Review: Lagavulin 1991 – Feis Ile 2015

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Lagavulin Distillery

Bottling: Diageo

ABV: 59.9%

Cost: £128 from Lagavulin Distillery

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What they say:

A ‘triple matured’ single malt distilled in 1991, matured in bourbon casks with a short period in PX Sherry buts and finally a long, gentle third maturation in old puncheons. Bottled at 59.9% abv in 2015 for the Feis Ile festival. 3500 bottle outturn.

What I say:

From Moxies’s Tasting with Moxie – a Festivus for the rest of us. The final dram from this tasting was the exciting Lagavulin Feis Ile 2015 festival bottling, distilled in 1991 and triple matured. Something to celebrate the 199th year of Lagavulin…

Colour:

Rich amber gold (9/20), thick oily streaks

Nose:

Fragrant malt and lactic/farmyard hints, creamy, ripe berry fruits; strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, dry and mineralic, briny salt/sea-spray, spiced fruit chutney and thick cigar/cigarette smoke, tobacco leaf and earthy peat smoke.

Taste:

Creamy, spicy and savoury, meaty, bbq sauce, fruity and spiced, Szechuan pepper, bacon and beef, also toffee, murray mints; menthol and butterscotch, slightly funky sink/drain fermented vegetal.

Finish:

Long, long spicy and zesty peat, hints of citrus lemon peel and spiced bbq sauce/marinade

Overall:

Very nice, fruit and spicy like HP sauce, gentle smoke throughout but really powerful and complex flavours.

Score: 90/100

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