Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
16 years old
Ex-Bourbon & Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 sep 2019 10:35 pm by Jordanite

Average value

€ 56.93

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.69 points.

  1. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    delicious malt, but I find the 16 year old DE a bit better. Still complex and recommendable
    • Nose
      87 87
      a lot of smoke, campfire, some smoked ham, fruits, quickly changing to maritime notes with seaweed, slightly sweet, smell of the ocean. Later getting a little weaker
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoke and sweetness here too, spicy, a bit malty, here too maritime notes, oak comes out a little, becoming salty, a little ash taste
    • Finish
      87 87
      Smoky sweet, a bit malty nutty, spicy with oak, very slightly salty. Medium length.

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  3. Lakerfield scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In direct comparison with a '90s White Horse Lagavulin 16 (WBID:54543)

    Both undeniably good whiskies, Lagavulin 16 will always have its place in my heart and bar. The main difference becomes clear very soon: the modern Diageo bottling seems lighter, that for sure has to do with the cask selection (less sherry), and emphasizes more on the peat and maritime flavours. The White Horse bottling is definitely more sherried and complex. Taking a sip feels like a warm bath and it brings you a wider array of flavours basically. That wins it. If you like a more aggressive kick of peat, the modern 16 is the one for you. A very clear winner here for me, without nostalgia bias!
    • Nose
      Everyone knows how this one smells right? A timeless classic. Starting with peat, bonfire, brine, tar and smoked meat. Thereafter apricot, apple, raisin and kiwi. Then toffee, milk chocolate and stroopwafel. Also vanilla, honey, almond, wet tobacco and malt. Bright, peaty and very much a maritime feel. I think they've started to use more bourbon casks in the mix over the years.
    • Taste
      Very focused on the peat, with just enough power left. There's peat, briny olive, bacon, iodine and camphor. Then apricot, apple skin, orange peel, banana and sour cherry. Followed by stroopwafel, creme brulee, wine gum and licorice. Further on almond paste, heather and a hint of gorgonzola. I remember these modern 16's a bit more sherried. This goes towards a weaker version of those ex-bourbon 12's on cask strength. Nothing wrong with that though.
    • Finish
      Long with peat, cold smoke, brine, apple skin, raisin, cherry, salted caramel, dark chocolate, pine tree and heather.

  4. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Lagavulin classic is kilned with a high proportion of smoke in the malt. The stills at the distillery are pear-shaped, allowing all of the flavors to be transferred to the condensers during distillation. The single malt then matures to perfection in bourbon and sherry casks.

  5. Polaku1703 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    This one is complex while not being sweet but instantly blowing you with peat and smell of sea beach, moss and kippers while zeisty, peppery before submerging gradually down. It perhaps needs a bit of water to open it's character which is initially undecisive. There is no point waiting after opening since it is 16 years old. Just some can't do without it, while others, like me, prefer the more straightforward 8 year old that is more leathery, even not all the way as Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. eddi14 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great, complex, and balanced smoky whisky
    • Nose
      Meaty and oaky smoke mixed with iodine, salt, and citrus notes. Become more fruity citrus after the first sip
    • Taste
      Sweet fruity meaty smoke, slight black pepper spice, and brine
    • Finish
      Long, sweet smoky oak becomes dry and ashy smoke

  8. sidqi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Hay,burnt oak,iodine,very fruity and sweet.Lemon and citrus.A little bit of rubber.
    • Taste
      Very smooth and smoky, brine,peat sweet and fruity.A little dry,bonfire smoke.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky,a little spicy.

  9. WJF1007 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    what's good about this bottle is: it dosent's surprice you at the first time, but after you traveled around the whisky world, tasted hundreds and hundreds of bottles, you come back to lagavulin 16, and you 'll never get tired of it.
    Silk, smmoth, seasalt, sweet vanillla, smoked bacon, milk, and on and on...
    if I had to stick to one bottle for the rest of my life, this is the one.

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Jordanite scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Despite its stellar reputation I have never personally warmed to Lagavulin 16. I thought I should give this benchmark of whiskydom another try and yet again I find it enjoyable enough but I'd rather get my Islay/peat fix somewhere else. The seaweed is a little strong and out of balance on both the nose and palate, this is because it is no Nori, rather more like something you would find washed up on a beach. Tarry smoke, light fruits, gentle pepper. It is good and you cannot help but appreciate that it is still so affordable for a 16 year old Islay.


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