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.
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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.