Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Jan 2014 12:00 pm by totalatool

Average value

€ 63.80

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

305 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.32 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points 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. 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

  5. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 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.

  6. 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

  7. Svarttt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    You get it out every now and then and one of the few releases where I don't see any major loss of quality over the years.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. fluorlee scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

  9. Thorstii scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Intense smoke, fresh sea air, light sherry aromas
    • Taste
      Strong interplay between intense smoke and a little sweet, dried fruit
    • Finish
      Oak wood, campfire smoke
      Finish: very long

  10. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89


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