Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Horse Distillers Limited
1984 - 1985
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
White Horse Distillers Limited Glasgow
Added on
30 aug 2010 11:47 am

Average value

€ 974.50

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.05 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Quite fruity, smoky, balanced - very drinkable!

    My last sample had a flaw - this time much better as expected.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoky tea, apple juice, iodine, black tea, some seaweed, fruity peaty, hints of vanilla, little citric, apricot, pear - pretty good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Little punchy, fruity, subtle sweetness, more apple juice, earl grey, apricot jam, smoke and peat, spices, herbs, little salty, hints of smoked fish - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, fruity, smoky, peaty

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  3. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not entirely my style, but in small doses it's pretty and fun to drink.
    • Nose
      Nose of well-iodized oranges, over-infused black tea, ashy dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Very aromatic mouth, the reduction is felt (without becoming watery either). The whole is very elegant, balanced. On smoked black tea with a few drops of blood orange syrup. Iodized peaches. Very salty caramel.
    • Finish
      More bitter finish, on slightly earthy peat, moss on the edge of the cliff facing the sea.

  4. Shmirns scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is altogether something very, very special. In looking at my whiskybase collection of empty bottles from the past, I've now had (the luck and priviledge) of drinking 9 full bottles of white horse editions. A mix of gold letter and embossed versions.. They have all ranged from excellent to unreal, but this "limited" version is the first to elevate to that "game-changer" level. It is a giant leap up from even the best of the others. I mean, we are talking 60s Lagavulin after all!

    The nose and palate are very similar to me, demonstrating a nice consistency of character. The first impression is of the finest vinegars, the kind you might do a tasting of. The second impression, which hits almost directly afterwards, is that beautiful and elusive Islay mustiness from the old era. Like a bag of hockey gear unopened for some months (apologies, I am Canadian) where the mold hits the nose hard. The only bottle I've tasted with a stronger and more beautiful moldy note is the legendary Lagavulin 21 '85.

    After a few minutes in the glass, the most surprising note of all arises: fresh strawberries! I am overjoyed... Islay fruits from the 60s! What more can you ask for...

    The finish is much the same as above, but goes on and on and on... not expected for a 43% whisky that has sat in the bottle now for what, almost 40 years!

    Unbelievable. My dad and I opened this last weekend to celebrate the summer, and there is much to look forward to. Truly one of the greats.

  5. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Binh77 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    There are some thing wrong about the bottling year. The Lagavulin 16 has been launched in 1988 for the first time so the earliest bottling year of any bottle must be 1988 instead of 1984-1985 like this claimed.

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Orange Pekoe tea, iodine, candied citrus, dried tropical fruits, hint of obe, black pepper, iodine, very good

  8. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. AmG scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  10. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the Virtual Whisky Show
    • Nose
      Big big seaweeds, golden fruits, a bit tropical, dense smoke, big peat, coastal, mineral, lemony, old style.
    • Taste
      Very peaty, pine needles, syrupy, huge pine tree oil, resinous, peat syrup, banana, licorice.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, banana mint cream, cigar leaves.

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Not quite meeting my expectations - finally pretty cardboardy which I don't like

    Apparantely this sample had a flaw - removed the rating
    • Nose
      Maritime, seabreeze, seaweed, iodine, green fruits, lemons, leafy, old books, hints of cardboard
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, not punchy, little peaty, not much smoky, little sweetness, more cardboardy
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, still maritime notes

  12. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fine, restrained but full, spent matches, light sulfur, green peppers, honey
    • Taste
      cold ashes, log fire, salty, algae
    • Finish
      long and smoky, cold smoke, subtly sweet, no bitterness

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I have had this sample years saved from a full bottle and was from the first year or so no later than a 2 year period the 16 was about and it smells great.  The palate is peaty with loads of brine , tar , fruit and a little coffee and I swear I get a hint of orange.

    Beautiful stuff probably because the sherry and peat are so well integrated, Lagavulin 16 now is nothing like this.

    I doff my cap.

    I was going to have a Bladnoch cs after this, probably not a good idea.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  14. MaltMartin scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Amazingly pungent for a standard OB of 43%. This is one the first 16y old Lagavulin bottled somewhere in 1984 (the successor of the standard 12y old OB in these days), so the distillate is from the late 1960's. The oldest Lagavulin I ever had.
    • Nose
      Intense smoky. Lots of iodine. Lapsan Souchong tea. But also sweet-sour horse stable notes. Tarry. Seaweed.
    • Taste
      Peat. Burnt wood. Campfire. Citrus fruit at the background. Zesty. Hints of sherry as well. Coffee. Complex.
    • Finish
      Long. Rusty. Smoky and medicinal. Earthy notes. A bit salt.

  15. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The legend of the traditional Lagavulin blend WHITE HORSE can be found here

  16. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Here you found info´s about the White horse and the limited.

    Regards U



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