Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
16 years old
Ex-Bourbon & Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Used since mid 2012
Added on
28 Jan 2014 12:00 pm by totalatool

Average value

€ 83.60

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

361 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.04 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    Is this whisky overrated and overhyped? Definitely not! Lagavulin 16 is an outstanding Single Malt from Islay and a cornerstone of Scotch whisky culture. Intense peat smoke with hints of iodine and seaweed dominates the nose, merging with soft and yet substantial sherry cask sweetness. On the palate, it tastes full-bodied, peppery and deliciously sweet with dried fruits and an overwhelming blast of dry peatiness. The finish is prolonged, warming and spicy. A superb malt that would be even better with 46% ABV, no chill filtering and natural color.

    RATING: 4.4/5.0 stars ≙ 90 pts → SUPERB [-]
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    H2H- Lagavulin through the ages - as usual logic would dictate that the older ones would be better, but will that be the case? I already did a head to head of the 21, 25 and 30 and found the 25 to be better than most other people and between the 3 not that much in it so it will be interested to taste again. Lagavulin 16 is favourite of many on here for a go to islay dram and once price has been taken into account I  can gauge the best value and I suspect the 16 will do well here. Mid 1960`s to present 37 year, all official bottlings Drams 
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/100508/lagavulin-guaranteed-pure-malt-pot-still https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/51469/lagavulin-16-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/75648/lagavulin-islay-jazz-festival-2015  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35109/lagavulin-1991   https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/613/lagavulin-1985  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12/lagavulin-25-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10/lagavulin-30-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/44217/lagavulin-37-year-old
    In theory the nose and palate should all have similarities so I will knock a few out from the start, tasting 8 heavy peaters is a lot for  my palate.   Nose The first to be discounted was the Jaz festival2015 and the 30 year but that might be because they were more delicate. next was the 21 year 1991 then the 37 year which left the NAS 1960`s, 16 year, 21 year 1985 and the 25 year.
    A difficult decision 1 - 21 year 1985 2 - Pure Pot Still 60`s 3 - 37 year 4 - 16 year 5 - 25 year 6 - 30 year 7 - 21 year 1991 8 - 2015 Jazz festival Palate 1st tasting (tentative) 1 - 21 year 1985 2= - 21 year 1991 2= - 37 year 4 -2015 Jazz festival 5 - 25 year 6  - 30 year 7 - Pure Pot Still Nas 8 - 16 year
    2nd tasting 1 -1985 21 year 2 - 1991 21year 3 - 37 year 4 - 25 year 5 - Jazz festival 2015 6 - 30 year 7 - 16 year 8 - Nas pure pot still (been open a while)
    After 2 tastings my top 3 were the same with the 25 year moving to 4th the Nas was bottom with the 16 year just beating it. The 30 year was a little delicate in this company. The big question is and the one that should give us all hope is that there was little in the first 6 placings and the 16 year was not far behind but the exta years maturation told. If You took price into consideration then the 16 year can hold its head up high.

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dirty, intense, spicy, full, incredibly aromatic, perhaps the best single malt standard on the market.
    • Nose
      Peat, but embedded in a strong sweetness. This sweetness is very strong, almost sticky in the nose. To the peat come flavors of herbal liqueur, maybe a few raisins.
    • Taste
      very strong, bitter oak, alcohol, menthol, peat and sweetish aromas
    • Finish
      Peat, salt, bitter oak and sweet fruit, very long, at the end on a sour, dry oak.

  4. Moses did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I am a non-smoker and it was clear to me that this would not be a top tasting for me. In addition, it was one of my first Islay whisky ever and at the same time the knowledge afterwards,
    that I don't have to go to this island urgently.
    I respect this characterful dram and especially the distillery behind it. That's why I don't want to give it any points, because it is definitely worth every penny for lovers.
    • Nose
      Damp peat in the warehouse and a smoldering campfire. The smoke is not so obtrusive and is softened by sweet fruitiness. Totally ok, but not my world.
    • Taste
      Very supple with leather and coal fire. Nothing is missing here, from spices to sherry influences. Respect. The earthy notes get the upper hand. The palate is really good.
    • Finish
      Warm mouthfeel with dried fruits and some ginger. I think I'll still feel it in my mouth tomorrow morning :-)
      You have to like him. We don't become friends.

  5. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is how smoked orange must smell on a sea fish, beautifully intense and harmonious. The taste is a little different, but not worse. The body alone disappoints a little. The finish completes the whisky conclusively. Always good.
    • Nose
      Smoke and orange dominate the first impression, sweet, toasted, roasted meat, top notes of smoke and orange remain present, smoked fish
    • Taste
      Soft onset, thin body, again smoked orange, now underlined by slight bitterness of dark chocolate, malt, a hint of wine vinegar
    • Finish
      strong smoke and clear smoke, the oak now dominates the fruit, long

  6. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Personally think it is the most charming core range of Islay Island, single malt whisky,
    In the past, these 16yo malts only sold for around NTD1300, which can be said to be super crazy.
    The previous publicity said that 16 yo can best express the taste that the distillery wants to express, so the basic model is as high as 16 years old.
    However, in recent years, the young 8-year-old wine has been launched as the core range, and it is still very important in business.
    And this year, the price has also risen by a lot, returning to the price that it should have been 16 years old.
    I regret not buying more before...
    The total taste is 89 points, and the price does not affect the score.

    In just one year, its price has almost become 170% of the original price.
    At this price, it's hard to buy.
    Fortunately, there are many excellent peated whiskies on the market to choose from.
    89 points total for taste, -1 point for price, 88 points total.
    • Nose
      Smoked bacon, diced willow, floral aroma
    • Taste
      Segmented impact, the first wave is the soft taste of floral aroma and orange juice,
      Immediately the peat hits of smoky bacon, black pepper and dark chocolate came in, very comforting.
    • Finish
      Floral and smoky lingering, very long.

  7. Burch scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    There's been an opinion this 16yo flagship whisky has declined in character over the years. I also think this is the case. I'm guessing there's less older stock in the blend and the rare old sherry barrels are probably being replaced with younger ones and maybe sherry seasoned casks. That said, it's still a great scotch and one of my favorites. I feel incomplete if it's not on my shelf.
    Nose: Lapsang souchong tea, charred meat, mud, swamp grass. Faintly fruity. Roasted peanuts. Smells a bit medicinal - betadine.
    Palate: Sweet. The peat takes on a mossy funkiness here.
    Finish: Strongly phenolic. Late seaweed.

  8. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An indispensable and outstanding standard whisky in perfect drinking strength. Of course you could say it's a little thin, but I don't need every whisky in CS. Pleasant, honest, nice age and well priced, what more could you want?
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet and wonderfully smoky. Campfire, ashtray, iodine, seaweed, sea breeze, tobacco, oranges, liquorice. There is a lot to discover here, great!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pleasantly dry. Sweetish smoke, with a lot of salt and a bit of bitterness. The alcohol is well integrated and strong enough.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long! Nice and warm, with some fruit and vanilla.

  9. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not an overly complex single malt, but an extremely drinkable one that is easy to enjoy. Value (£49) : 7/10
    • Nose
      Sweet butterscotch and salted caramel note up front. An earthy peat with slightly iodine and maritime-like notes of seaweed. Dried dates and plums. Some apples and pears with some milk chocolate. Savoury smoked meats and old leather. Cinnamon, nutmeg and more oak spices.
    • Taste
      Rather oily and creamy mouthfeel. Raisins, pears and butterscotch. Some vanilla sweetness and sea salt. Lapsang soughing tea with herbal notes of aniseed and more baking spices. Some dark tobacco notes Earthy, dirty peat notes and more savoury meats. No burn and extremely drinkable.
    • Finish
      Medium in length. Slightly ashen smoke wrapped around more sweet toffee notes and dark chocolate here. More of that lovely tea note here. Some oak spice lingers.

  10. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Indispensable, delicious standard in constant high quality for a fair price (currently ~ 50 €) - one can only hope that it stays that way.
    • Nose
      intense - salty, sea air, salmiaklakritz, smoky raisins, wood, a hint of tobacco
    • Taste
      The taste is reminiscent of salt liquorice, black pepper, chocolate cake, speculoos and dry, ashen smoke ... full-bodied, fat and oily
    • Finish
      long and dry, pepper, salt, ash, wood, a residue licorice


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