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Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
89.98/100
votes
465
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Horse Distillers
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
1816/ISLA painted in gold on glass
Added on
10 Nov 2008 9:59 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 591,91

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465 × member ratings

1125 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.98 points

  1. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Complex, full bodied, balance. Classic laga, with beautiful camp fire, fruitiness, spring water, and funny enough - hose water. Definitely less sweet than modern Lagavulin with more pleasant camp fire smoke, and much balance taste profile. All flavors were in tune with each other without one too much overpowering another.

    It’s also sort of feels like camping beside a waterfall in forest during autumn.

    At 43% abv, this surely have the flavors of a modern cask strength whisky and doesn’t burn your throat. It’s pretty hard to get this kind of balance flavors in modern whisky... shame.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Good ol’ Lagavulin camp fire, perfect amount of peat and autumn ocean breeze with hints of vanilla here and there without overpowering other flavors (not too syrupy). Good amount of dust, iodine, bandages, tar, honey. Strong overripe orange juice. Some floral especially white flowers. The longer it lingers, more tropical fruits appears.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Perfect amount of peat, camp fire smoke, fruits, cough tablet, wet bandage, tea, vanilla, honey, pineapple, floral, dust, sandal wood. That strong overripe orange in the middle, with more floral. That ends with fresh water and campfire ashes something like waterfall splashes over burning camp fire.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium, with some cold camp fire ashes, freshness of spring water, and at the very end... hose water?

  2. Schnappsdrossel 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. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wonderfully complex. First, peat smoke, salt, coated black tea, tincture phenolity and a dry maritime sweetness.
    • Taste
      Lush start with peat smoke, black tea, sweet notes of fern, tang, wet rope and sherry.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet peat smoke

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Cornelis_Gerrits scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sweet - ashy - oak - earthy - barley -

      Lemon - vanilla cake
    • Taste
      Sweet barley 
    • Finish
      Wunderfull finish sprankling on the tongue. 

  6. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Elegant fruity smokes, quite identical to current releases, perhaps with a bit more body and lesser sweet. Pleasantly ashy.

    — at Whisky Live Singapore.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    These older White Horse Bottlings are awesome, I will be sorry to see this bottle finished. Get some of this if you can, an absolute belter of a whisky.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, tar, brine old leather, some smoke and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Very smooth and warming , the peat is there but complimented beautifully by the sherry. I get some coffee cake, blackberry chocolate creams, The longer you leave it in the glass the more each mouthful tastes of peat, it just keeps going but never swamps the sherry.
    • Finish
      Long, smooth but a sherbet peaty fizz right at the end.

  10. JMBASS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    first bottle drunk, correct in the hull line we know at Lagavulin
    By cons second bottle, almost unrealizable taste of cap ... have you had this kind of sensation or problem ???????

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