Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Horse Distillers
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
1816/ISLA painted in gold on glass
Added on
10 Nov 2008 9:59 am

Average value

€ 666.96

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.75 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    "The" classic among the standards - the white horse - a legend - and GREAT
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lagerfauer smoke, sherry, salt, green fruits, wet earth, geraniums, greasy old leather - the aromas are well connected and mega-complex
    • Taste
      90 90
      Iberico ham with honeydew melon, the full ashtray from the day before, a smoked candy to suck on - a pleasant balance between smoke, oak and fruit
    • Finish
      89 89
      very long-lasting fruity smokiness

  2. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color: Chestnut / Oloroso Sherry - E150

    The whisky can be dissected into countless subtle flavors and combines a wide spectrum between tropical fruit and salt. What I like the most is the omnipresent peat smoke that sets and cools after the first sip (not in the 60 ++% alc-menthol-cooling way, no, just cool), the smoke is just a solid backbone and does not cover anything , The only whisky of today, which almost equates to the same score, is a top batch of the Longrow 18, and fragrant, unfortunately, again a completely different box.
    • Nose
      The nose has almost nothing in common with today's peat smoke. Smells more like oatmeal, and in the next room somebody smokes a cigar, the smoke just comes in cool. Just broken branches, Gries, then someone still begins to rumzuzelneln on the green branches, dry humus. Earl Gray, a tiny hint of vanilla. Pine nuts. Green banana, unripe prunes, dirty bicycle chain. Has something amazingly salty after prolonged breathing. Papaya, star fruit.
    • Taste
      Here is still a load of earthy peat smoke, jup, nice oily, with some humus in it, the porridge looks over again, Earl Gray in addition, black pepper, more bergamot, a sweet variant of a very unripe banana, woody pears, creaking smoking wet branches. Star fruit.
    • Finish
      Long, especially plenty of bergamot, cocoa powder, banana, polished oak, a little salty spray. Dry earth.

  3. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Nose: Mushroom sauce, sometimes turning into sulfur, low-key peat, grilled crab, citrus, metal hints, and a touch of juice.

    Drink: It is very suitable to drink with mouthfuls, warm, citrus, peat, metallic.

    Overall: I drank Caol ila's 1982 TWJ last night. They are very similar. The difference is that one is colder and the other is hotter.

  4. Burch scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Terrific. Powerful, dense, sherried. The heavy make of Lagavulin's pear-shaped stills is unique in its ability to balance out the heavy peat and sherry. The result is something I wouldn't describe as smoky - more like charred, meaty, earthy, oily. Seaweedy. These older bottlings had a bit more going on. Older stock vs. better sherry? Both? I know Laga has gone to using some sherry seasoned casks. This is the bottling that hooked me on Scotch many years ago.

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not to say that the 2020 current Lag 16 is a bad whsky, far from it. But compared with this powerful smoke bomb from 30 years earlier is has become significantly tamer and - to put it in the very own words of Ian McArthur - "we did not re-use our casks so often in the past". It shows, this one is glorious. Try if your a Laga afficionado. Highly recommended!

  6. JJonathan scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Serge Valentin rate this Whisky 93 points the 12/25/2020

  7. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    ????: golden-orange,
    ????: slightly peaty, grassy, metallic, sweet metallic, smooth, much smoother and friendlier than the basic 16yo, actually completely different !!! ????????
    ????: pleasantly peppery, slightly peaty, sweet, smooth,
    ????: long, sweet, peppery and peaty, warming,
    Very cool! Peat and metallic sweetness and pleasant peppery create a great atmosphere! It is also smooth and delicate, not as rough as the current 16yo. Yummy! You have to drink such whisky !!!
    ????: 5/10
    ????: 88/100

  10. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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