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08 Aug 2014

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2014

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Lagavulin

I guess the eBay period is almost over for these Feis Ile bottlings, so let’s publish my take on the Lagavulin Feis Ile 2014. Like previous years, it’s taken from sherry casks.

 

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2014Lagavulin 1995 ‘Feis Ile’ (54,7%, OB 2014, European sherry oak butts, 3500 btl.)

Nose: excellent, focused nose with a backbone of coastal notes: shells, oysters, waxed rain coats, flints and brine. Big medicinal notes, mainly iodine. Plasticine. Also sweeter notes like oranges and berries, as well as some honey, although the sherry doesn’t overpower in any way. Smoky lemon juice. Rose pepper. Tobacco. More on the sharp, edgy side of sherried Lagavulins, but quite perfect really. Mouth: oily, with plenty of tar, ashes and soot. Highly medicinal again, salty and immensely full-bodied. Sharp but it mixes nicely with yellow and pink grapefruits, Seville oranges and dark Lapsang tea. Then some honey sweetness and hints of dried apricots. Sweet liquorice. A fair dose of oak as well. Finish: very long, with lots of wood smoke and cigars. Cinnamon. Tobacco. Still a striking balance of sharpness and sweetness.

Excellent Lagavulin, similar in style to the 2012 release of the 21 Year Old. Originally around € 125, which is really cheap for a near-20yo (considering the official 21yo was around € 500). Most of these Lagavulin Feis Ile releases are top-notch and this one in particular is just great. An instant classic.

Score: 93/100

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2014 5 Ruben Luyten 2014-08-08
  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    Yessir!
    I see we agree on this one. glad you liked it (and got a bottle, lucky!)
    a really amazing dram. By far the best of FE 2014 after tasting most…
    hopefully a bottle is coming my way soon.

    G

  • Arild Een

    Excellent notes, Ruben. These Lagavulins are something else. I remember when I was younger I was unable to fully appreciate the complexity of tarry/oily/smokey character but more and more I love it. Look forward till I get to taste this one!

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