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

€ 361.00

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 1996

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 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 Senior

    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. Palindrome scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoked salmon, white truffles, honey comb, Chinese pepper, and, at last, the scent of campfire smoke on one's clothes after a few nights in the woods.

    Palate: Dates, vanilla bean, fermented cigar wrapper, pinot noir, smoked black salt, "Elephant ears" (cinnamon/sugar fried dough common at state fairs in Western states of the US).

    Finish: Long as the waking memory of a dream that one has considered deeply enough that one's brain will not let go. Mine!  The palate straightens out into a sweet white chocolatey confection and then descends back into the glowing embers of a potbelly stove ushering in the shorter nights of winter.

    Final comments: The balance of this scotch is perhaps its greatest asset.  

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

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

  7. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good product, more "easy" than the classic 16 years but just as delectable.
    • Nose
      Peat, iodine, quite fruity, some spices, woody touches in the background. Tingling on the end.
    • Taste
      The influence of sherry is felt first, caramel, fruit (orange, a little apple), spices. Then peat, salt and smoked fish appear.
    • Finish
      Long and round, always maritime and a little peppery.

  10. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A little surprised by this character "coastal", which erases a little sherry, also feeling that there is a bit too much bitterness. Good product though.
    • Nose
      Tasted at a friend's house the night before a contest. An excellent comfort before the effort.
      Nose slightly smoky, a little "rustic", raw, grassy, ​​with notes of citrus and cocoa. The empty glass releases woody aromas, cocoa and vanilla.
    • Taste
      The first impression is sherry: sweetness, candied, sugar, vanilla, a little citrus. It's pretty greedy. Then the whole becomes very coastal: salt, brine, seaweed, a little bitterness also and green fruits.
    • Finish
      It is peaty, sweet, still very marine and grassy. Long for 43%


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