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Elements of Islay Lg1 – Lagavulin

by Oliver Klimek on December 6, 2010

Speciality Drinks – 56.8%

My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Straw
Nose: Fireplace, fresh sea air, wet leaves, porridge, water reveals rubber notes.
Palate: Cereals, peat, mixed citrus fruit, ginger, tropical fruits emerge with water.
Finish: Long, farmy and smoky.
Overall: It’s not really a bad whisky, but I think it was bottled too young. The farmy notes are just too strong for my taste. There is a reason why the standard Lagavulin is bottled at 16 years.

Rating: 81/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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Gal December 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

the standard is 16,but the12 is amazing….
have you had “classic of Islay”? i hear it’s a young lagavulin too.


Oliver Klimek December 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I just knew that there would be a comment about the 12yo 😉

Yes, that’s a great dram and I have rated it over 90. But firstly I think the Lg1 is even younger than that, perhaps 9 or 10 years old. And secondly, for the Laga 12 the distillery can pick the best casks from their entire stock. An independent bottler does not have such a big choice.

You may also note that Serge at Whiskyfun gave it 89 points. I beg to disagree, but he also noted that it would be better if it had matured longer.

I had the Lg1 it in direct comparison with the Caol Ila Ci1. And for me the Caol Ila tasted way better than the Lg1.

So many whiskies, so many different tastes 😉


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