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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.Tasting Notes (1)
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!
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.
- 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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This is absolutely sensational whisky! Beautiful stuff sent from the heavens with all the classic flavour profiles you would expect for Lagavulin delivered with a an iron fist in a lovely soft, fruity, smoky, salty, peaty and many more flavours combined package, that is very approachable on the palate! If you can afford £500-700 for a bottle seek it out, if not sell the children or the wife, they wont give you this much pleasure!
This was at one point in my life the finest single malt scotch whisky I'd ever tasted. I was never a huge fan of peat in the infancy of my whisky drinking years however I could always make a huge exception for this. My Dad had a bottle and upon my first sip it completely blew me away. Simply amazing, we only finished it between us last year and now I'm totally gutted it's gone. Not sure I'm £450 gutted mind....
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.
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
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)
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