Lagavulin 1993 15 Years The Managers' Choice


Lagavulin is probably Diageo's most highly-rated distillery,
with its muscular peaty presence and flashes of honey sending
most of the cognoscenti into a swoon. This Lagavulin 15 Years
from 1993 is probably the most eagerly-awaited of the Managers'
Choice series, particularly as it's one of only a handful of sherried
single cask Lagavulins ever released.


This one ex-Bodega sherry butt. Will it match the superb Caol Ila MC? Or the no less superb Lagavulins for Feis Ile?

Colour: pale gold.

Nose: wowie! I may well be the only drinker on this planet who loves good gentian spirit (hear, hear, Swiss people!) but all I can tell you is that there’s a lot of it in this Lagavulin. It’s got something very earthy, rooty and more medicinal than the usual Lagavulins, with distinct whiffs of a forest after a summer rain (cut the crap, S.!), moss, fresh mushrooms… Also traces of candy sugar but it’s otherwise quite dry. I’d say this is midway between the well-known annual 12yo CS and the Feis Ile versions – so far!

With water: perfect. Mouth (neat): perfect again! Rather less sweet than other middle-aged Lagavulins and probably zestier and drier, with this earthiness again, something more medicinal than usual (gentian again?), a lot of lemon and… A full plate of oysters. The sherry is very, very discreet. With water: even more earth. How shall I put it? Let’s try this: this is high-precision peated malt whisky, kind of a Patek Philippe of the whisky world (as opposed to some very bling-bling Rolexes or APs).

Finish: alas. Comments: quite curiously, I think it’s a Lagavulin that’s also a little ‘Laphroaig’. Now, let’s be serious, it hasn’t got the complexity of the old 12, but I’m sure it will after forty years in glass. Almost worth its very heavy price tag in my opinion. SGP:448 - 93 points.


Distillery Lagavulin
Classification Single Malt Whisky
Bottle No./Released -/612
Vintage 1993
Age 15
Bottler Official Bottling
Bottling Date February 2009
ABV/ Volume 54.7%/ 70cl
Rating/SGP 93/448
Cask Number -


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