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Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.76/100
votes
2931
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281005409
Added on
28 Jan 2014 12:01 pm by totalatool
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 55.67

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

244 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 91 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: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 91 pts → SUPERB
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  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. 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

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    can be, surely the best whisky distributed in GMS !!
    and for a moderate price, almost not expensive enough !!
    • Nose
      complex, on fine spices, on orange, fresh peat, a little iodine too and sherry.
    • Taste
      spices and peat in a row, then the characteristic sweet sherry, woody, leather, mildew and orange zest
    • Finish
      long, silky, subtle, on the same aromas with smoke in the bottom of the glass!

  5. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great Islay standard.
    good PLV
    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, ash, apple
    • Taste
      Pepper, peat, ash, apple, grapefruit, menthol
    • Finish
      Long pepper, smoke, ash, citrus fruits

  6. 40four scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Hm-h. I prefer PX and whisky separately ... The 16 year old is tough competition for the DE's and special bottlings.
    • Nose
      Finally no more PX. Green apples, seaweed, plant sections and humus, pebbles in the sun. Brackish water and modern wood. Mint and oregano.
    • Taste
      Tea, lemon, seaweed, burning green wood, pepper. Either I will not release the PX finish of the DE or behind it is a similar syrupy sweetness. Brackish water and modern wood. Oak.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, Tang, plant sections, humus, bitter almond. Green tea.

  8. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. DStehr scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Very wonderfull whisky, has al the elements i like; peaty, medicinal, slightly fruity, little sweetness and a long spicy finish
    • Nose
      Peaty bonfire smoke, iodine note, slightly maritime, complex, in my opinion you need to smell at least 5 minutes to get past the peat and iodine to find the lighter notes like vanilla and a hint of leather.
    • Taste
      Peat, spicyness, ripe fruits, dates, sweetness with maybe a slight touch of honey, dried apricots and plums (confit fruits) 
    • Finish
      Strong, spicy, oakiness, very peaty even after 10 minutes from the last sip.

  10. Max70 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

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