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06 Jun 2009

Lagavulin 1979 (Murray McDavid)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Lagavulin

There are very few independent Lagavulin bottlings. Most of them are sold under a different name (e.g. Classic of Islay, Vanilla Sky).

Lagavulin 1979 MMDThe label on this bottle contains a misprint. It says “distilled: January 1979 – bottled: May 1988” but also “19 years old”. It was released in 1998 instead of 1988.

 

Lagavulin 19y 1979 (46%, Murray McDavid 1998, cask #MM8593, bourbon cask)

Nose: dense peat, but also rather sweet and perfumy at first. Vanilla. After that, more typical notes of diesel oil and seaweed. Camphor. Some lemon. Hazelnut. Interesting but not overly complex. Mouth: sweet attack, fruitier than official Lagavulins. Soon becoming grassier and drier, with the peat taking over. Not overly powerful. Some cardamom. Rather bitter towards the finish (cloves, grapefruit). Finish: medium long, peaty and smokey. Iodine. Slightly metallic. The bitterness is still here. A pinch of salt.

Good nose, but the taste lacks some complexity. I like most of the original Lagavulin expressions better.

Not available any more. Score: 83/100

Lagavulin 1979 (Murray McDavid) 3 Ruben Luyten 2009-06-06

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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014

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