Lagavulin 1998 Distillers Edition

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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The 1998 vintage of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition. By far the most popular of the 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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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


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

Lagavulin 1998 Distillers Edition Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by the Whisky Exchange

    • Nose:

      Rich peat smoke with candied sweetness: honey, glacé cherries, plums and dried apricots.

    • Palate:

      Singed herbs, smoky orange peel and seashore bonfires – sea spray, wood smoke and kippers.

    • Finish:

      Old bonfires, marmalade and spicy peat.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    • Nose:

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

    • Palate:

      Full bodied and rich in texture. A clear, grassy malt, then the peat lands – smoke filling the mouth. A very salty tang, the middle offers coffee, vanilla and fruit.

    • Finish:

      Incredibly long, even by Islay standards. Fruit, peat and long-lasting oak. Very chewable.

12 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    10 February 2018

    Just a lovely, rich, smoky and super smooth whisky, well worth the price.

  • 5
    25 December 2017

    I wouldn’t claim to be an expert, but I have been enjoying single malt whiskeys for a little over ten years now. As my taste has matured and I have grown older I can appreciate a deep, smokey and peaty whiskey in ways that were foreign to me previously. This whiskey from my favourite distillery is frankly stunning. It deep, infinitely drinkable and wonderfully approachable. The taste is heavenly and smooth with a lovely level warmth. I can’t reckomend it enough and it stands near the top for what Lagavulin has produced. Delicious.

  • 5
    20 December 2017

    ordered it because everyone gave it 5 can't be THAT good surely ? is... ..ordered a Lagavulin 16...because that is my favourite......sorry WAS my favourite....and was tempted by this i treated myself.....and will have to keep treating myself too

  • 5
    21 November 2017

    Smokey and sweet, the perfect combination. Absolutely love this bottle. For anyone serious about drinking whisky, you just simply have to try this...!

  • 5
    20 November 2017

    Beautiful single malt from Lagavulin! Not sure if it's worth the mark up compared to the standard 16 though... An extra few quid for a half in the pub - certainly!! Beautiful looking bottle as well.

  • 5
    15 December 2016

    Smoked, then boom! Sweet. A perfect marriage.

  • 5
    4 June 2016

    This is my new favourite! I enjoy my whisky a lot, and I enjoy many different types, from smooth and fruity to harsh and smoky. So here's the point - I've tried many whiskies and this here has pushed through them to the top of the list. For anyone who's tried Islay malts - Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, even the latest Kilchoman - and enjoyed them, this here is something you need to try. The standard Lagavulin 16 is something special, a very tasty, smoky dram. So here we are with a malt that was picked by the master distiller who makes the 16 for fun... Why should this whisky need people's opinions before one would invest? Really, if the master distiller, a professional in the game, specially produced this whisky for the enthusiasts to enjoy, we should just trust and try this! In a word, it's amazing. There isn't as much smoke involved as standard Islay malts - however there is plenty of smoke. There's also salt and wood involved. Lagavulin is amazing and this whisky only strengthens that reputation. I bought this for a whisky night with another fellow enthusiast and two close friends who enjoy whisky too. They all enjoyed it and gave it a solid 8/10. I myself won't go lower than 9 and that's because I can see deeper into these whiskies and appreciate what's involved. This is fantastic and is a must-try for those who want to try something that isn't a supermarket malt!

  • 5
    12 April 2016


  • 5
    23 March 2016

    Bought a bottle of this when visiting Islay last year and opened it a few weeks ago. It's all gone now so I have ordered a bottle of the 1997 edition to see how it compares. A fantastic whisky with the smokiness and sweetness in perfect balance.

  • 5
    21 March 2016


  • 5
    9 December 2015

    It is good

  • 5
    11 August 2015

    Fantastic single malt.