Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Number of bottles
54.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L7131DQ000 60329377
sc Scotland
Added on
02 Jul 2017 7:59 pm by miz
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 322.67

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.24 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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). 

  6. JR1204 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    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.

  7. SherryDrone scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    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.

  8. Jan B. scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
      Delicate, crystalline smoke, mint, white pepper, extremely maritime with salt and seaweed, ripe yellow fruits such as Williams pear, apricots, incredibly dense, great accompanying sherry note, which does not dominate. Nougat chocolate, sweet oranges, very powerful and balanced between Islay power and wonderfully integrated sweet, delicate oak and mineral notes. Spectacular!!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, uncompromisingly powerful, dense and tingling from the first sip! Smoked notes, bacon with honey, spicier and drier than the nose suggests, but absolutely harmonious: tart-fruity, delicate oaky, extremely oily-fat on the palate, rough Islay notes, precise, elegant, classic Lagavulin with extra complexity
    • Finish
      91 91
      Nutty, spicy, salty, very long and warm with charcoal, smoked fish, tart herbs, increasingly drier, but absolutely consistent in the interplay of the flavors. Great!

  9. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This whisky remains a mystery to me. Usually I tend to look for errors in the sample or in the case of large deviations from the norm, but in this case the first impression and the 82P come directly from the warehouse at Laga and from a bottle served by Ian himself. We were there with 10 whisky crazy people, none of whom took a bottle with them after trying them. Everyone was shocked by the quality of the whisky that was bottled as a DO.
    I gave him another chance almost 3 years later and unfortunately it doesn't really get any better.
    But it would also be bad if the whisky world didn't give you any more puzzles ;-)
    • Nose
      Very vanilla, comes across quite young, you can feel the alcohol, a little cinnamon, cinnamon roll, ashy smoke, a light banana note, yellow floury fruit, it becomes sweeter, in the nose it helps him a little time in the air treat yourself, but still quite fresh and clear your nose, warmed up it becomes rather uncomfortable, because again alcoholic
    • Taste
      Sweet, vanilla, extremely sweet, sticky, not even so extremely smoky, yellow fruit here too, if banana, then overripe, slightly artificial like miller milk banana, quite ok to drink, but quite one-dimensional
    • Finish
      slightly metallic, vanilla, acidic, the smoke remains on the palate, a cool feeling remains in the mouth

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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


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