Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Number of bottles
54.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
02 Jul 2017 7:59 pm by miz
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€ 194,50

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] I just had the Caol Ila Distillery Exclusive and I liked it very much (89 points) so will the Lagavulin be able to strike back? Usually it should be, but you never know for sure…

    …and the Lagavulin did it! This is the best special edition of Lagavulin since three years and very, very sip-able (I would call this dangerously quaffable, to be honest). If you are on Islay do not forget to pick a bottle (better two) - you will not regret it! The best "Distillery Exclusive" of all (drop the Dalwhinnie, Oban and Glen Ord in favour of this one - and if you can afford to buy just very few bottles during your Scotland trip go for the Lagavulin and Caol Ila if you prefer peaty drams and/or for the Blair Athol and Cragganmore if you like sherried ones)… And if you do not like it after you bought it - send it to me for a full refund!
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a rather delicate profile (for a Lagavulin - still it is bold and impressive) that is build around maritime-peaty, floral-herbal and spicy-wooden aromas. I miss the sweet ones a little and they pop up after some time of breathing, finally. It is all balanced and without any single off-note - and even the aggressive wooden aromas are not too strong (like in many other modern releases). Some water releases even more aromas, it is worth a try!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is surprisingly much sweeter than the nose and offers some fine toffee-sherry-liquorice flavours in a balanced mix, again. Hey, this is very quaffable from the first sip on! Later delicious spices and some bitter wooden notes join in that are a greatly appreciated counter-attack to the first sweet taste (oh, I forgot to mention that the peaty flavours are all there all the time - hey, it's a Lagavulin). Water is not needed on both the taste and finish - some drops just increase the bitter flavours while a fair share seems to flatten the dram (but it gets more quaffable this way, for sure - this is a serious problem if you own just one bottle!!!)...
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without any distracting moment. The finish is long and more liquorice-driven with some delicious dark chocolatey notes that I really like. Again, no distracting bitter-drying-astringent moment what is a great achievement these days (given all the virgin oak or rejuvenated oak casks that are around because of the cask supply shortage crises due to the ongoing whisky boom). I like to nose this dram a little reduced and to drink it neat.

  2. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Classic Lagavulin nose, with all the hallmarks I associate with this distillery to the fore: crystal clean peat smoke, sharp yet fresh citrus fruits, salty sea air and some wet rope. The Lagavulin DNA is strong in this one (a supercharged 12yo annual release perhaps?)! In addition, there is some charred oak and a hint of nutty vanilla to give at least some evidence for a cask influence on the high-quality spirit. A drop of water and a few minutes in the glass helped all the elements of the nose combine even more, leading to something greater than the sum of its parts (suggesting some older casks in the mix that take it beyond the standard 12yo?). South shore Islay in a glass. Wonderful! Slightly simpler on the palate, again with the classic 'chiselled' Lagavulin profile, but here there is rather more evidence of the cask. A very slight edge might also betray the presence of some younger casks in the vatting? The finish drifts worryingly towards bitterness, but then rescues itself at the last minute, leaving a lingering trace of coal smoke on the tongue. A bit of a mixed beast then: stunning, classic Lagavulin nose that puts a big smile on my face, followed by a weaker palate and early finish, before coming full circle to leave me with a lingering smoky finish that demands another sip. Hard to score then. If the nose carried through to the palate, it would be in the realms of 94-95, but the slightly weaker palate brings in down to something closer to 88-90 for me.  The smile on my face from the nose has convinced me that I can't go below 90 though!

  3. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    According to staff at the distillery, this is a vatting of 16yo triple-matured spirit and fresh/first-fill bourbon-matured spirit (I would guess younger than 16yo given the NAS nature of the bottling). 

  4. JR1204 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    The nose is typical for a Lagavulin. Peat smoke, seaweed and orange. The palate is very rich and well balanced. In my opinion it is more oily than for example the 16 year old. The taste is nutty, fruity (again the orange) with quite some vanilla. Of course the typical Lagavulin smokiness is also present. The finish is long and smokey (peat).

    To conclude, The distillery exclusive Lagavulin is well balanced, rich and a bit more fruity than the 16 year old. I would definitely recommend this Lagavulin to Islay whisky lovers.

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    beautifully woven - looks more mature, complex and balanced than the 12-year-old Cask Strength - nice barrel selection - definitely enjoy with 2 drops of water
    • Nose
      Smoked bacon, clear smoke, lime, wet leaves, salted caramel, fresh notes of menthol
    • Taste
      Campfire, sweet smoked meat, citrus notes, wet ash, - everything already combined - with water it is sweeter and creamier, soft and round - makes you want more
    • Finish
      long, smoky, sweet

  6. SherryDrone scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    A fantastic Lagavulin. Full, intense, peaty & heavy. Brilliant dram.

    Color : Raw white yolk from egg. Pale amber.

    Nose: Straw. Peat. Briny. Peaty. Gentle peach and dry grape fruit skin. Very lagavulin.

    Palate: At 54.1% ABV, this one is quite good. No burning on the palate. Peat. Grapefruit. Coastal briny flavours. Dry white pepper. Peat, oak, citrus feel infused well. Slightly intense.

    Finish: Woody bitterness and Sootiness mixed with a citrussy taste. Not too sweet like the 12yo annual release which by the way had a great 2017 edition.

  7. Arquebus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    After an extensive tasting of different Lagavulin's direct from the casks in their warehouse, we had a good measure of this one in the open air. I really liked this one and it stood out as a little different to the others. According to the staff this was a mix of first fill American Oak casks and refill casks which had been heavily charred (including the cask ends). The result was some additional complexity on the nose, which included vanillas and the odd touch of fruitiness - particularly a pear note - which I particularly liked: all wrapped of course in Lagavulin's familiar trademark peat smoke and general soft rich complexity.    91/ 92pts from me!

  8. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Beautifully put together. Starts surprisingly sweet and slightly sherrytönig. Gradually follow gentle peat smoke, fishing, wet ropes, salt and tide pools. Overall, very complex. Smoked fish, vanilla ice cream, oily aromas, extinguishing campfire and bitter berry fruits follow later.
      With water: Beautiful, sherrytönig, honey-like, delicate peat smoke, salty, oily and hints of diesel and smoked fish.
    • Taste
      Beautiful, filigree start with beautiful aroma development. First, growing peat smoke, then sherrytöniger, some Tang, wet rope, smoked fish, iodine, subtle fruitiness, Tangcracker, honey bacon, top !.
      With water: sweet, sherrytönig, dried fruit, smoldering peat smoke, smokehouse, salt and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Very long with a beautiful splits of fruit notes, salt and smoldering peat smoke.

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I think I have just tried my favorite Lagavulin. Strike that: I’m sure! Thx, Manny!
    • Nose
      Lovely, very typical Lagavulin on the nose with loads of citrus, ship’s rope, toasted oak, peat smoke and vanilla. Very clean. Gummy bears at the campfire! Dried apricots, wet wood and almonds kick in. Candied orange peel. Lovely!
    • Taste
      It is creamy and mouth coating, fairly piquant on a lot of woodspice. Tar and soot kick in with a vengeance, but it does remain fruity and sweet. The oak is a little louder than expected, just like the peat. The smoke becomes quite grand. Salted caramel, oranges again… ah, this is truly wonderful.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, dark and sweet and smoky on an extra load of ashes.

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A solid whisky, but I prefer the yearly 12yo releases to this one.

    Tasted with the following Lagavulins: 18yo Feis Ile 2016 (88 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
      Some surprisingly raking peat for a Lagavulin. It's also somewhat fatty. Time in glass rounds it some, and now I get a fair bit of vanilla and wet logs. Very "campfire in the woods during rain". With water: sweet oak, pale gummi candy, and fairly raw peat that climbs up in the nose and lodges there. Feels both young and aged [I understand why after checking the 'recipe' for it].
    • Taste
      A good body for this ABV, very soft and ready. Tarry and very sooty, sweet, with a harsher peat note on exit. Water makes it more plankish. 
    • Finish
      Ashy, oily finish with some young oak pushing through.


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