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Lagavulin 21yo

Postby bamber » Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:20 am

Bought with 5 mates - bottle almost dead already :(

Ok tried the Lagavulin 21yo last night. Did not write notes at the time, but could still smell it and taste it in the morning.

Got the bottle out the boot of my car and it was very cold - maybe 6 centigrade and when we opened it, it was very muted, so after a good 10 minutes hand warming:

N: Perfect almost everything is there if you look for it but first came, creme brulee, caramel , dried figs dates with roasted almonds, light spice, the Lagavulin peat taste - a kind of inky, Lapsang Souchong, sweet peat, freshly opened Elastoplast.

T: Ay ? Does this actually contain alcohol ? The mouth feel is pure velvet, 'gloopy' All the flavours from the nose are there, but that nutty oil - pecans ? is just amazing. The cleanest sherry possible - integrated so perfectly with seductive Lagavulin peat. The fruity esters come more to the fore and are elusive to describe - black cherry ?, but definitely sticky dried dates, with roasted almonds Smile brown sugar ....

F: Not drying just long and moreish, with the wood coming out a little more.

One of the guys drinking it commented that he did not think it was the most complex whisky he'd ever tasted - just the tastiest. Probably my all time favourite whisky:

First impression: 97/100
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Leither » Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:46 am

Wow, cheers Bamber - glad you enjoyed it!
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Mr Fjeld » Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:00 pm

Great review bamber - cannot wait (although I have to) to get my hands on a bottle!
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby bamber » Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:51 pm

Mr Fjeld wrote:Great review bamber - cannot wait (although I have to) to get my hands on a bottle!


Thanks. Wish I had a whole bottle :(
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby martin grant » Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:02 pm

Does sound very impressive Bamber!

Great description on The Royal Mile Whiskies site

'Nothing to see here. Really, this is a boring bottle of whisky that you don't want. No-one likes Lagavulin, common as muck at this age. Matured in first fill sherry casks? Pah, sounds rubbish! Anyway, all this is irrelevant as it is SOLD OUT!'

Hopefully it will be back in stock soon
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby EdipisReks » Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:48 am

i would love to try the Laga 21. mmmm, Lagavulin.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby atoto » Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:45 am

Although royalmile states laga-21 is out of stock, I still placed an order. Neil said t may take 1-2 weeks but it will be delivered. :D
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Les Paul » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:31 pm

Where can I find a bottle of Lagavulin 21yo? :?:
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby K-Mile » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:39 pm

Les Paul wrote:Where can I find a bottle of Lagavulin 21yo? :?:


There is a shop in Amsterdam that says they will receive Diageo's latest releases in a couple of weeks. The supplies for UK are in stores almost immediately, the rest of Europe has to wait a while for importers and distributers. They also mentioned Port Ellen 7th and Lagavulin 21yo.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Les Paul » Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:43 pm

I would want to buy 2 bottles of it. One to drink, one to keep. Will it become one of the standard offerings like the 16yo? :shock: :smoke:
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Aidan » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:26 pm

I'm convinced too. I'll have to get a bottle.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby atoto » Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:51 pm

Here is the link to royalmile. With the exchange rate at 2:1 (USD:GBP) it NOT cheap!

http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/category.asp?sessionID=MTR&cat_id=D_LAGA
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby bamber » Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:07 pm

Aidan wrote:I'm convinced too. I'll have to get a bottle.

Awww that feels like pressure ! However, I cannot imagine how a Lagavulin lover can fail to like it.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Aidan » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:00 pm

bamber wrote:
Aidan wrote:I'm convinced too. I'll have to get a bottle.

Awww that feels like pressure ! However, I cannot imagine how a Lagavulin lover can fail to like it.


I may never get to buy it - can't find it for sale anywhere.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby K-Mile » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:08 pm

Aidan wrote:I may never get to buy it - can't find it for sale anywhere.


Remind me in a week or two. As I said, a shop here in Amsterdam says they will receive some stock in a couple of weeks. I can have a look for you if you want. Not sure when they will get them though, but it's not a shop that sells their single malts by the dozens, so I might have a week or two (or maybe a lot longer!) before they are sold out.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Aidan » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:16 pm

K-Mile wrote:
Aidan wrote:I may never get to buy it - can't find it for sale anywhere.


Remind me in a week or two. As I said, a shop here in Amsterdam says they will receive some stock in a couple of weeks. I can have a look for you if you want. Not sure when they will get them though, but it's not a shop that sells their single malts by the dozens, so I might have a week or two (or maybe a lot longer!) before they are sold out.


Thanks a million K-Mile. I would apreciate that. If I find some in the meantime, I'll let you know.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:01 pm

bamber wrote:One of the guys drinking it commented that he did not think it was the most complex whisky he'd ever tasted - just the tastiest. Probably my all time favourite whisky:

First impression: 97/100


That's what I call a rave review! How would you compare it to a Distiller's Edition? Is the 21 a DE on steroids or a completely different experience?

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby bamber » Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:56 pm

It reminded me of the DE. In fact I had a look to see if Waitrose had the DE on special again, as it made me fancy a bottle.

Lagavulin ay, what a great distillery.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Ize » Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:44 am

Any observations whether this bottling would be available in Germany (from where I buy my most whiskies)? With a quick search from my usual shopping places I couldn't find it. :(
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby mattbuty » Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:31 pm

I am very happy today :D

I just picked up 2 bottles of Lag 21 from the whisky shop in gateshead. Went in for a port charlotte and came out with these little beauties. :thumbsup:

Seems they had no idea it was a limited run. :roll:

The guy in the shop was gutted when he saw it was a run of 6642 bottles! :headbang:
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby K-Mile » Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:39 pm

Which reminds me... I have to check my liquor store on Monday to see if they have this beauty in stock already...
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:47 pm

Great review Bamber! I should've tasted it in Stockholm last month, but I will in Oslo soon, looking real forward to it!!!
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Aidan » Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:52 pm

K-Mile wrote:Which reminds me... I have to check my liquor store on Monday to see if they have this beauty in stock already...


It would be excellent if they did. Do they do international delivery, by the way?
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby les taylor » Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:42 pm

I'm saying nothing for the time being. :) :)
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby meni » Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:18 pm

Hi Bamber,
great review.
did you try the 30yo?
if yes, can you compare?
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby kildalton » Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:26 pm

Just got 1 bottle but a soon a sI can I'll get another 2...This one is worth collecting :mrgreen:
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby bamber » Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:22 pm

meni wrote:Hi Bamber,
great review.
did you try the 30yo?
if yes, can you compare?
Thanks


Hi meni,

Thanks and no I've never had a drop of the 30yo :(
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Sherried Malt » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:21 am

Aidan, you have a PM.

Good luck on your search! :D
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Aidan » Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:48 pm

I now have a Lagavulin 21. Thanks a million for the info.

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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby K-Mile » Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:18 pm

Aidan wrote:I now have a Lagavulin 21. Thanks a million for the info.

John


Great! Enjoy! You got it sooner than me... Still waiting for my local shop to stock it... :|
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Aidan » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:39 pm

K-Mile wrote:
Aidan wrote:I now have a Lagavulin 21. Thanks a million for the info.

John


Great! Enjoy! You got it sooner than me... Still waiting for my local shop to stock it... :|


Thanks. Well, it's only in the post, so I won't have it for a few days...
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Les Paul » Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:17 am

The picture above made me extremely jealous. :(
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby Steve Rush » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:19 pm

I have a bottle of this on order and I simply just can't wait for it to arrive. As a huge Lag fan I'm hoping that this will deliver all the good things I have heard about it so far. My only fear is that I hope it doesn't dissapoint me as much as the 25yr did when I purchased this late last year. Now that really shattered my world.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby IainB » Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:26 am

I got to try it in the distillery last Thursday. Suffice to say I bought 2 on the way out. In fact, out of 28 people in the group, I'd say about half of them bought at least 1 bottle.

That said, the manager rubbed a splash of it on my head and said it would make my hair grow back within 24 hours. Hasn't happened. So if anyone out there is planning on buying it fot this reason I strongly recommend not doing so.
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Re: Lagavulin 21yo

Postby K-Mile » Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:56 pm

IainB wrote:I got to try it in the distillery last Thursday. Suffice to say I bought 2 on the way out. In fact, out of 28 people in the group, I'd say about half of them bought at least 1 bottle.

That said, the manager rubbed a splash of it on my head and said it would make my hair grow back within 24 hours. Hasn't happened. So if anyone out there is planning on buying it fot this reason I strongly recommend not doing so.


Are the prices at the distillery reasonable?
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