Lagavulin 1995

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2009
Stated Age
13 years old
European Oak
Number of bottles
54.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
24 May 2009 6:19 pm
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1088.28

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1995

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.71 points

  1. WhiskyReviewing did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    --WF(258-91)&Malt Maniacs(91pt)
    May 26, 2009
    Lagavulin 1995/2009 (54.4%, OB, Feis Isle 2009, Cask 4556)
    Nose: Orange marmalade, a whiff of smoke, meaty, smoked venison, cinnamon, bacon, fishermen's rope, resembles the old 12yo white horse white label (rotation 1979), very enjoyable.
    Mouth: Full and oily, quite sweet at the start, the sherry gives a beautiful spicy, almost fruitcake like structure and the smokiness kicks in beautifully, very sippable at 54,4%.
    Finish: Powerful, spicy, almost like wasabi, long and tongue sticking, lovely and a bit drying. Balance/complexity: Beautiful malt.... a good job done by Iain McArthur - this will be a stunner with some bottle aging. And adding some water really makes this beauty highly drink-able. What a great swimmer.
    Points LWS members: James 90, Dirk 91, Geert 91, Luc 91, Billy (Lindores member to be): 90. Average 91/100.
    November 27, 2009
    Lagavulin 1995/2009 (54.4%, OB, Feis Ile 2009, cask #4556)
    When our Belgian correspondents (Belgian correspondents, very Hercule Poirot, isn’t it!) tried this one on Islay at the time, they granted it with 91 points.
    Colour: full gold. Nose: exceptional indeed. Extremely elegant peat with dozens of sub-aromas such as leather, smoked ham, smoked tea, grapefruits, Seville oranges, wet rocks, flints, black pepper, bitter chocolate, seaweed, camphor… Smells much older. With water: becomes ‘tertiary’, with notes of pipe tobacco, patchouli, sandal wood and quite some fresh putty.
    Mouth (neat): double bang. Peated grapefruits, pepper, angelica, crystallised oranges, white pepper and lemon. How big. With water: more of the same, just a little more drinkable.
    Finish: long, a tad spicier (ginger, green mustard) with notes of oysters + lemon in the aftertaste. Comments: just wonderful. Great cask. I’ll agree with our Belgian friends, this is great (even if just a tiny-wee tad youngish).
    SGP:258 - 91 points.

  2. stf92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A surprising Lagavulin, I find him a farmer's side, earthy.
    Dropped blind, I thought of a Port Charlotte.
    Another excellent Laga.

  3. mikespike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Interesting, though I am really into good Lagavulins, this one scored 88P (range 5 of 6) in the blind tasting.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting - 91P

  5. nulty scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.
    Nose: Smoke marked, not sure if there is peat - it hurts me when it mixes with sherry. Meat juice, grilled beef fat on the barbecue grill. Salt, aromatic herbs. Stables, and not just after housework ... Straw. It can be a bit scary said like that but it kicks me a lot. At the opening we have fruits, maybe candied oranges. Mouth: here we have peat, that's for sure. She is dry. This mouth is easier than the nose while remaining quite dirty. Earthy, smoke, meat, always these barbecues. Dates, prunes, a little caramel - burnt, we will have understood. Very pretty thickness. Candied fruit mix for cake. Final: long, smoke, on good coal. Fine bitterness.
    Extreme and rather violent, I like a lot. It reminds me a little of the AR1 but in version under control. And successful.

  6. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. lexus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose: a malty nothing, more clean / austere than the other 2 I think ... but still this beautiful presence of citrus and peat, more smoked too ... oysters ...
    • Taste
      The mouth is always malty, peppery ...
    • Finish
      the final is on citrus, fire, ashes, leather notes too

  8. magic_slim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Disappointing. In the side by side tasting of the Feis Ile Bottlings 2007, 2008 and 2009 at the Lindores Whiskyfest 2009 half of the 30 participants preferred the 2007 bottling and the other half preferred the 2008 bottling. Nobody preferred the 2009 bottling, because it definitely contains sulphur.
    • Nose
      Powerful. Great mixture of sherry and peat. Unfortunately there is quite some sulphur as well. Smells like the smoke after a big firework display. Develops into peaty and sweet aromas with licorice. After some minutes it smells like an old medicinal ointment.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, balanced and oily. Unfortunately there is quite some sulphur again. Dry peat, sherry, wood, pepper and tea with ginger. I taste a little bit of lemon zest as well.
    • Finish
      Long and warming. Woody notes, liquorice and tea with some hot peppermint developing after awhile. Sulphur is still present. Dry and slightly bitter in the aftertaste.


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