View Full Version : Confused on Lagavulin's Limited Edition Conventions
04-13-2013, 11:34 PM
I have been stocking up on Lagavulin Disllers Edition distilled 1996 bottled in 2012. I am trying to build a Lagavulin collection and I like it and I thought it was a limited edition. On the box/bottle it saids lgv 4/500. But then I watched a you tube review on it and the guy had the same bottle that said lgv 4/500. I'm confused now... obviously this isn't bottle #4 out of 500 made. What is this lgv. 4/500? And is this truely a limited edition where only so many were bottled and ****?
04-14-2013, 12:01 AM
Actually, from doing a some research I found out this is batch number 4/500. So...I guess the question stands is how many bottles come out of a batch number 4? Also, how limited edition is this? Should I really stock up on it?
04-14-2013, 10:02 AM
Like you my understanding is that these are batch numbers, in a way like the ones on Laphroaig Cask Strength, but much less noticeable. The problem is that each batch could have as many as 10,000+ or as few as 500 cases and I doubt that they'll tell us as that'll dissolve the limited edition myth. In all my research I've never found it quoted by Diageo as a limited edition so that should tell us something.
Maybe someone else has better insider information.
04-16-2013, 06:14 AM
It's not really a "limited edition"...I mean, I suppose it is as each year is a release based on that years stocks, but to give you some perspective on numbers;
The Diageo Special Releases come out each fall (your super premiums etc) and they do a Lagavulin 12 yr old. I buy one each year as they are absolute crackers and tremendous value for money.
2012's release was "limited" numbers and a run of around 30,000 bottles (31,656 to be exact).
.....now, the DE's are no where near as limited as the 12's....so your talking dozens of thousands of bottles of each years DE.
Buy them because you like them, but dont buy them for a high return on investment....because you wont get one.
Personally for me the PX kills what I want in my Laga so I never buy the DE's :) they are good whiskies, but I'd take the standard 16 or the 12 special any day of the week
04-29-2013, 03:39 AM
I agree with opelfruit in his comment above. Although I like malts matured and / or finished in ex-sherry casks, the Diageo releases of their Distiller's Editions are my least favorites. I feel they have all been haphazardly thrown together. As taste is subjective, I find them acrid in taste and sulphury on the nose. Maybe it is poor ex-sherry cask selection. Or even poor wood management where inferior casks were used and they finished the malts in ex-sherry to try to improve the taste. Whatever it is, I'm not fond of any of them.
There is only one Diageo Distiller's Edition that is highly collectible that commands a high price; that being the first release of the LAGAVULIN 1979DISTILLER'S EDITION released in 1995. Miniatures were also bottled of this edition. They went on to expand the Distiller's Editions beyond their Classic Malts Range.
04-29-2013, 07:18 AM
The laga DE 1989 and 1991 are also very collectible they are ******* in auctions for 4 times there release price. Ill post links later.
04-29-2013, 04:37 PM
Although I like malts matured and / or finished in ex-sherry casks, the Diageo releases of their Distiller's Editions are my least favorites. I feel they have all been haphazardly thrown together. As taste is subjective, I find them acrid in taste and sulphury on the nose.Having already found that I had a liking for Lagavulin 16, I was both shocked and disappointed when I tried some Distillers Edition last and it's good to see I may not be alone.
Lagavulin 16 is the only one I've yet to try that I like, and while I'm not shutting out the possibility of trying others, I'm not going to find any particular curiosity in the Distillers Editions in the future either based on postings like this, and my own personal experience.
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