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

€ 57,53

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

268 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  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. victorlcw scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Specific smoky whisky, you can feel the different over time.
    A Great whisky with a reasonable price. Perfect daily dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very smoky(campfire), light honey, leather, sweet fruit, orange
    • Taste
      91 91
      Raisin, seawater, oakiness, dark chocolate, smooth, sweet fruit
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, Pyroligneous, dark chocolate

  5. Pyromann scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Heavy, solid whisky. Heavy sweetness is accompanied by a bit of smoke and light peat. Characterictic and memorable, but compared to other Islay expressions or say Talisker, this one seems to be a bit weak in its expression. Overrall surely no disapointment, despite I expected it to be more powerful.
    • Nose
      Sweetness, some woody notes and some synthetic notes :) Salt, peat in the back.
    • Taste
      More like heavy and solid in the mouth. The sweetness dominates, but it is shaked up by light peat and smoke.
    • Finish
      Sweet / peaty

  6. branneman scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Truly outstanding!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Powerful earthy peat smoke, seaweed in the background.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Feels creamy in the mouth, clearly liquorice, subtly salty. In the taste the sherry is lightly there. The strong peat smoke balances it all together.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Lingering and complex, peat smoke, peppery and medicinal again. Slightly sweet.

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  9. AdamsB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The malt used for production comes from Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Rich, peaty smoke, seaweed, chocolate, dried plums, apples, orange peel, almonds,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Rich, peaty, chocolate, almonds, honey, dried plums, sea salt
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and strong dried fruit, peat smoke, light pepper


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