Overall rating
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Refill Hogsheads
54.8 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Jun 2015 6:48 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 87,24

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Lg5 SMS

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.37 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    As whisky from this distillery gets older, the smoky notes mellow and a core of fruitiness is revealed. In Lg5 we focused on the fruit, but without losing the peat and smoke. The result is an ashy and tarry dram with a core of orchard fruitiness.

    Cask details;
    Two vintages matured in refill hogsheads.

    Tasting Notes;

    Tarred ropes and coal ash sit up front, but with some time in the glass, fruitier notes appear – crisp and poached pears, rhubarb and sweet apple.

    Oily in texture, with noticeable heat. The smoky notes are powerful, but a drop of water rolls them back to reveal a core of fruity pears and flamed orange zest.

    Long, with dry smoke and spiced pears fading to menthol.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Lg5 (54.8%, Specialty Drinks, Elements of Islay, 2015) No need to say that we have no proof whatsoever that this is Lagavulin. Could as well be some hyper-fortified manzanilla from La Gitana that would have matured on Islay (who needs appellations anyway). Colour: pale white wine. Nose: so very young Lagavulin! Starts with rhubarb, green pears, and cigarette smoke, broken branches, a little linoleum, and goes on with a touch of tequila, plus some seawater and freshly malted barley. Sour dough. Noses young and mature, if you see what I mean. With water: we’re at a baker’s. More dough, fresh bread, fresh pastries… And he’s using peat to fire the oven. Lovely whiffs of orange blossom as well. Mouth (neat): wham! A bit hot, but the sweetness makes it approachable. Orange sweets, eau-de-vie de poire williams, jelly babies, and many smoked things, with a leathery touch just like in the official 16. With water: impeccable return to the fundamentals. Sweet peat, Turkish delights, a little tar. Finish: long, with a sweet/grassy touch. Spicy fruits in the aftertaste (pears in syrup with cloves and aniseed). Comments: I’m starting to feel that this session will be embarrassingly homogeneous. SGP:548 - 91 points.

  3. Segens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A classic Islay Profile with a nice Nose, great taste but only an average/too metalic finish. All in all a good but not must have dram!
    • Nose
      Classic peat nose well balanced
    • Taste
      Sweet (honeymelon), a bit spicy due to the alcohol (pepper) and citric

      Well balance
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long but a little bit metallic and bitter. Not too much but could be better

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An excellent young Lagavulin with nehily rubber influence, powerful, juicy, deep, nimble, to which words here - everything about him has long been known, a hurricane of positive emotions in every throat.
    • Nose
      An open, powerful, first wave of rubber - a fresh conveyor belt, new tires, a cordite cord; in the background smoke and peat - a smoky tree, coals of a bonfire, smoked to the hardness of a skin on fat, the rubber gradually weakens, moving back.
    • Taste
      Smoky-sweet, rubber - gernite, a new gas mask; smoked products, coal, creamy sweetness, everything is very dense, rich, savory.
    • Finish
      Sweet-coal, smoky, burnt paper, dry peat, lemon peel, grapefruit cake, burned candy.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not too complex but pleasant, powerful refill flavors.
    • Nose
      Fresh. Citruses, salted minerals, smoke and peat, camphor and fruits.
    • Taste
      Oily. Citruses, apple and orange jam. Smoke and tar.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, spicy.

  6. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose is on mineral peat, pepper, lemon and a hint of fruit.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is salt, peat and spices. Alcohol is well integrated.
    • Finish
      The finish is long dry and peppery the smoke stays long.

  7. Brinker scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose comes out a bit dull, but the taste is great and true to Lagavulin. 
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Still a young Lagavulin IB who, in the tradition of JW and TBWC, is rather successful. The profile is very classic and not surprising but ask us something else?
    • Nose
      The first fragrances are very mineral on the eggshell, flint and especially iron (Fe). Of course we will not escape the rule Lagavulin with this tip fruity / lemony. All mix nicely in peat oil.
    • Taste
      A "perfect" attack, neither too bright nor too watery. We are in the continuity of the nose on spices, licorice, iron and peat oil. To this is added saline notes very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Nice length on peaty malt, oak, salt, brioche / bread and chocolate. A little pastry chef who is not to displease me.

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very well executed. Softer than a "classic" Lagavulin. Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1291
    • Nose
      Intense, salty, peppery, maritime and vegetal at a time. Lemon notes. Some fruits from the bourbon barrel emerge, especially pear. Malt comes to join the party, with a nice presence. After the fruit salad taken at the seaside, there remains a feeling of finesse and delicacy.
      With water, a touch of white chocolate.
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, fruit and malt are found here with gentleness and intensity. With water, sweet piquant spices.
    • Finish
      Supple, with a smoky aftertaste.


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