Lagavulin 18-year-old

Overall rating
90.03/100
votes
407
Whiskybase ID
WB82654
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2016
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
American Oak and ex Bodega European Oak casks
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
49.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
200th Anniversary
Barcode
5000281045320
Added on
21 may 2016 12:40 am by Odessit
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 606.94

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 18-year-old

63 users have left 69 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.03 points.

  1. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. lingige scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  3. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet notes in the form of: apple, slightly buttery, smoky notes
    Taste: From the first sip, noticeable notes of smoke and under them notes of pepper and bitter fruit, slightly greasy taste. In addition, you can also meet the taste of peat notes with a slight lemon aroma
    Rating: 88 | 100. Finish quite long, smoky and fruity. Generally, the whisky is ok.

  4. ahembd scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Not sure I can ask anything else out of a Lagavulin. Aged long enough for tertiary peat notes, but not so long that it loses a phenolic punch. What separates this one from others is the brilliant citrus/mint/rotting clementines flavors that are very similar to the 16yo White Horse Bottlings of the late 80's. I could give it a 95 but what else am I wanting? This is grand cru. You have to have something as your benchmark, this is it.

  5. craide scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For me an almost perfect smoke malt. Not too exaggerated, it never covers the versatility of this malt. In addition, everything seems harmonious and very well balanced to me.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very fresh and sweet start, smoky, greasy, light BBQ feeling, slightly maritime and a little salt. Lots of citrus fruit, grapefruit, plus smoked fruit. When the first thick smoke has subsided a few red fruits such as cherries and currants appear. There is also a little vanilla and caramel. With a little time, these greasy smoke aromas also expand to include leather and wood.
      The maritime notes increase slightly and act as a good contrast to the lemony, slightly acidic fruit components. Everything shrouded in beautiful greasy smoke.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Starting on the palate is a great interplay of dry, woody, spicy aromas with rich sweetness, honey and salty liquorice. Also here is the nice, spicy, greasy smoke. Somewhat phenolic with a refreshing, cooling note. In the background some iodine and salmon smoked over wood. You have great associations here. The fruit aromas of cherries and some red berries only float slightly on the palate. Other things are in the foreground here.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish, dry, salty, smoky, slightly sweet and sour with a little more spice towards the end.

  6. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Just like a glass of lemon honey cocktail, a bit warm and all match after a while.

    2/2022 try again after a Talisker 25yo 2007, I like this Lagavulin more and marks a bit higher
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. LordIslay scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Since I have been able to taste some high-class and wonderful Lagavulin in recent years, I was probably a little spoiled before the tasting of Feis Ile 2016. Because of that the expectations were pretty high, but compared to the 18Y DE, the 21Y and 25Y I didn't even give him the chance to keep up with the three.
    In the end, Feis Ile 2016 was not only able to keep up, but also ranks with the three in the top 4 of my Lagavulin I have drunk so far.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet, not typical for Lagavulin. Slightly peaty.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Peat gets stronger. Chocolate, vanilla, honey and oranges.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Very soft finish. Fruity and smoky, without finding the high AVB content unpleasant.

  8. Islaywolf scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin feis ila that sounds good!
    Didn't disappoint and it's a slightly different Lagavulin than many others I've drank before.
    Unfortunately only had one sample available. ????
    A whole bottle has become a bit expensive !?
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 4617.
    Gorgeous. Tasted in a Feis ile line up. The best for me.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Superb nose very integrated and melted.
      On the verge of exoticism. Pineapple, lemon, citrus. Light grapefruit.
      Gros Embrun, fleur de sel.
      Oily peat, gunpowder.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it is oily.
      The fruit is still ahead. It is very rare in these traffic jams Feis Ile.
      Apricot, peach, pineapple, papaya. Superb.
      Oily peat, pepper, camphor, liquorice.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish on ash, cigar and exotic fruit. Superb. It's warming up. It's like being around the fire.

  10. Макс scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  11. shanz did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Nose: Salty lemon, smoky with vanilla, slightly pungent, rather thin.
    Taste: Amazingly creamy, otherwise like nose (salt, lemon, vanilla), slightly smoky, some peat and white pepper, bitter note (unripe apple).
    Finish: Fairly long and dry, creamy vanilla, lemon, strong peaty, very smoky, quite tasty without the bitter taste.
    Note: This creaminess and the great finish are the best!

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty OK
    • Nose
      87 87
      Little citrus, lemons, little smoky, whiffs of vanilla
    • Taste
      85 85
      Cedar wood, saw dust, smoky, little sweetness
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm

  13. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very good: bonfires, treaclish sherry syrup, plum and figs, mustard and piccalilly. Finishes with a warming feeling of balanced sherry sweetness, liquorice and scorched wood notes.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. Oakenshield scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    The 16 years is already a classic, surely the distillery scotch (permanent edition) having the best value for money on the market.
    This 18 year edition Feis Ile is just a jewel, a beautiful peat with a fruity subtlety that I will leave the taste buds lovers to put fruit names on sensations that have differed much between me and my friends (passing the pineapple with pear and notes of rum-grapes ...).

  15. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Gotta compare all Lagavulins to the 16yo, right?
    • Nose
      91 91
      As compared with the standard 16yo, this is fresher with more depth and complexity. Minty, with some sweetness, perhaps honey, in the background.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Yes, sweeter, sharper, with more precise flavors here. Definitely more oomph than the 16 and provides a bit of a zing. An excellent Lagavulin from a newly opened bottle. Not the first time I've tried this, and probably not as good as the Jazz 2013 that I finished a few months ago... that Jazz just had a wider flavor profile and a more mouth-coating texture.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish could be a bit longer, and to be honest, it's not a very impressive ending. It's a bit cardboardy, thin, and just okay. At the price at the distillery, I would buy a case of this to be my daily drinker, but at the secondary price (which is almost double that price at this point), I may stock up on perhaps one more bottle. No need to buy a lot of this... Lagavulin can do this with its eye closed. Not special. Just Lagavulin.

      90-91 points.

  16. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  17. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It´s a great whisky, really very good. But you need time and a quite environment to get everything out of it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      This is not a smah in your face dram, wouldn´t call it shy though. subtle could the right word. First close to the 16 yo but with some time you get a little more vanilla, wool and newspaper. Perhaps a little less medicinal and it´s got a lovely coastal side with wet gravel, rain on hot pavement, clams. Compared to the 16yo it has less of these bitter almond notes which are sometimes a bit over the top there! Some malt candies. The smoke is nicely balanced.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Nice lemon rilettes, very clean, bladey. Just the right amount of smoke. Chiselled like a good white wine. Chenin blanc from the Loire? Quite some coffee on the second sip. much more powerful than on the nose! a little sooty.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish seems to be endless, a tad drier now, with a little soot

  18. Patrick93 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  19. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Unlike the 18 years, he is not so good. He feigns that initially, but then comes with a good dose of youth in a positive sense around the corner. Exciting.
    • Nose
      Oha, that's a little different Lagavulin nose ... Sea associations evoking smoke with seaweed, salt and machine oil, but very dignified and withdrawn and in the distance, what is that - an old cheese roll? Slightly cheesy anyway. Does not bother the positive first impression in any way, but adds an exciting moment to the classic appearance. The smoke, initially restrained, is now in the glass and does not want to give way. Lemon jelly adds some sweetness to it.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly sweet at the beginning with lemon slices rolled in honey. Salt liquorice accompanies the spicy smoke and rolls over the tongue to the rear. Dry at the beginning and with a good portion of wood. Phenolic, fresh tar, Hansaplast, the full Islay program.
    • Finish
      Still dry and still lemon-sweet-sour. It gets a bit peppery in the back.

  21. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (22) Very unusual in flavor, good taste and beautiful at the finish (91)
    • Nose
      Orange, menthol, needles ... mown grass ... sponge cake and vanilla ... turf ... sea air ... very delicate and soft ... earth ... minerality and medicine ... dry board ... drying oil (23.5)
    • Taste
      Salt, sweet fruits, ashes and pepper ... iodine (22.5)
    • Finish
      Finish sweet, red berries, chocolate, pepper and menthol toothpaste ... spices ... ginger .. solvent (23)

  22. Moses did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting
    notes by
    Ruben Luyten v. WhiskyNotes

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2016/lagavulin/lagavulin-18yo-feis-ile-2016/

    Score:  91 /100
    ____________________________

    90 / 91 from Malt Reviews

    https://youtu.be/8tFiWm_3iic

  23. Andy-13 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    07.04.2018 Stammtisch in Schifferstadt with Dennis

  24. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A nice dram but for me not better than the 12y Cask Strength versions. It is more balanced somehow but therefore also a bit unspectacular. Would be a nice "daily dram" but for 70-100€ but as it has reached 300€ now, simply too expense!
    • Nose
      citric, smoke & honey. Malty caramel afterwards.. A bit more refreshing than the standard ones and also balanced!
    • Taste
      Smooth & very well balanced mouth which brings back the nose elements. The malty part is a bit more intense now and the dram is quite dry. 
    • Finish
      Very nice finish which is middle long and full of smoke. I like it!

  25. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    a great, fresh Lagavulin, complex and balanced.
    • Nose
      Very fresh, juicy, orangy at the beginning, fresh mint and only a little smoke. Later saltier, fleshier, as Lagavulin is known.
    • Taste
      also incredibly refreshing, chilled ouzo in the beginning, but salty and spicy. Then in the middle iodine and smoked salmon. Some apricot jam. Never true.
    • Finish
      very long, salty and slightly smoky, very balanced.

  26. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind tasting: The colleague starts with a sweetish, phenolic smoky note. Smells very "dense" and candle wax. Baked apple comes through nicely and almost brings with it, artificial sweetness. Vanilla and lime meet. With time in the glass and when you get used to the pleasant smoke, it's kind of flowery. Slight chocolate note with almonds. The fruit is getting better now and a pear is spreading. Bit of leather and slightly maritime. The alcohol only cools the nose slightly. Oak spice is getting more and more.
    • Taste
      Mild, but then spicy start. No alcoholic strength. Clear smoke. Ham, slightly salty. Pickled apricot, mirabelles, some bitter almonds, the vanilla is there. Tastes somehow, oily flowery. Ginger is coming now. Nice chilli fish even. Tastes a bit like wet sand and espresso.
    • Finish
      Medium. First sweet - oily, then chilli and again espresso.

  27. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with the following Lagavulins: Distillery Exclusive 2017 (87 pts.), Islay Jazz Festival 2017 (86), Lagavulin 16yo White Horse late 1990s (90), 25yo 1977-2002 (93), 25yo 2016 "200 years of L. Distillery Managers" (91), and 1991-2016 200th Anniversary Charity Bottling single cask (92).
    • Nose
      Marine, almost Bowmoreish compared to Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive 2017 in the glass next to it. The peat is restrained and less harsh. Lots of fresh pine branches. Not very much refill bourbon and tar vibes compared to the rest of the night's lineup. With water I find a fair amount of vanilla ice cream (the best possible vanilla note). 
    • Taste
      Well rounded, with none of the raking peat of the Distillery Exclusive 2017. Not vivid or bold at all; subtlety is the key here. With or without water, it remains elegant but a little muted, as if it is as open straight from the bottle as it'll ever be. Still, I am a fan of this Bowmore simulator, and appreciate the board game pieces notes that signal a mature, aged whisky.
    • Finish
      Long, but a bit quiet compared to the rest of the tasting lineup. Sinks well into the gums although it isn't tannic at all. With water the finish becomes more delicate, but also more fruity.

  28. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A Lagavulin perfectly successful. A model of balance. A peat present but that we forget almost as the integration is perfectly mastered. It's been a long time since I had had such a pleasure enjoying a Whisky ...
    • Nose
      "We are on a Lagavulin finesse." A nice fine peat and "class" with its usual lemon notes. But beyond that there is vanilla, camphor, fresh mint, seaweeds, some saline notes and that I do not know what gloss (varnish wood?, Polish?).
    • Taste
      A slight, almost watery attack, which does not suggest an alcoholic degree of 49.5%. A greedy and oily mouth on dried fruits, salty notes and some fine spices. Some mineral and herbaceous notes mingle with this delicate peat almost erased (but so beautiful!).
    • Finish
      A nice length on a cocoa peat. There are dried fruits, salt, vanilla with a hint of mint. Very slight bitterness, far from being unpleasant.

  29. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose breathes peat and lemon.
    • Taste
      On the palate the peat take up all the space, always the lemon, the oak is calm peat, a little acidity, then the ash.
    • Finish
      The finish is long on smoke, lemon, a pleasant feeling of very fine peat persists, yum.

  30. ApricotOne scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  31. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Lagavulin Bicentenary" tasting at Bonn.

    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 it 90.  I took no detailed notes.

  32. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2016" tasting at Bonn.

    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 it 90.  My notes state another very good Feis Ile release of Lagavulin but I like the two previous editions (2014, 2015) better.

  33. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great expression by Lagavulin. It is not to much into the wine cask direction although there is a distinct influence on the citrus Lagavulin profile going a sweet path (oranges etc.). Lovely but not comparable to the Feis Ile 2015 version. More like the Jazz 2015 concerning the fruity part.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke. Sweet citrus fruits (some oranges way in the back), wet flintstone, nuts, earth and some moss (after a warm summer day).
    • Taste
      Smoke. Sweet citrus fruits, hay, ashes, some wine oak influence, some dried fruits, some smoked chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long to very long. Smoky and sweet citrus fruits again.

  34. TK6000 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. BXpress scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    Great, despite the slightly thin palate. Peated whisky as i like it, i.e. not an overbearing one trick pony peat influence.
    • Nose
      Quite oily and even buttery at first. Then some cake dough and salt. Apples and lemon liqueur. Some earth. Very refined. Requires a little bit of effort, but it's well worth it.  Some tobacco, hay and a hint of moss.
    • Taste
      Begins slightly dusty, then some oil followed by lemon, cake dough. Then some roots and salt in the development with a sugary sweetness. Some green olives. It's a little bit thinner than i would have expected though. The peat is quite restrained.
    • Finish
      Very long. Some raw fish over there, slightly herbal.  Oily, maritime after taste.

  36. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    ‘Blind Islay fury’ was a blind tasting organised by Whiskylounge. We started here: WB
    N: Rather in a similar vein to the Islay-less Springbank albeit less fruity [>raisins] and favouring the mechanical whiffs of heavy machinery workshops alongside onion-fresh vegetal and hammy farmyard notes.
    T:  Very dry arrival, one that cries 'water'. Even so, it stays endlessly dry and rather one-dimensional but i think the previous, robust Springbank WB is still lingering. The subtleties of this dram will have to be gleaned when time and conditions are more favourable. Woody-fresh chocolate notes herald the later stages,...
    F: ,... continuing dry & smokey, a touch medicinal with nuts & chocolate.
    C: On the one hand this reminds me of that ghostly Girvan WB that was,… 52 years old. Now it's been revealed [as an 18yo Lagavulin], on the other hand its hard to believe it possesses that age, it being so light and airy - although i heard Lagavulin tends to favour 3rd fill cask activity for their core 16yo yet this is a combination of American oak and Bodega european casks. What do i know, it’s a interesting one. On to number 3 WB.

    Scores a B[-]

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very good but not as good as the 2013 offering
    • Nose
      Lovely nose, some citrus is evident here, pear, stewed apple, plum. A good mix of fruit and peat.
    • Taste
      Punchy with the peat mixed with black pepper, bitter caramel and bitter fruits .

      After a good mouthful the bitterness goes and the peat takes over mixed with biscuit
    • Finish
      Quite long, on sweet peat and caramel.

  39. Dede scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is a good case. Sharper than the 16yo, but rounder than the 12yo. Very nice peat but pretty fine, lemon, medicinal notes (antiseptic), olives, a little bit of tar. The alcoholic degree is perfect, supporting the aromas without crushing them. Absolutely for my taste.

  40. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A soft and elegant nose, displaying all the distillery hallmarks that make the 12yo and 16yo releases so memorable, but with considerable extra maturity (so very different to the special 8yo released earlier in the year). The warm peat smoke is present but never overwhelms. Vanilla comes through (presumably from the American oak) more than on the standard 12 or 16, but is nicely balanced by some nutty notes (almonds and hazelnuts), plenty of salty sea air, citrus fruits, creamy honey, and a touch of something grassy/herbal. It opens up beautifully with a few minutes in the glass and a couple of drops of water. Similarly well-balanced on the palate, with soft peat smoke lingering alongside warming chilli spice, cracked black pepper, and zesty citrus fruits. Slightly drier (more oaky?)  finish than on the standard 12 or 16, with the grassy/herbal note returning from the nose. Perhaps a cask or two of whisky that is older than 18yo in the vatting? Another very special release (yet again!) for the Feis, that I prefer to the 2015 release. However, for me, it doesn't quite reach the heady heights of the 2014 Feis or the 2013 Jazz.

  41. ScottFrench scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Another superb Lagavulin Feis Ile ... What to say if it is more than pleasant to taste this kind of whisky. Accurate, rich, complex, balanced, powerful, in short, a great whisky. Less rich and simpler than the 2015 version, but just as effective.
    • Nose
      fresh and delicate, which seems quite surprising for a Lagavulin. The smoke is fine and leaves room for eucalyptus, oyster, wet pebble, camphor, antiseptic, lemon, anchovies, algae, almonds, aromatic herbs, etc. It's rich and very balanced. In the background, there is a sweeter pan, with notes of cream, frangipane, vanilla and ripe fruit.
    • Taste
      Paf! Explosion of aromas! Impressive ... Here we have a complex of aromas that block and explode on the palate. It's very fresh, always with these notes of eucalyptus, a little zesty side with lemon / lime, a bit of roasted cereals, a delicate smoke, fruits, aromatic herbs, tapenade with the anchovy trio. capers / olives. The mineral notes reinforce this feeling of precision and sharpness. Well-honed aromas.
    • Finish
      endless, oily, with notes of smoke, dried fruits, lemon, herbs. We go through all the aromatic families. It's direct and sharp. Superb.

  42. Shane_IL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Reminiscent of the classic 16-year-old Lagavulin but so much more than that. The high ABV really adds a huge punch of flavour and the finish is something truly spectacular.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/09/14/lagavulin-18-feis-ile-2016/
    • Nose
      Very Lagavulin peat profile on the nose. Rich, salty and earthy. Quite medicinal. Oil smoke. Burned fruits. Citrus zest. Ash. Wine tannins. Grape flavouring. A bit of creamy vanilla.
    • Taste
      Char. Dry woody ash. Grape drink. Burned citrus. Salt & Pepper. Vanilla. Aromatic green herbs, menthol, wintergreen, peppermint.
    • Finish
      Long. The aromatic green herbs carry on through, like a glorious peaty throat lozenge. Also a good deal of oil smoke, ash and charred wood. Some mild salty and spicy notes linger on the tongue.

  43. Albaron scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Very elegant but still fresh whisky and the age of 18 years. Blind, I would appreciate him younger, delicious uncomplicated, but still with depth. A nice jubilee whisky with low-key smoke
    • Nose
      some alcohol, then creamy toffee, a bit salty and oily, light smoke, leather, raisins, oranges, a little bit bready
    • Taste
      light smoke, black tea, malty, orange juice, oily and salty , draft, slightly tannins, leather, dried fruit, fruit cake
    • Finish
      The sweetness remains and a hint of smoke, finally a few tannins

  44. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Indeed very good, more peat and less sweet than the 16 year old.

    But not worth the extra money
    • Nose
      Banana, seaweed and red berries. Of course, big peat smoke. 
    • Taste
      Very sweet, come from the stated sherry influence, much more complex than the 12CS. Very balanced, milk chocolates (60%?)
    • Finish
      short to Medium, sweet peat with dark fruits.

  45. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    this is the citrusiest whisky I have ever tasted. At least that's how he seems to me today. This is very unusual and I like it a lot.

    # # Blindtasting
    • Nose
      smoked lime. So directly peat and citrus, already nice. Over time, some vanilla is added, the sour freshness is clearly present, the peat is pushed slightly into the background.
    • Taste
      very direct. Lots of peat, lemon flavor, even lime, slight bitterness, but a certain sweetness completes the whole.
    • Finish
      Peat, lemon zest, a little vanilla, a little bergamot. Peat and a fresh bitterness towards the end. Not too long.

  46. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    good taste, smooth matching taste without great tension
    • Nose
      untypical sweetish, phenol, smoke smelling of sweet barley and peat, pop corn,
    • Taste
      soft, warm onset, on the tongue it starts to smoke easily, sweet barley, herbal sweets with liquorice, zirconia fruits, tart - sweet, on the palate chocolate powder with coconut bright notes
    • Finish
      long pleasant sweet, smoky, peat, chocolate, intense

  47. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly, I find him at home in my garden better than on-site tasting on Islay. An exciting nose, nicely intense in the mouth with an interplay between sweet fruity and spicy. Only the departure could be a bit more sociable.
    • Nose
      very fresh and sweet, citrus notes, slightly greasy, burning logs, creamy, vanilla and some caramel, the nose goes more towards ex-bourbon as ex-sherry, then a ripe sweet red fruit, cherry, fruit gums, some leather and oak , Espresso, the alcohol is well integrated and shows only through a fresh feeling in the nose, possibly a very subtle touch of chocolate, like a light coating over the fruit
    • Taste
      Smoke, wood smoke, beautiful intense, then sweetness, red fruit, raspberry and cherry, and then spice, cinnamon, no, rather pepper, something sour, now more orange than lemon, coffee and leather
    • Finish
      behind much dry, still strong smoke, occupies the whole mouth, salt, slightly earthy, grape skin, the creamy sweetness is at the back of the palate still to imagine, very long-lasting

  49. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Unusually dry, almost refreshing Lagavulin with razor-sharp profile. For me clearly stands before the standard bottlings, but that was not to be expected otherwise. I'll need a sample from that ...
    • Nose
      Campfires, fresh lemon and damp soil are the beginning. Very quickly, ripe yellow fruits and malty caramel notes are added. The alcohol tickles something in the nose, but then integrates quickly. Life makes the whole thing much stronger and more lemony. He also becomes increasingly maritime, before he continues to change in the direction Umami and leather. Warms up furniture polish with lemon juice in a granite bowl.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly warm onset, dry, lemon juice again, as well as dark, malty sweetness indicated. Back with oak, salt and umami here, something reminds of fresh sushi, before it becomes strong mineral again. The maritime notes can also be found again.
    • Finish
      The finish is also strong in the direction of mineral notes and is long, ashy and very balanced.

  50. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=217 Color: gold
    Nose: Dull-earthy-peaty! Leather, iodine, salt, pepper and sparkling lemon. But also beautiful malt notes, butter and smoked fish. No alcohol tips in the nose - on the contrary, harmonious and round with maritime character of algae, seaweed, ship dew and hints of vanilla.
    Taste: Full of flavor, balanced and with a beautiful earthiness. A concentrated load of dull peat and a delicious spiciness with lots of pepper, heavy notes of leather, dried fruit and vanilla. In addition a gently flattened herbal smoke combination runs. Towards the finish becoming drier and again rapidly degrading fruit components.
    Finish: Long - dull and a bit dusty dry. Leather and peat notes dominate, the spice is enhanced with tart dried herbs, and delicious chocolate and cocoa notes go hand in hand with the peaty smoke.
    Note: The second part is slightly flattened and dull before the chocolate notes are used. All in all, one of the most stocky bottlings of Lagavulin!
    91 points (nose: 91 / taste: 92 / finish: 91)

  51. MadScientist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  52. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    this is a smoker, as I like him; a little older, which makes the smoke nicely integrated and no longer as dominant as in the youth. Delicious
    • Nose
      beautiful, not too strong or too subtle smoke; next to it is a great sweet, which comes from fruits; it smells of ripe apples; Grain is added and a nice malt note; with time, peaches come and the smoke becomes more intense; in addition a very slightly salty component mixes; and the basic flavor becomes much sweeter; followed by light aromas of dark spices (pepper, nutmeg, clove)
    • Taste
      creamy and very soft; and suddenly the smoke is there and the alcohol unfolds its power; a very strong tingle is on the tongue which becomes more and more intense with time; it follows a bitter-sweet note of oak; next to it a dark, fruity sweetness becomes noticeable again; again come the spices, the apple and the peach from the nose; with sweet honey
    • Finish
      medium long and pleasantly smoky; sweet and spicy; again fruits and honey; at the second sip the smoke unfolds and overlaps almost the other flavors; a nice finish

  53. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The fragrance that is so typical of Lagavulin flows through the close environment, it looks fruity, almost sweet. Unfortunately, my last Laga 16 has been around for a while, I can not make any differences. The start is definitely more intense. Man, pull in! My throat becomes almost furry, the full aroma fills my mouth. Pleasant smoky taste, is there some carnation now? At first rather fruity, now increasingly spicy, but also some vanilla emerges. This is a very powerful, voluminous whisky with a fine smoke flavor. Does this beat the 16er? I do not think so, although it should be a direct comparison ...

  54. EarlMobile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful, but also unspectacular Lagavulin, which comes a little more complex than the 16er. The peat is still well available, but lacks some sweetness. I like it very much. Of course, this is always such a thing in terms of price ...

  55. Ivynor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A notch below the Feis Isle 2014 but it remains a very good Lagavulin, sailor and fiery. Sherry hardly feels like it.
    90+ / 91-
    • Nose
      Typically a little laga 12, much more marine than the Feis Isle 2014:
      iodine, lemon, oily fish. More standard and less melted than the 2014 but it is still excellent.
    • Taste
      Oily and oily texture, sea storm with iodine and pepper, good minerality, well balanced. A little cherry cherry and gentian, lemon zest. Noble and melted product.
    • Finish
      Sour cherry, iodine, pepper, lemon, the whole still elegant and melted. Very beautiful length.

  56. tomy63 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    pale gold color, very marine nose, iodine, lemon, shellfish, oyster, little sherry, slightly medicinal. Nice scale in the mouth, lemony, mineral, very iodized and peppery (Talisker), slightly peaty, beautiful texture even if far from the level of Feis Island 2014, a lot of freshness, dry without being austere. Very long finish, very peppery and iodized, cold ashes. Another nice version, which just suffers to pass behind the 2014.

  57. ragingbull scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    The difference to the 16er is marginal. Not worth the heavy extra charge. He sees no country against the 12er CS and the DE.

  58. ericholim scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    by Whiskynotes.be

    Lagavulin 18 yo ‘Bicentenary Edition’ (49,5%, OB – Feis Ile 2016, refill hogsheads & European oak Bodega sherry butts, 6000 btl.)

    Nose: elegant and fresh. Gentle smoky notes, with fresh eucalyptus and a light sea breeze. Lemony notes, oranges and apple blossom. Big mineral notes as well: seaweed, oysters, wet sheep and light medicinal touches (iodine, camphor, bandages). Just enough almond sweetness in the background. More mature and restrained than a 16yo. Really good. Mouth: same menthol / eucalyptus freshness, which blend nicely into medicinal and sweet grassy notes. Hints of yeast. Mid-palate there is some oak prickle, an orangey note and soot. Olive brine. A tad more powerful than the nose suggested – crescendo style. Finish: long and pure, mostly on lemons and peat. Liquorice as well.

    Exactly what we’d expect from Lagavulin. Slightly restrained this year, but confident at the same time, with the American oak in the foreground. The Feis Ile 2014 is still my favourite. Nonetheless a hell of a whisky worth visiting the distillery for. Around € 160.

    Score: 91/100

  59. steinrich scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      90 90

  60. Patrick93 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      88 88

  61. Laga93 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  62. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Lagavulin has once again tried to preserve the typical Distillery Character. Immediately, a lot of these dried seaweed notes, but also subtle aromas of camphor and mineral substances. Lots of fresh oysters, lemon juice, wet rocks and pebbles on the beach, sheep's wool and various medicinal tinctures. Totally classic and pretty seductive. Actually, I do not want to add water, but I do not want to bring whisky fun into infamy again. With water enters certain self-degrading qualities, and comes out a bright champagne with canned lemon, cairn and fresh notes of white pepper. Even one or two wet dogs can be smelled (Serge apologizes for the wet dogs but I think dogs love the water). Totally fantastic.
    Taste: Bread-like taste, peaty, slightly yeast-like, chalky, many of these wonderful tertiary notes that are found only in peaty whiskys that have matured long enough in the barrel. Green fruits and even more fruity than the modern Lagavulins with a wonderful lemon note; heaps of lemon peel and lemon oil. Light notes of green olives and recurring salty notes of capers and anchovies. Maybe good with Puttanesca ...? With water ... .. comes a medicinal undertone and a taste of smoked agaves, variations of olives and a phenol-containing imprint.
    finish: Lemon, oily, fruity, smoky, peaty long and totally satisfying. Comment: This is quite a departure from previous Feis Ile bottlings, it does not have the same (blade-like, ashy sharpness). On the contrary, this bottling reminds me of the very early 16-year-old White Horse bottlings from the late 1980s. The same fruit-driven, slightly phenolic Islay whiskys. A praise to the past and a great bottling for the 200th anniversary. Let's hope that some are opened and enjoyed instead of just going to auction auctions.

  63. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  64. stellan0r scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Around 1000 bottles available at the distillery today

  65. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    still available at the distillery @ £125.00

  66. ak47 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    "Lagavulin 18 yo (49.5%, OB, Bicentenary Edition, Feis Ile 2016, Refill Hogsheads & European Oak Bodega Sherry Butts, 6000 bottles)  
    I didn’t make it over to Lagavulin’s open day this year but apparently the queue was one of the finest and most impressive yet. When I went this morning to buy a couple of bottles for myself there was still a queue. Perhaps you could call it a ‘living queue’. Each time it is depleted it gets topped up with fresh whisky enthusiasts. Anyway, quite excited to taste this one... 
    Colour: Pale gold.

    Nose: What’s great is that they’ve really tried to embrace the distillery character. Immediately you have lots of these elegant dried kelp notes, subtle camphor aromas and mineral qualities. Lots of fresh oysters, lemon juice, wet rocks, seashore pebbles, sheep’s wool and various medicinal tinctures. Totally classical and quite seductive. I almost don’t want to add water but I don’t want to bring Whiskyfun into disrepute (again). Water brings out some autolytic qualities, the breadiness of a good Blanc du Blanc Champagne along with preserved lemons, smoked cereals and crisp white peppery note. Even a wet dog or two (Serge always apologises to the dogs but I think they probably enjoy being wet). Totally wonderful.  
    Palate: Bready, peaty, slightly yeasty, gristy, lots of these wonderful tertiary notes which are only found in peated whiskies given sufficient maturation time. Green fruits aplenty, almost more fruity than most modern Lagavulins with a wonderful citrus edge; lots of lemon peel and citrus oils. Some green olive notes and resurgence of these briny notes including capers and anchovies. Perhaps you could add this to a Puttanesca...? With water... it dons a Mezcal mask and gives up notes of smoked agave, more various olives and a soft but luscious phenolic signature. 
    Finish: Lemony, oily, fruity, smoky, peaty long and totally satisfying. 
    Comments: This is quite a departure from previous years Feis bottlings, it doesn’t have the same blade-like, ashy sharpness. Instead, this really reminds me of the very early 16 year old White Horse bottlings from the late 1980s. It’s the same kind of fruit-driven, gently phenolic sort of Islay malt. A little paean to the past and a great bottling for their 200th anniversary. I love it, a hugely pleasurable dram. Lets hope that quite a few will be opened and enjoyed rather than just traded at auction. 92 points."

    Extracted from: whiskyfun.com

  67. mad69 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a very good Laga 16-style dram with more punch. personally I think, that Laga has not met the high expectations for their 200th anniversary after last year's superb 24-year old.

  68. kick scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Good but disappointing

  69. ak47 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    125 British Pound a Bottle!

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