Lagavulin 1999

Overall rating
88.07/100
votes
561
Whiskybase ID
WB73690
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
1999
Bottled
02.11.2015
Casktype
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry
Casknumber
lgv.4/504
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
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Bottle code
L5306CM00
Barcode
5000281013480
Added on
27 oct 2015 10:41 pm by P.A.O.K.you_are
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 306.99

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 1999

97 users have left 102 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.07 points.

  1. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Quite balanced and drinkable. Classic gentleman's style of Ayla from Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Quite a delicate aroma, pastries, dates, fuel oil, a hint of smoke, dried fruits, mineral, salty, lemon peel, bread crust, milk iris, milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, dried fruits, smoke, ash, peat, dried herbs.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Smoked, smoke, long, dried fruit, dates, sherry.

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  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great job with the finish, uhm, excuse me: secondary maturation, which delivers only benefits, no drawbacks.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Über-fragrant, seamless, harmonious, and deep. Only gets better with time in the glass, despite the low strength.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Tasty, but regrettably thin.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Tarred and iodine-laced chocolate, basically. Way longer than the low ABV would have you assume.

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    - a very good Islay Single Malt
    - significantly softer and rounder than the 16 J.
    - but unfortunately also lost some of its distinctive quality
    - with formerly 80€ it was not cheap but it was still okay, the quality is clearly there, but for today over 200€ it is clearly too expensive to drink, for the current version 2022 approx. 120€ are set => unfortunately here too extreme increase and at least 30€ too expensive
    • Nose
      very clear sherry aromas, very soft and round, significantly less smoke than the standard 16 J.
    • Taste
      the soft, rounded impression is also evident here, lots of sherry, less smoke, very harmonious and aromatic
    • Finish
      long, soft, pleasant finish;
      medium-long aftertaste

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is very varied, and the fruity influence of the sherrycask can be found here. In the taste, things en turn more into peat and snokiness, less varied though still very solid and good.
    Pretty powerful for a 43% Abv whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Initially very fruity, red fruits, berries. Spicy, cinnamon, fake leather, hay, cow stable. Woodsmoke, grassy and vegetal. Rich and varied nose. Some roasted meat, bacon. Maritime notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sal ammoniac, pepper, a bit of bitter ash. Grassy hay, quite some power for 43%. Some hints of bacon and maritime saltiness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still some pepper, licorice, sweet smoke, bitter ashiness. Pretty long. Some saltiness. Some earthy and vegetal notes. Some cigar tobacco remains for a long time now.

  7. Bembel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: 08/2021

    A very successful combination. A whisky that takes a lot of time in the glass and wants to be enjoyed in peace. Nothing for just by the way.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A Lagavulin makes love with a PX barrel!
      Ashy-iodine smoke alternates constantly with overripe berries. The smoke changes to bacon smoked ham. Maritime. The fruit becomes intense and sweet over time. Orange comes along. Also some leather, tobacco and wood.
      Later, cherries and plums come through again. Sun dried seaweed on the beach in salty air.
      Great. Set. Balanced.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Mild onset with lots of fruit and great smoke. Intense honey sweetness. juice oranges. Vanilla. Hazelnut. Cherry. Salty. Light pepper notes. Tobacco. Leather.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long. Very cute. Creme brulé prepared on the grill. The smoke comes across most intensely in the finish. The mouth becomes slightly dry. The juicy oranges slowly creep back over the cheeks, accompanied by dark fruit.

  8. huangshantong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like LAGAVLIN very much, this series is also my favorite, it is very different from other ob, and also very different from the island festival jazz, it is a laga series with its own flavor, I like it very much
    • Nose
      89 89
      Herbs, spices, plus campfires, rich peat, absolutely
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very sweet citrus fudge, salty sea water and peat at the same time, like what, the salted and soaked fruit on the roadside in summer, the barbecue stall next door is smoking
    • Finish
      87 87
      It's a little weak, but don't be too harsh on it, you can have another sip or a glass right away. Of course, in detail, I think its final rhyme is still quite good, iodophor, bandage, sea water, mixed with this concentrated honey syrup water, the layer is a little simple, but the moment you swallow it, it is very powerful Hit the taste buds in the mouth

  9. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, the sample was spoiled by wax... Island smoke came through, the taste was peat, ash, salt, pepper... the finish was short. 21-22-21-22
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I've tried a few DEs, and this one is my least favorite. Instead of the sweet, full smokiness, I find herbal notes here. Hmm.. still 'good' but no 'wow'.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. JasperKuo scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Nose: 89

    Taste: 87

    Finish:88

    This bottle is the reason why I have started to taste Islay whisky.

    A great whisky of how wonderful balance between peated and sherry

  13. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, dried fruits
    • Taste
      Pepper, honey
    • Finish
      Peaty

  14. Koning scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good balance between the rich and heavy Lagavulin peat and sweet PX-cask influence. A nice variation on the regular 16 years old.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Starts on medium peat. Not too heavy, and maybe a bit shy even at first. It's both sweet and medicinal, with notes of raisins, gingerbread, smoked salmon and wet dog.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Ashy and heavier peat, with a distinct fruitiness: oranges, figs and forest fruits. It's quite maritime too, and I get black olives, tobacco , liquorice and paprika powder. It has more volume than the nose suggests, really good!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Waves of peat, on the dry and ashy side. Beyond the peat there are juicy citrus fruits, sweet apple butter (appelstroop) and oysters.

  15. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin Distiller's Edition PX Finish 1999 (bottled 2015). Consumed July 2018 at home. Aroma is rounded honey, cream sherry, light smoked ham, chorizo, booze and olives. Body is rounded and oily smooth. Taste is more booze-forward than usual Lag, rounded sweetness, less smoke phenols, quite tangy sweet and salty, sweet and sour sauce, touch plasticky. The sherry is nice but it actually dampens some of the balance in the spirit. Still an excellent whisky in its own right. If this were bottled by a different distillery and I wasn't comparing it to other Lagavulin bottlings, I would be singing its praises. 3.7/88

  17. stcules scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

  18. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    blind
    • Nose
      warm smoke, herb candy, some gum, grass, lemon, earth, pine needles, nuts, some caramel, there is also some fruit in the background, but I can't really grab it now
    • Taste
      some honey, dried and even lightly burnt herbs, herb candy, lemon, grapefruit, coffee, a few nuts, pepper, ash, after a few sips it even has a slight chocolate note on the back

  19. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lacks a bit of punch but very nice integration of sherry with peat

  20. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/odds-ends-march-2020/

    Last time I tried this I wrote ’Did I get out on the wrong side of the bed?’ [WLP:82 points]. From a long-kept sample from the same bottle, here goes take 2.

    N: Velvet-soft onion, a drop of white wine vinegar & onion vinegar, hints of french onion soup [with a dash of Sauternes], autumn leaves, hints of rose water, orange oil, matured spit-roast ham,… it goes on,… but I’ll leave the shopping list there.
    T&F: Very relaxed/easy, soft & salivating delivery with descriptors that include ash=tar, a nice gentle bitter sour, pleasing sweet/savoury cocoa and [more] sweet onion-y/ashy, dry-yet-salivating white wine sweetness.

    C: It’s good to be aware of when your radar is a little off. Contrary to my previous experience, this is a fine whisky. [Note to self: peated samples seem to keep better than non-peated – discuss].

  21. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat smoke, salty, light raisin, malty sweetness, caramel, smoked bacon, plum wine
    • Taste
      89 89
      earthy, raisin syrup, oily, salty maritime, pepper
    • Finish
      88 88
      Relatively short, pleasantly mild

  22. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. ulamog87 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Purebred Islay whisky, but the intense smoke has its price. Many refill barrels were used to create the dominant smoke.
    The mouthfeel should be stronger.

  24. penumbra scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Defeat Talisker to become the best barbecue and hot pot companion in your mind. Don't worry about other things.
    • Nose
      Peat, bacon, sherry, ink.
    • Taste
      Pepper, peat, fruit basket, salt, bonfire, fish belly.
    • Finish
      Longer, peat, sweet.

  25. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I think the sample has actually lost a bit of taste over the last 3-4 years, but still very tasty, but maybe it was just harder for him because of all the barrel strengths that I had before ;-)
    • Nose
      A full load of marzipan comes towards me, sweet, light smoke, slightly salty, maritime, smoked fish, fresh, a little mint
      after the first sip it is fat, also chocolate, much more open and intense, hazelnuts
    • Taste
      sweet, like a piece of nut cake, almonds, roasted nuts, sherry, raisins, light smoke, pleasant, intense taste, but a liquid consistency
    • Finish
      the smoke comes out more clearly from behind, ashy, dry, nuts, lasts for a very long time

  26. Kensay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is pepper, smoky, sea salt and mint. It doesn’t fail as much as 4/505 in the body, thanks in large part to spices and black pepper. It leaves no vivid impressions, but there is no obvious failure.

  27. DavidH. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, I have not had a Laga 16 in my glass for a very long time, or my bottle has been empty for some time, hence quite unbiased notes.

    Nose: Thick smoky, lithe nose, herbal tea, some iodine, medicine cabinet, wild honey, sage-sweet, sour cherry jam, raspberries. A nose where you just relax, so balanced, so tuned without being boring. Smoked bacon, Ahorse syrup, chocolate, caramel, a bit of peppermint, just great. After a while, a decent sweet tar flavor develops, which does not bother me any further.

    Taste: Oily mouthfeel, there is no burning, swallowing, the smoke, the chocolate, the strong herbs, pine needles, roasted aromas, oranges, baked apple, sherry sweetness, neat oak, light bitterness, hazelnut.

    Departure: cold campfire smoke, burnt fruit, oak, strong spice, it is becoming increasingly dry. Cocoa holds on, the cherry jam comes again, roasted aromas, dark chocolate.

    I can understand many opinions about this malt, it could be a bit stronger, with more% I think it would be a lot better. Since the taste is a little bit of the bums, then he would probably be 90+ for me. I put him on the same level as one of my favorite malts the Talisker DE in the reasonably comparable price region.

  29. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. VollePulle scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  31. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Vigorous, peppery, fragrant. Cereals and citrus behind the peat, surrounded by sweetness.
    • Taste
      Pretty greedy, with a sweet peat. Varied spices do not put pepper in the spotlight for once. The texture, on the other hand, betrays a reduction a bit too much.
    • Finish
      Various spices in the continuity of the mouth, peat, dark chocolate. Very fleshy, long and peppery.The sherry finish is subtle and well dosed.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose & Finale 4/5
      Mouth 3/5

      Whisky n ° 2114

  32. Ruisdael scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow what a whisky! :-)

  33. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    From the smell to the finish, the whisky delivers a consistent, harmonious overall picture.
    This is very solid whisky craft with a confident enjoyment result.
    Always good.
    • Nose
      sweet smoke, red grapes, caramel pudding, slightly wet wood, the smoke goes towards the campfire, smoked ham, a light maritime undertone
    • Taste
      Soft, quite gentle onset, a tender tingle on the tongue, smoke, some raisin, dark BBQ sauce, slightly sour orange juice, a delicate bitterness, some espresso, red grape juice
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke is most noticeable, without being beaten, slightly spicy oak, only a reminder of the fruit notes, long remains the camp fire smoke on the palate

  34. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/feis-ile-2018-lagavulin/

    On free-pour in the barn [with more queues], was this number.

    C: Really, it smells like Sauvignon Blanc, and with dry smoke, tastes similar to soft new-make. There must have been some seriously inactive cask[s] involved, or did I get out on the wrong side of bed?

  35. Andreas W. scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Lagavulin character and PX is simple, but great together.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, antique leather, tobacco, orange peel, sherry, salt, bacon and grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Smoke, tar, orange peel, rum, pepper, salted caramel, forest fruits and earth.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, smoky.

  37. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  39. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 576: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=976Z4RYTPpY (90/100).

  40. Lakerfield scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    That was a lovely one, but there are cons. My bottle is almost finished now and the sweet spot for this bottle is somewhere around 40-50% fill level IMO. The first few drams were a little tough and almost made me regret my decision to buy this. The fruitiness was somehow covered up in the beginning and I cringed at the thought of getting roughly two standard 16 year olds for the same amount of money.. But then there was improvement! I'm really glad it changed in a positive way and I'm a little sad it's almost gone now. It's soft as velvet and drinks way too easy (to no surprise, 43% is on the low side). I really wish they would bottle this at a minimum of 46% without colouring/filtering though. Oh and while we're at it, isn't it a little over the top to charge €30-40 extra for a PX finish? This particularly keeps me from buying another bottle and I think many others share the same thought. Being owned by Diageo, we won't see any changes anytime soon unfortunately.
    • Nose
      No burn whatsoever on the nose, nice harmony between dark fruits and that classic peated Islay character. A little muted on the first sniff, but it gets sweeter with time in the glass. Smouldering bonfire, peat, smoke, brine, salt, forest soil, moss, grain cereal, yeast, musty basement, pencil shaving, leather, soy sauce, smoked bacon, ham, vanilla, ginger, anise, roasted peanut, almond milk, marzipan, sweet PX sherry, caramel sauce, bitter chocolate, jaffa cake, pastry, overripe banana, stewed apple, orange peel, grapefruit, blood orange, kiwi, sour cherry, raisin and plum. The PX finish on this one adds a substantial oomph! Well integrated sherry, although it naturally tames the peat a little. It's been a while since I've had the standard 16 year old so I can't really make the comparison, but I don't remember the standard one being as fruity as this one. Lovely.
    • Taste
      Really soft on the palate. More of a focus on the spirit, but still very fruity and similar to the nose. Peat, smoke, bonfire, ash, brine, malted barley, pepper, smoked bacon, rib eye steak, bbq sauce, PX sherry, vanilla, walnut, brown sugar, salted caramel, toffee, chocolate, sour apple, rum soaked raisin and blood orange. Here's where the peat really shines through. As the sweetness is driven to the back it takes a few moments before it shows itself. After holding it in my mouth for some time, a delicious 'peat and sweet' combo has formed. This would pair well with vanilla ice cream or chocolate, great stuff!
    • Finish
      Medium to long. The taste of bonfire and sugary sweets are lingering.

  41. Xstream scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    First drink after i opened the bottle, not impressed. None of my 2 friends were either. Mostly sigar smoke and tobacco, as we expect from Lagavulin. But not much else. Some sweetness, but still kind of flat and lacking in flavor to balance the smoke out.  Very straight forward and incomplex dram. Not what i expect from a "Distiller's edition". Not even close to the way better and cheaper regular 16yo.Maybe it needs some air, will re-rate later.

  42. Capo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    First whisky i bought
    • Nose
      Smoke, sault and sweet
    • Taste
      Smoke, little bit spice
    • Finish
      Peat and at the end a bit dry

  43. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (21.5) Aroma disappointed (86) The
    • Nose
      Burnt prunes, smoked ... smoke ... iodine ... cherries in chocolate ... paraffin ... (21)
    • Taste
      Salty, smoky, wine ... dried fruits with ashes (21,5)
    • Finish
      Finish fruity-smoky ... salt and ashes ... mint ... tobacco (22) The

  44. Fassstärke scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  45. KOQ24 scored this whisky 68 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Black Pepper,BBQ Smoke,Iodine,spicy,maritime,Curry,Garlic,grounded Paprika,herbal

    Taste:
    lightly peppery,spicy,BBQ Smoke,Caramel,Plums,
    Big Red chewing gum,grounded Chili & Paprika,Sugar

    Finish:
    Medium to long with a medium to strong Alcohol note.

    Overall:
    A very good Malt, though it lacks in complexity in comparison to some Sherry Finishes from Laphroaig or Bowmore.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      60 60

  46. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly sweet, complex and simply delicious Lagavulin. This is the sixth Distillers Edition from Lagavulin that I have tried and the best so far.
    • Nose
      While the classic Lagavulin traits are there, they have to make room for sweet and soft elements like blood oranges, raisins and dades, some nuts (almonds?), broth and cigar box. Some smoked meat. You will be forgiven for calling this complex and intriguing. 
    • Taste
      It is truly silky soft and simply marvelous on the palate. Again loads of fruit like oranges, raisins and lemons, but also smoked deer on the BBQ (no joke), charcoal, salt, liquorice and tar. The smoke is warm, though not dominant. Like I said: intriguing.
    • Finish
      The long finish leaves the mouth parched, after it first allows the dark and sweet elements to return once more.

  47. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  48. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Strong smoke, with associations of bacon and smoked ham, immediately rises from my glass. A fresh sea breeze mixes with seaweed, algae and ash. The longer the Lagavulin can breathe, the sweeter and fruity it becomes. Gradually, a complex spectrum of flavors crystallizes out: grapefruit, oranges, light sherry notes (sweet, dark fruits), grapes, vanilla, roasted malt and spicy oak I perceive. The alcohol (43%) is not noticeable.
    • Taste
      With a beautiful, almost creamy texture, Lagavulin spreads throughout the mouth. An intense sweetness slowly runs down the cheeks, while on the tip of the tongue a subtle Pfeffrigkeit begins and causes a slight tingling. The strong campfire smoke is now fully effective: sweet and strong smoky, the whisky begins to work on the taste buds. Red fruits, oranges, vanilla, roasted aromas, delicate hints of nutcracker chocolate, roasted almonds, maritime notes and spicy oak mingle to create a harmonious interplay. The alcohol is optimally integrated.
    • Finish
      Mid to long, sweet smoky and warming. An extinguished campfire with cold ashes and salty chocolate provides the aromatic skeleton. Sweet, dark fruits rear up with the last of their strength and mix with spicy notes of wood and a pleasant nuttiness. The Lagavulin leaves a very slight dryness on the palate. Beautifully balanced and elegant, the powerful aromas are slowly coming to an end.

  49. Lorion scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    A little bit too sweet, otherwise quite good. 75th
    • Nose
      Strong campfire smoke, more than expected. The sweetness will not be long in coming. The sweetness is getting more intense. So sweet. u cute. Slightly salty, oak, dates. It is now flavored smoke, as the sweetness mixes with the smoke. Interesting.
    • Taste
      Incredibly cute, too, here it is a little too sweet. It's a sticky sweetness that gives the smoke a very unique combination.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and smoky.

  50. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  51. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good balance between the smoke, peat and thick fish oil like Lagavulin style and the added sweetness. I'm not a fan of finishes, but this is very enjoyable.

    I still like the 16yo better and the 12yo CS is in another league.

    This would definitely be better at a higher ABV :)

  52. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    He has something. Intense and hot fight the simple Laga character and the PX barrels - not to compare with the Talisker DE, a very special drawer. Bottom line, I like the Laga 16 but better than the DE (if I had to choose one for me).
    • Nose
      heavy smoke, cigar tobacco, leather, freshly sharpened pencils, old dried ink, plum cake, orange marmalade
    • Taste
      Tar and thick dense smoke immediately fill the mouth. Liquorice. In between, the sweet PX notes fight bravely: thick rum raisins, intense orange marmalade, blackberries, plums and also plums, dark chocolate, pepper. Tar. Grained meat broth with bone and rosemary. Then the tar and smoke wave rolls back up with salty spray in tow ...
    • Finish
      long. The raisins and oranges fade away in a lake of dark chocolate and some pepper, in the end your mouth and throat are still lined for a long time by the thick smoke and tar ...

  54. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  55. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 72 Euro in November, 2015.

    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 this 90.  I took no notes.

  56. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  57. Cobo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Campfire, sweet sherry, bacon, some iodine, leather
    • Taste
      Ash, typical Lagavulin flavors, peaty spicy, espresso, some old port, quite round
    • Finish
      Long, sirupartig, foggy

  58. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great whiskys through the bank, scratch with ~ 80 € but now significantly on the price tolerance limit. I did not feel the differences so much in the "daily use" over the years and as a rule I do not look at the vintage. Of course it's obvious here. Personally, I liked the berry fruit in the 98s best.
    • Nose
      Direct comparison 98/14, 99/15, 00/16:
      The basis of campfire with raisins and a hint of salty sea air is common to all, the similarity is great, but also the differences are quite clear: 98 is the most fruity, while the other two are limited to raisins and possibly dried fruit, I have gummy bears here , Grapes, red gooseberries, 00 is the freshest, saltiest and tickle in the nose, later comes ashtray, 99 is very shy at first (compared to the other two), but then develops a strong smoked salaminote.
    • Taste
      The smoke is in all three "harder", as the nose suggests, more charcoal / ash than campfire, plus pepper, salt and coffee. 98 differs significantly, it is the sharpest and in contrast to the other two I have here again fruit in the taste, wine gum, red gooseberry, blackcurrant. 99 & 00 I can not tell the difference, both less stinging than 98, but strong grassy-bitter, coffee, licorice ... with a lot of imagination, 00 is perhaps a little sweeter, chocolatier, but without guarantee.
    • Finish
      In the finish, they are the most similar, long and warm, with pepper, salt and coffee, at 98 still slightly a dark berry note sounds, 99 has the most pepper, 00 is the softest.

  59. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting
    • Nose
      Entfernter Lagerfeuerrauch und Sherry. Vanille, Leder, Walnuss. Pflaumenmus, etwas Zimt und brauner Zucker.
    • Taste
      Leicht rauchig. Trockenfrüchte, Honig, etwas Leder. Trockene Erde, dunkle Schokolade und Asche.

  60. Dionysus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  61. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh attack, with a barrel of tar and punches of peat, sulphure and salt. The victim, enjoying being a masochist, is then soothed with beeswax.
    • Taste
      Rich and extremely sweet, then smoky becoming medicinal and eventually seaweedy.
    • Finish
      Pepper, salt, sand.

  62. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  63. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful well-integrated dram. Extremely drinkable yet complex. 
    • Nose
      Very well integrated peat and sherry. Subtle smoke intermixed with sweet red fruit, dark honey, and baking spice. 
    • Taste
      Peated candy on the palate. Soft delivery with a nice spice backbone. Soft, deft, smoke, dark honey, red fruit, and building spice. 
    • Finish
      Soft finish, with smoke, honey, and fruit notes billowing to the fore. 

  64. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    ... and that the dram is empty and there is no bottle here.
    Very fine, mildly-tamped Islay whisky, neat sweetness and buzz. Gladly more ... 87 points
    • Nose
      First comes the smoke, followed by salty ham. But it quickly becomes sweet, sugared oranges and more and more sea
    • Taste
      Freshly burned log, then a fresh chili kick, followed by nuts, salty nuts without end. Some orange and cherries are swimming in the honey water.
    • Finish
      Glowing, the whisky dries, the sweet fruits slowly sink into dark chocolate. After a while you have a bitter pill in your mouth ...

  65. ffmdino scored this whisky 41 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rauch und etwas Eiche
    • Taste
      Rauch, Kohl, Kohle, leicht chemisch (Jod), Erde
    • Finish
      mittel lang, kaltes Lagerfeuer, Eiche

  66. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  67. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Campfire romance pure! Embers, smoke, ashes, bacon, everything is there. The peat is initially integrated harmoniously, but is completely submerged in the taste. Here a real campfire is burning. A Lagavulin is always a gourmet experience, with the Distillers Editions always on top. A great malt, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Wonderfully bronze with a reddish stitch, the Laga shimmers after pouring in the glass. Oily and tough streaks stick to the glass wall, then the first nosing. Wonderful peat aroma rises from the glass, subtle smoke mixed with fruity sweetness. Bacon, smoked ham and a pinch of sea air come from the now smoky peat. Over time, the nose becomes clearer and citrus fruits are noticeable.
    • Taste
      First, the Lagavulin creamy over the tongue, then a campfire ignites on the tongue. Old wood burns bitterly, cold ash spreads in the mouth, on the greasy grill burns a slice of bacon and makes the embers flare up. Cold ash flies around. There are dark chocolate, dark fruits and roasted nuts for dessert.
    • Finish
      The embers go out, cold ashes remain behind. An amazing walnut flavor will be remembered for a long time, chocolate and espresso are also available. The peat is again in the finish to advantage, dry wood and sweet fruit dominate now. The finish sounds nutty.

  68. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  69. Kalle208 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    just awesome.
    • Nose
      Smoke and sweetness, campfire smoke, sweet smoked ham, grilled fruits.
    • Taste
      Sweet-creamy onset, the smoke is not dominant but rather concomitant, predominantly fruity-sweet and a hint of vanilla, increasingly adding a slight pepper sharpness.
    • Finish
      soft smoky finish.

  70. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Solid as a rock.
    • Nose
      Medium heavy smoke, a combination of peat and wood smoke. Iodine, almonds, vanilla, wood shavings, fermenting grapes, raisins.
    • Taste
      Sweet, but also hot (pepper). Honey, sugar, dried stone fruit, peat, vanilla, almonds and bacon.
    • Finish
      Peat, bonfire, pepper, grass, cinnamon and dates. A good level of acidity (from sherry maturation), slightly drying.

  71. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  72. newbee did not rate this whisky Newbie

    How do I know if it's the german version?
    If on the back, at drink.com: 'with Frabstoff' is? How do I identify if it is the De version?

  73. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  74. kartan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  75. Islaywolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  76. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  77. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  78. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  79. Rob77 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    This 2015 bottling is a big improvement over the '14 and '13 releases. Well integrated and delicious... think beachside BBQ.

  80. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  81. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  82. 11insomnium scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nosing: smoke, phenol, dark fruits, sweetness, spicy, salty sea breeze, sherry, vanilla, air-dried salami

    Tasting: Smoky, phenol, powerful, spicy, bittersweet, oak, dark fruit, sherry, sweet, very long-lasting finish

    With water: more smoke and phenols, lighter, more fruity, vanilla, charcoal

    Comment: Fuller, more mature than Talisker Distillers Edition, more phenolic smoke

  83. Wolv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  84. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    for me this is best laga DE i've tried. lovely!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  85. Bidule scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Very good peated whisky. Go for it.
    • Nose
      Apples, cider.
    • Taste
      Taste : oh my, this is good. Peated of course, but that's not it. It's
    • Finish
      medium / short

  86. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, fair priced! Do I always have to have one in stock, otherwise I do not feel well :-) Please keep it up, Lagavulin!
    • Nose
      Immediately smoke but sweet smoke, campfire on the beach, algae and iodine, the typical Lagavulin smoked bacon is also there, but squeezed into the background by sherry fruits, sweet apples, raisins and caramel pudding.
    • Taste
      Sweet caramel pudding with dark chocolate, of course smoke, a thought of ashes, mild and oily in the mouth, now also roasted nuts.
    • Finish
      Long, warming, slightly dry. The taste of bonfires on the beach complemented by black coffee, dark chocolate and caramel.

  87. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      93 93

  88. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    My first Laga DE. Found it very different than the 16yo, but very pleasing, especially the long sweet finish.
    • Nose
      very sweet smoke, light sherry more towards over ripe plums,

      delicate on the peat, I find some notes of high grade sewing machine oil, or like greased up mechanical parts
    • Taste
      quite spicy, with black pepper, again the ripe plums, a little tobacco and caramel
    • Finish
      herbal tea, turning sweeter and ending on lots of rasberries that lingers long

  89. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  90. Bosi scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Are there any bad Lagavulin bottlings ?! This one is definitely not, but personally the sweetness is a bit too dominant and leaves the typical complexity of this distillery too little space. But this is "complaining at a high level".
    • Nose
      The classic Lagavulin smoke combines with maple syrup, sweet grapes, smoked bacon, raisins and wax. One can smell the strong influence of the PX barrel.
    • Taste
      The oily texture presents a charcoal-like smoke with cloves and a still dominant sweetness of ripe grapes.
    • Finish
      Now the smoke is changing and becoming drier. There are also traces of chocolate and sherry. All aromas remain pleasantly long in the mouth.

  91. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    just great again and again. That fits, that works. Please finally a DE in cask strength, that would be the perfection!
    • Nose
      just an experience again and again, what else should one say. The Lagavulin character bordering maritime perfection is simply not to be underrun. Again through the sherry this typical "BBQ at the beach" feeling. In this vintage perhaps a Muggaseggele more sherry influence than usual. Simply terrific.
    • Taste
      Again, there is nothing to complain about. Mild, not sharp, sweet-smoky onset, the sherry is also very present here, salty Nussigkeit on top, barely noticeable oak.
    • Finish
      despite being 43% long and intense (it works!), greasy nuttiness.

  92. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Pretty smoky and a lot of peat in this, the sherry influences are subtle but recognizable. Tasty whisky and totally different from the CS version.
    88pt
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  93. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  94. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smoother and even more balanced than the 2014 version.
    I liked it a tiny bit more.
    Fabulous.

  95. Zumbar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A bit thin in the body compared to cask strength Laga, but nonetheless very interesting and different in the smoke tones
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  96. JohannesB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow, what a whisky! The already fabulous character of the 16-year-old bottling unites with fruity, sweet sherry tones. None of the facets covers the other, it creates a smoky-sweet Gesamtkunstwerk. Horst Lüning once described this as "the sweet medicine of the sea" - in my opinion it is doing quite well. I always want and will have a bottle of it in my bar - for the dark hours late at night, in which alone I let my thoughts wander into the distance.
    • Nose
      Strong and at the same time sweet smoke immediately makes it clear: here is a Lagavulin in the glass. Unmistakable. The smoke is earthy, heavy and very aromatic. Slightly medical notes and some limestone, iodine and seaweed are part of the game. Even as I describe the smoky basic character, I realize the tremendous influence the PX barrels have taken here: wonderful sweetness of raisins, strawberry jam, toffee, vanilla pods and apple pie combined with the smoky-maritime basic character.
    • Taste
      Even before the smoke, a big sweetness of caramel pudding with raisins, malt and red fruits takes in the mouth. The intense, dry peat smoke follows closely behind with a bit of ash and woody spice, but is able to suppress the overpowering sweetness. It gives an impression of sweet fruit cake, which was baked in a BBQ smoker.
    • Finish
      Very long and warming sounds the Lagavulin. Now the peat smoke is playing its muscles. Smoke, ashes, seaweed, dark chocolate, very strong coffee, roasted orange peel and burned sugar fill the mouth long after the last sip.

  97. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    As the 12yo CS, I prefer the 2015 edition to 2014. Less diluted, more tasty.
    • Nose
      Nice peaty sherry nose. A bit of earth/ashes. Smoke.
    • Taste
      Smoky, earthy. Pepper, sherry, a bit of wood, bbq meat. Dilution is well done.
    • Finish
      Long, pepper. Sweet too.

  98. Kiezentriebwein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    a real stunner.

    verry nice!

  99. Segens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    was one of the last whiskys in the tasting. I have noted down Black Forest cherry and a nice sherry aroma.

  100. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Quite different to other DEs from Lagavulin. The smoke is dominant and the sherry comes along after a few seconds. Therefore the Lagavulin character is very dominant but fair enough to release the sherry after a while. And of course this is the berry one. Very enjoyable.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Sweet bonfire smoke. Plums, dried red fruits, berrys, ashes.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Sherry, salty, creamy seaweed, berrys.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke. Sweet pepper, tobacco, gingerbread.

  101. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is one of my all time favourite expressions and it is great fun to follow its development over the years. I found the previous (1998/2014) release to be sweeter, but slightly lacking in body, compared to previous releases (score of 89). This new edition feels like a nudge back in the right direction, with a better integration of the sherry and sweet-peat Lagavulin spirit. Beautifully rich nose, with the peat smoke and rich fruits in perfect balance. More darker, stewed fruits than the previous edition, with the wall of soft peat smoke underlying it all. The ashy peat comes through much more strongly on the palate (closer to the 16yo), but the rich sherry notes come back through for the finish, again resulting in a perfect balance of the fruit and smoke. Slightly fuller body than the previous edition too. Again...I only wish that they bottled this at a slightly higher strength. Great stuff...back on top form. Very good price:quality ratio.

  102. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Again a great continuation of this expression. Not as sweet as its predecessor, which had much more red fruit from the sherry finish. This one tasted more integrated though, making it less obvious that this was 'just' a finish.
    • Nose
      Peat, raspberry, toffee, chocolate-covered cherries and orange. Relatively mellow for a heavily peated whisky.
    • Taste
      Peat, pepper, orange, caramel, raspberry, cherry, bread dough and a little banana.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, toffee, gingerbread, pepper and cranberry.

  103. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Taste: Full peaty, smoky with sweet notes of dried raisins. Finish: Long and persistent

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