Lagavulin 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
16 years old
Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
17 Oct 2012 9:22 pm

Average value

€ 394.48

59 × in wishlist

334 × member ratings

1105 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1996

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.56 points

  1. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A pretty epic whisky in my book. I don’t have comparative experience
    with older bottlings of this, but supposedly they vary very little and
    are continuously high quality. If you like medicinal peat smoke,
    sweetness, and hours of nosing and tasting fun, this is definitely for
    • Nose
      Medicinal smoke and dressing material with iodine blast your nose on the
      first opening of the bottle. Intense! No alcohol what-so-ever. After
      your nostrils got used to it, the smoke subsides a bit and turns
      smoother (smoked ham!) and now there is delicious vanilla. You can find
      brine, raisins, malt, and the sweetness is always present. It’s
      wonderfully complex and you can sniff it for quite a while.
    • Taste
      Oh-so sweet with lots of malty goodness and peat smoke. Initially you
      get ample associations of dark fruit – sweet ripe plums and cherry,
      then, after a few seconds it turns a little drier with a touch of coffee
      and bitter chocolate (Hello European oak!). I don’t always get the
      salty notes though, sometimes they are there, and sometimes they are
    • Finish
      Takes out the fire, but leaves in the warmth – is Lagavulin’s slogan
      and that nails it down pretty good. It is long and warming with peat
      smoke and sweetness.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, peat and pepper, then cereals. Fairly light, from memory the others were more massive on the nose. Very subtle vinous touch from the finish in sherry casks. In the mouth, peaty, dry, relatively monolithic, but without defects. It may be more greedy, but the influence of sherry is reduced to a minimum in the mouth. Enthusiasm 3/5

  3. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A great nose, then a bit bitter and watery.
    Very nice, soft smoky note with sherry.

    Lagavulin, more generally, in my opinion rather overrated.
    No bad, but no outstanding whiskys.
    Except for the special releases 12yo.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. 11insomnium scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Nosing: Low-key smoke, sherry, sweet, sea air

    Tasting: Sherry sweetness, charcoal, strong peat, mild alcohol, very pleasantly soothing, finish very long-lasting with campfire

    With water: Milder, softer

    Comment: Top Whisky

  5. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      100 100

  7. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh attack, with a barrel of tar and punches of peat, sulphur and salt.
    • Taste
      Rich and extremely sweet, then smoky becoming medicinal and eventually seaweedy.
    • Finish
      Pepper, salt, sand.

  8. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Meaty medicinal vegetal smoke with vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Not very intense but well crafted
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet brown sugar than wood, vegetal smoke, medicine and charcoal. Great layered taste
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, sweet, coal, vegetal

  9. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Ulcinj scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?