Lagavulin Distillers Edition

Lagavulin Distillers Edition

(0.75l, 43%)


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The boldest and most badass Whisky of all time.

If you ever wondered where Lagavulin got its name, it's pretty straightforward: it's the name of the bay near one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Since then, the lavish and peaty water that runs down the nearby hills has been the blood of the distillery and its Whiskies.

While Lagavulin is known for pretty awesome expressions, this time they outdid themselves and created a Single Malt so intense and smoky, Bruce Willis called and asked if he can be its sidekick. The Lagavulin's peated barley has 20 times more exposure to peat smoke - it's like an office in Mad Men - and the Whisky is distilled twice, for 14 hours in total. This unbelievably smoky Spirit is then aged for 16 years in old school oak casks, and after that, it gets a fine PX Sherry finish. We don't know about you, but just writing this makes our mouth water. It's sweet caramel, vanilla and dates with a healthy dose of smoke. It's so intense you'll wear a knowing grin for a week. 

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smoky
peaty
vanilla
coffee
sweet
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sweet sherry
syrup
caramel
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden syrup.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Intense peat and vanilla on the nose with a lovely dance of sweetness and smoke.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Clear and grassy malt with an explosion of peaty smoke. A salt tang flows into coffee flows into vanilla.

Finish
Ridiculously long, fruity and peaty. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Owen
Owen,
Very similar to the 16 very subtle difference between the two.
 
Kody
Kody,
Possibly my favorite scotch of all time. The balance between smoke and sweetness is incredible, and the flavor is so rich. I can't recommend this one enough!
 
Scott
Scott,
My favorite Lagavulin to date. Wonderful flavors with a long finish.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Beautiful and majestic Scotch my my. On the nose I get a nice brine, leather, earthy peat campfire smoke but you can tell there's something sweet added in. I'm a fan of sherry cask scotches, and I can pick out dark fruit notes I've found in Glendronach, so that's probably the PX cask. To taste I get a nice rounded peat, grass, brine, smoke, sherry oak, char, with a sort of medicinal numbing of the tongue. Mellow smooth finish with more leather. long lasting finish that's not thick or oily. No spiking flavors, all balanced in together well. Batch Lgv 4/508 bottled 2019 Thoroughly enjoyed this dram.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Was very excited to try this as I love the 16! Nose of peat, light iodine, a touch of sweet fruit, shortbread cookie, butterscotch, burnt sugar. The sweetness faded over time. Taste brought more of the peat/iodine with a nice big char coming next. Big black pepper blast on the finish and, while the fruit faded on the nose over time, it came out more on the taste. This was very good but not amazing. Wanted a heavier, more oily mouthfeel and a little more complexity at the end of the day. This was the 2019 version.
 
Kris
Kris,
The smell is of peat, brine and a flannel shirt the morning after wearing it around a campfire. It's a bold taste with heavy peat and iodine up front giving way to coffee and dark chocolate towards the end. It's also a great mouthfeel, viscous and rich. I bought this when I visited the distillery and it was one of the best experiences I had in Scotland.
 
Trey
Trey,
Amazing smoke and peat upfront with a long finish
 
Jonah
Jonah,
Nice hit of vanilla, super smoky and peaty. Burns the back of the throat. Superb.
 
Kris
Kris,
Bought it at the distillery years ago and I've still got a little bit left, only for special times!
 
John
John,
This is really splendid!
 
guest
guest,
Extraordinary.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Taste the peat and little chocolatey fruit but so smooth. A light sweet but not too much. And the smooth finish leaves you wanting more. Absolutely the best scotch I have ever had. I will be ordering more. Thank you Lagavulin.
 
Ian
Ian,
Just the right mix of smoke/peat without being too much. Absolutely a joy.
 
bill
bill,
solid smokey whisky. Expensive but a great taste.
 
David
David,
You feel the rough field and stormy sea just right in your face - what a dram! The perfect gift for night delving into manly stories on past and future adventures and explorations. Life is ‚turfy‘ sweet fits right into this bottle. The Distillers Edition makes you feel this way: an extremely smokey entrée, followed by rich caramel and sweet sherry. Just adorable sip by sip. Best featured stand alone or after a gorgeous BBQ, flame grilled, the texture of the Distillers Edition beautifully merges into a dessert you will definitely prefer over chocolate cakes & co. For instance, combined with a R&J Milles de Fleurs, the Destillers Edition comes close to Islay Heaven. Lagavulin - thanks, from the bottom of my heart!
 
Michael
Michael,
Tremendous nose, viscosity and flavor. If you remove the ratings from those who don't appreciate Islay Scotches, this is easily a 9.3-9.7.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Lots of smoke and peat, but very smooth and finishes so well it'll leave you wanting more. Excellent, and highly recommended.
 
David
David,
Absolutely incredible. Still smokey, but with less peat than the 16 year old. The sweetness, and the strong vanilla notes are amazing. Incredibly smooth on the front and back end of the sip. Will absolutely buy more.
 
Adam
Adam,
Did not like, way too Smokey flavor.
Angelo
Angelo,
Can I have your bottle?
Michael
Michael,
You not appreciating Islay Scotches is not a reason to rate one of the best Islay Scotches two stars. It doesn't mean it's not good, it means you didn't know what you were tasting.
Ricardo
Ricardo,
Currently have a bottle, and it’s one of my favorites! Very smoky from the peat, but it’s a complex and smooth finish.
 
Kathleen
Kathleen,
If I go to heaven, I want to be served Lagavulin Distillers Edition!! It starts with the most wonderful honey flavour. then the most smooth burst of fire and energy, followed by the most amazing peaty velvety finish that lingers on the tongue. Ahhhhh... I'm in heaven already!
 
Matt
Matt,
Love it, never without it at the home bar.
 
Tyler
Tyler,
One of the Best Scotch I have had. Smokey flavor with a hint of peat(less than the regular 16) and great smooth finish
 
Forrest
Forrest,
Full of soul.
 
Ben
Ben,
Just a great scotch... less peaty than the 16 year, but also has more developed secondary flavors like smoke and some vanilla at the tail end.
 
Michael
Michael,
I've been a fan of Lagavulin for many years. This bottle takes all the best that Lagavulin has to offer and mellows some of the rough edges. It has quickly risen to my #2 spot in all-time favorite Islay Scotches. (#1 was a very special single cask rum-finished Caol Isla).
 
Preston
Preston,
Oh man this is a must have....I just took my first sip and I shall savor every drop in this bottle!!!!
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Fantastically smooth and smokey. This is the most refined, complex, and interesting Lagavulin of the lot. Even beats out the more expensive ones in my book. Well worth the price.
 
Paul
Paul,
Just like the normal 16 year, but smoother, sweeter and a little more refined. Wonderful in every way!
 
Larry
Larry,
This was my foray into the smokey-peaty side of Scotch. We held a tasting party on a cold winter evening around a bonfire. My more experienced friends told me to hold the sip in my mouth for a moment before swallowing, which I did. I immediately tasted tobacco with dark fruit overtones. I waited for 3 or 4 minutes between sips, as the other flavors began to reveal themselves. The peat wasn't overpowering, and ultimately the flavor went from smoke, to sweet, and finished very smoothly.
 
guest
guest,
The very best
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Spectacularly smooth sherry casked peat malt
 
guest
guest,
Love this as an alternative to 16.
 
guest
guest,
Fantastic flavor, the smoke doesn’t hit too hard.
 
Scott
Scott,
Not as rich as the 16, but very drinkable
 
Krishnaraj
Krishnaraj,
Delicious
 
Bill
Bill,
The fruit finish on this one(2018 bottling) doesn't seem to be as pronounced as the last bottle(2014) that I had, but still smooth and complex. It's a toss up as to whether this or the Aberlour a'bunadh is my current favorite whiskey.
 
David
David,
I’m not sure if I like this expression or the traditional 16 year better. Both are terrific smoky sweet explosions, but the PX cask finish adds a deep fruit flavor which comes out a lot more than in the 16 YO. Not a super long finish in my opinion, but nice and peaty nonetheless. A fantastic dram and one I will continue to savor.
 
Mike
Mike,
For me this is about as close to perfect as you can get. It has a sherry taste along with smoke and nicely balanced, it’s one of my go-to’s.
 
guest
guest,
Perfect peaty scotch.
 
James
James,
Perfectly peet! It’s smoky on the nose and ends with a buttery finish.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Sublime peat, chocolate, honey.
 
Leah
Leah,
All you get is smoke. From the nose to the lingering mouth.
Michael
Michael,
People who don't appreciate Islay Scotches should probably refrain from rating them. If you don't like dark chocolate, don't eat it, but definitely don't eat it, and then tell us how bad it was b/c you don't appreciate what you're tasting.
Ivan
Ivan,
To my taste, a softer and rounder Lagavulin 16. The peat was a little bit less than the 16, with very slightly more sweetness. Side by side with the 16, this was was smoother. Definitely my new favorite.
 
Dave
Dave,
It had a lot of the traits of lagavulin 16 but it had a sweet finishers te XO casks. It is a fireplace scotch that my family will enjoy at thanksgiving
 
Scott
Scott,
Wow. You have to really like the taste of salted peat. I am not among these group, but wish those aficionados well. Rest assured in the confidence I am not consuming your booze.
 
Alex
Alex,
Liked it
 
brad
brad,
Scrumptious
 
Kurt
Kurt,
Beautiful Smokey bite.
 
Steve
Steve,
Fantastic.
 
Charles
Charles,
Excellent dram. Although I may prefer the standard issue 16yo over this expression. This has a bit too much sweetness and iodine that challenges the peat. I think if they sold it at 46% or higher it would be perfect.
 
Michael
Michael,
Couldn’t be better
 
Brice
Brice,
Great whiskey. By far smoother than I expected and great flavor.
 
Brice
Brice,
So good. So good!!
 
Fernando
Fernando,
Worth every penny.
 
Brett
Brett,
Delicious.
 
Will
Will,
Smokey, peaty, but smooth.
 
guest
guest,
Sherry bomb :)
 
guest
guest,
Perfect amount of peated and smoky. One of the best. Fills the room with aromas of the Isle of Islay.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Little heavier than the 16 year but very good
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Good, but the 16 yr is better for the money.
 
Michael
Michael,
The sherry cuts the peat in a pleasant way...but if you love the peat of lagavulin nothing beats the classic 16 year offering.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Absolutely stunning. You will not be let down by this dram
 
Timothy
Timothy,
I had to give this a perfect 10 because it is the first whiskey that I tried that was not a commercial whiskey. I love the smoky finish and smell.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
savoring every bit to the point where I don't want to finish the bottle because then I'll be out!
 
Cody
Cody,
Love the robust yet subtle flavor. Smooth with a slight bite at the end.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
My go to favorite. Love the peat
 
guest
guest,
A+
 
Brian
Brian,
Smokey, peaty, but smooth.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Excellent, my favorite scotch
 
Torey
Torey,
Very smooth, great flavors. One of the best scotches I've ever had.
 
Chris
Chris,
Magnificent. Every bit as delicious as the 16 but adds several dimensions of smoky goodness and has a more lasting finish. If you like the 16, you will love this.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
I love the smoky finish that last. Very smooth and amazing finish. I am very happy with this selection
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
It really is the premium pick for Lagavulin bottles!
 
Raoul
Raoul,
My best scotch so far. Enchantingly sweet nose and an aftertaste that lingers on...
 
Nate
Nate,
Even sweeter than the original.
 
Christine
Christine,
Adds some lovely extra depth to my favorite Lagavulin 16.
 
Perry
Perry,
Fantastic whiskey. The original is a favorite and this improves on it in a few areas
 
Justin
Justin,
Solid Islay scotch; the PX adds just the right bit of sweetness. I've had better, but not at this availability.
 
sean
sean,
Hands down best scotch
 
Ryan
Ryan,
This is my all time favorite
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth. In my opinion 16 yr would be considered decedent however I think this edition doubles down.
 
Melville
Melville,
Love it. Less aggressive iodine than the 16
 
Rob
Rob,
My favorite! 1993-1995
 
guest
guest,
Amazing flavours, lovely peaty taste. As a newcomer to whisky I think I have been spoiled. This beauty knocked the Ardbeg 10 years off my cemented number 1.
 
pedro
pedro,
The first kick is a downer... Too salty perhaps? However the taste when in the mouth and, specially, the aftertaste, is very good. Not worth the price, but still a good whisky.
 
guest
guest,
I prefer the regular 16y old. But this is still an excellent single malt. Rich and lasting. Warm and relatively smooth for an Islay malt.
 
guest
guest,
Two shots of this straight up is just like Viagra definitely put the fire back in our bed.
 
Brad
Brad,
Strong smoke but not too much
 
Davi
Davi,
Definitely the best ,
 
Matt
Matt,
The best.
 
John
John,
This is my absolute favorite whisky. The complexity and lasting flavor of the finish always leaves me speechless for about five minutes after every sip. Lagavulin has perfected the combination of that classic Islay peat with the soft sharpness of the sherry casks.
 
guest
guest,
truly a gem
 
guest
guest,
Great spirit more barrel influence than in the traditional 16.
 
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