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Lagavulin 1999

Overall rating
87.97/100
votes
347
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
1999
Bottled
2015
Calculated age
16 years old
Casktype
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Label
lgv. 4/504
Barcode
5000281013480
Added on
27 Oct 2015 10:03 pm by P.A.O.K.you_are
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 87,10

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1999

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.97 points

  1. 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 ...

  2. Lakerfield scored this whisky 86 points Member 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Xstream scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    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.

  6. Capo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  7. DenisL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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

  8. Fassstärke scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  9. KOQ24 scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    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

  10. 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.

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