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Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating 2543 votes 87.82
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

126 × in wishlist

Member rates

9457 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 21
Balance 21

Tastingtags

219 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
06 May 2017 5:32 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 91 points

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 91 pts   ·SUPERB·

Weighted Rate
90.5
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
91
Presentation
86
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
05 Nov 2017 10:51 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 87 points

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.

Gloin
Expert Senior Gloin Tasting note
01 Sep 2017 11:35 pm
Gloin gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose


Rauch und Orange dominieren den ersten Eindruck, süß, Röstaromen, kurzgebratenes Fleisch, die Kopfnoten Rauch und Orange bleiben weiter präsent, geräucherter Fisch


Taste


Weicher Antritt, dünner Körper, wieder geräucherte Orange, jetzt unterstrichen von leichten Bitternoten dunkler Schokolade, Malz, eine Spur Weinessig

Finish


kräftige Rauch und deutlicher Rauch, die Eiche dominiert nun die Frucht, lang

Comments


So muss geräucherte Orange auf einem Seefisch riechen, schön intensiv und harmonisch. Der Geschmack ist etwas anders, aber nicht schlechter. Allein der Körper enttäuscht ein wenig. Der Abgang rundet den Whisk schlüssig ab. Immer wieder gut.

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Jeig
Member Senior Jeig Tasting note
09 Dec 2017 4:27 pm
Jeig gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Peaty, but not overwhelming. Sweet & sour, over-ripe fruits, diesel, pencil shave

Taste

Oily, slight spiciness. Hint of sweetness and turning dry pretty fast. Later a little saltiness.

Finish

Medium finish, dry, peat develop well. No sweetness, slight bitterness.

Comments

Clean peat smoke and simple drink. Good for someone who wants to try out peated single malt.

StyrianSpirit
Expert Junior StyrianSpirit Tasting note
18 Nov 2017 5:09 pm
StyrianSpirit gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Medizinischer Rauch, Prosektur, Torf; saftige Orange mit einer Majoran-Zimt-Mischung; leicht eingebrannt-karamellige Frische. Lagavulin 16. Schön, dass auch ein paar Trauben mitgekommen sind und auch eine Vanilleschote, unaufgeschnitten. Alles eingehüllt in watteweichen Lagavulin-Rauch.

Taste

Der 16er-Lagavulin kommt ganz typisch in den Mund: Phenolischer Rauch, Torf, Majoran, etwas Traube, Salz. Dieses Single-Malt-Geschmackserlebnis hat mich zum Malthead werden lassen. Jetzt weiß ich wieder, warum. Mittlerweile könnte ich ein paar Alkoholprozentchen mehr vertragen.

Finish

Im Abgang melden sich dann nochmal Torf und Phenol, Trauben und Vanille folgen im Wechselspiel. Sehr angenehm, sehr charakteristisch.

Comments

Die sich aus dem Whiskynosingglas entwickelnde würzig-phenolrauchige, stetig vanilliger werdende Cremigkeit dieses Islay-Whiskies ist ebenso angenehm wie unvergleichlich.

My Collection
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
15 Nov 2017 10:33 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 89 points
  • N: Oily peat with oak from the seaside and a melted dribble of vanilla ice cream.
  • T: Soft oaky & peated malt. Oozes through. 
  • F: Waxy tobacco (Old Holborn), a little dry smokey mint and sea salt.
  • C: Will we lament the loss of this classic when it’s gone or doubled, even tripled in price? Let’s hope none of this happens. As good a batch as i have tried.

Scores a B+

Ra_Di
Expert Junior Ra_Di Review note
12 Nov 2017 4:45 pm
Ra_Di gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88
Nose
88
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
90
Presentation
86
iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Review note
09 Nov 2017 9:21 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
79
Presentation
79
Dimitri
Nestheth
Member Senior Nestheth Review note
08 Nov 2017 2:28 am
Nestheth gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
91
Nestheth
Member Senior Nestheth Tasting note
08 Nov 2017 2:54 am
Nestheth gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Quite nice. Tobacco, sherry, leather, rubber, brine, apples, hints of a floral scent.

Taste

Only 43 % alcohol. Very enjoyable without added water. Doesn't hold water too well. Peat on the foreground to give a kick. Also, peanuts on the foreground. Rubber, brine, liqorice. Doesn't have a full-bodied feel to it.

Finish

Brine, peanuts, and faint oak. Peat lingers for a while, but it's possible to taste other whiskies after a small while.

Comments

A classic. Low alcohol percentage, so a common novice favorite. The peat isn't overpowering, either. Nice complexity. Doesn't stand up to water too well, which isn't a trait. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy. Cheers!

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