Lagavulin 1999 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, lgv.4/504, 2015)
- ABV: 43%
- Age: 16 Years Old
- Bottling: OB
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £74.45
- Origin: Lagavulin Distillery
- Vintage: 1999
What they say
Official tasting notes:
- Appearance Golden treacle.
- Nose Intense peat and vanilla. A raisin sweetness checks the smoke. Iodine-edged peat and crisp, roasty malt. Satisfying and enticing.
- Body Full bodied and rich in texture.
- Palate A clear, grassy malt, then the peat lands – smoke filling the mouth. A very salty tang, the middle offers coffee, vanilla and fruit.
- Finish Incredibly long, even by Islay standards. Fruit, peat and long-lasting oak. Very chewable.
What I say
The first in our trio of Lagavulin Distillers Editions spanning 1999-2001 vintages, Bottled 2015-2017 respectively.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance Ruby amber (14/20), medium tears leave medium-fine legs
- Nose Overtly smoky and briny, dried red cherries and raisin fruits, toffee, molasses, cocoa powder, rich malt and some thick heather honey, leathery, tobacco leaf and cigar smoke.
- Taste Good sweetness and texture on the palate, reasonably balanced and lasts for some time like salted caramel, toffee and fudge, dried fruits, strawberry, cherry and raisin, a little mineralic, earthy smoke, malt, chocolate, some spiced clove and aniseed.
- Finish Long, malty, sherried, toffee and earthy smoke with a hint of szechuan pepper.
A very “Classic” Lagavulin Distillers Edition with a great balance between hugely smoky Lagavulin and sweet dried sherry fruits and cocoa from the PX casks. Plenty of depth on the nose and palate and a finish that persists.
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