Lagavulin 30 y.o. Review

Lagavulin 30 y.o.barry's place pics 060

52.6% abv

Score:  93.5/100


From Islay’s most esteemed distillery comes one of the best older whiskies I’ve ever tried from this peat mecca of an island:  Lagvulin 30 year old.

A whisky nearly as old as I, but infinitely more charming and certainly better looking, this is a dram to dream about.

The thing is…there are no real surprises here.  The magic is in the incredible composition of this malt.  Each nuance works to compliment the whole, and the whole is simply unbelievable.  This is no subtle shading of degrees (how can it be, deriving as it does from Islay)…it is more like bold slashings of colour a la Jackson Pollack.  Irrespective…this is art.

Nose:  Creamy.  Peach and fire-toasted marshmallow.  Herbal dried leafy notes.  White chocolate.  Some more borderline-tropical fruit notes.  Hint o’ mint.  Paint.  Distant ebbings of peat and subtle clean smoke.

Palate:  Smoky.  Ashy and kinda drying.  Peach again.  Oak is singing here.  Spiced bread dough-ish.  Beautifully mellowed creamy fruits.

Thoughts:  Truly a stunner of a dram.  Possibly…probably…once in a lifetime.  Still so Lag…but sooooo refined.


– Reviewed by:  Curt

– Photo:  Curt

2 thoughts on “Lagavulin 30 y.o. Review

  1. Maltmonster

    There are several good reasons for drinking
    and one has just entered my head.
    If a man can’t drink when he’s living,
    then how the heck can he drink
    when he’s dead

    The bottle is gone but he’s not forgotten !


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