With all your favourite Lagavulin characteristics, allied to an extra layer of sweetness, this is the most consistently excellent of the highly popular Distiller's Edition series. Winner of a Gold Medal and Best in Class at the IWSC, as well as the 'Best Peated Malt' in the Premium category at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2008.
Silver Medal Winner (The Malt Maniacs Awards 2009)
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The Lagavulin DE has always been a very embarrassing whisky to me, especially the 1979 and other early versions (but not the 1984) because it’s exactly the kind of bottling I should not like: a wonderful malt whisky ‘quickly finished’ in unlikely so-called wine casks to offer… what? Range-widening? Alas, I always found these DEs to be wonderful whiskies. Sugar, how disappointing!
Nose: totally superb! An amazing rubber boots/bitter oranges combo, evolving towards more coastal elements (dried kelp, brine), old leather, camphor, tobacco and orange marmalade, then beef stock, pu-erh tea and soot. Disappointingly brilliant ;-).
Mouth: I think it’s not possible that this whisky hasn’t a higher ABV than just 43%. Starts extremely ashy and amazingly kippery and salty, with a lot of tobacco (chewed Habano), gentian spirit, dried ginger and salted liquorice. Develops on the same beautiful aromas and keeps bombarding us with the same ultra-huge ashy smokiness.
Finish: it’s long (maybe not the longest, but still) and still very kippery, with some caramel coming through now. Caramelised kippers?
Comments: the first time I tried this one it was blind and I went for 92 points, but that’s obviously much too high for a finished whisky. Let’s mark it down! SGP:448 - 91 points.
[These tasting notes are reproduced from Serge's website Whiskyfun.com]
Customer Reviews: (30 reviews)
I have had this bottle for well over a year now and it still tastes fantastic, in fact it is better than I remember every time I drink it!! I am not a massive fan of extremely peaty Malts but this Heaven..
- whiskysharks, 22nd Nov '11
Bought a bottle while on Islay in 2009, keeping it for my 60th (don't know if i'll hold out). When i tried it i thought it was a blessing from heaven ... 5 and a half years to go .. roll on
- Ferryman, 18th Aug '11
i have an unopened lagavoulin 1979 Distillers edition with box - any idea of value before i break it open ?
- Gerry, 17th Jun '11
My wife gave me a bottle of the 1991 for Christmas. INCREDIBLE! I have a wonderful wife! Mine is 4/496. I'm rationing myself though, I don't want this bottle to end.
- anonymous, 21st Jan '11
I concur with the above comments. Picked up a bottle Oct. 30, 2010. Lavagulin. One of life's exceptional creations. I can't wait to get another bottle.
- J Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 22nd Dec '10
I still managed to get one! I was so relieved to find one in some special whisky store! Can't wait to taste it..
- RJS, 7th Oct '10
I was very happy to be able to visit glen ord in person in july of 09. I from the U.S.A. in Scotland for a wedding, lovely country and friendly people. I have tried lagavulin for the first time about 5 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since and was able to bring 2 bottles back home to share with friends and this is the best scotch in the world
- Joe, 2nd Aug '09
I have been a great fan of lagavulin 16 yr old, but this one is from a different dimension, BUT definitely the stamp is there!It is as if the Champion has matured to a wise Man!One of the Finest ever, if not the finest.I had the 2008 edition of 1991 bought at Paris Duty Free! The best buy ever made from there.I wonder if I am going to chase every bottle of this available and stock it up for posterity!It is WORTH IT!
- NAGI, 23rd May '09
My favourite Islay product. Rich in flavour and not as biting as Laphroiag. Smokey, smooth and stylish. Well worth the few extra pounds.
- J. Mackenzie, 17th May '09
Bought a bottle at Gatwick airport recently and don't want it to end. What a fabulous whiskey, well worthy of all accolades...one of my favourites.
- Stuart...Newcastle, 28th Mar '09
I just bought a bottle,and I am a really big FAN of this whiskey. I gonna give it to a friend at his 40 years birthdayparty next weekend,and I hope he will love it!!
- Bj?rn, Norway, 2nd Mar '09
i had heard alot of good things about this malt but i wasnt expecting how brilliant this is. truly exceptional.
- mighty quaid, 13th Jan '09
Given to me as a Retirement gift. Should have retired earlier! I also am curious about the .4/495 on the bottle. Robust, but smooth finish. Truly one to "sip" and enjoy. "I raise my glass".
- Jim, Cincinnati Ohio, 13th Jan '09
Mine is 4/495 given to me as a gift in June for my bachelor party. My best mate and I just finished it last night in celebration of Christmas. I can't wait to get my hands on another.
- anonymous, 22nd Dec '08
It's an amazing single malt whisky
- Pong, 21st Dec '08
i'm sold. found a store in my area that has about 8 bottles. might buy all 8. would that be nuts?
- anonymous, 15th Dec '08
Yeah. Just had it tonight. AMAZING!
- anonymous, 12th Dec '08
all i can say is BEAUTIFUL
- anonymous, 9th Dec '08
Mine is 4/496. Bought in Washington, DC on December 1. Given to me as a gift. I am trying to save it for a celebratory drink for Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Christmas all within a couple of weeks . . . but the will is weak. I may need to celebrate early.