Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling

Overall rating
89.25/100
votes
339
Whiskybase ID
WB98058
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2017
Number of bottles
7500
Strength
54.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7131DQ000 60329377
Barcode
5000281049298
Added on
02 jul 2017 7:59 pm by miz
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 341.45

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling

54 users have left 58 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.25 points.

  1. malt maniacs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    this is a dram to study the character of Lagavulin.. incredible combination of finesse and power in the nose.. a lot of char.. red fruits and freshly squeezed lemons.. dust rising up with the first drops of hot summer rain.. the nose is, indeed, gorgeous!

    sweet licorice and leather on the tongue ending in a pinch of bitter and a desert of ash. i prefer it with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. ailean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Great, unusual Lagavulin, with a pointy nose.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Beautiful, salty smoke (moderately strong). Fruity, lemon, apple, pear, vanilla, plus a full load of sea. Salt, sea breeze, olive oil, bacon, slightly fishy, herbal like herbs and flowers.

      More classic with water, but I think it's even better! Intense lemon, great, clear smoke, ham, rock (I imagine salt crystal), prawns, garnished with barbecue sauce.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very intense, I feel the smoke more strongly here than in my nose. Ash, unusually fruity and sweet, strawberry (were port barrels involved here?), Citrus, ham, vanilla, salt, lime, sawdust, algae, also here like herbal and herbs.

      With water sweeter and a little softer.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long, warming, smoky and fruity-sweet.

  6. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Ingenious Lagavulin! In the nose a maritime-smoky nose, you think you can feel the spray, slightly floral, tart olive oil, grape sugar, oak shavings, caramel and some artificial fruit like gummy bears. Very finely balanced and wonderfully stimulating for saliva. In the mouth super tasty, surprisingly fruity and really quite sweet, the smoke harmonizes wonderfully here. Caramelized apples and berries, honey bananas for the Chinese. Spicy with clove and allspice. The finish is still sweet with cooling smoke. Some saltiness. I think this Lagavulin is so good because it is somehow different from the 12 CS, for example. Once again shows the variety and possibilities of barrel maturation, it would be interesting to know what was used here during the conception. I mean the distillery character itself is still recognizable somewhere, but this sweet fruitiness was unexpected for me - but totally delicious. 90 points.

  7. Ed Radour scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Prince Valiant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. aspa scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting

    Subtle, fleshy smoke. Spearribs glazed with honey. A little difficult to get the smell out of the glass, not very intense?
    Sour, cold smoke, ash from the kettle grill? In addition to the smoke, it is also somehow sweet and slightly flowery.
    Wow the taste is much sweeter, here it is the honey glaze again, but pure and before the grill. Floral with a slight cold smoke. Fizzers candies? I often have them at Bowmore ..
    Significantly more intense and powerful in taste, well integrated alcohol. Great cutie!

    A great smoker in taste, that's how I like them!

    N-86, T-89, F-85 for a good 87 points

    Bowmore, 18 years old 48%?
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Lagavulin. A bit darker than your usual bourbon cask, so perhaps some sherry in this one. It's not special, or unique, but I quite like this a bunch. Would love to own a bottle. Good balance, nice dark fruits, some caramel, some toffee, and a healthy dose of buttercream at the end!

  12. Imp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sweet oranges and brine, surprisingly elegant.
    Taste: quite mild, sweet and herbal.
    Finish: peat, sweet oranges and brine.
    22 23 23 22, 90/100!

  13. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    23-22-23-22

  14. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Doesn't harmonize as well as earlier versions, but still a good malt.

  15. Ostfriese did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like him! A really nice nose, intense aromas ... just great. Absolutely no standard Lagavulin, but a really very successful Distillery Exclusive and the best Laga I've had in my glass so far ...
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke wafts across the beach, carried by a sea breeze. The smell of seaweed and algae mixes with it. Fine bourbon vanilla, mixed with citrus notes, raspberries and oranges wafts through the air before it is displaced by fragrant smoked bacon. Charring oak mixed with cloves, nutmeg, coffee and nougat, followed by sweet forest honey ...
    • Taste
      A blazing campfire ... Mighty, ashy smoke and smoked bacon, followed by sweet and fudge, are replaced by spicy flavors. Ginger, cloves, a hint of cinnamon and black pepper. They are followed by white coffee, earthy notes and oranges. In the background there are wild berries and other fruity notes.
    • Finish
      Getting drier and warming. The still ashy, powerful but now cooling smoke mixes with oranges and dark chocolate. The sweet forest honey returns with the earthy notes.

  16. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive 2017 54.1%. Aroma is spiritous, slightly plasticky, fruity - touch of cranberry. Taste is very oak-forward, quite over-oaked. Then a punch of smoke coming through but the dominant notes are oaky. Yes certainly oak dominant. Slightly burnt sawdust. Becomes salty and floral, almost perfumed, as it develops. Not my favourite expression, but interesting to try. 3.45/82

  17. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky which reveals its minor flaws in development, younger age and reduced complexity if directly compared to the Feis Ile 2018/19 or the fabulous sherry goodness of the predecessor, the Distillery Only 2010. Other than that a very sold entry in the Lagavulin portfolio.

  18. 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!

  19. DailyDramMontreal scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Rich, dusty chimney smoke, fresh gasoline, herbs & soil, delicate phenol/peat, small fruity aromas coming in the background. You can smell the texture already.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Thick, old oak, fireplace, citrus, marmelade, less vegetal than i though, doesnt taste as young as other Lagavulin's like this (2018). Light berries, ginger.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Wonderful spices like muscad, ginger, white pepper, fresh fruits, stays around your mouth for a while. Exactly what you would expect from a decent CS Lagavulin. Far ahead of the 12 despite i think this is more around 8-10y.

  20. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Similar to the 12 CS
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. dkmaro82 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Deep rich fruit, subtitle isley smoke, pleasing mouth feel and aftertest, nice oily and sea salty.

  22. 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

  23. CherryHeart scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Spicy, sea water, peat, silkworm leaves, brine pineapple, new wood, fresh but slightly scented orange peel, vanilla extract

    Palate: Vanilla extract, soapy water foam, aloe vera, xylitol, sawdust, strong artificial additives are both visual.

    Balance, Body: Medium to light body, a small amount of fat, unbalanced feeling of balance, bouncing sugar like alcohol stimulation

    Finish: Long, bitter, pineapple stems and leaves, dried lemon slices, extinguished campfire, new wood.

  24. Mascht scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    a very sweet Lagavulin, balanced and wonderfully strong in taste
    • Nose
      90 90
      extremely sweet, complex and initially closed. With a little water, sweet smoke and a variety of maritime aromas such as iodine, seaweed and burned rope and diesel are released. Plus lots of fruit after candied limes, raisins, vanilla, roasted walnuts and salted caramel
    • Taste
      91 91
      Intense, mouth-filling and astringent, delicate bitterness from the oak, reminiscent of green bark from young branches, with toffee, licorice, orange peel and salt
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, smoke and salted orange caramel remain

  25. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Brief comparison with the 12yo 2017 (WID: 95722)

    The Distillery Exclusive is a lot darker than the 12er. There were probably more active barrels.
    Exactly this assumption is confirmed in the nose. The 12 is relatively fresh. The Distillery Exclusive is fuller and warmer because there is more wood influence. But the smoke is stronger in the 12er.
    This impression continues in the mouth. The Distillery Exclusive is creamier, calmer and has more oak notes. The 12 is rougher and purer there.

    These are both delicious malts. The Distillery Exclusive looks a bit more elegant and sedate, but still has a lot of power. The 12yo is a beautiful and straightforward Lagavulin with no frills.

  26. Gregers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat smoke, camphor, band-aids, sweet liquorice, stewed carrots, brine. Very nice.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Heavy smoke, granite, syruo, liquorice root, barley. Fabulous, perfect balance.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Stays very good, but sweetness gets the upper hand in the end. Takes it down a few points.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  30. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/feis-ile-2018-lagavulin/

    This one’s triple matured - the best a man can get?

    N: Despite a heavy charring, the barley speaks freely. Also, there’s a little cream and a slight fusty fruity (sock) pong.
    T: With bits & bobs, we’ve a very whisky-ish whisky with malt smoke and a fruity-firm body.
    F: Displays the same dryish wispy smoke character shown through the whole flight, the smoke lingering and clean spirit concluding.
    C: I tried another sample later on with The Foz on Port Ellen beach. Equally decent yet totally forgettable juice, the setting far less so.

  31. Patrick93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  32. 88plus Bus scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Aroma

    Garden fire. Grilled lemons with honey. New leather, a little vanilla. Behind it fresh apple pie, sawdust, a trace of wood glue. Dry grasses, reeds.

    taste

    Barbecue smoke, vanilla pudding, bananas, apricots. Pepper. Dark chocolate with a subtle acid, cocoa powder, wood ash. Bitter, warming.

    Conclusion

    He is very good, if somehow "weird". More precisely, I can not name it today. I found the nose amazingly delicate for a Lagavulin. In the taste it starts smoky, sweetish, spicy and then turns into a sour bitterness, on the one hand like, on the other hand a bit irritated.

    For today there are very good 87 piano points, where there is still room for improvement.

  33. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Quite different from the standard Lagavulins, although I could imagine that a 16yo with a strong barrel would not be unlike this one. Great whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Warm smoke from a peat fire, a note of sweet red fruits (strawberries?) And berries (raspberries) - unusual for a Lagavulin, but in connection with the smoke very appetizing and anticipating. Fine-tart chocolate and toffee, leather, vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce. A hint of salty liquorice runs through. The smoke note is long-lasting and constant in intensity. Great nose. Even if the trunk is brought to a minimum distance from the edge of the glass, nothing bites, nothing closes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Vigorous peat smoke at the start, with pepper, sweet paprika spice, liquorice, forest berry jam. Fresh wood flakes, like shavings. Viscous. Appearance: chain fat, very tasty in connection with the jam. Nutmeg, (very mild). The initial spiciness weakens over time, but does not disappear completely. It still vibrates in the background, while in the foreground cloves, peat smoke, fruit and dry wood vie for the best place at the counter.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, slightly dry. Well, with the dryness, ashy and cold smoke. The berries have warped, but instead dried lemon slices are chewed in at the end.

  34. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Garden fire. Grilled lemons with honey. New leather, a little vanilla. Behind it fresh apple pie, sawdust, a trace of wood glue. Dry grasses, reeds.
    • Taste
      Barbecue smoke, vanilla pudding, bananas, apricots. Pepper. Dark chocolate with a subtle acidity, cocoa powder, wood ash. Bitter, warming.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Islaywolf scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  39. Islaywolf scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  40. LordIslay scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  41. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  42. 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!

  43. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm: Nose 4/5 initially then 3/5
    Mouth 5/5 Final 4/5 Whisky n ° 1700. For a whisky of 2017, nice coincidence!
    • Nose
      Smoke rich and fruity. Malt and dry in an atmosphere of freshness. More banal with the opening.
    • Taste
      Frank and incisive, but sweet at the same time! Well fruity! Alcohol very well integrated. Moist and juicy, delicately spicy. The smoke drives us to the final.
    • Finish
      Sweet and salty (especially salty!) And also peppery and other sweet spices. Micro bitterness.

  44. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  45. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  50. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good stuff, well-integrated, and very tasty, but I wouldn't travel all the way to Islay for this.
    • Nose
      Clean and fresh peat, not dissimilar to the Lagavulin 8. There are hints of brine and salty sea air. Lovely notes of citrus (bitter oranges mainly), as well as proper barbecue smoke and wet pebbles. Finally some peaches.
    • Taste
      Nice fat and oily mouthfeel. Quite nutty, highlighted by skins of roasted peanuts, accompanied by an earthy peat smoke and tar. Vanilla also makes an appearance.
    • Finish
      Lingering peat and tar. Long.

  51. tomy63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    gold color, moderately peated nose, rather young, green fruit, malt, rather fresh, slightly iodized. Mouth less fresh but more interesting anyway, a little sweet, vanilla, caramelized, greedy, very easy, a little too much, well integrated alcohol, good texture, quite young, more peaty nose, iodized and well peppery. Good length, on pepper, licorice, peat. In short, well done, but we feel that there are too many young barrels in the assembly.

  52. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.

  53. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice expression by Lagavulin (again). This one needs some time in the glas but will open after a good 15 minutes into a very complex direction. Adding water again brings some nice fruits to appear. It's not a bang for the buck but quite tasty and even more complex than 12-year-old versions (someting more mature in here).Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Smoke. Sweet fruits (some oranges and apricots), hints of vanilla, peated orange peal, an almond walnut mix, earth, salt, caramel, hints of fudge, some minerals, stewed bacon with fruits.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Sweet fruits, ashes, minerals, hints of vanilla, caramel, some herbs. 
    • Finish
      Long. Smoky and fruity, ashes, nice oak.

  54. Glendroboy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  55. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=276 Color: pale gold Nose: honey sweetness, leather and very dominant at the beginning. Light farmy notes emerge in the glass with lots of smoky peat, toffee, grassy aromas and a pungent spice. The salty maritimeity is tempered by a slight earthiness. Taste: Creamy, dark and slightly tart. Chocolate toffee, peat and a well-integrated seasoning with dried herbs. More and more wood is added as well as tart orange and a hint of vanilla. Very pleasant … Finish: Medium length with creamy tart chocolate, dry wood, peaty broth, wet coal and leather. Altogether quite dull and relatively dry ending. Despite continuous sweetness, almost no fruit flavors in the finish. 90 points (nose: 90 / taste: 91 / finish: 90)

  56. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For the Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive 2017, the employees of the distillery were allowed to let off steam and choose their favorite barrels, which were then married to a unique single malt. For the whisky was partly fresh, first-filled ex-Bourbon barrels used. The second part is 16 years matured whisky, which was stored over time in three different barrel types. From this Vatting 7,500 bottles were filled with 54.1% Vol. Alcohol content

  57. 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!

  58. 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). 

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