Lagavulin 1991 Distillers Edition
70cl / 43%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Lagavulin 1991 Distillers Edition Reviews
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.
[These tasting notes are reproduced from Serge's website Whiskyfun.com]
32 Customer Reviews
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)
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..
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
i have an unopened lagavoulin 1979 Distillers edition with box - any idea of value before i break it open ?
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.
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.
I still managed to get one! I was so relieved to find one in some special whisky store! Can't wait to taste it..
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
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!