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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

Overall rating 193 votes 89.74
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Refill American & European Oak Bodega Casks
Number of bottles
3500
Strength
55.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5274DQ000
Barcode
5000281043029
Bottled for
Islay Jazz Festival 2015
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
14 Dec 2015 7:36 pm by Paard
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Member rates

626 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

35 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
07 Jun 2017 8:21 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 88 points

[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... 

Weighted Rate
88.4
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
86
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
05 Nov 2017 11:44 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 89 points

Quite light on the nose but a very nice taste.

Weighted Rate
89.2
Nose
86
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
90
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
05 Nov 2017 10:07 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 89 points

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.

aphex
Expert Senior aphex Note
14 Oct 2017 1:57 pm
aphex gave this whisky 90 points

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

P.A.O.K.you_are
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
10 Jul 2017 1:26 am
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.4
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
86
Presentation
88
GIORGOS
Expert Senior GIORGOS Review note
19 May 2017 1:33 am
GIORGOS gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
85
Presentation
89
Goethe
Expert Senior Goethe Tasting note
20 Apr 2017 11:07 pm
Goethe gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Smoke. Coal, citrus fruits (sweet), wet flintstone, earth and tar, salt, rounder than the 12y old.

Taste

Smoke. Citrus, hay, ashes, almonds, earth and tar. Rounder than the 12y old from 2015.

Finish

Long. Smoky, citrus fruits. Fruits and oak in the back.

Comments
Great expression by Lagavulin. This one is not so much into the wine cask direction as the Feis Ile 2016 but much more citrus fruity then the other 12y old CS versions.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
GJR
Expert Senior GJR Tasting note
09 Apr 2017 5:20 pm
GJR gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Recht in je gezicht Laga op caskstrength. Mooie rook, gecombineerd met kustgeuren. Zeewier, zout, frisse wind over de zee, maar steeds die aanwezige turfrook die de neus in balans brengt.

Taste

Mooie voortzetting van de neus. Ietwat leer in de achtergrond gecombineerd met wat fruittonen. Frisser door wat citrus, maar steeds die ruwe Lagavulin kracht van Turf en zee.

Finish

Lang, stevig, als bij een knapperend vuurtje aan het strand met een goed stuk gerookt vlees of vis......

Comments

Zeer fraaie Laga.... aangenaam genieten!

Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
26 Mar 2017 12:06 am
Hvdree gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
85
Presentation
89
Nomnomnomnomnomnom...
Bram84
Expert Senior Bram84 Review note
25 Mar 2017 4:30 pm
Bram84 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.4
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
88

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