Lagavulin 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
200 Years of Lagavulin Distillery Managers
Stated Age
25 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
51.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
22 Jun 2016 10:45 pm by pilgrim77
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2921.78

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 25-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.23 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I touched the sky

    91 out of 100 points

    a really nice whisky the Erikanote is particularly good

    However, after a while, the mouth and finish have a medical sharpness and a slight bitter note, both of which are not well integrated and inappropriate

    in the overall concept it is not more than 91 points

    Ranking 1st nose, 2nd mouth, 3rd finish

    the second time that an unsuitable menthol note (medicine) spoiled an old Lagavulin
    • Nose
      a nice smell

      soft with a delicate caramelized sweetness


      your hands glide over the new tires

      Their profiles have dug into the moor

      the blossoming Erika crushes

      and iodine-brown bog water pushed out of the ground

      the old wooden door squeaks

      Wood smoke and the smell of salty ham await you

      the sugar is brown and shiny

      your fingers rub Erika into the sweet mass shiny slips the liquid sweet caramel on the ham

      your mouth is wet
    • Taste
      Silk can be smoky and snappy

      silky sweet caramel strokes your tongue

      the touch ignites a spicy fire

      Your palate tastes like cool wood smoke

      dry chocolate powder dissolves slowly in the sweet liquid caramel

      the old wooden door squeaks

      You can smell the crushed Erika in the moor
    • Finish
      long chocolate caramel sweet wood smoke

      Medicine, iodine, tobacco, something rotten wood

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 93 points Super Administrator

    I must confess: I had my doubts. Could this 200th-anniversary edition of Lagavulin 25 fulfill the high expectations? With natural cask strength of 51.7% ABV (bottle no. 1573), the nose achieves perfect balance between delicate peatiness and intense but not too dominating sherry cask influence. Cigar smoke, orange peel and dried fruits harmonize with notes of strong tea, cinnamon and dark chocolate. The taste is impressively zesty, rich and peaty dry, leading to a prolonged and bitter spicy finish. A truly superb Islay whisky with a hefty price tag.

    RATING: 4.7/5.0 stars ≙ 93 pts → SUPERB [+]
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Burnt wood, slightly lemony sweet peat. With the opening, pastry accents, a little frangipane. Blackberry jam. Oranges.
      It is getting wiser and now comes coffee.
    • Taste
      Perfect alcoholic integration, I never felt the slightest desire to add a drop of water. Sweet peat, honey, vanilla, candied orange, coffee ... velvet.
    • Finish
      Delicate spices, with a hint of pepper, melted, creamy finish. Sweet but at the same time an incredible presence, with notes of cappuccino. Exceptional length and persistence.

      Nose and mouth 4/5
      Final 5/5

      Whisky n ° 1808

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    As good as I remember it from when I tasted it first last year, maybe even better. A bucket list whisky, a dream dram. Whatever you want to call this, it's effing good!
    • Nose
      This is on another level! Smoked barbecue meat, smoked paprika powder, beef jerky, charred wood. And plenty of fruits as well. Raisins, lots of oranges, dates, cherries but also dark chocolate. Finally some soft baking spices and burlap. A wee touch of sulphur.
    • Taste
      Big and meaty, yet restrained and elegant. Smoked kippers, tobacco leaves, varnish and subtle peat. Some menthol and dark chocolate, but also lemon and orange zest, and a fair amount of spices too, like cinnamon and cloves. A feint tartiness. Epically complex.
    • Finish
      A touch dry, but long, with lemon and leather.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during Georgie's Masterclass at the Feis Ile.  Unfortunately she served just a very small dram so it is hard to do a proper tasting review (why are you so stingy compared to Caol Ila?).The colour is deep copper and I skip the texture test (to not waste the tiny size of the dram on the glass surface).  The nose is quite shy and closed, obviously it cries for water (again, why the hell you served such a small dram!!!).  The mouthfeel is warming and coating but slightly bitter and adstringent as well (metallic, cold ashes) - that is not to my liking.  The taste is quite complex on a lot of different flavours (pls. see other reviews), I like that.  The finish is of medium length and again a little drying on cold ashes and cardboards.  Some water opens up the nose as expected but still I remember many better Lagavulin noses.  The taste improves a lot from the additional water, now it gets really good.  But the finish stays a little weakish (for an old Lagavulin, of course it is on a high level).  Without water I score this dram 2 points less.

     To be honest, as a drinker I would not pay more than 150 Euro for such a bottle.  For the price this one trades I rather buy an old 12 year Lagavulin at an auction https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38654/lagavulin-12-year-old...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    very clear masterpiece. Get close to the old grandiose 25 and 21yo ran. Immens complex and very harmonious.
    • Nose
      Immediately it is clear: big cinema. It's somewhere between the old 25yo and the old 21 yo. Neat sherry, intense caramel and heavy dark honey. After a short time in the glass it changes to a very balanced, but also very typical Lagavulinnote. Campfire on the beach, salt, slightly mentholig, fresh tobacco, grilled spare ribs. Later even some orange and apricot jam, rare at Lagavulin. Great and incredibly harmonious. Something like that is only in the age. With a few drops of water: gingerbread spices, buttery warm Hefezopf coated with plum jam, wet leaves in the fall, absolutely insane as it changes with time.
    • Taste
      Pure: soft, heavy sweet onset, maple syrup, immediately a load of salt, tender pulled pork and medical smoke of the finest quality. Juice from beef comes to mind through the heavy lush meat note. Tobacco (tastes like chewing tobacco?) And blood orange complete the whole. Again, unbelievably harmonious. With a few drops of water: beef stock with Leberspäzla, with parsnip chips. Black tea with lemon. Just wonderful.
    • Finish
      very long, actually the complex overall picture remains almost unchanged in the mouth. No note wins the upper hand.

  7. Islaywolf scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    One of the best whiskys to drink !! Fantastic

  8. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully complex and powerful whisky.
    Everything we get: sherry, peat and smoke, fruits, oak and spices.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, ash, burnt gum. Sherry. Orange and waxy apples. Salted minerals.
      Antique skin, medicines, camphor, tomato paste, beef and iodine.
    • Taste
      Powerful, complex. Sherry, big dose of red apples, apricot and orange peel.
      Oak, salt, pepper, ginger, camphor. Smoke and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, smoky, spicy, peaty, fruity.

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=233 Color: Dark Copper / Amontilado Sherry
    Nose: Dull, dark and burned! A peppery spiciness rises in the glass, along with roasted nuts, BBQ, ham, charred wood, ashes, leather, medicinal aromas of iodine and an underlaid orange sweetness. With butter, caramel, raisins and honey.
    Taste: Balanced and quite spicy. Salt, tingling pepper, old sherry, orange peel / liqueur, nuts, almonds, chestnuts, herbs, oak and some furniture polish, tobacco and Kohlerauch. Towards the finish becoming fresher.
    Finish: Medium to long - tart, woody and with a chocolate glaze. Peat, coal, ashes, burned asphalt, old car tires, charred wooden beams, but then again almonds, some sweetish vanilla and emerging black Teearomen. Overall, dry-peaty fading out.
    Comment: A rather unusual but remarkable Lagavulin!
    93 points (nose: 93 / taste: 93 / finish: 92)

  10. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 7996.
    Gorgeous. A camphorated and shiny fruit.
    Wood is precious.
    The peat is typical of lagavulin but filigree. Magnificent.
    Unparalleled complexity.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Gorgeous. A magnificent roundness.
      The fruit is rolled up, camphorated, waxed. Blood orange, citrus, plum, raspberry.
      Slight rancio.
      Precious wood, shoe polish cream.
      Camphor, bandage, mercurochrome.
      Airing adds exoticism.
    • Taste
      93 93
      In the mouth it is long, camphorated, oily.
      Exotic fruits, pineapple, passion, mango, papaya. Gorgeous. It's waxed, honeyed, camphorated.
      Lavender, white pepper.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish on exoticism, pepper, precious wood, a filigree of peat and cold ash.


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