Lagavulin 1997 Distillers Edition

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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The 1997 vintage of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition bottled in 2013. By far the most popular of the Distiller's Edition series, this double-matured Lagavulin has had a finishing period in sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. A whisky that never disappoints.

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Sherry Finish


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Raisins Raisins
  • Iodine (tcp) Iodine (tcp)
  • Tar Tar
  • Coffee Coffee

Lagavulin 1997 Distillers Edition Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by the Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Sticky cherries on top of a layer of rich smoke. Brown sugar, prunes, honey and almonds.

    Palate: Sweeter than expected, with Lapsang Souchong tea, smoked fish, maple syrup and sherry fruit.

    Finish: Very long with lots of ash and chocolate.

  • Producer's Tasting Note

    Appearance: Golden treacle.

    Nose: Intense peat and vanilla. A raisin sweetness checks the smoke. Iodine-edged peat and crisp, roasty malt. Satisfying and enticing.

    Body: Full and rich.

    Palate: Sweet and luscious; a clear, grassy malt, then the peat attacks, smoke filling the mouth. A very salty tang at one point; the middle offers coffee and vanilla with a glimmer of fruit.

    Finish: Incredibly long, even for Islay. Fruit, peat and long-lasting oak. Very chewable and moreish.

14 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    22 June 2017

    Lagavulin is one of my favorite scotches. The 1997 was tasty. I like the 1999 better.

  • 5
    23 February 2017

    This is a good whisey

  • 5
    20 December 2016

    I recently bought a bottle on offer. So for less than a bottle of Lagavulin 16, I was able to treat myself. The iodine in the nose of certainly softened, and there is the sweetness from the casks that are reminiscent of raisin ice cream. That's not to say the Lagavulin character that I love isn't there as well. It's just all more nuanced.

  • 5
    21 June 2016

    Best bottle I've ever had, currently debating whether to buy another bottle right now. I think i'll go with YES

  • 5
    30 March 2016

    Compared to the 16 it is so much more smooth, less burn. I love the smoky peat of Lagavulin. This is more delicate and soooooo easy to drink. For me, less burn from the alcohol allows those rich flavors to come out and makes for a great finish.

  • 5
    24 November 2015

    Just beautyfull

  • 3
    22 October 2015

    Somehow I remember the 1995 DE packing more punch with a richer, deeper taste. In a tasting lineup even the regular 16yo felt more enticing than this 1997 one.

  • 5
    14 April 2015

    A beautifully crafted whisky that retains the quality of the characteristics one finds in Lagavulin 16yr; with a heighten sweetness experienced in nose, palate, and finish that makes it uniquely it''s own. The heighten sweetness is enjoyably not over the top, though on the palate it dose masks some of the complexity normally experienced in Lagavulin but respectively deserving of the name.

  • 1
    27 November 2014

    Really disappointed, the after taste was not what i expected from a Lagavulin, but then i suppose thats what you get when using sherry casks. Personal taste im afraid. im sure some will like.

  • 5
    15 November 2014

    Wonderful! Buy this now as its only going up in price. An instant classic.

  • 4
    23 June 2014

    Not as smoky and peaty as I'm accustomed to with Lagavulin, but different and still absolutely delicious. It is a bit more sweet, with hints of currant or raisin. Very smooth, of course, well worth a try!

  • 5
    22 June 2014

    Very nice, but lacks the complexity of the regular 16 year. Less earthiness. Still wonderful, but why pay more for less?

  • Anonymous 4 March 2014

    As a lover of Lagavulin I was surprised by the wonderful peat with just a hint of raisin. Your nose tells you this is your favourite Lagavulin, but the taste is a delicious surprise but remains true to the label.

  • Anonymous 12 February 2014

    too sweet, with only faint smoke left in it, like grasping onto a distant old memory of lagavulin, long since washed away by a sherried mid-teen speysider, lucky for me i got the chance to taste an open botte at amsterdam duty free and avoided it...