Lagavulin 1999

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
16 years old
Double Matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
lgv. 4/504
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L5306CM00 07688069
Added on
27 Oct 2015 10:41 pm by P.A.O.K.you_are

Average value

€ 352.52

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517 × member ratings

1971 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1999

89 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.03 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

      Nose & Finale 4/5
      Mouth 3/5

      Whisky n ° 2114

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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


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