The Lagavulin is often described online as one of the smokiest Islay whiskys. Well let me immediately kick that door. I personally don't think so.
I don't get the smoke out so much when I smell the whisky. An earthy odor. Stale you can also call it, comes strongly towards me. Deeper in the glass is the smoke.
A good strong medicinal iodine scent that you as a beginner might have to get used to is shooting your nostrils in. When you taste this whisky for the first time it is best to just surrender to this delicious whisky.
Time for the first sip.
Oh yes! That first sip is a nice slap in the face with every Lagavulin 16. You will be blown away.
I immediately taste a spicy pepper but sweet. Sherry is also clearly in this. And a salty taste.
Another sip and again that saltiness and that pepper. It hits you again and again. I also get a taste from this which reminds me a lot of roasted nuts. And of course how could we not have mentioned it ... the smoke.
Not heavily smoked but just well balanced with the rest of the whisky.
You can taste that this is also a greasy thick oily whisky.
I also definitely get some sweet fruits out of it.
The aftertaste is salty, smoky, warm and long. Paired with a nice warming and stimulating pepper.