Lagavulin 1991 Distillers Edition

70cl / 43%
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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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Lagavulin 1991 Distillers Edition Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    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!

    Colour: gold/amber.

    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]

33 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    10 February 2017

    I really wish they still made the current yearly distiller editions to the same standards as this bottle. Great to have been able to taste this in the past but a shame what the brand has come to.

  • 5
    1 January 2016

    My wife accidentally bought me this for a wedding gift. It is by far and away my all time favourite of the Isley whiskers that I and so fond of, absolutely unbelievable. Unlike some younger distilleries it's not just trying to be the peatiest- it's so rich and smoky. Just brilliant, satisfaction guaranteed

  • 5
    10 October 2015

    I am not a Scotch Whiskey Fan! I have NEVER enjoy scotch whiskey no matter how how drink it. However, I am a great wine and US Whiskey lover! I was given this 1991 bottle 7 years ago by a friend for my 60th. I absolutely detested it and was ready to pour it out. However, out of respect, I have held on to it through these years. Tonight, I decided to sip! 1st, sip, it based ''god-awefu! As it slowly settled on my tongue, I tried another sip, To my surprise it was less awful. Now on my 4th sip, I cannot wait until tomorrow afternoon to try with a good stogie. If it lives up to expectation, I will share the experience with the friend who gave me the bottle 8 years ago. Thanks Larry, Your friend (wine -O)

  • whiskysharks 22 November 2011

    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..

  • Ferryman 18 August 2011

    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

  • Gerry 17 June 2011

    i have an unopened lagavoulin 1979 Distillers edition with box - any idea of value before i break it open ?

  • Anonymous 21 January 2011

    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.

  • J Grosse Pointe, Michigan 22 December 2010

    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.

  • RJS 7 October 2010

    I still managed to get one! I was so relieved to find one in some special whisky store! Can't wait to taste it..

  • Joe 2 August 2009

    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

  • NAGI 23 May 2009

    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!

  • J. Mackenzie 17 May 2009

    My favourite Islay product. Rich in flavour and not as biting as Laphroiag. Smokey, smooth and stylish. Well worth the few extra pounds.

  • Stuart...Newcastle 28 March 2009

    Bought a bottle at Gatwick airport recently and don't want it to end. What a fabulous whiskey, well worthy of all of my favourites.

  • Bj?rn, Norway 2 March 2009

    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!!

  • mighty quaid 13 January 2009

    i had heard alot of good things about this malt but i wasnt expecting how brilliant this is. truly exceptional.

  • Jim, Cincinnati Ohio 13 January 2009

    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".

  • Anonymous 22 December 2008

    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.

  • Pong 21 December 2008

    It's an amazing single malt whisky

  • Anonymous 15 December 2008

    i'm sold. found a store in my area that has about 8 bottles. might buy all 8. would that be nuts?

  • Anonymous 12 December 2008

    Yeah. Just had it tonight. AMAZING!

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