Lagavulin 30
Added on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 03:39 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1976 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.60 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Released 2006     Distilled 1976     2340 Bottles     Oldest official Lagavulin bottling
Member Ratings and Notes

Nose: Sweet wine notes and peat, wet hay.

Palate:  Sweet, peaty and malty.

Finish:  Mostly malty with peat in the background.


Surprisingly mild and not a whole lot going on.  I expected a lot more.


N: Metallic tinge, citrus zest, candle wax, minerals, white peppers. The peat is pretty clean here. Some tangy and sweet fruit (kiwi and nectarine).

P: Oily, medicinal, waxy, and toasted bread. Lightly floral and campfire-y.

F: Warm spiced peaty finish that sticks.


Charbay comes to mind as I nose this, as it has a slight hoppy character. I think this may be the best part of this vintage. Tastes a bit hot for me, but it's totally doable without water. I went ahead and added water anyway, just to see and that turned out to be the proper line of action - really opens things up. It's surprisingly light, more so than either 21s or the 25. 

All that I kept thinking was, gosh, I really expected more from Lag 30. It was tasty nonetheless. B+/A-



N: Light hint of cinnamon, gentle peat. Sweet with a little light mint and menthol. 


P: Malty with a surprising hint of zippy heat. A little white pepper and some stone fruit - peaches and nectarines.


F: Plenty of heat at first, malty, white pepper, and gentle heat.


Quite nice. Beautiful nose. And yet, it's absolutely thrashed by the younger Lagavulins. This bottle kept getting handed around - "Does anyone want some of the 30 year old?" - and polite declines were the norm. It's a sign of how spoiled we can be in our tastings, but it's also a clear indicator of how it doesn't stack up against the 21s or even the 25.

Light golden color. Sweet cocoa on the nose, with a rich peat sensation. Light on the tongue. Getting some banana. Nice explosion on the back end. [1/4/13] 
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