Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 105.68

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Lg5 SMS

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.53 points

  1. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points 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 scored this whisky 90 points 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. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 21, finish 22, balance 22

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Completely solid, but also not a bit surprising, young Laga, nicely rounded, not too metallic.
    • Nose
      Typical sweet Laga nose with the sweet smoke, vanilla, honey, heather, nettle tea, ricola, pine nuts, a little pear
    • Taste
      Sweet cotton candy on lightly burned rye bread, vanilla, camphor, olives, pine nuts, pear
    • Finish
      Marzipan, almonds, tree resin, medium length

  5. Andara scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a really nice one. Fresh, fruity with a nice backbone of peat and smoke, which slowly but steadily moves to the front.

  6. Andara scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a really nice one. Fresh, fruity with a nice backbone of peat and smoke, which slowly but steadily moves to the front.

  7. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Oh how good is this one. So powerful! Sweet green and yellow fruits and smokey bonfire peatyness. Totally my style.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. ctu scored this whisky 88 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.


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