Lagavulin 1991

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2015
Calculated age
24 years old
American Oak, Pedro Ximénez & Oak Puncheons
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L5079DQ000 50249393
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2015
sc Scotland
Added on
21 May 2015 5:33 pm by pilgrim77
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1266.33

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1991

65 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.57 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful smell, on the one hand, I want to smell more and more, on the other finally try. That's the way it has to be. The whisky looks very ripe and noble. A whisky without pace and haste, but with tremendous power; you can feel it without having to fully develop. Like a dozing bull in the sun. The finish looks eternal. Like a picture that does not want to leave your head.
    • Nose
      Smoke, but not too strong, barely alcohol, ripe peach, salty air, the smell reminds me of a Mediterranean port in a brooding summer heat, sweet, a hint of vanilla, very warming, a bit medicated, a touch Wick Vaporup
    • Taste
      Hot he runs over the tongue, the alcohol does not burn, but it has astringent, sweet, spicy oak without bitterness
    • Finish
      Smoke settles on the palate, but not dominant, more like a cloud of smoke on the horizon, oak, but again not bitter, the whole throat glows pleasantly, very long

  2. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    Looking back at my review from 5,5 years ago;

    I still agree with every word I've written at that time. I've been blessed with the possibility to taste this whisky a few times a year since 2015.
    And it's winner EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. No matter what else has come to the table, this tops it EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Which is, frankly, an amazing accomplishment.
    I was not fully aware of the greatness of this whisky and I still don't believe I'm fully aware now, but it is something very, very special.
    In the five and a half years after first appreciating this whisky, I've drank many awesome and great whisky. Amazing Longrow/Springbank, which are my overall favorites, but also Ardbegs, Bunna's, Bruichladdich, Mortlach, Port Ellen, Brora and some old & rare ones. They are listed on my profile page.
    But at the end of such a day or evening this Lagavulin would always take the prize. And I'm not saying there are no better whiskies than this one. Or that one's fool not to like this. Whisky is personal after all.
    But for me, this whisky is the gold standard against which all others are measured. There is not one that is it's match. It stands alone supremely majestic.
    And therefor, I am doing the sheer impossible.
    I am rating this whisky 100 points.
    It is worth it. And I hope that I can have the pleasure of tasting it's equal or even it's master in my life time.

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The magnificent silence, all the good things that were in the 16-year-old here are squared, complex, deep, very concentrated, densely - the highest league, I especially want to note the amazing softness at almost 60% of the fortress, of relative disadvantages - some narrowness of the range of components; The price tag, of course, does not please, but you have to pay for such pleasure.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, velvety, smoke of a fire, lemon peel, cedar board, light hints of smoked meat, peat, sweet cotton wool, light notes of carpentry workshop, resin.
    • Taste
      Thick, smoke-sweet, wood-resin, lemon candied fruit, lemon pepper, caramel, butter and cream notes, berry jam, dried apricots, sweet prunes, all this is wrapped in a smoky-smoked cloud.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, caramel, smoke-earth notes, lemon candied fruits, berry jam (red currant, mountain ash, cowberry), lemon pepper, grapefruit crust, sweet-oily shades with the transition to confectionery motifs, dried fruits.

  4. whiskydramo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I blind-tasted Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013, 2014 and 2015 in a session. Feis 2015 was the most powerful (of course, then I realised it had the highest ABV), it's a bit punchy on the nose, its finish was the longest and maybe the most symbolic Laga finish among the three.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A wave of raw vegetables mixed with ash from burning dried leaves. Turnips, wax apples. Moss in the rain forest, chestnuts, rotten pears. A bit mentholated. Salty preserved lemon, black pepper. When I picked it up again after being in the glass for 30min+, ripe and possibly oxidised apples, dried fruits were dominant afterwards while being a bit mentholated.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Quite fruity at the start, a blend of pear and wax apples but didn't last long. Soon there's black pepper, light coloured wood. It tasted resinous in the second half, with Asian pear and some pomelo, definitely more powerful than Feis Ile 2013 and 2014.
    • Finish
      92 92
      A small lemony bomb to kick off, quickly followed by vegetative peat, syrup with hay, peppery, smokey pear peel, tiny bit of bitterness from fruit stem. The mossy peatiness was long-lasting, and minutes later Seirogan arrived as well.

  5. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Ranking: 1st finish, 2nd mouth, 3rd nose
    an always welcome dram

    a strong and interesting whisky
    but for me it is too inharmonious and uncharacteristic for 23 y Lagavulin
    It gives the impression that good and less good were mixed
    the result can not quite convince
    • Nose
      Immediately the Bourbon barrel with wood and vanilla
      young green pears
      Bronchial balm (ribwort plantain)
      essential oils
      Smoke (little reminiscent of Lagavulin smoke)
      but with a proper medical grade
      Bacon rather less
    • Taste
      Chocolate soft start with malt
      then fiery hot coals on the tongue
      a slight slightly gammelige barrel note
      on the palate, herbs, nice malty sweetness and hot smoke
      a dark chocolate note in the cheeks

      the mouth is interesting, dark, wood and some delicious sweetness, malty
      sweet and dark at the back

      at the second sip
      the mouth has a lot more herbs
      even the medical and etheric comes through strong
      and becomes more dominant
      Overall, the notes are a bit overwhelming

      a load of wood ash and smoke remains in the throat
    • Finish
      Wood ash and smoke
      a bit bitter
      but also sweetie
      after a while something ethereal
      The finish is very long and powerful

  6. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Lagavulin 1991/2015 'Feis Ile' (59.9%, OB)  Yes we’re late. But you may have noticed that there are only 365 days in a year. Ahem. This baby was ‘triple matured’ in US Oak, Pedro Ximenez, and oak puncheons. Was that, I mean, done successively, or a vatting? Sure I could find out, but let’s not lose any more time… Colour: pale gold. Nose: awawaow… It makes the youngsters nose… well, young in comparison. They have found a Broraness, I’d say. First wax, then all things from a deep forest, including moss, mushrooms, fern, pine needles, leprechauns (what?)… And long-forgotten natural turpentine, shoe polish, grandma’s walnut wine, grapefruit liqueur… There is a sherriness, but I find it appropriately minimal, with just a few raisins. All the rest just mingled with this superb spirit. With water: oh a medicinal side. Lagavulin’s hardly the most medicinal of them all on southern Islay, but this one does reek of ‘a gentle hospital’. Mouth (neat): look, and I swear I’m not making this up, this baby reminds me of an old no-age Lagavulin spring cap. The one with doctors’ advices on the label. Well I’m sure this one cures anything. Love the citrons, the menthol, the salty smoke, the cocoa, the notes of Campari (I know, no brand names), the shoe polish… With water: sparkling lemon wine! A bit surprising, but lovely. Islay’s spritz. Finish: rather long, clean, citrusy, smoky, salty, balanced… Only very, very, very tiny flaw, traces of pencil shavings in the aftertaste (sucking a pencil). Comments: wouldn’t there be room for a great 25 yo Lagavulin within each year’s Special Releases? SGP:557 - 93 points.

  7. aphex scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Perfect nose. I'm virtually on Islay. I could nose this for hours. Palate is simple clean and delicious. Great whisky and great Feis Ile release.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal notes (seaweeds, seashells), tarry ropes, medicinal notes (camphor, bandaid), citrus (lemons, grapefruits), underwood (mushroom and wet soil), hints of polish. After a while, whiffs of ashes.
    • Taste
      Strong. Big lemony and peppery notes. Spicy lemon juice. Smoke, mentholated notes, a pinch of salt. I didn't want to add water in this one but tried a few drops. Even more lemony and spicy.
    • Finish
      Long, citrusy, smoky, salty.

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A Lagavulin discovered in the blind very "spirit-sided". Enthusiasm: 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1662
    • Nose
      Quite austere and mineral. Fresh on lemon and grapefruit. Malt that progresses. Almonds.
    • Taste
      Intense peat. Balanced, straight and peppery
    • Finish
      In the direct line of the mouth.

  9. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Superb Lagavulin - recommended.
    • Nose
      Typical Islay - peated black tea and citrus at first nosing. A little bit closed, which is no surprise cinsidering the strength. A walk in the forrest during the rain. Moss, humus, bark, leather ... all wet. Excellent.
    • Taste
      Wow this is superb! Surprisingly smooth and oily - the alcohol is very well incorporated. Soft elegant peat, black Darjeeling tea with lemon juice, orange cake mixed with licorice ... delicious.
    • Finish
      Like a  peat fire warming from deep inside with a pleasant gingery aftertaste.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2015]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2015" 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 92,5. I took no detailed notes.


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