Lagavulin 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2016
Stated Age
18 years old
American Oak and ex Bodega European Oak casks
Number of bottles
49.5 % Vol.
700 ml
200th Anniversary
Added on
21 May 2016 12:40 am by Odessit
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 596.85

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 18-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.10 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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 ...).

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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)


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