Lagavulin 18 Year Fèis Ìle 2018

Peated Single Malt

Lagavulin // Islay, Scotland

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  1. Richard-ModernDrinking

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I’ve been sitting on this review for a couple of weeks because I know I’m going to be in a minority on this one. I’m a little picky when it comes to Lagavulin. I like it best when it’s meaty and dirty, like the 2016 12-year-old special release, but they’re not all home runs for me. This one was fine but unspectacular in my book, making it the second Lagavulin Feis Ile release in a row that I’ve rated three stars. The nose is an intriguing mix of burnt rubber - like the aftermath of a getaway car - along with seaweed, shellac and grapefruit. I struggled to make any progress with it neat, but after letting it stand a good while and adding a touch of water I got some flavors of lemon and brisket. My notes peter out after that, perhaps because I was overcome with guilt for not enjoying @PBMichiganWolverine’s rare whisky more, but I’m glad everyone else is enjoying it. It’s good, just not as great as I was hoping.
  2. LeeEvolved

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well well well, what do we have here. The newest Feis Isle festival release from Lagavulin. For 2018, they decided to release a special 18 year old version of their traditional, smoky malt. While I didn’t attend the event, I have a friend who had a friend that did- and he picked him up a bottle. Thanks to my buddy, @PBMichiganWolverine, I get to sample this beauty. Like I said, it’s 18 years old and bottled at cask strength (53.9%). It’s light gold in color and makes thin legs and tiny droplets in the tasting glass. It’s NCF’d and has no added color. Bottles were $200 at the distillery, but I see them selling at auction now for $400-500. The nose is typical Lagavulin smoke with a healthy dose of sherry sweetness. I get a heartier campfire nosing with hints of red berries filtering through the haze. Any trace of ABV heat or alcohol is overshadowed. It smells intoxicating. I’d theme the palate as “sweet & heat”. The sherry notes took center stage at first, but the deep, rich smoke aspects work their way around the sweetness and take over while leaving you with an oily, medium thick mouth coat. The depth of sherry flavors is incredible. I would assume these were first-fill casks because the flavor is so rich. There’s plenty of burn from the higher ABV, but you don’t really care because everything just feels perfect. The finish is long and warming and in a shocking turn of events: the sweetness lingers on long after the smoke has subsided. I don’t recall many (or any) other Lagavulin offerings accomplishing that. I’ve heard some of the older Distiller’s Editions pull it off but I’ve yet to try one that has to the extent this does. It’s truly a remarkable dram. Now, I doubt I’d chase a bottle of this at auction or on the secondary market at prices above $400, but I would’ve loved to have gotten my hands on them from the festival. Too bad I’m not a good traveler, I just have to settle for the generosity of good friends. If you have the means, pick this one up or try it at a good whisky bar. You won’t be disappointed one bit. 4.5-4.75 stars. Cheers, my friends.
    200.0 USD per Bottle
  3. PBMichiganWolverine

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Refined and classy. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I had this. At $200/bottle, I sure as heck expected a 5 star experience, and this delivered in spades. Whereas the younger Lags are more medicinal and a bit brutish, this is better balanced. Grassy, pears, and smoke. But really well integrated, where each component plays well with the other, without one taking center stage. There’s about 6000 of these bottles floating around...and that may not seem like a big number, but it’s fairly large enough to get your hands on one without the scarcity markup. It’s $200 well spent. In terms of single malts or “limited releases”, you can do a hellava lot worse for $200, but not much better.
  4. Dreaming-of-Islay

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Live dispatch from Feis Ile 2018 after a long hiatus for me. It’s been a divine weekend on an island that’s quickly become one of my favorite places in the world. Feis Ile 2018 is a spectacular dram, light in color due to the lack of color added and perhaps a low amount of sherry casks. The nose features a dry, briny aroma with hints of pear and a scent that my wife identified as akin to the base layer of some Le Labo perfumes. Vetiver or some other grassy note. The palate is rich, balanced, and oily: dark fruits, caramel, and a savory note from the well-aged peated Malt. The oily texture is first rate. The finish is a rising tide of smoke and peat, producing a classic coffee and hot chocolate note that is a hallmark of well-aged peated scotches. At nearly $200 a bottle, I expect a ton from this dram, and it delivered.
  5. Mike-Bowen

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
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