like in the old 12yo), eucalyptus (I know brands are not cool but I’d dare to say ‘Vicks’)... And then strawberry jam, sea water... Please take your time when you’ll try this one, the development is ‘very gradual’ but it’s really worth it. A fireworks show. Mouth: here’s the punch that the 12yo was lacking, but also a slight ‘brutality’ at the attack. A true peaty grip in fact and an extreme ‘ampleur’. Quite some pepper, walnuts, crystallised ginger, strong liquorice, tar, mint and eucalyptus sweets again (very bold!), bitter oranges... And a powerful smokiness. The saltiness grows bolder as well... No sulphur that I can get... Wood ashes, herb liqueurs (green Chartreuse – are you listening, O.?), Havana tobacco (like when you chew your cigar). Also hints of ripe gooseberries and dried longans. And sticky toffee pudding, of course. Finish: very long, concentrated, ample, salty and liquoricy – amusing how this one makes you thirsty. We also tried it with water, it got more on mint and eucalyptus (and oranges) but other than that the general profile stayed the same. Who said this was an important bottling? 95 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveseptember07-1.html#040907

  18. 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.

  19. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

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

  20. CherryHeart scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    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.

  21. 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

  22. peatjens did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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:
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  23. zydto scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    An amazing classic sherried Lagavulin

  24. 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

  25. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Teresa scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Bjorn78 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    The balance in the whisky is pure excellence, amazing how the full and rich fruits came back up while the intensity of the peat dicreased throughut the years

  28. 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.

  29. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Unvelievable creaminess, complexity and balance - fantastic!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Tobacco, condensed milk, hints of leather, peat and bonfire, toffee, chocolate, sherry wood, meaty, pork sausage, bacon, medicinal iodine, sea weed, soy sauce - very good!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, very, very creamy, mellow, thick, good sweetness, milk chocolate, more peat and bonfire, little fruity, tobacco, spices, nuts, nutmeg - great!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, warm, still creamy

  30. Jack McClane scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Everything you would expect from a Lagavulin.
    Simply outstanding.

    If there is any whisky that comes close to perfection for me - this is it.

  31. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Cherry, rose hip, leather, peat, caramel, plum, apricot jam, honey and sulphur.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Plum, dried apricot, leather, peat, candied cherry, rose hip, caramel and apple.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Peat, dried apricot, plum, milk chocolate and orange

  32. 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.

  33. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The taste is a bit one-dimensional to me, overall it is a beast to enjoy!
    • Nose
      Strong peat mixed with huge smoke. You can feel the thickness in front of your noses. Extremely dirty, tyres, BBQ smoke, plastic, maybe some sulphur
    • Taste
      Fresh grapes, BBQ marinades, still strong peat.
    • Finish
      Medium and dry, some metallic aftertastes, oysters, more chocolate spices.

  34. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  35. stf_92 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.

  36. torstenB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I cannot get fhat fuzz about this bottling is all about. Lagavulin Original single cask bottlings appear overrated to me. Apologies for bashing this bottling a bit
    • Nose
      cigar boxes, old cigars, spent firework, overall kind of dryish
    • Taste
      i get sulphury notes likes chewing on flintstone, later like chewing on all kinds of junk from an attic or basement
    • Finish
      kind of drying, chewing on dust from the attic or basement

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    H2H- Lagavulin through the ages - as usual logic would dictate that the older ones would be better, but will that be the case? I already did a head to head of the 21, 25 and 30 and found the 25 to be better than most other people and between the 3 not that much in it so it will be interested to taste again. Lagavulin 16 is favourite of many on here for a go to islay dram and once price has been taken into account I  can gauge the best value and I suspect the 16 will do well here. Mid 1960`s to present 37 year, all official bottlings Drams 
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/100508/lagavulin-guaranteed-pure-malt-pot-still https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/51469/lagavulin-16-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/75648/lagavulin-islay-jazz-festival-2015  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35109/lagavulin-1991   https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/613/lagavulin-1985  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12/lagavulin-25-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10/lagavulin-30-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/44217/lagavulin-37-year-old
    In theory the nose and palate should all have similarities so I will knock a few out from the start, tasting 8 heavy peaters is a lot for  my palate.   Nose The first to be discounted was the Jaz festival2015 and the 30 year but that might be because they were more delicate. next was the 21 year 1991 then the 37 year which left the NAS 1960`s, 16 year, 21 year 1985 and the 25 year. 

    A difficult decision 

    1 - 21 year 1985 

    2 - Pure Pot Still 60`s 

    3 - 37 year 

    4 - 16 year 

    5 - 25 year 

    6 - 30 year 

    7 - 21 year 1991 

    8 - 2015 Jazz festival Palate 

    1st tasting (tentative) 

    1 - 21 year 1985 

    2= - 21 year 1991 

    2= - 37 year 

    4 -2015 Jazz festival 

    5 - 25 year 

    6  - 30 year 

    7 - Pure Pot Still Nas

     8 - 16 year 

    2nd tasting 

    1 -1985 21 year 

    2 - 1991 21year 

    3 - 37 year 

    4 - 25 year 

    5 - Jazz festival 2015 

    6 - 30 year 

    7 - 16 year 

    8 - Nas pure pot still (been open a while) 

    After 2 tastings my top 3 were the same with the 25 year moving to 4th the Nas was bottom with the 16 year just beating it. The 30 year was a little delicate in this company. The big question is and the one that should give us all hope is that there was little in the first 6 placings and the 16 year was not far behind but the exta years maturation told. If You took price into consideration then the 16 year can hold its head up high.

  38. whiskycuse scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/lagavulin-19852007-ob/

  39. 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...

  40. Cast Olila scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  41. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  42. zormik scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  43. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  44. MrManners scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97

  45. GIORGOS scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  46. ThS scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Finesse, elegance, harmony, complexity, subtlety, intensity. Fruits, smoke, farmer, medicinal, herbaceous. Extraordinary.

  47. squaadgras scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  48. Hvdree scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  49. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An outstanding whisky.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  50. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER.

    Nose - crikey its a ginger pudding now.

    Palate - Very, very smooth , everything as neat but more restrained.

    Finish still long on candied sweetness.

    Really excellent, you cannot argue with that kind of quality.
    • Nose
      Rich with dark fruits of blackberry and blackcurrant. There are diesel fumes and burning candles, mixed in with old leather arm chairs and tar.
    • Taste
      Thick and creamy, with beautiful sherried peat. There is a fruity sweetness that starts in the background but works its way to the tip of your tongue.

      I get dark honey, very rich shortbread and hints of plum sauce.

      There are loads of spices in there including ginger.
    • Finish
      Massive, long, warming and it leaves you wanting more.

  51. lrb85 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  52. wbarchive_350097 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A reference!
    • Nose
      It's ultra rich. It is both sweet, smoky and peaty. We also smell a lot of lemon and orange peel. But also cooking, meat, plums and smoked salmon. Sherry is just subtle. He brings roundness to everything. Really top.
      "It smells of sugar shack while preparing maple syrup" Madame
    • Taste
      Wow! It's intense! Smoke, peat, citrus, brine, sherry, wild fruit jam, cocoa and coffee. The texture in the mouth is fat with this type of whisky is the ideal deal.
    • Finish
      Very long and sweet on the lemon combo, orange zest and peat.

  53. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose lemon pie, very nice peat round and clean, orange, beautiful woody, an earthy side, a veil of smoke, tar: above all the nose is very pleasant. The ventilation ends up revealing a slight farmer's side. Explosive attack, iodine, then it is specified in anchovies, large scale, very beautiful viscous texture and no defects. Alcohol is perfectly integrated, it does not gain anything to be diluted. A very long finish on desalted anchovies and citrus fruits (lemon), we end up having a return of sugar with medicinal plants. A deliciously warming, very complex dram with its four marine / citrus / peat / sherry facets. Excellent and desirable, I love the texture.

  54. markkerr02 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Test 077: Islay Special - 080223
    The whisky tested: Glass 1 Lagavulin 21Y, 56.5%, OB; 1799: - 121 points Glass 2 Bunnahabhain 31Y, 46%, Berry Brothers & Rudd; 1036: - 14 points Glass 3 Bruichladdich 34Y / 1972 Legacy 6, 41%, OB; 2513: - 4 points Glass 4 Laphroaig 18Y / 1988, 49.3%, OB; 999: - 101 points Glass 5 Laphroaig 25Y, 40%, OB; 2000: - 14 points Glass 6 Ardbeg Lord of the Isles bottled 2004, 46%, OB; 1590: - 88 points Glass 7 Ardbeg 1973/2003, 40%, Gordon & MacPhail; 1302: - 29 points Glass 8 Caol Ila 23Y / 1984 Madeira Finish, 50.7%, Creative Whisky; 1269: - 57 points Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Lagavulin 21Y, 56.5%, OB; 1799: - Color: Dark gold - amber Scent: Large, smoke, dried fruit, prunes Taste: Salt, dry dryness, dried fruits Aftertaste: Long, smoky, weak fatty, slightly sweet, ripe fruit Score: 93 Comment: A really powerful whisky that beat most of today's test with regard to power. http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2077%20Islay%20Special.html

  55. I_SPEY scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Peathead Tasting note:

    A few years ago peathead gave this whisky 94 points

    Color: Mahogany

    Nose: Full blown peat, sherry, smoke, salt and brine. It's a very strong and direct nose. Impressive.

    Taste: An explosion of peat straight away. Again some sweet sherry (reminds me of the Dist. Edition Pedro Ximenez). Sharp peppery taste on the tongue with lots of smoke and salt.

    Finish: Really long and lasting. The salt sticks to your lips.

    Comments: Most certainly the best Lagavulin I've tasted. So far one of the best (if not THE best) whisky I've ever had. What an experience!

    __________________________________________________________________

    Thanks again my friend for this sample; today, I empted your very special sample:

    Lagavulin 21 yo !!! I think it's the best I've ever had :-)

  56. Rossi99 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    A typical good old gentle man from Islay.
    No need to say much about, cos it is good dram.
    But to me I know another one that is better and more oomph than it. 
    consider the price is totally off the hook! pity!

  57. numen scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    From a purchased sample:

    Nose: Rich, golden, and decadent. Dense
    and complex. Most obviously sticky sweet (heavy molasses, honey, and
    oily toffee), without being over the top. The sherry influence gives off
    subtle tobacco and echoes of fruit. The peat emerges and recedes. At
    times it's like kippers and the most perfect sardines (canned and
    freshly smoked). Very slight sulfur, though, admittedly, I'm not
    sensitive to it. I don't want to put down my glass. Everything evolves
    and changes. The balance, density, and quality is superb. Leather,
    cocoa, menthol (Vick's vapo-rub), ginger, lingonberries (tart 'red'),
    and camphor. Pinch of high quality salt with honey and ham. (with water)
    Far more mossy and sea-weed. The fruit and toffee notes fade. Still
    golden.

    Palate: Thick liqueur on the palate. Immediately on
    honey, ginger, salt, leather, and caramel with some coffee and sticky
    pudding. The peat comes out, inevitably, like flames from smouldering
    embers. Really about the same as the nose, perhaps more gentle than I'd
    have expected, but no wall-flower this. Fabulous. (with water) Swims
    well. Peat is more prominent, and the thick, chewiness dissipates. More
    ashy, but the honeyed and salty notes still persist in the background.

    Finish:
    What's left to say? The notes probably will remind people of the 16 or
    Distillers Edition, and for good cause. That's all in here, though the
    age and sherry maturation gives it much more heft, depth, and richness.
    The quality is top notch. Water, for me, undid some of what made it
    special, but it's a clear winner. My notes left me all over the place,
    so I'll pick a 'safe' score for it - depending on mood or my perspective
    on taking it with water, this could go up or down 1-2 points.

  58. tuntime scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Fresh rubber ball, meat, iodine. Those primary notes resolve into a complex, balanced, aromatic stew. Soy, floral, beef stock, swimming pool, raisin. Oil, diesel, game. 
    Palate: Meat, sherry, fruit, oily, fresh, sticky, green fruit, savory, green orange. Terrific balance and freshness. 

    Finish: Long, presence, lovely, refined, balanced.

    Comment: Great whisky on its own merit. That said, the meaty and savory profile is not one that I could drink everyday. I prefer sherry casks on aromatic dark, sweet red fruit.

  59. Finlaggan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2014/01/happy-new-year-lagavulin-1985-21yo.html

  60. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    N: like walking into a butchery, raw meat, herbs, spices - cajun and laurel, sweet sherry, liquoirce, ashes some smoke and smoked sausage
    T: ashes, meaty and briny - coastal
    F: salt, meat, cloves, sweet sherry like PX and fireworks
    what a cracker this Laga, tasted with Aby
    2 cl sample available on www.whiskysample.nl

  61. aby scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    what can you say about a whisky this good. It is simply perfect  94p.

    samples all gone in no time

  62. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/die-drei-aeltesten-sonderabfuellungen-von-lagavulin-21-25-und-30-jahre-alt-26218/ Color: copper, full amber
    Nose: thicker sherry Sherry, creamy bound
    Peat, oak, fruity-ripe oranges, peeled salty
    Ham and leather, slightly smoky underlaid. Very complex.
    Taste: Now the flavor palette is full:
    Peat, tar, burning wood and ash, iodine, black powder and
    Cough drops with licorice flavor. Smoke and peat are always
    staerker, backed with a great spice. Very sweet oranges with
    candied sugar, minzoel and caramel.
    Finish: Very long and salty, with sweet smoky peat and notes of tobacco.

    Review: Maechtig sweet Sherry Whisky, the 2007 after appearance set new standards!

    95 points (nose: 94 / taste: 96 / finish: 94)

  63. Furtia scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  64. alectron scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    The above stated "Number of bottles: 6642" is not quite right for this bottling...
    Thanks to DramBolin, who got the info directly from Diageo/Lagavulin, this seems to be more accurate:
    "There were 5520 70cl bottles and 1122 bottles of 75cl. "
    c.

  65. Willie JJ scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I wish I had tried this on a fresh palate, but any way you cut it this
    is a great dram. I think I will have to track one down and pay the £110
    for the bottle. Super!
    • Nose
      Unmistakable Laga on the nose. Much resemblance to the 16. Peat, but
      also mealy. Maybe even strong cheap tea stirred with a raw birchwood
      stick. Somehow you feel sherry, but its really hard to pin it down.
    • Taste
      Good grief this is good stuff. I'm almost lost for ideas where to start.
      It's nutty, leathery, tea stained genius. The wood really shows with
      elements of resin, but not musty, or old feeling. Madeira? Its lovely!
    • Finish
      Will it ever stop? I may be chewing this tomorrow.

  66. Feusi scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Maximum capacity of Lagavulin. Who loves Islay and Sherry has the perfect combination here. Unique to the fireplace in the evening.

  67. Melvin scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Marvellous sweet sherry and perfect smoked ham - just stunning and highly recommendable.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  68. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97

  69. Dede scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I love Laphroaig, but a little Lagavulin of this caliber from time to time is good too, is not it ?!
    • Nose
      Very rich. The peat is huge and very fat Lagavulin, on the hot tar. An acid and lemony note is clearly noticeable at the bottom. But what meets the peat, of course, is sherry. A solid sherry but absolutely not greedy, rather of the dry kind as a stroke of cudgel, and that brings notes of rubber (diving snorkel) which stick completely to the profile. An uncompromising nose that will not please everyone. Then the airing rounds it somewhat. The rubber remains, but softer notes appear, candied orange and caramel. Finally, it's still an awkward beast. It is more citrusy with a little water.
    • Taste
      Softer on the attack than supposed, it goes down very dry. Grasse, it is very peaty, an earthy peat more than smoke, always rubber, then develop notes of mandarin of the most beautiful effect. Pepper just tingling the back of the tongue in the end. Like on the nose, more citrus with a little water.
    • Finish
      Long, very very peaty and salty, it dries the palate and develops bitter notes of gentian and licorice that stick to the palate for a long time.

  70. peathead scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Most certainly the best Lagavulin I've tasted. So far one of the best (if not THE best) whisky I've ever had. What an experience!
    • Nose
      Full blown peat, sherry, smoke, salt and brine. It's a very strong and direct nose. Impressive.
    • Taste
      An explosion of peat straight away. Again some sweet sherry (reminds me of the Dist. Edition Pedro Ximenez). Sharp peppery taste on the tongue with lots of smoke and salt.
    • Finish
      Really long and lasting. The salt sticks to your lips.

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