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22 Aug 2013

Lagavulin 30 years

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Lagavulin

The oldest official bottling of Lagavulin whisky ever released, the Lagavulin 30yo. There are actually two different versions; the Lagavulin 30yo (52.6%, OB, 2340 Bts.) which is destined for the UK and Europe, as well as the Lagavulin 30yo (54.1%, OB) which was available in the USA and international markets.

 

Lagavulin 30 yearsLagavulin 30 yo 1976
(52,6%, OB 2006, 2340 btl.)

Nose: very subtle, at first it doesn’t even seem to be peaty. Immediately waxy, with some shoe polish and lip balm. A little heather. Moving towards sweeter notes: almonds, passion fruits, pineapple, gooseberries… Almost a tropical fruitiness! No heat and probably only half of its power left, but so great. Just soft smoke in the background. Mouth: stronger and peatier, with lots of spices from the oak (pepper, ginger, cardamom). Lots of citrus fruits now (grapefruit, oranges). Almonds again. Finish: long, smoky, with a salty twist in the very end.

Great to see the Lagavulin smokiness coupled to a nice fruitiness, something you rarely see in Lagavulin. I remember to have bought a bottle for my brother in law, back in 2008. Around € 180 in Spain at the time, now around € 1500 from TWE. I guess he owes me a dram.

Score: 92/100

Lagavulin 30 years 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-08-22
  • Ricardo

    I think most of us have never had or will ever get a chance to sample this one. 8^(

  • WhiskyNotes

    Indeed somehow it was never as popular or hyped as the Lagavulin 21, but it’s a superb dram nonetheless. Almost the opposite of the Lagavulin spectrum.

  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    yum. but too rich for our blood.

  • Ricardo

    Glad you reviewed this dram though.

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