Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
89.67/100
votes
677
Whiskybase ID
WB4594
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Horse Distillers
Bottled
1990s
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Label
1816/ISLA painted in gold on glass
Barcode
5000281005409
Added on
10 nov 2008 9:59 am

Average value

€ 659.98

62 × in wishlist

677 × member ratings

1546 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

38 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.67 points.

  1. Petitcham scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the new laga 16, it has a more packed taste, lagavulinous floral and spice, and high drinking quality.

  2. huangshantong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is very different from the new 16yo, 12yo, and 8yo that I drink. First of all, the color is intuitively embodied as amber (Sherry), and the taste can also be most directly felt in the wine. A lot of sherry barrels; the smell in the fragrance shows a richer fruity aroma, Chinese herbal plant flavors, peat flavors are mainly potions and bandages, and the smoky feeling is weaker than modern products (but still quite strong ), I can't feel the flavor of the ocean, and the waxy and oily senses are very obvious; it needs to be said that the aldehydes of alcohol are very irritating, and there is obvious discomfort when it is close to the smell. When you enter the mouth, it has a very high oily and waxy feeling, and the smoky and peaty feeling is softer, continuing the full taste of the winery and taking into account the not heavy wine body; aftertaste honey water, citrus, licorice , and the dried fruit flavor of the sherry barrel, long. overall: hospital-flavored peat + citrus + honey dried fruit. Supplement: Lavagulin in the early white horse stage has a large number of high-quality sherry barrels and maintains a high stability. Before 1969, direct fire distillation and floor fermentation were still used to maintain the unique flavor of the old period; the lagavulin of this period was mainly used in For the use of blending wineries, the overall winery in this context has a strong peat style, while taking into account the good and easy-to-drink fruit aroma
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. JJonathan scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Serge Valentin rate this Whisky 93 points the 12/25/2020
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  8. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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

  10. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  11. 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

  12. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  13. WSP scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  14. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  15. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Didn't enter (

  17. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty Laga.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  18. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  20. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Cornelis_Gerrits scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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

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

  25. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  26. 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

  27. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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 ???????

  30. WhiskyMonster scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Colour: Golden

    Nose: Oily peat, sea air, hint of sweet caramel

    Palate: Initial sweetness yields to a building intensity of rich peaty nectar

    Finish: Refreshing balance of spice and peat smoke, ends with a generous amount of barley
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    flawless
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, fruit, sherry, tire, vegetable
    • Taste
      licorice, smoke, stop cough (sweets)
    • Finish
      average

  32. Cast Olila scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  33. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic whisky that makes you want more from the start. I always like to have a barbecue in the glass. This whisky is a peat monster that delivers much more than just peat and "stench". He is beautiful multi-faceted and strong character with a good PLV. Must have tasted, on the outside you can smoke nothing, then hands off.
    • Nose
      sweet, strong smoke, slightly phenolic, trace of herbal liqueur with a dash of cough syrup, seaweed and beach, develops into a slightly salty ham smoked over sweet wood
    • Taste
      strong, full, round, supple soft oiliness, sweet with light spice, smoke, earthy / peaty
    • Finish
      long, sweet, old leather, slightly salty with dark chocolate

  34. checkpointrk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The legend of the White Horsedes traditional Lagavulin Blends can be found here http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/die-legende-des-white-horse-blends-vintage-1957-und-americas-cup-1987-27997/

  35. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Bottle from ca 1998.
    • Nose
      very earthy peat, old wood, salty, diesel, used hemp ropes, some fresher fruit esters of apples & lemon as well as faint dried fruits/raisins. (88)
    • Taste
      earthy, salty & malty, chocolate as well, turning more towards wood smoke peat than earthy peat going into the finish. (89)
    • Finish
      swaying back & forth between earthy & wood smoke peat some more, honey, some dried fruit behind, maple syrup, also, a tad metallic. (87)

  36. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: oily, soft peat, citrus, floral - buttercup, fruity, dusty and creamy with strawberries
    T: peat, smoke, spices, oily, syrup and summer fruits
    F: tobacco, vanilla, bitter cookies and soft spices - mint
    compared with Lagavulin 16 - 2007
    softer and more complex, the color is more orange

  37. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  38. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Slightly more smoke, vanilla and sea air on the nose compared to recent 16yo bottles (stunning!), but with a similar taste and finish. In short, a wonderful islay whisky with remarkable consistency down the years. 
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. Master Quill scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Score for a bottle from 1992

  40. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

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