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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Refill American & European Oak Bodega Casks
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Islay Jazz Festival 2015
sc Scotland
Added on
14 Dec 2015 7:36 pm by Paard
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 387,67

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.62 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this during the Brand Ambassador tasting with Donald at the Feis Ile.

    The colour is pale straw and the texture shows slow legs and tears.  The nose is punchy first (due to the high abv) but after you adopt to this a very phenolic and vanilla sweet profile develops.  It arrives much smoother on the palate as one might think after the nose.  Neither hot nor peppery, but nicely coating and a little drying (metallic).  The taste is vanilla-sweet and smokey/phenolic just like the nose. The finish is long, chocolatey and again a little drying (cold ashes, metallic).  This dram is an excellent swimmer, so add a fair share of water to unlock all the hidden flavours and aromas.  A nice Lagavulin but not the most impressive one... 
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. DenisL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet (22) Beautiful Mute (90) The
    • Nose
      Rubber and fruit (plum and apple), peat, grass ... vanilla and sponge cake.With water becomes salty, fresh ... citrus ... lollipops ... creamy notes (22,5)
    • Taste
      The taste is powerful, the ashes and burnt pie ... fruit and milk chocolate with salt (23)
    • Finish
      Finish long .... salt and ashes ... pepper ... lemon and cardboard ... cappuccino and smoke (22,5)

  3. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I always struggle with smokers so strong to smell and taste the aromas. With this one, it takes some time until the first strong smokiness vanishes. But he will be pretty good and definitely worth to be enjoyed.
    • Nose
      First of all, the smoke vapor. Initially phenolic, then going towards smoked bacon. Later also campfire. The smoke covers everything else easily. After some time, the whisky opens and I still find roasted aromas, vanilla, peach and some spicy notes.
    • Taste
      Starting sweet, ash follows. The alcohol is really hot. I also get out pear and malt.
    • Finish
      Fairly long, oak-spicy finish

  4. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    More sweetness and sherry than 12yo CS's. Excellent!
    • Nose
      Vanilla, peat, herbals, cocoa, citruses, earth and barbecue.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Vanilla, smoke, fruits, honey, pepper, salt, citruses and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, metallic, ashy.

  5. kikkerneve scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Balanced sherry, cold lapsong, some gazpacho, quite herbal (sage). Bitter chocolate and sandalwood and a trace of salmiak.
    • Taste
      Quite fresh and fruity with ofc a thick whiff of smoke and a trace of matchsticks and salt.

      With water: Wow, even better! Strangely the light and sweet character dissapears and it becomes oilier and a little dirtier.
    • Finish
      Pepper and smoke.

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=205 Color: straw yellow Nose: salty-maritime, with aromas of leather, damming, algae, seaweed, iodine, coal, tar, peat and smoke. But also sherry, toffee and green aromas of lime, gooseberries and watermelons. Taste: Salty and powerful, if a bit unstructured. Lots of salty seasoning with cuts of green and dark fruits, sherry, peat, smoke and ash. The subordinate vanilla is virtually demonstrated. Sweet, fresh and sparkling it goes to the finish thanks to the full salinity. Discreet wood comes up and the malt is getting drier. Finish: Medium long - fresh, peaty, malty. The taste notes are largely continued here under the influence of the wood. Note: Unfortunately, the combination of a young bourbon barrel and an older sherry barrel does not go hand-in-hand with this bottling! 89 points N: 89P / G: 89P / F: 88P

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Quite light on the nose but a very nice taste.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    H2H- Lagavulin through the ages - as usual logic would dictate that the older ones would be better, but will that be the case? I already did a head to head of the 21, 25 and 30 and found the 25 to be better than most other people and between the 3 not that much in it so it will be interested to taste again. Lagavulin 16 is favourite of many on here for a go to islay dram and once price has been taken into account I  can gauge the best value and I suspect the 16 will do well here. Mid 1960`s to present 37 year, all official bottlings Drams 
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/100508/lagavulin-guaranteed-pure-malt-pot-still https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/51469/lagavulin-16-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/75648/lagavulin-islay-jazz-festival-2015  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35109/lagavulin-1991   https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/613/lagavulin-1985  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12/lagavulin-25-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10/lagavulin-30-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/44217/lagavulin-37-year-old In theory the nose and palate should all have similarities so I will knock a few out from the start, tasting 8 heavy peaters is a lot for  my palate.   Nose The first to be discounted was the Jaz festival2015 and the 30 year but that might be because they were more delicate. next was the 21 year 1991 then the 37 year which left the NAS 1960`s, 16 year, 21 year 1985 and the 25 year.
    A difficult decision

    1 - 21 year 1985 2 - Pure Pot Still 60`s 3 - 37 year 4 - 16 year 5 - 25 year 6 - 30 year 7 - 21 year 1991 8 - 2015 Jazz festival Palate 1st tasting (tentative) 1 - 21 year 1985 2= - 21 year 1991 2= - 37 year 4 -2015 Jazz festival 5 - 25 year 6  - 30 year 7 - Pure Pot Still Nas 8 - 16 year
    2nd tasting 1 -1985 21 year 2 - 1991 21year 3 - 37 year 4 - 25 year 5 - Jazz festival 2015 6 - 30 year 7 - 16 year 8 - Nas pure pot still (been open a while)
    After 2 tastings my top 3 were the same with the 25 year moving to 4th the Nas was bottom with the 16 year just beating it. The 30 year was a little delicate in this company. The big question is and the one that should give us all hope is that there was little in the first 6 placings and the 16 year was not far behind but the exta years maturation told. If You took price into consideration then the 16 year can hold its head up high.

  10. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose : Seabreeze, gentle peat smoke, lemon, a bit of ashes, mineral.

    Mouth : Lemony, peppery, smoky and salty. Slightly sweet too. Kind of juicy.

    Finish : Long, tarry and smoky.

    Simple clean but elegant and perfectly balanced from the nose to the mouth.

    Tasting note from december 2016


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