Review: Lagavulin 14 Years Old 1987-2001 – SMWS 111.16
Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Lagavulin Distillery
Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 111.16
Cost: £14.95 per dram at Fiddler’s
What they say:
Distilled in January 1987 at Lagavulin Distillery this expression matured for over 14 years before bottling in September 2001 at 97.65 degrees proof / 55.8% ABV.
What I say:
Our second dram selection from Fiddler’s was this SMWS bottled Lagavulin. It is very rare to find independently bottled Lagavulin (SMWS Distillery Code #111) and rarer still to find a cask strength bottling so this SMWS expression was a must!
Refractive antique gold (7/20), oily medium-sized tears left medium legs
Sweet and restrained, almost gentle peat smoke, pears, pineapple, cigarette smoke, nutty, marzipan, sugared almonds
Slightly metallic and coppery, gun oil and engine oil, dirty, almonds, grapefruit and orange zest, candied peel, fruit sweeties, hugely malty cereal barley, lapsang souchong tea, tannic
Long gentle peat smoke over dirty gun oil and fruit zest.
Another flawless expression. This one took me straight back to the Lagavulin Warehouse tasting with Iain McArthur and loading the Valinch by sucking up the whisky out of the casks – a surreptitious mouthful may have been had here or there despite Iain’s attempts to make us laugh right at the critical moment! Pure unadultered Lagavulin (almost) fresh out of the cask.